Live coverage: Boise State 42, Air Force 20 (final)

Coach Chris Petersen

QB Joe Southwick

RB Jay Ajayi

LB Ben Weaver

DT Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe

By Chadd Cripe
© 2013 Idaho Statesman


First quarter

AF — Jaleel Awini 1 run (Will Conant kick), 10:42. Key plays: Boise State was flagged for offsides and roughing the passer. Awini rushed for 16 and 20 yards on consecutive plays. The only third down was the TD, which came on a sneak. Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 4:18. Air Force 7, Boise State 0

BSU — Kirby Moore 9 pass from Joe Southwick (Dan Goodale kick), 6:49. Key plays: Tailback Jay Ajayi busted a 19-yard run. On third-and-3, Southwick kept on the option for 6 yards and drew a face-mask penalty on the Falcons. The TD throw also came on third down. Drive: 10 plays, 71 yards, 3:53. Air Force 7, Boise State 7

Second quarter

AF — Conant 33 field goal, 13:11. Key plays: The Falcons converted two fourth downs and a third down. The biggest gain was a 13-yard run by Awini. He carried on both fourth-down plays, too. Drive: 17 plays, 59 yards, 8:38. Air Force 10, Boise State 7

BSU — Ajayi 20 run (Goodale kick), 10:41. Key plays: Southwick was 4-for-4 on the drive, all to wide receiver Matt Miller. The completions covered 58 yards, including a 16-yarder on third-and-5. Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 2:30. Boise State 14, Air Force 10

AF — Awini 1 run (Conant kick), 6:20. Key plays: Wide receiver Sam Gagliano broke free in the Broncos’ secondary for a 53-yard catch from Awini. The TD was another third-down sneak. Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 4:21. Air Force 17, Boise State 14

BSU — Southwick 1 run (Goodale kick), :24. Key plays: The Broncos were called for two chop blocks but escaped first-and-22 and first-and-25. Wide receiver Geraldo Boldewijn fought for a first down at the end of a 15-yard reception and wide receiver Aaron Burks made a 22-yard grab. Southwick capped the drive with a 14-yard run on a draw and the first rushing TD of his career. Drive: 15 plays, 75 yards, 5:56. Boise State 21, Air Force 17

Third quarter

BSU — Ajayi 35 run (Goodale kick), 3:59. Key plays: Tailback Aaron Baltazar picked up a third-and-short on the option, Miller made an 11-yard catch and Ajayi scampered down the left sideline on the TD, just like his first TD. Drive: 6 plays, 67 yards, 2:27. Boise State 28, Air Force 17

Fourth quarter

AF — Conant 24 field goal, 10:56. Key plays: Wide receiver Ty MacArthur made a 34-yard catch. On fourth-and-1, Awini threw incomplete but a roughing-the-passer penalty on linebacker Corey Bell extended the drive. Defensive end Demarcus Lawrence ended it with a tackle for loss on third-and-goal. Drive: 13 plays, 76 yards, 5:08. Boise State 28, Air Force 20

BSU — Ajayi 9 run (Goodale kick), 8:12. Key plays: Southwick hit tight end Gabe Linehan for 33 yards and Moore for 20. Ajayi scored on a keeper out of the wildcat. Drive: 7 plays, 80 yards, 2:44. Boise State 35, Air Force 20

BSU — Ajayi 2 run (Goodale kick), 4:46. Key plays: Burks made a 12-yard catch, Baltazar ran for 13 yards and Southwick ran for 12. Drive: 6 plays, 47 yards, 3:14. Boise State 42, Air Force 20




Boise State’s evolving new offense added the quarterback run in a heavy dose Friday night.

Senior quarterback Joe Southwick rushed three times for 21 yards and his first career touchdown in the first half. All appeared to be designed runs.

Southwick ran the option for 6 yards on third-and-3 on the first drive and pitched to tailback Aaron Baltazar on the option for 4 yards on third-and-1 on the third drive. He added a 14-yard run on a quarterback draw and a 1-yard TD run when he faked a handoff and escaped around right end to cap the third drive.

Southwick gained 42 yards rushing in the first two games, mostly on scrambles.

“He’s really, really progressed for us in terms of being a good runner in scrambling situations,” offensive line coach and run game coordinator Chris Strausser said earlier this week, “and so now for us to find the right times to get him to carry the ball in the game is probably that next step.”


Boise State starting tailback Jay Ajayi, a sophomore, fumbled twice on the opening drive of the second half as rain began to fall at Bronco Stadium. Offensive lineman Marcus Henry recovered the first but Air Force pounced on the second, ending a drive that had reached the Falcons’ 5-yard line.


Ajayi and junior wide receiver Matt Miller posted the second 100-yard games of their careers. Ajayi carried XX times for XX yards. Miller made a career-high XX catches for XX yards.

Ajayi’s previous 100-yard game came last year at New Mexico (six carries, 118 yards). Miller’s was last year at Nevada (seven catches, 127 yards).


Boise State sophomore tight end Holden Huff missed the Air Force game with an injury. Huff has been banged up since fall camp, when he missed the open scrimmage. He had one catch for 6 yards in the first two games.


Boise State had won 13 straight conference openers going into the Air Force game. That’s the second-longest active streak in the country behind Alabama’s 21. Boise State’s last loss in an opener came at North Texas (Big West) in 1999.


The Bulldogs’ game Saturday at Colorado has been postponed because of flooding in the Boulder, Colo., area. The schools are working on a possible makeup date. The postponement means Fresno State will not have to play Boise State on short rest next Friday in Fresno. Boise State will be on regular rest because of its back-to-back Friday games.

Quick hits

Air Force won the coin toss and took the ball. … Boise State’s single-game captains were wide receiver Matt Miller, cornerback Bryan Douglas, defensive end Beau Martin and kicker Dan Goodale. … Boise State wore its all-blue uniforms for the blue-out. … Air Force quarterbacks coach Blane Morgan went home Friday to be with his wife, who went into labor. … The Falcons brought their band. … Boise State’s honorary captains for the Air Force game were offensive tackle Greg Phillips (1969-72) and defensive back Jim Voulelis (1981-84). … Former Boise State cornerback Deon’tae Florence has transferred to Weber State. … Air Force has scored a rushing touchdown in 50 straight games, the longest streak in the last 10 years in the Football Bowl Subdivision. … Air Force punted with less than 7 minutes left in the third quarter — the first punt of the game.





Monday blog: Highlights from coach Chris Petersen’s press conference
Tuesday story: The ‘stache is back — and fans embrace it
Tuesday blog: The Mountain West Football Report
Tuesday blog: Defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski staying in the press box
Wednesday story: Air Force offense has many options
Wednesday blog: Defensive tackles making an impact
Wednesday blog: Brian Murphy’s Name the Score contest
Thursday story: The importance of the Hammer to the Broncos
Thursday blog: Live chat replay/Shane Williams-Rhodes prepares for opponent adjustments
Friday story: How Boise State’s Mountain West deal is panning out
Friday Murphy column: The changing role of linebackers
Friday story: Game breakdown
Friday story: Divisional play begins
Friday blog: Boise State’s changes to the run game explained



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Chadd Cripe has spent the past 12 years as the Boise State football beat writer. You can follow him on Twitter @IDS_BroncoBeat.

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