NCAAF Game Recap - Air Force at Boise State
Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:00 PM EDT

Char
10
Clem
52
F
SMiss
7
Ala
49
F
ND
17
UGA
23
F
LSU
66
Vand
38
F
MiaOH
5
OHSt
76
F
Aub
28
TxAM
20
F
Tenn
3
Fla
34
F
Utah
23
USC
30
F
Mich
14
Wisc
35
F
OkSt
30
Tex
36
F
UCF
34
Pitt
35
F
Oreg
21
Stan
6
F
UCLA
67
WaSt
63
F
AF
19
Boise
30
F
OD
17
UVA
28
F
Wash
45
BYU
19
F
Cal
28
Miss
20
F
Colo
34
AzSt
31
F
SMU
41
TCU
38
F
Hou
31
Tul
38
F
FLInt
31
LaTec
43
F
MSU
31
NW
10
F
ULMon
20
IASt
72
F
Elon
7
Wake
49
F
WestMI
33
Syr
52
F
BC
30
Rut
16
F
UConn
3
Ind
38
F
Mor
21
Army
52
F
CoCar
62
UMass
28
F
ULLaf
45
Ohio
25
F
CenCt
29
E Mi
34
F
Troy
35
Akr
7
F
BGSU
20
Kent
62
F
SoAl
3
UAB
35
F
Wyo
21
Tuls
24
F
App
34
UNC
31
F
Lou
24
FlaSt
35
F
Temp
22
Buff
38
F
SCar
14
Mizzu
34
F
KY
13
MisSt
28
F
C Mi
12
MiaFL
17
F
NMSt
52
NM
55
F
WVU
29
Kans
24
F
W&M
7
ECU
19
F
Hamp
27
Lib
62
F
Wagn
7
FlAtl
42
F
GASt
34
TxSt
37
F(2OT)
SIU
28
ArkSt
41
F
Bayl
21
Rice
13
F
Ball
23
NCSt
34
F
UTSA
3
NorTx
45
F
SJSU
31
Ark
24
F
Nev
37
UTEP
21
F
Neb
42
Ill
38
F
SacSt
20
Fres
34
F
Toled
41
ColSt
35
F
UtSt
23
SDSU
17
F
C Ark
16
Hawaii
35
F

Sep 20, 2019, 9:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Air Force (2-1)

0

10

3

6

19

(20) Boise State (4-0)

0

10

7

13

30

Big 2nd half leads No. 20 Boise State past Air Force 30-19
Sat Sep 21, 2019 1:41 AM

BOISE, Idaho (AP) Hank Bachmeier's arm and poise carried No. 20 Boise State until Robert Mahone took over in the fourth quarter.

And the Broncos' defense? It continued to stymie opponents in the second half, even if it finally gave up some points.

"The second half we just went out there and tried to put the game away," Mahone said. "It was a close game, but the second half we knew we had to finish and that's what we did."

Bachmeier threw for 263 yards and two touchdowns, Mahone rushed for a pair of scores in the fourth quarter, and Boise State pulled away in the second half for a 30-19 win over Air Force on Friday night.

Bachmeier's arm made up for a Broncos' running game that was ineffective until the fourth quarter. He hit CT Thomas on a 36-yard touchdown pass in the first half while getting crunched by a defender, and added a 28-yard TD toss to tight end John Bates late in the third quarter to give the Broncos a 17-13 lead.

Mahone added a pair of 10-yard TD runs in the fourth as the Broncos (4-0, 1-0 Mountain West) won their 20th straight conference opener.

Bachmeier was 19 of 26 passing in another impressive performance by the freshman in just his fourth start.

"He came back in the second half even better. He's a strong kid back there in the pocket. He took a couple of licks, but he gets right back up," Thomas said.

Air Force quarterback Donald Hammond III had an 8-yard touchdown run in the first half and threw a 31-yard TD to Geraud Sanders late in the fourth quarter. Taven Birdow led Air Force (2-1, 0-1) with 67 yards rushing, but the second-best rushing attack in the country was held to 242 yards, more than 100 yards under its season average.

"They've got a really, really good team," Air Force coach Troy Calhoun said.

Bachmeier also got help from his receivers, who made terrific catches. Thomas, who had a career-high 119 yards receiving, made a diving 29-yard catch to set up Eric Sachse's 40-yard field goal in the first half. John Hightower made a juggling reception surrounded by two defenders on a key third-down in the fourth quarter, and Mahone scored on a 10-yard TD run on the next play to give the Broncos a 23-13 lead.

"We knew coming into the game Air Force does a great job being physical," Thomas said. "Our mindset was we had to compete for the ball, every ball that comes our way."

Tied 10-10 at halftime, Hammond spent the start of the second half in the injury tent while Isaiah Sanders took over at quarterback. Sanders led the Falcons to a 32-yard field goal by Jake Koehnke midway through the third. It was the first second-half points allowed this season by the Broncos.

