Amber Seals, USA TODAY Sports

Too Little, Too Late as Boise State Broncos Lose to Air Force Falcons 37-30

Broncos lose second in a row at home.

BOISE, Idaho--Forgive Bronco fans if they are having trouble recognizing their team.  For the second week in a row, Boise State fell behind an opponent in Albertsons Stadium and, although the Broncos rallied late, once again they came up short, falling to Air Force 37-30 last night.

Boise State got off to a great start, going ahead 10-0 on an 83-yard run by Jeremy McNichols and a 37-yard field goal by Tyler Rausa.  The run by McNichols was the second-longest run from scrimmage in Boise State history, beaten only by Jared Zabranksy's 85-yard run against Hawai'i in 2004.  Air Force came back with an 18-yard field goal by Luke Strebel, but the Broncos once again pushed the lead to 10 on another Rausa field goal, this time from 45 yards out.

But then Air Force reeled off 31 unanswered points as Falcon receivers consistently got behind the Bronco secondary for easy scores.  Quarterback Karson Roberts began the barrage with a one-yard run in the opening minute of the second quarter, then Air Force moved into the lead at 17-13 with a 67-yard pass play from Roberts to Jale Robinette.  

Timothy McVey burst through the Bronco defense on another big play of 48 yards as the Falcons entered the locker room up 24-13.  

The second half began much the way that the first ended, as Roberts found Garret Griffin all alone on a 51-yard scoring play, and Strebel added a 32-yard field goal later in the quarter for a 34-13 lead.

Boise State finally broke the drought with 53 seconds left in the quarter when Brett Rypien hit Thomas Sperbeck with a 34-yard touchdown pass.  The Broncos made it interesting when backup quarterback Thomas Stuart scored from two yards out to cut the lead to 34-27 with 5:35 left.

However, the Bronco defense was unable to stop Air Force on its next possession, leading to another Strebel field goal with 2:11 remaining.  Rausa connected on a 45-yard field goal with 11 seconds left for the final score.

Rypien finished 23-48 for 237 yards and one touchdown. The true freshman now ranks 12th for passing yards in a season and 20th for career passing yards at Boise State with 2,776 (see charts at the bottom of this article.)  Rypien is also now eighth all-time for games with 300+ passing yards and ninth for completions in a season with 218.

 McNichols led the Bronco ground game with 151 yards on 20 carries to top the 1,000-yard mark for a season.  McNichols now has 1,052 yards on 201 carries; it is the 22nd season and the seventh consecutive year in which a Boise State rusher has gained over 1,000 yards.  McNichols added a touchdown for his 15th of the season, tied for 8th all-time at Boise State.

Once again Sperbeck led the Boise State receivers with 7 catches for 74 yards.  With his record 20 receptions last week against New Mexico and the 7 last night, Sperbeck has moved from 36-5 the last two weeks for receptions in a season with 76.  Sperbeck is now 15th all-time in career receptions with 126.  Sperbeck also tied Jeb Putzier for 12th all-time in career receiving yards with 2,050.  

Although he was out with an injury last night, Shane Williams-Rhodes and Sperbeck are now the #4 receiving duo in school history with 130 catches this season, and Sperbeck, Williams-Rhodes & McNichols are the #6 receiving trio with 170 catches.  

Roberts was 9-16 for 279 yards, an average completion of over 30 yards.  Jacobi Owens gained 145 yards on 20 carries to lead the Falcon ground game.

Boise State slipped to 7-4 overall and 4-3 in the Mountain West with the loss, while Air Force is now 8-3 and 6-1 in conference and can clinch the Mountain Division title with a win next week against New Mexico. 

