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Air Force @ Boise State Game Notes

Oct. 16, 2021

9:00 p.m.

Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho

Q1

The Broncos opened the game with a 39-yard pass from junior quarterback Hank Bachmeier to redshirt junior wide receiver Stefan Cobbs and quickly got Boise State deep into Falcons territory. Just three plays later, the Broncos completed an eight-yard touchdown pass from Bachmeier to Cobbs for the early lead.

This was the first opening-drive touchdown that Air Force allowed all season.

The drive went 75 yards on 11 plays, lasting 3:45.

Air Force 0, Boise State 7.

The Air Force offense, first in rushing yards in the FBS, responded with a time-consuming drive. Junior quarterback Haaziq Daniels and the Falcons drove down the field and answered back with a four-yard touchdown run by junior running back Brad Roberts to tie the game.

The drive went 75 yards on 14 plays, lasting 6:46.

Air Force 7, Boise State 7.

The Air Force defense held Boise State to a three-and-out on their next drive, allowing the offense to hammer away early at the Broncos defense. Led by Daniels and Roberts, the Falcons rush attack reached the Boise State 33-yard line to end the first quarter.

Q2

Just three plays into the second quarter, Daniels found the endzone on a 25-yard quarterback keeper to get Air Force its first lead of the day.

The drive went 76 yards on 10 plays, lasting 4:19.

Air Force 14, Boise State 7.

The Broncos offense came right back on their next drive. A 12-yard pass from Bachmeier to senior wide receiver Khalil Shakir set up an 11-yard rush by senior running back Andrew Van Buren to tie the game.

The drive went 80 yards on 10 plays, lasting 3:41.

Air Force 14, Boise State 14.

Daniels didn’t need much time to make an impact on the following drive, throwing a dart in-stride to senior wide receiver Brandon Lewis for 59-yards. This set up the Falcons at the Broncos 14-yard line. On the eighth play of the drive, Roberts found the endzone for the second time on the evening to give Air Force the lead back.

The drive went 75 yards on eight plays, lasting 3:52.

Air Force to this point was 3-for-3 on scoring drives in the game.

Air Force 21, Boise State 14.

Despite a solid kick return by Cobbs that set up the Broncos at their own 37-yard line, the Falcons defense shined, and a slew of penalties against the Boise State offensive line held back the home team, who faced 3rd and 30 at one point in the drive. Unable to overcome their mistakes, Boise State punted.

Air Force also would punt on their following drive, but more offensive penalties against the Broncos eliminated any chance of a late score in the first half.

Air Force 21, Boise State 14.

Q3

The second half shifted perspective and became a battle between the two defenses, with Air Force holding the Broncos to a three-and-out on their first drive. The following drive looked promising for Boise State after a 43-yard pass downfield from Bachmeier to Shakir, but it was negated due to an ineligible receiver penalty by Broncos redshirt senior center Will Farrar.

The Boise State offense was still able to recover and, despite the penalties, drove down to the Air Force two-yard line. On their 4th and goal conversion from the two, Bachmeier looked desperately for a receiver before deciding to run it himself. But he got popped out of bounds short of the goal line. Air Force regained the ball deep in their own territory.

Air Force 21, Boise State 14.

The Falcons' offense turned to Roberts on the ensuing drive, who carried Air Force on the ground with critical 20 and 21-yard carries to help the Falcons find Broncos territory.

This would lead to the end of a scoreless third quarter.

Air Force 21, Boise State 14.

Q4

Daniels and the Falcons offense opened the quarter inside the Boise State redzone, but couldn’t get past their 13-yard line. From 30 yards out, sophomore kicker Anthony Rodriguez missed his first field goal attempt of the game, with the ball bouncing off the right upright.

Air Force 21, Boise State 14.

Boise State took their newfound momentum and began driving downfield, but a fumble by Bachmeier courtesy of Air Force sophomore safety Camby Goff knocked the Broncos back 18 yards to set up 3rd and 19 with 10:33 left in the ball game. The drive stalled and Boise State was forced to punt again.

The Falcons special teams recovered a loose football at the Boise State 15-yard line after it touched the right elbow of a Broncos special teams player. This set up freshman kicker Matthew Dapore, who made the field goal to expand Air Force’s lead to 10.

The drive went six yards on four plays, lasting 2:06.

Air Force 24, Boise State 14.

Boise State played hurry-up on their following drive, primarily focusing their offensive attack on simple 8-10 yard hook routes to exterior wide receivers, which brought the Broncos deep into Falcons territory. The Broncos faced fourth down after a botched snap by Backmeier and sent out sophomore kicker Jonah Dalmas, who booted a 37-yard field goal to make it a one-score game once again.

The drive went 53 yards on 11 plays, lasting 2:00.

Air Force 24, Boise State 17.

Boise State pulled off a successful onside kick, as Redshirt junior tight end Riley Smith recovered the football at the Air Force 49 and the Broncos seemed to have a chance.

But Bachmeier’s first pass of the drive was intercepted by Air Force senior defensive back Tre Bugg III to clinch the game for Air Force.

Air Force 24, Boise State 17.

The win also made Air Force eligible for this year’s Bowl Series.

Final Score: Air Force 24, Boise State 17.

Rushing:

Air Force:

Brad Roberts: 28 rushes, 138 yards, 2 TDs

Haaziq Daniels: 21 rushes, 83 yards, 1 TD

Micah Davis: 6 rushes, 63 yards, 0 TD

Omar Fattah: 4 rushes, 17 yards, 0 TD

Emmanuel Michel: 1 rush, 5 yards, 0 TD

Brandon Lewis: 1 rush, 3 yards, 0 TD

Dane Kinamon: 1 rush, -1 yards, 0 TD

Boise State:

Andrew Van Buren: 15 rushes, 58 yards, 1 TD

Taequan Tyler: 3 rushes, 16 yards, 0 TD

Khalil Shakir: 2 rushes, 8 yards, 0 TD

Hank Bachmeier: 5 rushes, -4 yards, 0 TD

Passing:

Air Force:

Haaziq Daniels: 5 attempts, 1 completion, 59 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs

Boise State:

Hank Bachmeier: 36 attempts, 23 completions, 259 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT

Defense:

Air Force:

Alec Mock: 11 tackles

Boise State:

Riley Whimpey: 10 tackles