Airing on ESPN for the nation to see, Boise State handled their conference foe, Air Force. Air Force brings a different style of offense to the table than most. They employ a triple option attack that rolled up an average of 285 yards on the ground this young season. After the first half, they piled up a 139 yards rushing, well on the way to matching there average; however, the Broncos defense showed up in the second half and held the Falcons to a mere 49 yards on the ground. This allowed the Broncos to pull away after halftime and close this one out in a blowout. At half time, they had only a four point lead, 21 to 17.
For all the criticism sent Joe Southwick’s way, there isn’t much you can say negative about his performance in this one. He completed an amazing 27 of 29 attempts, compiling 287 yards, and a touchdown. He also added a rushing touchdown along with 53 yards on the ground. His completion percentage of 93.1 percent broke a school record held by former Bronco Jared Zabransky in 2006, when he completed 21 of 23. In addition to the school record, he set the Mountain West record, beating former TCU great, Andy Dalton. As a team, the Broncos now hold the highest completion percentage for a game in NCAA FBS history.
Boise State running back Jay Ajayi ran for 125 yards on 17 carries and four trips to the end zone. Both career best for the runner. The Broncos compiled 229 yards on the ground as a team. Ajayi found the end zone four times, also a career best and one shy of the Boise record, held by Ian Johnson and Jon Helmandollar.
Adding to the offensive fireworks was junior wide receiver Matt Miller. He had ten receptions for 112 yards. The offense was more what fans are used to seeing from their Broncos. They rolled up 304 yards through the air and 229 on the ground. The 533 yards were the most this year so far. Their 3rd down efficiency was impressive as well, converting 8 of 10 attempts.
This improved offense will be much needed next week as they will face a tough challenge against 25th ranked Fresno State. The defense will be severely tested against possibly the best quarterback in the Mountain West conference, Derek Carr.
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