Air Force fell behind 14-0 to Colorado State on Saturday night at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium. Those who were worried about the Falcons included not only Air Force fans, but also the folks who bet on them to cover a 10.5-point spread.
But the Falcons erased the deficit, that doubt and those worries quickly. To win their fifth straight game, the Falcons entered the end-zone five times, kicked a field goal and only allowed Colorado State to touch pay-dirt one more time. The Falcons took home a 38-21 victory in an impressive way.
(And Air Force also won something called the Ram-Falcon trophy... More importantly, perhaps, is that they are the state champions of Colorado after beating the Buffaloes and the Rams this season.)
D.J. Hammond III threw for 126 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for 52 yards and a score. Kadin Remsberg paced the rushing attack with 101 yards on 17 carries, and Timothy Jackson rushed for 73 yards too. Benjamin Waters hauled in a pair of Hammond’s scoring strikes.
On the defensive side, it was Mosese Fifta who shined, racking up three tackles-for-losses and a pair of sacks. Jake Ksiazek had three sacks and forced two fumbles. Zane Lewis had a pick-six, six tackles and three pass breakups. Oh, and that interception return was for 99 yards, y’all.
Let’s take a gander at the highlights...
Air Force is now 8-2 on the season with games against New Mexico and Wyoming remaining. The Falcons were just two places out of the AP Top 25 Poll on Sunday and could very well crack the Top 25 of the College Football Playoff Committee’s rankings on Tuesday.
While playing for the Mountain West Championship is highly unlikely for the Falcons (they would need to win out and have Boise State lose out), playing in a quality bowl game and winning 11 games is very much in-play.