HEAD TO HEAD: AIR FORCE VS. BOISE STATE

Chris Peterson

Air Force visits Boise State on Friday. Falcons Report's D.T. Yates compares the two teams in several critical areas. We also make a prediction on the game's final score.

Air Force PASSING OFFENSE
VS.
Boise State PASSING DEFENSE
EDGE: BOISE STATE
REMARKS: Jaleel Awini had a rough outing in his first career start against Utah State and was the victim of some unfortunate drops. The sophomore has completed 6 for 15 pass attempts for 87 yards passing.

Senior receiver Ty MacArthur leads the Falcons with five receptions for 62 yards receiving. MacArthur is fourth on the team in all-purpose yards and is averaging 48.5 yards per game.

Sophomore tight end Garrett Griffin is the only other Falcon with more than one catch (2) for 25 yards receiving. Freshman receiver Jalen Robinette has Air Force's lone receiving touchdown, a 37-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Karson Roberts, who saw time in the loss to Utah State.

Boise State has the 90th ranked passing defense in the nation allowing opponents 267 yards passing per game. Cornerback Bryan Douglas leads the Bronco secondary with five tackles, including a team-high two interceptions. Douglas returned an interception 33 yards for a touchdown against Tennessee-Martin. Opposite Douglas is sophomore Donte Deayon who has tallied an interception and six tackles on the season.

Safeties Darian Thompson and Jeremy Loane lead the secondary in tackles, while Thompson adds an interception and a pass defended. Boise State is currently tied for seventh in the country with five interceptions this season.

AIR FORCE RUSHING OFFENSE
VS.
BOISE STATE RUSHING DEFENSE
EDGE: AIR FORCE
REMARKS: Air Force has the 18th ranked rushing offense in the country averaging 285.5 yards rushing per game. Junior running back Jon Lee leads the Falcons with 149 yards rushing and two touchdowns, averaging 8.3 yards per carry. Senior running back Anthony LaCoste has 18 carries for 87 yards rushing and averaged seven yards per carry against Colgate.

Fullback Broam Hart recorded the first 100-yard game of his career in the Air Force's opener against Colgate. Hart has 25 carries for 125 yards rushing and two scores this season.

Redshirt freshman weak side linebacker Ben Weaver is tied for first on the team with 14 tackles, including 11 solo stops. With the loss of two veterans following the 2012 season, junior middle linebacker Blake Renaud leads the Broncos linebacking corps. Strong side linebacker Kharyee Marshall is sixth on the team with eight tackles, including two for a loss.

The Broncos have the 99th ranked rushing defense allowing opponents 210 yards rushing per game. Starting defensive lineman Tyler Horn is tied for first on the team with 14 tackles, including 1½ for a loss. Defensive end Demarcus Lawrence is tied for first on the team with one sack, while adding six tackles. In their opener against Washington the Broncos gave up 592 total yards of offense, including 268 yards rushing and three touchdowns.

BOISE STATE RUSHING OFFENSE
VS.
AIR FORCE RUSHING DEFENSE
EDGE: BOISE STATE
REMARKS: Redshirt sophomore Jay Ajayi leads the Boise State offense that ranks 50th in the nation, averaging 195.5 yards rushing per game. In two starts, Ajayi has 38 carries for 173 yards rushing and two scores. True freshman Aaron Baltazar is second on the team with 17 carries for 59 yards rushing.

As a team, the Broncos average 4.3 yards per carry with a total of three rushing touchdowns. When it comes to starting experience on the offensive line, Boise State ranked 82nd nationally with 52 starts. Senior left tackle Charles Leno, Jr started all 13 games last season at the same position. Redshirt senior Matt Paradis also started every game in 2013 for the Broncos and anchors the offensive line at center.

Junior inside linebacker Joey Nichol leads the Air Force offense with team highs in tackles (20) and solo stops (13). Nichol had a career high 13 tackles in the loss to Utah State. Fellow junior Spencer Proctor is third on the team with 15 tackles, including eight solo stops and a fumble recovery.

Senior nose guard Dana Luebbe has started both games for the Falcons but has yet to record a tackle. Freshman David Harris has rotated with the senior and has four total tackles through two games. Air Force's rushing defense ranks 84th ranked rushing defense allowing opponents 187 yards rushing per game.

