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Sport: Live updates: Second-half blowout as Boise State runs roughshod over San Diego State

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A lot has happened since Boise State’s disappointing 27-10 loss at UTEP a week ago. A new offensive coordinator in former Broncos head coach Dirk Koetter, who took over for the fired Tim Plough. A new starting quarterback in Taylen Green, who moves into the position after senior Hank Bachmeier entered the transfer portal.

Boise State linebacker DJ Schramm celebrates forcing San Diego State to punt after a tackle in the 1st quarter, Sept. 30, 2022, at Albertsons Stadium in Boise. © Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman/TNS Boise State linebacker DJ Schramm celebrates forcing San Diego State to punt after a tackle in the 1st quarter, Sept. 30, 2022, at Albertsons Stadium in Boise. Boise State linebacker DJ Schramm tackles San Diego State running back Kenan Christon for a loss in the 1st quarter, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at Albertsons Stadium in Boise. © Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman/TNS Boise State linebacker DJ Schramm tackles San Diego State running back Kenan Christon for a loss in the 1st quarter, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at Albertsons Stadium in Boise.

But at halftime against San Diego State, it was the same old story for Boise State’s offense. The Broncos were down 13-0, the second time they’ve been blanked in a first half this season (Oregon State was the other game). They have just 33 points in five first halves this year, and 20 of those came against FCS UT Martin in the team’s only other home game so far in 2022.

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Boise State quarterback Sam Vidlak looks to pass with pressure coming from San Diego State defensive lineman Jonah Taval in the 2nd quarter, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at Albertsons Stadium in Boise. © Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman/TNS Boise State quarterback Sam Vidlak looks to pass with pressure coming from San Diego State defensive lineman Jonah Taval in the 2nd quarter, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at Albertsons Stadium in Boise.

Not only that, but Green was replaced by Sam Vidlak at quarterback in the second quarter. Nothing the Broncos did produced any points.

Boise State edge Demitri Washington gets the crowd at Albertsons Stadium energized after the defense sacked San Diego State quarterback Braxton Burmeister, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 in Boise. © Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman/TNS Boise State edge Demitri Washington gets the crowd at Albertsons Stadium energized after the defense sacked San Diego State quarterback Braxton Burmeister, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 in Boise.

The second half has been a different story, and it started with the defense, which got an interception on a horrible pass from Braxton Burmeister. JL Skinner then knocked Burmeister out of the game with a big hit, and the Aztecs’ offense has been a disaster.

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Boise State edge George Tarlas sacks San Diego State quarterback Braxton Burmeister in the 2nd quarter, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at Albertsons Stadium in Boise. © Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman/TNS Boise State edge George Tarlas sacks San Diego State quarterback Braxton Burmeister in the 2nd quarter, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at Albertsons Stadium in Boise.

Meanwhile, Boise State has its running game in high gear and is taking advantage of a tired San Diego State defense.

Boise State running back George Holani leaves San Diego State defensive lineman Dylan Taylor on the Blue turf on his way to a 29-yard touchdown run in the 4th quarter, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at Albertsons Stadium in Boise. © Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman/TNS Boise State running back George Holani leaves San Diego State defensive lineman Dylan Taylor on the Blue turf on his way to a 29-yard touchdown run in the 4th quarter, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at Albertsons Stadium in Boise.

Beat writers Ron Counts (@Ron_BroncoBeat) and Rachel Roberts (@ByRachelRoberts) will keep filling you in on all the action with live updates below.

Boise State running back Ashton Jeanty reaches the football over the goal line for a 32-yard touchdown run in the 3rd quarter against San Diego State, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at Albertsons Stadium in Boise. © Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman/TNS Boise State running back Ashton Jeanty reaches the football over the goal line for a 32-yard touchdown run in the 3rd quarter against San Diego State, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at Albertsons Stadium in Boise.

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Boise State fans greet the Broncos as the enter Albertsons Stadium prior to meeting San Diego State, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 in Boise. © Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman/TNS Boise State fans greet the Broncos as the enter Albertsons Stadium prior to meeting San Diego State, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 in Boise.

Four Broncos out with injuries

Members of the Boise State marching herald the arrival of the Broncos football team prior to meeting San Diego State in a Mountain West contest, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at Albertsons Stadium in Boise. © Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman/TNS Members of the Boise State marching herald the arrival of the Broncos football team prior to meeting San Diego State in a Mountain West contest, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at Albertsons Stadium in Boise.

Green will make his first career start behind a patchwork offensive line tonight facing a good Aztecs defense (6 p.m., FS1).

Boise State quarterback Taylen Green warms up with the Broncos prior to playing San Diego State, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at Albertsons Stadium in Boise. © Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman/TNS Boise State quarterback Taylen Green warms up with the Broncos prior to playing San Diego State, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at Albertsons Stadium in Boise.

Right guard Ben Dooley will miss his fifth straight game with an undisclosed injury. The good news is freshman Mason Randolph is healthy and dressed tonight. Randolph started at right guard in the season opener against Oregon State but has missed the past three games.

Boise State fans greet the Broncos as the enter Albertsons Stadium prior to meeting San Diego State, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 in Boise. © Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman/TNS Boise State fans greet the Broncos as the enter Albertsons Stadium prior to meeting San Diego State, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 in Boise.

Freshman Roger Carreon started at right guard last week at UTEP.

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Boise State quarterback Taylen Green huddles with teammates before warming up for the Broncos’ Mountain West game agasint San Diego State, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at Albertsons Stadium in Boise. © Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman/TNS Boise State quarterback Taylen Green huddles with teammates before warming up for the Broncos’ Mountain West game agasint San Diego State, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at Albertsons Stadium in Boise.

Center Kekaniokoa Holomalia-Gonzalez is also out tonight. He was a healthy scratch last week. Texas Tech transfer Will Farrar will likely start at center for the second week in a row.

Boise State wide reveiver Billy Bowens signals a first down after catching a 53-yard pass in the second quarter against San Diego State in a Mountain West contest, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at Albertsons Stadium in Boise. © Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman/TNS Boise State wide reveiver Billy Bowens signals a first down after catching a 53-yard pass in the second quarter against San Diego State in a Mountain West contest, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at Albertsons Stadium in Boise.

Junior college transfers Deven Wright, an edge rusher, and defensive end Cortez Hogans Jr. are also out for undisclosed reasons. Hogans has yet to be active for a game this season.

Boise State quarterback Sam Vidlak unleashes a 53-yard pass against San Diego State in a Mountain West contest, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at Albertsons Stadium in Boise. © Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman/TNS Boise State quarterback Sam Vidlak unleashes a 53-yard pass against San Diego State in a Mountain West contest, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at Albertsons Stadium in Boise.

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