Receving Yards, Season

1.    Thomas Sperbeck (1,289) 2015

1.    Titus Young (1,215) 2010

2.    Tim Gilligan (1,192) 2003

3.    Matt Miller (1,140) 2013

4.    Billy Wingfield (1,138) 2002

5.    Kipp Bedard (1,101) 1981

6.    Mike Holton (1,080) 1974

7.    Jeremy Childs (1,045) 2007

8.    Titus Young (1,041) 2009

9.    Terry Hutt (1,032) 1977

10.  Al Marshall (1,003) 1972

11.  Tyler Shoemaker (994) 2011

12.  Don Hutt (964) 1973

13.  Ryan Ikebe (959) 1996

14.  Austin Pettis (951) 2010

15.  T.J. Acree (947) 2004

16.   Don Hutt (938) 1971

18.   Eric Andrade (922) 1987

19.   Rodney Smith (917) 1997

20.   Mike Wilson (913) 1992

21.  Thomas Sperbeck (877) 2014

22.   Austin Pettis (855) 2009

23.  John Smith (854) 1975

24.  Winky White (830) 1989

25.  Jeb Putzier (824) 2001

25.  Don Hutt (824) 1972

Career 100+ Yards Receiving Games:

1.    Ryan Ikebe (13) 1993-1996

2.    Mike Holton (11) 1974/1974-1976

2.    Don Hutt (11) 1970-1973

4.    Titus Young (10) 2007-2010

5.    Thomas Sperbeck (8) 2013-current

5.    Tyler Shoemaker (8) 2008-2011

5.    Austin Pettis (8) 2007-2010

5.    Lou Fanucchi (8) 1999-2002

5.    Mike Wilson (8) 1990-1993

5.    Terry Hutt (8) 1973-1974/1976-1977

11.  T.J. Acree (7) 2001-2004

11.  Rodney Smith (7) 1997-1998

11.  Kim Metcalf (7) 1980-1984

11.  Al Marshall (7) 1969-1971

11.  Matt Miller (7) 2011-2014

Passing Yards, Season

1.    Ryan Dinwiddie (4,356) 2003

2.    Kellen Moore (3,845) 2010

3.    Kellen Moore (3,734) 2011

4.    Grant Hedrick (3,696) 2014

5.    Kellen Moore (3,536) 2009

6.    Kellen Moore (3,486) 2008

7.    Bart Hendricks (3,364) 2000

8.    Taylor Tharp (3,340) 2007

9.    Ryan Dinwiddie (3,043) 2001

10.  Jared Zabransky (2,927) 2004

11.  Jim McMillan (2,900) 1974

12.  Jared Zabransky (2,887) 2006

13.  Brett Rypien (2,776) 2015-current

14.  Tony Hilde (2,787) 1994

15.  Bart Hendricks (2,746) 1999

Passing Yards, Career

  1.  Kellen Moore (14,534) 2008-2011)
  2.  Ryan Dinwiddie (9,819) 2000-2003
  3.  Tony Hilde (9,107) 1993-1996
  4.  Bart Hendricks (9,020) 1997-2000
  5.  Jared Zabransky (8,256) 2003-2006
  6.  Grant Hedrick (5,656) 2011-2014)
  7.  Jim McMillan (5,508) 1971-1974
  8.  Joe Southwick (4,784) 2010-2013
  9.  Hazsen Choates (4,524) 1983-86
  10.  Mike Virden (4,294) 1989-90
  11.  Eric Guthrie (4,204) 1968-71
  12.  Taylor Tharp (3,699) 2004-2007
  13.  Gerald DesPres (3,579) 1981-84
  14.  Joe Aliotti (3,460) 1979-1980
  15.  Travis Stuart (3,060) 1990-1992
  16.  Vince Alcalde (2,930) 1986-1987 
  17.  Greg Stern (2,865) 1973-1976
  18.  Hoskin Hogan(2,814) 1975/1977-1978
  19.  Ron Autele (2,794) 1970,1972-1973
  20.  Brett Rypien (2,776) 2015-current

