Coming off a 63-7 victory over the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks, Boise State (2-1, 1-0) opened their Mountain West Conference schedule against the Air Force Falcons (1-2, 0-2), picking up a 42-20 victory at Bronco Stadium on Friday night.
Redshirt senior quarterback Joe Southwick completed on 27-of-29 passes for 287 yards, one touchdown and an interception. Southwick’s completion percentage of .931 set the all-time single-game record for Boise State, previously held by Jared Zabransky in 2006, who completed 21-of-23 passes (.913) against Utah State.
“I’m proud of it. I’m proud of the guys though too,” Southwick said. “With the O-line, I didn’t get touched all night.”
Redshirt sophomore running back Jay Ajayi carried the load for the Broncos on the ground, going for 125-yards on 17 carries. Ajayi rushed for four touchdowns on the night, tying his 2012 season total and bringing his 2013 total to six.
“It was amazing. I definitely want to thank my lineman, they were blocking their tails off all night long,” Ajayi said. “The holes were there and I just wanted to take advantage of every opportunity that I got.”
Ajayi picked up two fumbles on the opening drive of the second half, with the second one ending in a turnover. Ajayi bounced back however, scoring three of his four touchdowns after the fumble.
“After those fumbles I was a little bit down,” Ajayi said. “But I have great teammates and they were just making sure to encourage me on the sideline.
Stopping the Air Force triple option offense was a point of emphasis for the Bronco defense entering the week. After allowing 192-yards and 17 points in the first half, the Broncos shut down the Falcon offense in the second half, holding them to just 95-yards and three points.
“The first half we just kind of felt them out,” Redshirt senior defensive tackle Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe said. “At halftime we made some adjustments and the crowd was going so that made a big difference.”
The win over Air Force puts the Broncos into a tie for first with Utah State in the West division of the Mountain West Conference and moves them to 2-1 on the year after an opening loss to the Washington Huskies.
“That’s our whole mission in life, is to improve,” Petersen said. “We don’t care if its’ on offense, kicking game, linebacker play or whatever.”
The Broncos will head to Fresno State next week to renew their rivalry against the Bulldogs on Friday night at 7 p.m. on ESPN