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        === San Diego State comes calling on 19th-ranked Boise State ===
 
 Boise, ID (Sports Network) - The 19th-ranked Boise State Broncos try to run
 their win streak to eight in a row this weekend as they host the San Diego
 State Aztecs in Mountain West Conference action on the blue turf.
 
 The Broncos, who lost the season opener against Michigan State by a score of
 17-13, have not been defeated since and winning all but two of those last
 seven games in comfortable fashion. Last weekend Boise State continued its
 domination over Wyoming by delivering a 45-14 victory over the Cowboys in
 Laramie. In addition to running their conference win streak to seven in a row,
 the Broncos also moved up in the most recent BCS standings to 19 which means
 they continue to own the longest active streak in the BCS standings at 40
 straight weeks.
 
 As for the Aztecs, they hit a bit of a rough patch earlier in the campaign
 when they were a game below .500 at 2-3, but they have since leveled off by
 winning four consecutive decisions. Last weekend the team picked up a 24-13
 win over the UNLV Rebels in conference play, which means SDSU has outscored
 the opposition during this current run by a combined 153-79. The 74-point
 difference is the greatest the team has enjoyed during a four-game stretch
 since 1995 and the latest victory also made the program bowl eligible.
 
 "Being eligible to go to the third bowl in a row is a record," San Diego State
 head coach Rocky Long observed after the win. "I guess it's never happened at
 San Diego State. So that's exciting. To be honest with you, we still got three
 games to play. We're going to enjoy the heck out of this victory because I've
 been around a long time where a team will come off a big win and then not play
 well the next week and not win."
 
 Boise State won the only previous matchup between the squads last year in a
 52-35 final, as the Aztecs turned the ball over three times in the first
 quarter.
 
 It may not have been pretty, but last week sophomore Adam Dingwell became the
 first quarterback for the Aztecs to win his first start since 1997 and if he
 plays well enough this weekend and somehow finds a way to conquer the Broncos,
 he'll become the first signal-caller since 1991 to win his first two career
 starts for San Diego State.
 
 Against the Rebels, Dingwell completed half of his 26 pass attempts for 231
 yards and two touchdowns, one of those going to Gavin Escobar who finished
 with four catches for 108 yards. Helping out on the ground were Adam Muema and
 Walter Kazee who logged 143 and 105 yards rushing, respectively, the latter
 also making a trip into the end zone.
 
 "I thought he did a nice job," coach Long said of his quarterback's
 performance. "I thought he controlled the game. I thought he did well getting
 us in the right running play with some checks. I thought he threw it pretty
 well."
 
 As long as Dingwell can control the game, in the absence of an injured Ryan
 Katz, maybe he won't have to play over his head in order for the Aztecs to be
 competitive this weekend. In reality, the passing attack hasn't been the
 hallmark of the Aztecs through nine games anyway, it has been the running
 attack which is currently ranked fourth in the conference and 18th in the
 nation with 223.1 ypg.
 
 Where San Diego State will be truly tested at Boise State will be on the
 defensive side of the ball and whether or not they are prepared for the
 methodical manner in which the Broncos tend to pick apart opponents, with
 surgical precision.
 
 Against Wyoming last time out the Broncos took their time carving up the
 Cowboys, scoring just seven points in the first quarter and 10 in the second
 period before blowing the game wide open with three touchdowns in a span of
 just over 10 minutes in the third stanza.
 
 D.J. Harper was a driving force in the win as he ran for 105 yards and a pair
 of touchdowns, while the Broncos as a group gained 214 yards and landed in the
 end zone five times on 36 rushing attempts. Quarterback Joe Southwick kept the
 ball moving with 198 yards on 20 completions and with just one interception he
 didn't hurt the squad.
 
 The Broncos held Wyoming to just 54 net rushing yards and sacked Brett Smith
 four times which kept the signal-caller on his toes and now the group is first
 in the conference and 15th in the nation in total defense with just 311.0 ypg
 allowed.
 
 Outside of giving up 29 points to New Mexico in late September, the Broncos
 have really kept opponents from picking up steam in the red zone, so much so
 that the squad is now fifth in the country in points allowed (13.6 ppg) and
 that goes a long way in masking the fact that Southwick continues to struggle
 with the offense that used to run like a finely tuned machine.
 
 
 
 10/31 10:54:52 ET