Boise State Football

Final: Boise State dominates second half again to beat Air Force

The Boise State football team used another dominant second half to improve to 4-0 on Friday night at Albertsons Stadium.

The Broncos scored 20 straight points on their way to a 30-19 victory against the Air Force Falcons (2-1). The score was tied 10-10 at halftime.

Boise State quarterback Hank Bachmeier was 7-for-8 for 108 yards and a touchdown in the second half. Tailback Robert Mahone added a pair of 10-yard touchdown runs in the fourth quarter to build a 30-13 advantage.

The Broncos allowed a late touchdown — the first they’ve allowed in the second half this season. The Falcons’ nine second-half points also were the first points allowed by the Broncos after halftime.

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Check out the scoring, tweets about the game and our news and notes below:


Second quarter

AFA — Donald Hammond III 8 run (Jake Koehnke kick), 14:55. Key plays: A string of punts — including a 20-yarder by Boise State’s Joel Velazquez — worked to Air Force’s advantage on field position, and Kadin Remsberg gained 14 yards on a toss play. Hammond, the quarterback, ran keepers to the left twice for 8 yards each, the last one going for a touchdown. Drive: 6 plays, 46 yards, 3:11. Air Force 7, Boise State 0

BSU — CT Thomas 36 pass from Hank Bachmeier (Eric Sachse kick), 12:01. Key plays: Bachmeier hit Thomas for 12 yards to get the drive going and Khalil Shakir for 12 yards on first-and-15 to get out of a hole. Thomas ran an out and up from the slot on the TD and was open down the sideline as Bachmeier took a hit. Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 2:46. Air Force 7, Boise State 7

BSU — Sachse 40 field goal, 5:53. Key plays: Bachmeier found Thomas for 19 yards on third-and-6 to open the drive, then Thomas made a spectacular, diving grab over the middle for 29 yards. On third-and-13, Bachmeier hit tight end Garrett Collingham for 6 yards to get into reasonable field-goal range. Drive: 9 plays, 60 yards, 3:11. Boise State 10, Air Force 7

AFA — Koehnke 30 field goal, :00. Key plays: Hammond kept for 9 and 6 yards to help move the chains but the drive stalled when the Falcons fumbled a pitch on a reverse. They got the ball back but ran up the middle on third-and-12 to set up the field goal rather than take a chance. Drive: 14 plays, 52 yards, 5:53. Boise State 10, Air Force 10

Third quarter

AFA — Koehnke 31 field goal, 6:29. Key plays: Another subpar punt gave Air Force the ball at its own 43-yard line and fullback Timothy Jackson busted 20 yards up the middle on the first play. The Falcons converted one third down but on the next one the Broncos stuffed all three pieces of the option to force the field goal. Drive: 8 plays, 43 yards, 4:55. Air Force 13, Boise State 10

BSU — John Bates 28 pass from Bachmeier (Sachse kick), :34. Key plays: Thomas made a nice catch over the middle on a Bachmeier throw that was slightly behind him for 23 yards on third-and-5 and Bachmeier fired a dart to wide receiver Akilian Butler for 13 yards on fourth-and-10 from the Air Force 38-yard line. The TD came on second-and-13, and Bachmeier zipped the ball to Bates just before the safety could get there. Drive: 11 plays, 77 yards, 5:51. Boise State 17, Air Force 13

Fourth quarter

BSU — Robert Mahone 10 run (Sachse kick blocked), 8:30. Key plays: Bachmeier hit wide receiver John Hightower for 16 and 14 yards. The latter play was on third-and-11, and Hightower caught the ball on the ground after it deflected off at least one and maybe two defenders trying to tackle him. Drive: 8 plays, 52 yards, 4:24. Boise State 23, Air Force 13

BSU — Mahone 10 run (Sachse kick), 4:35. Key play: Kekaula Kaniho returned an interception 50 yards. Drive: 5 plays, 27 yards, 2:42. Boise State 30, Air Force 13

AFA — Geraud Sanders 31 pass from Hammond (Koehnke kick blocked), 2:27. Key play: Hammond completed four passes on the drive. Sanders was wide open deep for the score. Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 2:08. Boise State 30, Air Force 19


Two starters out but one returns

Boise State right tackle John Ojukwu and safety DeAndre Pierce were out for the third straight game Friday night. They were injured in the season opener against Florida State.

However, left tackle Ezra Cleveland returned to the starting lineup after missing the Portland State game with a lower-leg injury.

Mountain Home Air Force Base and Idaho Air National Guard pilots flying F-15s and A-10s zoom over Albertsons Stadium at the start of Boise State’s football game against Mountain West foe Air Force on Friday at Albertsons Stadium. Darin Oswald

Jets provide pregame flyover

Mountain Home Air Force Base (two F-15 E Strike Eagles) and the Idaho Air National Guard at Gowen Field (two A-10 Thunderbolt Twos) combined for a flyover before Friday’s game. The planes represented the 366th Gunfighters, the Bold Tigers, at Mountain Home and the 124th Fighter Wing of the Idaho Air National Guard.

Quick hits

Boise State wore all black. ... Boise State President Marlene Tromp ran out of the tunnel with the Broncos. ... Nickel Roman Kafentzis carried the Hammer. ... Air Force won the coin toss and deferred. ... The Broncos changed their defensive alignment against Air Force’s option with Khafari Buffalo starting at nickel and usual nickel Kekaula Kaniho dropping back to safety. Buffalo is 17 pounds heavier than Kaniho, giving the Broncos more size near the line of scrimmage in run defense. ... Boise State announced an attendance of 36,498, the sixth-largest for a home game in school history. ... Boise State middle linebacker Zeke Noa left the game with an injury and didn’t return.


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