For the first time since 1997, Boise State has lost consecutive home games. A week after dropping a home game against New Mexico, Air Force handed the Broncos a second straight loss on the blue turf. As a result of the 37-30 victory Friday night, Air Force is now one win away from playing for its first Mountain West Conference title in program history.
Air Force quarterback Karson Roberts had 279 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns in the victory. The passing total was the highest by an Air Force quarterback since Dee Dowis threw for 306 yards against Notre Dame in 1989. A roll out play saw Roberts loft a ball downfield to Jalen Robinette for a 67-yard touchdown to give the Falcons a 17-13 lead. That play dug Air Force out of an early hole in the second quarter, after Boise State took control of the game in the first quarter. Boise State’s Jeremy McNichols took the first play from scrimmage 83 yards for a touchdown. A fumble by Air Force on their first play from scrimmage gave the Broncos a short field, but they could only manage to tack on three more points.
While Boise State has been knocked out of the division picture, New Mexico still has a chance. New Mexico can win the division with a win today against Colorado State and next week at home against Air Force. If the Lobos win today, the winner-take-all showdown for the Mountain Division crown will be hosted by New Mexico next week. Air Force has won six of the last seven games between the two, but the lone loss came the last time Air Force visited New Mexico in 2013.