BOISE – Kellen Moore and the Boise State offense didn’t have a lot of time to manufacture points as Air Force played keep away.
The Broncos managed to do enough when they did have the ball to hold off the Falcons.
Moore threw for 265 yards and three touchdowns and Doug Martin added two scores in a game the Broncos’ offense spent a lot more time watching from the sidelines than on the field.
Thanks to a touchdown from special teams and a few plays by a weary defense, No. 5 Boise State beat Air Force 37-26 Saturday in the first meeting between the new Mountain West Conference rivals.
“I think the game went the way we hoped that it wouldn’t … where they control the ball and aren’t giving you many possessions,” said Bronco coach Chris Petersen, whose offense had less than 24 minutes to operate. “You better be efficient. You better not stub your toe, because their offense is going to come right back and make you pay.”
Moore was just that.
He finished 23 of 29 and the victory was the 45th of his career as a starter, putting him in a tie with former Texas quarterback Colt McCoy for the most wins by a college quarterback. Moore has a chance to break the record Nov. 5 when the Broncos (7-0, 2-0) travel to UNLV.
His second TD pass of the day, a 19-yarder to Matt Miller, gave him 122 for his career and pushed him past former BYU quarterback Ty Detmer for fourth best all time.
Twice Air Force (3-4, 0-3) pulled within a touchdown in the second half, but the Air Force defense, despite forcing two red-zone turnovers, couldn’t stop Boise State’s high-scoring offense when it needed to.
Martin rushed for 125 yards on 21 carries. BSU rolled up 423 yards of total offense.