Boise State junior wide receiver Thomas Sperbeck broke the school record for receiving yards in a season with a 7-yard catch in the first quarter Friday night against Air Force.
Sperbeck entered the game just 5 yards short of Titus Young’s record set in 2010.
Young gained 1,215 yards on 71 catches when he set the record. He caught nine TD passes and averaged 17.1 yards per catch.
Sperbeck has 76 catches for 1,289 yards and eight touchdowns this season. He averages 16.96 yards per catch.
Thompson, Williams-Rhodes out
Boise State senior safety Darian Thompson (concussion) and senior wide receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes (ankle) didn’t play against Air Force on Senior Day.
Also, senior defensive tackle Justin Taimatuia didn’t start but played in the second half. He is banged up and didn’t practice much during the week, coach Bryan Harsin said. Junior Elliot Hoyte replaced him.
Thompson, the Mountain West record-holder with 19 career interceptions, has only missed two starts in the past three seasons — both against Air Force.
Williams-Rhodes injured an ankle in the first half last week against New Mexico and didn’t return to the game. He ranks third in school history with 205 career catches.
The Broncos also are without senior left tackle Rees Odhiambo (ankle), sophomore safety Dylan Sumner-Gardner (ankle) and sophomore quarterback Ryan Finley (ankle).
On the plus side, senior cornerback Donte Deayon started after missing three games. He had knee surgery.
McNichols breaks MW record
Boise State sophomore tailback Jeremy McNichols busted an 83-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage, the third-longest run in school history.
The play gave McNichols a rushing TD in 10 straight games, breaking the conference record that he tied last week. McNichols has played in 10 games this season.
The Broncos wore all blue. ... Twenty seniors were honored before their final regular-season home game. ... Deayon, senior defensive end Tyler Horn and senior linebacker Tyler Gray were single-game captains. ... Senior long snapper Kevin Keane carried the Hammer. ... Boise State won the coin toss and took the ball, which is unusual for the Broncos. ... Air Force blocked Tyler Rausa’s 44-yard field-goal attempt in the second quarter. It was the Falcons’ 12th blocked kick in the past three seasons, the second-most in the nation. Eleven of those have been scoring kicks. ... Attendance: 30,332.