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Boise State Broncos drop Air Force, win seventh straight

The mountain division already clinched thanks to a Fresno State victory over Wyoming earlier in the day, the Boise State Broncos still had unfinished business with Air Force.

Consider the business taken care of.

The Broncos won their seventh straight in smashing fashion, defeating the Air Force Falcons 44-19 Saturday night.

Brett Rypien threw for 300 yards and 3 touchdowns, completing 16-22 and averaging 13.6 yards per attempt.

A.J. Richardson had a career-night, hauling in three passes for 123 yards and a touchdown. Cedrick Wilson also went over 100 yards, his 8th-career game doing so, catching five passes for 107 yards.

Boise State not only ended a three-game losing streak to Air Force, the 14 seniors won their 40th-career game.

The defense also did their part, allowing only 181 rushing yards by Air Force and making their presence known right off the bat.

Turnovers and points on the board

Nate Romine was a surprise starter at quarterback for Air Force and the injured Arion Worthman.

Romine fumbled the exchange on the game’s second play and Sonatane Liu recovered to give Boise State great field advantage in the early going.

After a first down, the short drive stalled and Haden Hoggarth was able to convert a 22-yard field goal to give the Broncos an early lead.

One forced punt later, the Boise State Broncos struck quickly. Rypien found Richardson for an 87-yard score and the Broncos were up 10-0.

The defense would strike again on the next series. Romine made a bad pitch on the option and the ball found the blue turf. Senior Gabe Perez made the recovery and the Broncos were back in business.

Air Force had appeared to stop Boise St. by holding them to a field goal. The Falcons were offside, though, extending the series, and Rypien eventually found Sean Modster for an eight-yard touchdown pass.

The Falcons went to the air on their next drive as Romine went 3-3 for 66 yards. His one-yard touchdown run made the score 17-7.

Hoggarth added a 28-yard field goal in the second quarter to put the Broncos up 20-7. Then, on the next Air Force series, Jabril Frazier and Tyler Horton made magic happen:

Luke Strebel nailed a 45-yard field goal, even after head coach Bryan Harsin iced him with three consecutive timeouts, to the end the half with Boise State leading 27-10.

Nailing down the ‘w’

Picking up where they left off, Rypien and the Broncos went to the air to open the second half. Rypien connected with Wilson on passes of 29 and 39 yards, and later found Octavius Evans for a seven-yard strike.

Hoggarth added a 21-yard field goal to make it 37-10 with 3:45 left in the third.

Romine had the longest run of the night, for 33 yards, in leading Air Force to a Matthew Phillichi 43-yard field goal.

The Broncos first — and only — punt of the night was followed up by a series leading to an Air Force touchdown. Romine was injured on the series and his replacement Isaiah Sanders led the Falcons down the field. The result was a Taven Birdow six-yard touchdown run with the ensuing two-point conversion failing.

Air Force attempted the onside kick, only to be recovered by Wilson.

Boise State added one last score, a one-yard run by senior Ryan Wolpin to complete the scoring.

Wolpin finished with 40 yards rushing on six carries. Mattison led the way with 42 yards.

Romine was 7-10 for 115 yards for Air Force. He also ran for 54 yards.

All told, it was a fantastic effort from the Boise State Broncos.

They now travel to Fresno State to take on the Bulldogs. The game is set for 11/25 at 1:30 (MDT)


About Jason Haskins

Jason is a 2001 graduate of Boise State and has been an avid fan of Boise State Athletics since the late 90's. Originally from Spring Creek, NV, Jason grew up a fan of the Fred Gatlin era Nevada Wolf Pack, but immediately switched his allegiances while attending school at Boise State. He hasn't looked back since and remains a loyal supporter of Boise State. For more:

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