The Boise State Broncos opened their Mountain West Conference slate with a bang on Friday night on ESPN. The team faced the Air Force Falcons at Bronco Stadium on the “Smurf Turf” in Boise, Idaho. The Falcons looked good early, however, the Broncos pulled away in the second half and cruised to a 42-20 victory.
Quarterback Joe Southwick and his glorious mustache lead the Boise State attack with a school record 27-of-29 through the air. Southwick ended the game with 287 passing yards, while distributing the wealth to six different receivers. Running back Jay Ajayi lead the ground attack for the Broncos with four rushing touchdowns, toting the rock 17 times for 125 yards.
For Air Force, Jaleel Awini played a solid first half, but adjustments made by the Boise State coaching staff at halftime limited the young quarterback in the second half.
With the 42-20 win, Boise State head coach Chris Petersen is now 86-9 as the ring leader of the program. Since the Broncos lost their opening game, they won’t have a chance at busting the BCS, as they have done several years under Petersen. Chris is the only two-time winner of the Paul “Bear” Bryant Award, an honor he achieved in both 2006 and 2009.
If the Broncos play like they did in the second half against Air Force, there is no doubt they will have a great opportunity to run away with the MWC Title this season.
Look for Boise State to run the table in the MWC, and to be ranked within the top 15 in the country by the end of their 2013 NCAA season.