Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun addressed the media at his weekly teleconference Tuesday. The Falcons are at Boise State Saturday, Nov. 18, at 8:15 p.m.
Air Force and Boise State are meeting for the sixth time overall, all as conference foes. Air Force leads the series, 3-2, including three straight wins. The Falcons are 2-0 at home and 1-2 at Boise State.
Air Force defeated Boise State, 27-20, in the regular season finale Nov. 25 in Falcon Stadium. Boise State struck first on a touchdown run to cap a two-play scoring drive. The Falcons answered back with a DJ Johnson one-yard run to tie the score at 7-7. Luke Strebel added a field goal and Tyler Weaver returned a blocked punt 11 yards for a touchdown to give Air Force a 17-7 lead. The Broncos added a field goal to cut the lead to 17-10 at the half. Air Force added a Shayne Davern TD run to push the lead to 24-10. The teams exchanged field goals and the Broncos added a long touchdown pass to cut the lead to 27-20 midway through the fourth quarter. Boise State drove the ball inside the Air Force five in the final minute, but a goal-line stand by the defense secured the win for Air Force. On the final play, a fourth-and-goal at the one, Brodie Hicks stripped quarterback Brett Rypien and Haji Dunn, Jr., recovered to ice the win. Air Force finished with 359 total yards, including 314 rushing. The Falcons held the ball for 41:27 and converted on eight of 18 third downs. Boise State finished with 400 total yards and averaged 7.8 yards per play, but was held to one of 12 on third down and had nine completions on 26 pass attempts. Arion Worthman led the Falcons with 80 yards rushing while Johnson added 73. The defense was led by Brodie Hicks, who had six tackles. Boise State was led by Rypien, who hit nine of 26 passes for 316 yards and a TD.
Air Force defeated Boise State, 37-30, in 2015 the last time the two played at BSU. Boise State scored on its first offensive play and turned an Air Force turnover on its first offensive play into a field goal to take a 10-0 lead 90 seconds into the game. Air Force got going from there. Following field goals by each team, the Falcons scored 21 second-quarter points to take a 24-13 halftime lead. Karson Roberts ran for a score and hit Jalen Robinette for another to lead the charge. Roberts struck through the air on the opening drive of the second half to extend the lead to 31-13. Boise State closed to within seven, 34-27, but a career-long 45 yard field goal by Luke Strebel sealed the game with just over two minutes remaining. Boise State added a late field goal to make up the final margin. Air Force rolled up 607 total yards and used a balanced attack with 328 yards rushing and 279 passing. Roberts led the way with a career-high 279 yards passing and two touchdowns. Jacobi Owens powered the running game with 145 yards. The defense was led by Roland Ladipo, who had nine tackles and a career-high four pass breakups. Alex Hansen chipped in with four tackles, two sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss. The defense held Boise State to 378 total yards.