Air Force stuns No. 19 Boise State


The Broncos (10-2, 6-2, No. 19 CFP) needed a win at Air Force and for New Mexico to upset Mountain Division-leading Wyoming on Saturday to earn a spot in the conference's title game.

"It's not about what anybody else is doing".

"We corrected it during halftime, then we came out here and did what we have to do to get back into the game", Wilson said. "We didn't do that tonight, so a lot of disappointment in the locker room".

According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Falcons are 9-point home underdogs versus the Broncos while the over/under now sits at 64 points.

The result concludes a terrific 9-3 debut season for first-year Rockets coach Jason Candle, even if the team couldn't overcome their division rival on Friday. They were down-but-not-out scenarios fitting for a team that dropped three straight in the middle of the year only to rebound with five straight wins to close the regular season. The Broncos have featured double-digit victory seasons and perennial rankings (at least one week in the Top 25 for the past 15 years).

LIMIT THE BIG PASSING PLAYS: Air Force passed for 279 yards previous year against the Broncos and had two touchdowns of at least 50 yards.

A goal line stand by the Air Force Falcons helped the home team defeat the Boise State Broncos by a score of 27-20, which is the Falcon's third win in a row over the powerhouse Broncos program.

"This group has every bit of the same makeup", Calhoun said.

"We wanted to go out with a win and what better than to do in against a ranked team", Robinette said.

52 - Boise State running back Jeremy McNichols has 52 touchdowns since the start of last season, the most of any player in the FBS. His receptions went for 22, 57, 75 and 39 yards, the last three in the second half.

Craig Bohl said those who stay will be champions.

"To boot, he's on a pretty good football team, too, that has a pretty good record right now".

Air Force opened a 24-10 lead on an 8-yard TD run by Shayne Davern with 8:56 remaining in the third quarter. That means more responsibilities for linebackers Darren Lee and Blake Whitlock as they try to neutralize an offense that rolled up 607 total yards in a 37-30 win last season.

Despite the win, Air Force feels haunted by a midseason slump that cost the Falcons a repeat as MW Mountain Division champions. Just his way of honoring his mom, Trine Rowell, who was on hand as the Falcons recognized 32 seniors playing in their final game at Falcon Stadium.

STEELHAMMER VS. MCNICHOLS: McNichols was the league's offensive player of the week after rushing for 206 yards and four TDs against UNLV. He had three carries at the goal line on Boise State's last possession, but couldn't get in. The last time the Falcons were blanked was December 31, 1992, in a 13-0 loss to Mississippi. The AP Top 25 is certainly not a flawless tool for determining what team would be next in the College Football Playoff Rankings, but South Florida is the next team behind Navy in the "also receiving votes" category.

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