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Air Force vs. Navy final score: Turnovers hurt Falcons, fall 28-10 to Midshipmen

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Air Force's rushing attack came up short in their loss to Navy.

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Three turnovers, a very early start and being held to over 70 yards below their team average contributed to Air Force losing 28-10 to Air Force. By now everyone heard the story how the game almost didn't happen due to the government shutdown, but the USAA stepped up to pay for travel to allow this key college football game to be played.

Air Force was in this game and even led 10-7 at the half, and that lead could have been more if not for a missed field goal. The Falcons scored a touchdown in the second quarter on an 18-yard scamper from Anthony LaCoste, but that would be the only touchdown and the final points for Air Force.

The second half completely belonged to Navy who was led by quarterback Keenan Reynolds who rushed for 126 yards and three touchdowns, plus he completed 6 of 10 passes for 54 yards.

Air Force didn't help themselves with three second half turnovers and a failure to break off any big rushing yards on the ground. The Falcons rushed for a modest 231 yards but averaged just 4.1 yards per play. The Falcons defense can not be left blameless since they let Navy score four rushing touchdowns and average 5.4 yards per attempt as Navy rushed for 273 total yards.

The loss for Air Force dropped its record to 1-5 and could spell an end to a bowl game for the Falcons, plus the Commander-in-Chief trophy is not likely heading back to Air Force. Also, third-string quarterback Karson Roberts was held in check with just 31 rushing yards and completed only 6 of 14 passes for 67 yards and had an interception.

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