BOISE, Idaho (AP) — At a school with a long list of pretty good quarterbacks, Joe Southwick's passing performance Friday night lifted Boise State to a second straight win and set a new standard for pinpoint passing.
Southwick was sharp from start to finish, completing 27 of 29 passes for 287 yards and one touchdown, the most efficient passing game in school history and breaking the previous mark set when Jared Zabransky finished 21 of 23 in 2006.
Southwick, who completed his first nine passes, also ran for a touchdown in helping the Broncos (2-1, 1-0 Mountain West Conference) to a 42-20 victory over Air Force. For Southwick, who took over last year for highly-respected Kellen Moore and has struggled to win the hearts of fans, any serious reflection on his record-setting performance and his place in school record books will have to wait.
"Someday, looking back on it ... it'll be pretty cool," said Southwick, who has a 13-3 career record at Boise State. "There have been lot of great quarterbacks here."
The Broncos, fueled as well on offense by Jay Ajayi's four rushing touchdowns, pulled away in the second half after figuring out at halftime a formula for slowing down the Falcons' rushing attack. Air Force and its triple option attack came into the game averaging 285 yards on the ground, second best in the conference.
Led by quarterback Jaleel Awini, making just his second career start, Air Force (1-2, 0-2) rolled up 139 yards rushing in the first half, dominated time of possession, scored on all three possessions and trailed the Broncos just 21-17 at the half.
But the Boise State defense stiffened in the second half, held the Falcons to a field goal and built up a big enough lead to force the Falcons and Awini to take more chances through the air.
Awini finished with 107 yards rushing on 23 carries and two touchdowns, but he was just 4 of 9 passing for 99 yards. He was intercepted by safety Darian Thompson with 8:12 left in the game and Air Force trailing 35-20, ending any hope of a late rally.
Cut pounds of stomach fat every week by using this 1 weird old tip.