BOISE STATE PASSING OFFENSE
VS.
AIR FORCE PASSING DEFENSE
EDGE: EVEN
REMARKS: Though Boise State's passing offense has fallen with Kellen Moore gone to the NFL, the Broncos passing attack is more than capable and should only improve has the season endures. Boise State currently ranks 76th in the country averaging 213.5 passing yards per game. Redshirt senior Joe Southwick has taken the quarterback job completing 42 for 65 pass attempts for 386 yards passing and five touchdowns.

The Boise receiving corps is currently led by redshirt junior receiver Matt Miller who has 11 receptions for 76 yards receiving and a score. Shane Williams-Rhodes and Geraldo Boldewijn are tied for second on the team with nine catches each. Williams-Rhodes leads the team in both yards receiving (108) and touchdown receptions (two). Redshirt senior Kirby Moore is one of the leaders amongst the Boise State receiving corps. Moore has eight receptions for 53 yards receiving and a touchdown.

The Falcons have the 84th ranked passing defense with opponents averaging 251.5 passing yards per game. Free safety Christian Spears leads the Air Force secondary with 17 tackles on the season. Junior strong safety Jamal Byrd is tied for fifth on the team with 11 tackles, and the Falcons lone interception. At cornerback Steffon Batts is fourth on the team with 13 tackles and leads the team with three passes defended. Opposite Batts is sophomore Gavin McHenry who has tallied 11 tackles, and is second on the team with nine solo tackles.

SPECIAL TEAMS
EDGE: EVEN
REMARKS: Junior place kicker Will Conant is a perfect 3 for 3 from field goal range, with a season long of 52 yards in the opener.

Senior punter David Baska averages 39.9 yards per punt with a season long of 49 yards, and four punts pinning opponents inside their 20-yard line.

Senior running back Anthony LaCoste has one kickoff return for 15 yards. Junior Sam Gagliano has one punt return for eight yards. Sophomore receiver Garrett Brown also has a punt return for a total of six yards.

Sophomore receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes is also dangerous threat on punt returns averaging 23.7 yards per return, with season long return of 43 yards. Rhodes also handles kick return duties for the Broncos averaging 22.8 yards return. Boise State place kicker Dan Goodale missed his first attempt of the season from 34 yards against Washington. Goodale hit his next two attempts from 37 and 20 yards out and did not attempt a field goal against UT-Martin. Redshirt senior punter Trevor Harman has punted seven times for an average of 45.3 yards per punt. Harman has a season long punt of 67 yards and has pinned opponents inside their 20-yard line three times.

INTANGIBLES
EDGE: BOISE STATE
REMARKS: The Falcons are 12 for 28 in third-down conversion attempts and 3 for 4 in fourth-down conversion attempts. The Falcons return just nine starters from last season, the fewest number in the Mountain West. Air Force is 2-0 in Friday night games under coach Troy Calhoun.

The Broncos have a balanced offensive attack with 91 rushing attempts to 78 passing attempts. Boise has converted 13 for 34 third-down conversion attempts and 3 for 5 on fourth-down conversion attempts.

Boise State was hammered 38-6 in their opener against Washington and bounced back against UT Martin with a 63-14 victory.

Since 2000, Boise State has the highest home winning percentage of any school in the country (.952%) and scored the most points in the country (40.96 points per game). The last time the Broncos lost a conference home opener was in 1998 to North Texas.

Boise's turnover margin was second-best nationally in 2012 and they look close to following suit this year tied for seventh in the country averaging a positive 2.5 per game.

COACHING
EDGE: BOISE STATE
REMARKS: Boise State's Chris Peterson has led the Bronco's to a 85-9 record in his eighth season as head coach. Peterson has led the Broncos to seven-consecutive 10-win season, the nation's longest active streak. Peterson is currently the winningest active coach in the Football Bowl Subdivision in a large part due to his offenses effectiveness.

The Broncos have won five conference championships with Peterson at the helm and have also been to a postseason bowl game in each of his seven seasons. Peterson is the only coach to be named National Coach of the Year after leading the Broncos to undefeated seasons in 2006 and 2009.

Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun is the only coach in the history of Air Force to go to six consecutive bowls games. Those six straight rank ninth in the country, tied with Alabama's Nick Saban. Calhoun is the only coach in the history of the academy to have an overall winning percentage after having coached at least five years. Calhoun is 29-19 in Mountain West conference games.

PREDICTION: Boise State 35 Air Force 27

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