BYU won their six straight game against Air Force, and during the past six victories the closest was their 41-24 win back in 2004. The Cougars did it again by pulling away in the second quarter by scoring 21 points and taking a 24-0 lead which put the game out of reach for Air Force.
This win set a record for QB Max Hall who won his 29th game which is the most in BYU history. That is saying something for a school with such rich quarterback history with Robbie Bosco, Ty Detemer, Steve Young, Giff Neilson, Jim McMahon, and others. To become the winningest quarterback out of that bunch and still have two games left is quite a feat. Hall comments on the feat:
"I feel really grateful that I've played on really good teams and I've had some really good players around me. It's special. I'll always remember my career here and everything I've done. That's one of the things that will stand out."
The second quarter was all Dennis Pitta for BYU who caught both of his touchdowns during that second quarter. BYU was also aided by two interceptions one by Air Force starter Tim Jefferson and one by third string Ben Cochran. Tim Jefferson left for some of the game because he reagrivated his injured ankle which put in Cochran who was moved up to back up, because backup Connor Dietz was out with an injury.
Switching quarterbacks from their starter Jefferson who is a very good thrower in addition to his running ability to their third string is a large drop off. Jefferson was unable to return to the game after he left from an injury. The defense was more of a problemfor Air Force thenr their offensive woes -- even though BYU did hold Air Force well below their rushing average to just 212 yards rushing. For some reason Air Force did not do anything special to stop TE Dennis Pitta who caught nine passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns. The past few games BYU opponents had been keying in on Pitta, but Air Force elected to not bracket the tight end for some added pressure.
Air Force which had been doing very good on not turning the ball over gave it up four times, which stalled too many drives in this game. BYU made a nice rebound after their too close for comfort win over New Mexico last week, and now the smack talk can begin with the Holy War the next game on the docket against the Utah Utes.