Broncos look ahead to conference matchup against Air Force

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Fans cheer on Broncos quarterback Joe Southwick during Saturday's game against UT Martin


by Ryan Larrondo and KTVB.COM

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Posted on September 10, 2013 at 11:23 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 11 at 9:44 AM

BOISE -- The Boise State football team is preparing to open Mountain West Conference play on Friday night when it takes on Air Force at 6 p.m. on the blue.

The game date is a bit earlier than in years past, but the Broncos are looking for similar results. That's because BSU has won 13 straight conference openers.

"This is where the second part of the season begins," said BSU defensive tackle Armand Nance. "We have to rev the ground harder than we did the first two weeks."

Starting quarterback Joe Southwick said he's well aware the stakes have been raised.

"I think both teams will know the situation, and it will add a little something more to the game," Southwick said.

The Broncos will likely bank on the passing attack that BSU displayed on Saturday against the University of Tennessee, Martin.

Deep passes to Aaron Burks and Geraldo Boldewijn spread out the UT Martin defense, while short passes to Matt Miller and Kirby Moore exposed the underneath.

Even more exciting than that was the involvement of speedster Shane Williams-Rhodes. The sophomore showed his versatility on end-arounds, short passes, and deep balls.

Coach Pete said he wanted to get Rhodes involved as soon as possible after the wide receiver's hand injury earlier this summer. The result was two touchdowns and 186 all-purpose yards, which made a noticeable difference in the Bronco's attack against UT Martin.

"It felt good to actually be out there and actually get to work on what I've been practicing in the off season," Williams-Rhodes later told KTVB.