For the second week in a row Boise State finds itself on the wrong side of a home loss to a conference team.
Air Force led by as many as 24 points in the third quarter before holding off a late Bronco rally to win 37-30. The victory puts the Falcons in the driver’s seat in the Mountain Division and leaves Boise State on the outside looking in. An Air Force win against New Mexico next weekend gives the Falcons the division crown.
Boise State lost despite jumping out to a 10-0 lead less than two minutes into the game. The Broncos also dominated the turnover battle. Air Force turned the ball over four times, including three interceptions by quarterback Karson Roberts. Boise State didn’t turn it over once.
Jeremy McNichols led the Broncos on the ground with 151 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.
This loss comes just a week after New Mexico came into Albertsons Stadium and handed BSU its first home loss in 18 tries.
This is the first time Boise State has lost back-to-back games since 2007 when it lost to Hawaii and ECU to finish the season.
It’s also the first time since 1998 that the Broncos have lost their final regular-season game at home. The Broncos finished that season with an overtime loss to the University of Idaho.
Boise State wraps up the regular season on the road at San Jose State next Friday with a rare afternoon game. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. on the CBS Sports Network.