Scores

Final

Air Force 20

(1-2, 0-2 MW)

Boise State 42

(2-1, 1-0 MW)

Coverage: ESPN

8:00 PM ET, September 13, 2013

Bronco Stadium, Boise, ID

1 2 3 4 T
AFA 7 10 0 320
BSU 7 14 7 1442

Top Performers

Passing: J. Southwick (BSU) - 287 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Ajayi (BSU) - 17 CAR, 125 YDS, 4 TD

Receiving: M. Miller (BSU) - 10 REC, 112 YDS

Jay Ajayi's 4 TDs help Boise St. whip Air Force

Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho -- At a school with a long list of pretty good quarterbacks, Joe Southwick's passing performance Friday night lifted Boise State to a second straight win and set a new standard for pinpoint passing.

Southwick was sharp from start to finish, completing 27 of 29 passes for 287 yards and one touchdown, the most efficient passing game in school history and breaking the previous mark set when Jared Zabransky finished 21 of 23 in 2006.

Southwick, who completed his first nine passes, also ran for a touchdown in helping the Broncos (2-1, 1-0 Mountain West Conference) to a 42-20 victory over Air Force. For Southwick, who took over last year for highly-respected Kellen Moore and has struggled to win the hearts of fans, any serious reflection on his record-setting performance and his place in school record books will have to wait.

"Someday, looking back on it ... it'll be pretty cool," said Southwick, who has a 13-3 career record at Boise State. "There have been lot of great quarterbacks here."

The Broncos, fueled as well on offense by Jay Ajayi's four rushing touchdowns, pulled away in the second half after figuring out at halftime a formula for slowing down the Falcons' rushing attack. Air Force and its triple option attack came into the game averaging 285 yards on the ground, second best in the conference.

Led by quarterback Jaleel Awini, making just his second career start, Air Force (1-2, 0-2) rolled up 139 yards rushing in the first half, dominated time of possession, scored on all three possessions and trailed the Broncos just 21-17 at the half.

But the Boise State defense stiffened in the second half, held the Falcons to a field goal and built up a big enough lead to force the Falcons and Awini to take more chances through the air.

Awini finished with 107 yards rushing on 23 carries and two touchdowns, but he was just 4 of 9 passing for 99 yards. He was intercepted by safety Darian Thompson with 8:12 left in the game and Air Force trailing 35-20, ending any hope of a late rally.

"As a defense it's very frustrating," Boise State linebacker Ben Weaver said of the first half. "We battled and came back in the second half. At halftime, we said we just can't rely on our offense as much. For us it was about knowing your job and staying with your job."

Meanwhile, the Broncos offense rolled up 533 total yards and 8 of 10 on third downs. A pair of turnovers scuttled scoring drives, and Ajayi rushed for a career-best 125 yards on 17 carries. He scored on long runs of 35 and 20 yards after beating defenders to the edge and racing down the sideline untouched.

Southwick spread the ball around to six different receivers. His favorite target was Matt Miller, who had 10 catches for 112 yards.

Air Force coach Troy Calhoun said it was frustrating to see his defense struggle and fail to force a single Boise State punt.

"We have to come up with defensive stops and we didn't," said Calhoun, who has lost two straight to Boise State since the Broncos joined the Mountain West. "You have to force stops and field position, something you have to do to compete. Especially when you play against an excellent opponent."

The Falcons had 287 total yards on offense, but struggled to move the ball consistently late. Awini was 4 of 9 for 99 yards and his one interception in the fourth quarter squelched any chance of getting closer to Boise State, which led 35-20 at the time.

The Broncos have won two straight after a disappointing opening loss at Washington. They play at Fresno State next week.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
AFA
BSU
1st Downs1731
Total Yards287533
Passing99304
Rushing188229
Penalties3-235-55
3rd Down Conversions6-148-10
4th Down Conversions2-20-0
Turnovers12
Possession29:4430:16

Passing Leaders

Air ForceC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Awini4/99911.001
Boise StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Southwick27/292879.911

Rushing Leaders

Air ForceCARYDSAVGTDLG
Awini231074.7220
Hart18573.206
Boise StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ajayi171257.4435
Southwick6538.8115

Receiving Leaders

Air ForceRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gagliano26231.0053
MacArthur23718.5034
Boise StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Miller1011211.2023
Moore8708.8120

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERAFABSU
TD10:42Jaleel Awini 1 Yd Run (Will Conant Kick) 70
TD06:49Kirby Moore 9 Yd Pass From Joe Southwick (Dan Goodale Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERAFABSU
FG13:11Will Conant 33 Yd 107
TD10:41Jay Ajayi 20 Yd Run (Dan Goodale Kick) 1014
TD06:20Jaleel Awini 1 Yd Run (Will Conant Kick) 1714
TD00:24Joe Southwick 1 Yd Run (Dan Goodale Kick) 1721
THIRD QUARTERAFABSU
TD03:59Jay Ajayi 35 Yd Run (Dan Goodale Kick) 1728
FOURTH QUARTERAFABSU
FG10:56Will Conant 24 Yd 2028
TD08:12Jay Ajayi 9 Yd Run (Dan Goodale Kick) 2035
TD04:46Jay Ajayi 2 Yd Run (Dan Goodale Kick) 2042

Research Notes

Air Force has scored a rushing TD in 50 straight games, dating to the 2009 season. That is the longest active streak in FBS and the longest over the last 10 seasons.
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