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Goal-line stand lifts AFA to 27-20 win over No. 20 Boise St

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) Jeremy McNichols, one of the nation's leading rushers, was stuffed, stymied and stood up on three cracks from inside the 5. A quarterback sneak didn't work, either.

Wyoming certainly appreciated it.

Air Force had a late goal-line stand, Tyler Weaver returned a blocked punt 11 yards for a first-half touchdown and the Falcons beat No. 20 Boise State 27-20 on Friday, ending the Broncos' bid for the Mountain West title.

Wyoming will face San Diego State in the conference championship game Dec. 3.

Haji Dunn Jr. recovered quarterback Brett Rypien's fumble on fourth-and-goal from the 1 with just under 2 minutes remaining to help the Falcons (9-3, 5-3 Mountain West) knock off Boise State for a third straight season. They join Idaho (1982-93) and Nevada (1996-98) as the only teams to beat the Broncos in at least three straight years.

''Thank goodness they didn't run wide,'' said senior safety Brodie Hicks, who forced the fumble. ''We put all our marbles inside.''

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.

No reason to watch now.

''"It's like an empty feeling,'' Boise State receiver Cedrick Wilson said. ''We wish we could have pulled through like we practiced but sometimes you fall short.''

McNichols rushed for 60 yards - and a score - on his opening two carries, but was held to 28 yards the rest of the way. He had three carries at the goal line on Boise State's last possession, but couldn't get in.

On fourth down, Rypien tried to sneak it in only to have the ball knocked free by Hicks. Dunn was there to recover it.

''It's a game I thought we prepared well for and our guys were looking forward to coming in here and playing our best football,'' Boise State coach Bryan Harsin said. ''We didn't do that tonight, so a lot of disappointment in the locker room.''

Off target most of the day, Rypien found his touch in the fourth quarter and led a spirited Broncos rally. He hit Wilson for a 75-yard TD pass to pull Boise State to 27-20 with 8:50 remaining. He wound up a yard shy of possibly tying the game.

Brett Baldwin gave the Falcons a big boost when he broke through and blocked a punt by Sean Wale just before halftime. Weaver caught the ball out of the air and ran it in to give the Falcons a 17-7 lead.

Air Force took advantage of a Boise State defense that was missing several starters by running it up the middle. Falcon fullbacks D.J. Johnson and Shayne Davern combined for 25 carries and 111 yards up the middle. Johnson scored on a 1-yard plunge in the first quarter and Davern on an 8-yard run in the third.

''You don't know how much it meant to go out and win this way,'' Hicks said. ''We as seniors had to leave behind something to be remembered for.''

THE TAKEAWAY

Boise State: An offense that scored more than 40 points in each of the last games struggled to find its rhythm until the fourth quarter. Rypien overthrew receivers and McNichols never could find a lane.

Air Force: A lot to like about an offense led by elusive quarterback Arion Worthman, who rushed for 80 yards. He has the Falcons heading to their ninth bowl game since coach Troy Calhoun took over in 2007.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Boise State: This figures to drop the Broncos out of the poll.

NAME GAME

Air Force senior wide receiver Jalen Robinette wore ''Rowell '' on the back of his jersey. 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. This is the biggest senior class in Academy history.

Robinette had three catches for 45 yards against Boise State. His 118 career catches are second all-time in school history. Ernie Jennings (1968-70) has the record at 148.

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

RANKED TEAMS

This was Air Force's first win over a ranked team since defeating No. 21 Colorado State 27-24 on Nov. 29, 2014, at Falcon Stadium.

''We like being the underdog,'' Johnson said.

UP NEXT

Both teams will wait to find out their bowl pairings.

