NCAA Game Summary - Air Force at Boise State|
(Saturday, October 22nd)
Final Score: (5) Boise State 37, Air Force 26
Boise, ID (Sports Network) - Kellen Moore threw for 281 yards, three
touchdowns and one interception, helping No. 5 Boise State down Air Force,
37-26, at Bronco Stadium.
With the victory, Moore tied former Texas quarterback Colt McCoy for the most
career wins in college football with 45.
Doug Martin had a big day on the ground, rushing for 125 yards and one
touchdown for the Broncos (7-0, 2-0 Mountain West).
Tyler Shoemaker caught four passes for 98 yards and a score, while Matt Miller
hauled in five passes for 67 yards and a touchdown.
Tim Jefferson completed 8-of-16 passes for 144 yards and ran 20 times for 16
yards and two scores, while Mike DeWitt had a nice day running the football
for Air Force (3-4, 0-3) with 108 yards on the ground.
Asher Clark picked up a rushing touchdown and Zack Kauth caught three balls
for 93 yards in the loss.
Boise State opened the scoring on the first drive of the game, aided by some
excellent field position when Air Force's Erik Soderberg rocketed the opening
kickoff out of bounds, giving the Broncos the ball on the 40.
Boise State scored in eight plays, with Moore connecting with Shoemaker in the
back left corner of the end zone for a 24-yard touchdown strike to make it
Early in the second quarter, Boise State appeared poised to score again. Faced
with a 3rd-and-1 from the Falcons' 16, Martin lost the ball and it was
recovered by Anthony Wright for Air Force.
On the second play of the ensuing drive, Jefferson hooked up with Kauth over
the middle for a 32 yards up to the 43. Jonathan Warzeka converted a 3rd-and-9
for Air Force with a 15-yard catch and Jefferson capped the 17-play, 90-yard
drive by bowling his way into the end zone for a one-yard touchdown run.
But the Broncos took the lead right back on their next drive when Moore found
Miller for a 19-yard touchdown pass. The extra-point try was blocked, leaving
Boise State with a 13-7 lead.
The Broncos defense came up with a huge play on 4th-and-4 as the Falcons tried
a fake punt, but Boise State wasn't fooled. Mikel Hunter was hit and lost the
ball. It was recovered for a 16-yard touchdown by Hunter White for a 20-7
"I thought we could get good flow going to the left because that is something
we had done and get two blockers on two blockers on the edge and circle it,"
Air Force head coach Troy Callhoun said of the fake punt attempt. "It didn't
work, and when it doesn't work it starts with the coach."
Air Force made it a 10-point game when Herrington was true on a 37-yard field
goal to cap an 11-play, 61-yard drive, making it 20-10 at the half.
Parker Herrington connected on a 39-yard field goal attempt with just over
seven minutes to go in the third stanza to bring Air Force within 20-13.
But Boise State extended its lead to 14 with just over two minutes to go in
the third quarter when Martin capped an 11-play, 77-yard drive with a 15-yard
Early in the final quarter, Air Force made it a one-score game with another
long drive. This time, the Falcons used 18 plays to go 80 yards -- highlighted
by a 22-yard run by DeWitt on third down, and another 22-yard run by Clark on
4th-and-6 -- to get down to the Boise State 3. Clark finished it off with a
three-yard touchdown to make it 27-20.
The Broncos extended their lead with a 10-play, 69-yard drive on their next
possession, capped by a two-yard strike to Martin on 2nd-and-goal to make it
"I am really proud of the way my kids competed," Boise State head coach Chris
Petersen said. "I'm just really proud of the way we played in that fourth
But Air Force refused to go quietly, as Jefferson snuck into the end zone for
a one-yard touchdown run with 3 1/2 minutes to go in the fourth to make it
34-26. Herrington's extra point try was blocked.
Dan Goodale connected on a 25-yard field goal with 42 seconds remaining in the
game to seal the win.
Saturday marked the first ever meeting between Boise State and Air Force...The
Broncos' second quarter defensive touchdown was their first non-offensive
touchdown of the season...Calhoun is 5-13 in his career when trailing at
halftime...Air Force was 4-for-5 on fourth down conversions.
10/22 22:24:16 ET