In two weeks, Air Force’s offense has become even more dangerous with the added element of its vertical pass game.
Six days after senior quarterback Karson Roberts threw for 271 yards against Utah State, the most by an Air Force quarterback since 1989, the Falcons again struck gold on deep passes Friday at Albertsons Stadium, throwing for even more.
Air Force took advantage of the absence of Boise State starting safeties Darian Thompson (concussion) and Dylan Sumner-Gardner (ankle), softening up the defense with its option, then tossing it deep over flat-footed defenders for huge gains.
Roberts completed 9-of-16 passes for 279 yards, two touchdowns and three second-half interceptions. Four of his completions went for 38 yards or more.
“In the second half, we made a couple changes, did a better job that way, but you put yourself in a really bad situation when you’ve got a couple wide open — that doesn’t look good,” Boise State coach Bryan Harsin said.
Roberts connected with wide receiver Jalen Robinette for a 67-yard touchdown pass with 6:42 left in the second quarter, giving the Falcons a 17-13 lead on the Broncos. The score was the sixth pass of 60 yards or more allowed by the Broncos, tied for second most allowed in the Football Bowl Subdivision. On the first possession of the second half, Roberts hit tight end Garrett Griffin wide open down the middle for a 51-yard touchdown 1:42 into the third quarter for a 31-13 lead.
“We had some guys down, but we don’t need to make any excuses,” junior safety Chanceller James said. “... there shouldn’t be any fall-off. We’re a blue-collar team and we need to play like a blue-collar team.”