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Key Players
C. Wilson 1 WR
193 YDs, 1 TDs
D. Johnson 3 FB
, 0 INTs
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 8:50
49-T.Rausa extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
20
27
Touchdown 8:50
4-B.Rypien complete to 1-C.Wilson. 1-C.Wilson runs 75 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
75
yds
00:12
pos
19
27
Field Goal 9:07
11-L.Strebel 30 yards Field Goal is Good.
9
plays
-26
yds
05:05
pos
13
27
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 4:28
49-T.Rausa 31 yards Field Goal is Good.
11
plays
47
yds
04:12
pos
13
24
Point After TD 8:56
11-L.Strebel extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
24
Touchdown 8:56
43-S.Davern runs 8 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
73
yds
00:52
pos
10
23
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:03
49-T.Rausa 29 yards Field Goal is Good.
8
plays
6
yds
02:18
pos
10
17
Point After TD 5:11
11-L.Strebel extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
17
Touchdown 5:18
19-S Wale punts 0 yards from BOISE 24 blocked by 15-B.Baldwin. 27-T. Weaver runs 11 yards for a touchdown.
0
plays
76
yds
0:50
pos
7
16
Field Goal 6:18
11-L.Strebel 36 yards Field Goal is Good.
15
plays
17
yds
07:06
pos
7
10
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 9:48
11-L.Strebel extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 9:48
3-D.Johnson runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
10
plays
83
yds
04:31
pos
7
6
Point After TD 14:23
49-T.Rausa extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 14:23
13-J.McNichols runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
90
yds
00:37
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 13 25
Rushing 3 23
Passing 8 1
Penalty 2 1
3rd Down Conv 1-12 8-18
4th Down Conv 1-2 1-1
Total Net Yards 400 372
Total Plays 51 83
Avg Gain 7.8 4.5
Net Yards Rushing 84 314
Rush Attempts 25 77
Avg Rush Yards 3.4 4.1
Net Yards Passing 316 58
Comp. - Att. 9-26 3-6
Yards Per Pass 12.2 9.7
Sacked - Yards Lost 0-0 1-13
Penalties - Yards 3-27 3-30
Touchdowns 2 2
Rushing TDs 1 2
Passing TDs 1 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 1-0
Int. Thrown 0 1
Punts - Avg 6-49.0 5-40.4
Return Yards 62 68
Punts - Returns 2-12 1-28
Kickoffs - Returns 3-50 2-40
Int. - Returns 1-0 0-0
Kicking 4/4 5/5
Extra Points 2/2 3/3
Field Goals 2/2 2/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
19 Boise State 10-2 733720
Air Force 9-3 7107327
316 PASS YDS 58
84 RUSH YDS 314
400 TOTAL YDS 372
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
B. Rypien 4 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
34.6% 316 1 0 149.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.8% 3341 23 6 162.3
B. Rypien 9/26 316 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. McNichols 13 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
22 88 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
295 1663 23
J. McNichols 22 88 1 56
B. Rypien 4 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
40 -15 3
B. Rypien 2 1 0 2
T. Sperbeck 82 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
10 43 0
T. Sperbeck 1 -5 0 -5
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
C. Wilson 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 193 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
50 1041 10
C. Wilson 4 193 1 75
T. Sperbeck 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 123 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
72 1193 9
T. Sperbeck 5 123 0 47
J. Knight 84 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 56 0
J. Knight 0 0 0 0
C. Anderson 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
27 356 0
C. Anderson 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
C. James 3 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
12-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-2 2 0.0
C. James 12-2 0.0 0
D. Lee 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
D. Lee 7-1 0.0 0
B. Weaver 51 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
B. Weaver 7-0 0.0 0
L. Vander Esch 38 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-2 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-2 1 0.0
L. Vander Esch 7-2 0.0 1
T. Maeva 58 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
T. Maeva 6-0 0.0 0
J. Moxey 2 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
J. Moxey 5-0 0.0 0
J. Frazier 8 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
J. Frazier 5-1 0.0 0
D. Miles 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
D. Miles 4-1 0.0 0
B. Whitlock 36 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
B. Whitlock 4-1 0.0 0
K. Nawahine 10 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
K. Nawahine 4-2 0.0 0
C. Hartsfield 37 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
C. Hartsfield 4-3 0.0 0
S. McCaskill 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
S. McCaskill 2-0 0.0 0
D. Moa 55 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
D. Moa 2-0 1.0 0
S. Lui 98 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
S. Lui 2-0 0.0 0
R. Ford 25 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
R. Ford 1-0 0.0 0
K. Miles 24 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Miles 1-0 0.0 0
T. Horton 14 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
T. Horton 1-0 0.0 0
D. Auelua 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
D. Auelua 1-1 0.0 0
E. Hoyte 96 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