300+ Passing Yards, Career

1.    Kellen Moore (16) 2008-2011

2.    Ryan Dinwiddie (14) 2000-2003

3.    Bart Hendricks (10) 1997-2000

4.    Jim McMillan (7) 1971-1974

5.    Grant Hedrick (7) 2011-2014

6.    Tony Hilde (6) 1993-1996

7.    Joe Southwick (4) 2010-2013

8.    Jared Zabransky (4) 2003-2006

8.    Brett Rypien (4) 2015-current

9.    Taylor Tharp (3) 2004-2007

9.    Vince Alcalde (3) 1986-1987

9.    Greg Stern (3) 1973-1976

Completions, Season

1.    Kellen Moore (326) 2011

2.    Grant Hedrick (294) 2014

3.    Taylor Tharp (289) 2007

4.    Kellen Moore (281) 2008

5.    Kellen Moore (277) 2009

6.    Ryan Dinwiddie (276) 2003

7.    Kellen Moore (273) 2010

8.    Joe Southwick (248) 2012

9.    Brett Rypien (218) 2015-current 

10   Bart Hendricks (210) 2000

11.  Jared Zabransky (206) 2004

12.  Bart Hendricks (203) 1999

13.  Jared Zabransky (202) 2005

14.  Ryan Dinwiddie (201) 2001

15.  Jim McMillan (192) 1974

16.  Jared Zabransky (191) 2006

17.  Tony Hilde (189) 1994

18.  Travis Stuart (186) 1992

19.  Mike Virden (178) 1990

20.  Tony Hilde (170) 1996

Rushing Touchdowns, Season

1.    Jay Ajayi (28) 2014

2.    Brock Forsey (26) 2002

3.    Ian Johnson (25) 2006

4.    Jay Ajayi (18) 2013

5.    Ian Johnson (16) 2007

5.    Chris Jackson (16) 1987

5.    Doug Martin (16) 2011

8.    D.J. Harper (15) 2012

8.    Doug Martin (15) 2009

8.    Jeremy McNichols (15) 2015

11.  Jon Helmandollar (14) 2004

12.  Ian Johnson (13) 2008

12.  Jared Zabransky (13) 2004

12.  David Mikell (13) 2003

12.  Brock Forsey (13) 2001

Receptions, Career

1.   Matt Miller (234) 2011-2014

2.    Austin Pettis (228) 2007-2010

3.    Shane Williams-Rhodes (219) 2012-current

4.    Titus Young (204) 2007-2010

5.    Don Hutt (189) 1970-1973

6.    Jeremy Childs (168) 2006-2008

7.    Ryan Ikebe (162) 1993-1996

8.    Mike Wilson (159) 1990-1993

9.    Jay Swillie (140) 1999-2002

9.    Eric Andrade (140) 1983-1984/1986-1987

11.  Mike Holton (139) 1972/1974-1976

12.  Terry Hutt (132) 1973-1974/1976-1977

13.  Lou Fanucchi (131) 1999-2002

14.  Jeb Putzier (128) 1998-2001

15.  Thomas Sperbeck (126) 2013-current

16.  Kim Metcalf (126) 1980-1984

17.  Kipp Bedard (122) 1979-1981

17.  Tyler Shoemaker (122) 2008-2011

19.  Rodney Smith (117) 1997-1998

19.  Sheldon Forehand (117) 1989-1992

21.  Winky White (116) 1987-1990

21.  Al Marshall (116) 1969-1972

23.  Kirby Moore (115) 2009/2011-2013

23.  Drisan James (115) 2003-2006

23.  Billy Wingfield (115) 1998-1999/2001-2002

Season

1.  Matt Miller (88) 2013

2.  Jeremy Childs (82) 2007

3.  Titus Young (79) 2010

4.  Shane Williams-Rhodes (77) 2013

5.  Thomas Sperbeck (76) 2015)

5.   Mike Wilson (76) 1992

7.   Jeremy Childs (72) 2008

8.   Austin Pettis (71) 2009

8.   Titus Young (71) 2009

10. Shane Williams-Rhodes (68) 2014

11. Tim Gilligan (67) 2003

12.  Matt Miller (66) 2012

12.  Don Hutt (66) 1971

14.  Rodney Smith (64) 1997

14.  Mike Holton (64) 1974

16. Austin Pettis (63) 2009

16.  Eric Andrade (63) 1987

16.  Don Hutt (63) 1973

16.  Austin Pettis (63) 2010

20.  Tyler Shoemaker (62) 2011

20.  Matt Miller (62) 2011

20.  Billy Wingfield (62) 2002

Most Catches by a Duo

(the top two receivers)