Bachmeier responded with his best drive of the night, taking the Broncos 77 yards in 11 plays, capped with the TD pass to Bates. The biggest play of the drive was Bachmeier's 13-yard strike to Akilian Bulter on fourth-and-10 at the Air Force 38. Two plays later, Bates was in the end zone and Boise State was ahead for good.

Air Force was stopped on fourth-and-1 at the Boise State 48 on the next possession and the Broncos answered with the first of Mahone's TD runs.

PROTECTING THE FRESHMAN

Bachmeier had been hit a lot through the first three games, and continued to get battered in the first half. He was sacked only once in the first half, but took a handful of big hits as protection broke down. His willingness to take a hit, though, can lead to big plays, like the Broncos' first touchdown. Bachmeier allowed Thomas to develop his route and hit the speedy receiver on a 36-yard touchdown to give the Broncos a 10-7 lead.

"That's the sign of a good quarterback. ... When you play that position you're going to get hit differently, but you're going to get hit if you're going to stand and deliver it sometimes and those guys have to be able to do that and not flinch and he seems to be able to do that," Boise State coach Bryan Harsin said.

FINALLY

Koehnke's field goal with 6:29 left in the third quarter was the first points scored against Boise State's defense in the second half this season. The Broncos held Florida State, Marshall and Portland State scoreless in the final 30 minutes of the first three games. Boise State went 98 minutes, 31 seconds of combined second-half action before allowing points.

THE TAKEAWAY

Air Force: The Falcons were unable to keep the momentum from last week's upset win at Colorado and still have not beaten a ranked team on the road since winning at California in 2002.

Boise State: It's a result of facing a run-first team, but Boise State nose tackle Sonatane Lui set a career-high with 16 tackles. Lui had eight combined tackles through the first three games. ... Pass rusher Curtis Weaver didn't have a sack after having four last week against Portland State.

UP NEXT

Air Force: The Falcons return home to host San Jose State next Friday.

Boise State: The Broncos have an open weekend and next play at UNLV on Oct. 5.

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Passing

AF Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
D. Hammond III 11 6 54.5 1 83 31 1 71.4
I. Sanders 2 2 100.0 0 30 19 0 118.8
Boise Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
H. Bachmeier 26 19 73.1 2 263 36 0 130.8
C. Cord 2 1 50.0 0 -3 0 0 56.3

Rushing

AF Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
T. Birdow 18 67 3.7 13 0
D. Hammond III 12 62 5.2 14 1
Boise Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
R. Mahone 13 73 5.6 10 2
A. Van Buren 3 10 3.3 5 0

Receiving

AF Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
G. Sanders 5 86 17.2 31 1
B. Waters 2 19 9.5 11 0
Boise Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
C. Thomas 5 119 23.8 36 1
J. Hightower 5 48 9.6 16 0

Fumbles

Boise F FL
H. Bachmeier 1 0

Returning

Boise KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Hightower 2 16.5 0 19 0 - 0 0

Punting

AF Punt Yds Avg LgPu
C. Scott 4 155 38.8 41
Boise Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Velazquez 4 132 33.0 46

Takeaways

Boise Int Yds InTD
K. Kaniho 1 50 0

Team Stats Comparison

AF Boise
Points For 19 30
Total Yards 355 355
Rushing Yards 242 95
Passing Yards 113 260
Passing Completions / Attempts 8/13 20/28
Turnovers 1 0
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 1/0 1/0
First Downs 19 17
Penalties - Yards 2/10 2/10
Time Of Possession 12:12 48:48
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 6/13 5/11
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/1 1/1
Punts - Average Yards 4/39 4/33

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter AF Boise
No scores this quarter
2nd Quarter AF Boise
AF 0:05 TD Donald Hammond III 8 yd run (Jake Koehnke kick) 7 0
Boise 2:59 TD CT Thomas 36 yd pass from Hank Bachmeier (Eric Sachse kick) 7 7
Boise 9:07 FG Eric Sachse 40 yd FG 7 10
AF 15:00 FG Jake Koehnke 30 yd FG 10 10
3rd Quarter AF Boise
AF 8:31 FG Jake Koehnke 31 yd FG 13 10
Boise 14:26 TD John Bates 28 yd pass from Hank Bachmeier (Eric Sachse kick) 13 17
4th Quarter AF Boise
Boise 6:30 TD Robert Mahone 10 yd run (blocked XP) 13 23
Boise 10:25 TD Robert Mahone 10 yd run (Eric Sachse kick) 13 30
AF 12:33 TD Geraud Sanders 31 yd pass from Donald Hammond III (blocked XP) 19 30

Game Information

Stadium: Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho
Attendance: 36,498
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