Boise State passes the Air Force test, 37-26; Kellen Moore ties Colt McCoy for all-time winningest QB

BOISE, ID - OCTOBER 22: Tyler Shoemaker #89 and Matt Miller #2 of the Boise State Broncos celebrate a touchdown against the Air Force Falcons at Bronco Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)

The Broncos won their first home Mountain West game - and one of the more difficult Mountain West games on the schedule - by beating Air Force on Saturday. Hope you guys weren't in the mood for defense because there wasn't a whole lot. Both the Falcons and the Broncos marched up and down the field for an entertaining afternoon of football, and Boise State now enters the bye week 7-0.

Leave your thoughts on the game in the comments, How did you think the Broncos looked?




 

Game recap

Air Force gave Boise State its best shot, and it was one of the best shots the Broncos have faced in a long time.

The Falcons came up with big play after big play on offense and the Broncos answered with touchdown drive after touchdown drive. Every time Air Force took momentum, the Broncos took it right back. In the end, the Bronco offense just proved too much and the Bronco defense made just enough plays to help Boise State escape the upset bid.

Kellen Moore finished with 281 yards and three scores and had a potential fourth score go out of Geraldo Boldewijn's hands and into the hands of an Air Force defender. That INT in the end zone coupled with a Doug Martin fumble in the red zone in the first quarter kept Air Force in the game when it could have been ugly.

The Falcons played about as well as they could have hoped, keeping the ball for 36 minutes and coming up with key plays at key times. One play that didn't go Air Force's way was a fake punt call late in the second quarter. Boise State sniffed it out from the beginning, forced a fumble, and scooped it up for the score and a 20-7 lead. Chances are that the Bronco offense would have taken the punt and scored before half anyway (given how the Air Force defense was playing), but it's still a decision that Air Force coach Troy Calhoun have to answer for.

In the end, the game was exciting, entertaining, closer than expected, and the type of game that good teams win - when the opponent can do no wrong. It may not have been the blowout you came to see, but with things going Air Force's way all afternoon, it was a solid win.

Plays of the game

  • Hunter White's TD return off a fumbled fake punt
  • Tim Jefferson's 32-yard pass from his own 11 that led to the Falcons' first touchdown
  • Kellen Moore 19-yard touchdown pass to Matt Miller to answer the first Air Force touchdown
  • AF's Mike Dewitt 22-yard run on 3rd and 21 that helped keep alive a drive that cut the Bronco lead to 27-20
  • Kellen Moore 20-yard pass to Tyler Shoemaker on third down to keep a Boise State drive alive that ended with seven points and a 27-13 lead
  • Doug Martin's first quarter fumble
  • Air Force INT in the end zone
  • Tyrone Crawford blocked PAT

Your turn

What did you think of the game? Impressed by the Boise State offense? Impressed by the Air Force offense? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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