Broncos Mowing Through MWC

Boise State coach Chris Petersen so enjoyed his first encounter with Air Force -- a 37-26 win Saturday -- that he doesn't want to do it again. The Broncos and Falcons are scheduled to miss each other the next two years in the Mountain West and won't play until 2014. "Three years is too soon, if you ask me," Petersen said.

Boise State coach Chris Petersen so enjoyed his first encounter with Air Force -- a 37-26 win Saturday -- that he doesn't want to do it again. The Broncos and Falcons are scheduled to miss each other the next two years in the Mountain West and won't play until 2014.

"Three years is too soon, if you ask me," Petersen said.

The No. 5-ranked Broncos clicked offensively but hurt themselves with two turnovers, and they only had eight possessions because the Falcons hogged the ball. The Falcons gained 408 yards and scored 26 points, both below their averages but season highs against the Broncos' defense.

The Falcons scored on three straight possessions in the second half to get within a touchdown but each time the Broncos answered with points of their own.

"The game went like we were hoping it wouldn't but it usually does, where they control the ball and they're not going to give you many possessions," Petersen said. "You better be efficient."

The Broncos improved to 7-0 overall and 2-0 in the Mountain West with their 35th straight home win.

NOTES, QUOTES
--Quarterback Kellen Moore picked up his 45th career win, tying Colt McCoy for the Football Bowl Subdivision record. Moore can break the mark Nov. 5 at UNLV. He only has two losses.
--Boise State has won 35 straight home games. With Oklahoma's loss, the Broncos now have the longest home winning streak in the nation.
--The Broncos have won 33 of their past 34 games and haven't lost in regulation since the 2008 Poinsettia Bowl, a one-point loss to TCU.

KEEP AN EYE ON:
LB Byron Hout -- The senior middle linebacker made a career-high 18 tackles against Air Force. He had 15 tackles in the first six games and the Broncos' leading tackler at that point had 24.

LOOKING GOOD: The Broncos offense stayed hot against Air Force, but they only got the ball eight times. They punted once and squandered two promising drives with turnovers deep in Air Force territory. The other five drives resulted in four touchdowns and a game-clinching field goal. The Broncos averaged 7.7 yards per play and were 5-of-8 on third down. The turnovers were critical, though -- they kept Air Force in the game. One was a fumble by tailback Doug Martin, who rushed for 125 yards. The other was an interception on a pass that should have been caught for a touchdown.

STILL NEEDS WORK: The Broncos are happy they don't have to face another triple-option attack until 2014. Air Force is off their schedule the next two years. They did a good job of making Air Force work for its points -- the Falcons had scoring drives of 17, 18, 11 and 11 plays -- but wasn't able to stop them enough on third and fourth downs. The good news for the Broncos is the problems they had with the Falcons aren't likely to be replicated by any future opponents.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We had some key third downs that we converted, and that was essential." -- Boise State left tackle Nate Potter

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
PLAYER NOTES:
--Safety George Iloka made 12 tackles against Air Force to take the team lead for the season with 35.
--Wide receiver Tyler Shoemaker had four catches for 98 yards and a touchdown. He has 278 yards in the past two games and has nine TD catches this season.
--Tailback Doug Martin rushed for 125 yards, his third 100-yard game in the past four. He's averaging 106.7 yards per game this season.

ROSTER REPORT
--True freshman tailback Jay Ajayi, who was expected to redshirt, tore an anterior cruciate ligament in practice, Petersen said.
--Senior starting defensive tackle Chase Baker missed his second straight game with a calf strain but is expected back soon.
--Senior center Thomas Byrd (knees) didn't start but played for the second straight game.
--Junior left guard Joe Kellogg (knee) returned to the starting lineup after missing a game.




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