E. Hoyte 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
T. Rausa 49 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 2/2
SEASON FG XP
7/11 58/58
T. Rausa 2/2 31 2/2 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
S. Wale 19 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 49.0 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
47 45.2 3
S. Wale 6 49.0 3 68
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Wilson 1 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 16.7 20 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
9 23.0 20 0
C. Wilson 3 16.7 20 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Wilson 1 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 6.0 10 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 15.8 10 0
C. Wilson 2 6.0 10 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
A. Worthman 2 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60% 45 0 0 135.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
55.2% 339 3 2 173.7
A. Worthman 3/5 45 0 0
T. Williams 12 WR
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 1 -200.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 2 -200.0
T. Williams 0/1 0 0 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
A. Worthman 2 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
26 80 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
109 603 6
A. Worthman 26 80 0 23
D. Johnson 3 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
17 73 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
143 617 2
D. Johnson 17 73 1 9
T. McVey 33 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 61 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
80 667 10
T. McVey 8 61 0 18
J. Owens 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 48 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
125 785 3
J. Owens 12 48 0 12
S. Davern 43 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 38 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
116 475 4
S. Davern 8 38 1 8
R. Cleveland 4 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 14 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
20 143 1
R. Cleveland 3 14 0 7
T. Williams 12 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
40 228 5
T. Williams 1 3 0 3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
J. Robinette 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 45 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
33 835 5
J. Robinette 3 45 0 34
Defense T-A SACK INT
B. Hicks 18 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 4 0.0
B. Hicks 5-2 0.0 0
J. Washington 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-2 2 0.0
J. Washington 4-0 0.0 0
J. Onyechi 48 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
J. Onyechi 4-1 0.0 0
W. Steelhammer 8 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 6 0.0
W. Steelhammer 3-1 0.0 0
H. Linn 14 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
H. Linn 3-0 0.0 0
S. Byers 93 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
S. Byers 2-1 0.0 0
H. Dunn Jr. 34 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
H. Dunn Jr. 2-0 0.0 0
P. Healy 41 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 1 0.0
P. Healy 2-1 0.0 0
L. Deeks 54 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
L. Deeks 2-1 0.0 0
D. Harris 53 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Harris 1-0 0.0 0
S. Coppola 97 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
S. Coppola 1-2 0.0 0
R. Ladipo 25 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 1 0.0
R. Ladipo 1-0 0.0 0
G. Ross 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
G. Ross 1-2 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
L. Strebel 11 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 3/3
SEASON FG XP
19/22 47/48
L. Strebel 2/2 36 3/3 9
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
S. Brosy 91 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 40.4 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
46 41.3 3
S. Brosy 5 40.4 3 56
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
B. Driskell 22 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 20.0 23 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 20.0 23 0
B. Driskell 2 20.0 23 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Cleveland 4 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 28.0 28 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 10.9 28 0
R. Cleveland 1 28.0 28 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 BOISE 25 0:37 3 60 TD
9:48 BOISE 25 1:59 7 20 Punt
5:36 AF 48 0:42 3 2 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:53 BOISE 27 1:21 3 5 Punt
6:07 BOISE 24 0:49 3 0 Punt
5:05 BOISE 22 0:26 4 10 Punt
2:21 BOISE 29 2:18 8 6 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:10 BOISE 14 1:14 3 6 Punt
8:40 BOISE 8 4:12 11 78 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:52 BOISE 17 0:27 3 -4 Punt
9:02 BOISE 25 0:12 1 75 TD
4:29 BOISE 9 2:31 6 89
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:19 AF 17 4:31 10 83 TD
7:42 AF 15 1:54 3 -13 Punt
4:42 AF 4 4:19 10 37
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:24 AF 18 7:06 15 17 FG
4:31 AF 20 2:03 5 24 INT
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 AF 25 3:43 7 17 Punt
9:48 AF 40 0:52 4 60 TD
4:18 AF 24 4:02 9 22
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:12 BOISE 39 5:05 9 -26 FG
8:50 AF 25 4:12 8 30 Punt
1:52 AF 2 1:21 6 12