1.    Matt Miller & Shane Williams-Rhodes (165) 2013

2.    Titus Young & Austin Pettis (142) 2009

       Titus Young & Austin Pettis (142) 2010

4.    Thomas Sperbeck & Shane Williams-Rhodes (130) 2015

5.    Jeremy Childs & Austin Pettis (128) 2007

6.    Matt Miller & Tyler Shoemaker (124) 2011

7.    Jeremy Childs & Austin Pettis (121) 2008

8.    Mike Wilson & Sheldon Forehand (119) 1992

9.    Tim Gilligan & T.J. Acree (118) 2003

9.    Shane Williams-Rhodes and Jay Ajayi (118) 2014


Receving Yards, Career

1.    Titus Young (3,063) 2007-2010

2.    Matt Miller (3,049) 2011-2014
3.    Austin Pettis (2,838) 2007-2010

4.    Ryan Ikebe (2,751) 1993-1996

5.    Don Hutt (2,728) 1970-1973

6.    Lou Fanucchi (2,554) 1999-2002

7.    Terry Hutt (2,354) 1973-1974/1976-1977

       Mike Holton (2,354) 1972/1974-1976

9.    Mike Wilson (2,300) 1990-1993

10.  Jay Swillie (2,161) 1999-2002

11.  Eric Andrade (2,097) 1983-1984/1986-1987

12.  Thomas Sperbeck (2,050) 2013-current

13.  Jeb Putzier (2,050) 1998-2001

14.  Tyler Shoemaker (2,031) 2008-2011

15.  Al Marshall (2,007) 1969-1972

16.  Jeremy Childs (1,999) 2006-2008

17.  Kim Metcalf (1,990) 1980-1984

18.  Winky White (1,977) 1987-1990

19.  Kipp Bedard (1,971) 1979-1981

20.  Drisan James (1,810) 2003-2006

21.  Shane Williams-Rhodes (1,756) 2012-current

21.  T.J. Acree (1,713) 2001-2004

23.  Tim Gilligan (1,670) 2000-2003

24.  John Smith (1,608) 1972-1975

25.  Sheldon Forehand (1,586) 1989-1992

Most Catches by a Trio

(the top three receivers)


1.    Matt Miller, Shane Williams-Rhodes & Geraldo Boldewijn (204) 2013

2.    Titus Young, Austin Pettis & Tyler Shoemaker (174) 2010

3.    Matt Miller, Tyler Shoemaker & Mitch Burroughs (173) 2011

4.    Titus Young, Austin Pettis & Kyle Efaw (173) 2009

5.    Jeremy Childs, Austin Pettis & Titus Young (172) 2007

6.    Thomas Sperbeck, Shane Williams-Rhodes & Jeremy McNichols (170) 2015

6.    Shane Williams-Rhodes, Jay Ajayi and Thomas Sperbeck (169) 2014

7.    Jeremy Childs, Austin Pettis & Vinny Perretta (157) 2008

8.    Mike Wilson, Sheldon Forehand and Dave Deitz (151) 1992

8.    Tim Gilligan, T.J. Acree & Jerry Smith (150) 2003

10.  Matt Miller, Kirby Moore & Chris Potter (138) 2012

Longest Run From Scrimmage:

1.    85+ Jared Zabransky vs. Hawai'i 2004

2.    83+ Jeremy McNichols vs. Air Force 2015

3.    80+ K.C. Adams vs. Northern Arizona 1994

4.    78+ David Mikell vs. Idaho 2003

5.    77+ Bart Hendricks vs. UTEP 2000

5.    77+ Gavin Reed vs. Utah State 1999

5.    77+ Chris Jackson vs. Delaware State 1987

5.    77+ Greg Harrison vs. Montana 1983

5.    77+ Cedric Minter vs. Northern Michigan 1978

10.  75+ David Mikell vs. TCU 2003

10.  75+ Eron Hurley vs. Idaho 1998

10.  75+ John Smith vs. Cal Poly-SLO 1974

13.  73+ Bart Hendricks vs. Louisiana Tech 1997

14.  71+ Jay Ajayi vs. Nevada, 2013

15.  69+ Cedric Minter vs. Idaho State 1979

16.  67+ Jeff Carpenter vs. Fresno State 2005

17.  66+ Joe Aliotti vs. Idaho State 1979

 


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