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Air Force Capitalizes on Wyoming Turnovers for Important Victory

Three touchdowns in a seven minute stretch, including two that were 19 seconds apart, helped the Falcons get a key victory by defeating Wyoming 31-17

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The Air Force Falcons used four Wyoming Cowboys turnovers to knock the rust off their offense and race away late for a 31-17 victory in a late night Mountain West Conference game. Air Force scored three touchdowns in a seven minute span thanks to two of the Cowboys turnovers. The victory improves the Falcons to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in conference play. The Cowboys now drop to 0-6 overall and 0-2 in conference play.

It was a frustrating night for Wyoming running back Brian Hill, who would rush for 128 yards, and the Cowboys offense. Hill was directly responsible for three of the turnovers for his team on the night, the last two leading to 14 points for the Falcons in a 19 second span. It was a fumbled handoff that Hill could not secure that led to a devastating turnover for Wyoming. The Cowboys were marching deep into Falcons territory when Hill fumbled at the Air Force 6 yard line. At that point, Air Force was only up 14-3 and the Cowboys appeared to be ready to make the game a one-score game.

Air Force would go to a extra offensive lineman power formation and use tailback Jacobi Owens and fullback D.J. Johnson to power the ball to their own 44 yard line. Then, the Falcons would pull out a trick play to really open up the game. A double pass that saw Jalen Robinette take a backwards pass from Karson Roberts and then throw a beautiful pass to a streaking Garrett Brown for a 56 yard touchdown would help the Falcons extend their lead to 21-3.

On the very next offensive play for Wyoming, quarterback Cameron Coffman would throw a pass over the middle that Hill would bat up in the air and Falcons safety Brodie Hicks would pull down for his second interception of the game. Air Force would then watch Shayne Davern scamper 46 yards for his second touchdown of the game, making the score 28-3. Davern would have a huge night for Air Force, rushing 13 times for 130 yards. Fullback mate Johnson would add 59 yards on the ground and quarterback Roberts would get his first victory as a starting quarterback by churning out 78 yards on the ground and scoring a touchdown.

Air Force will now travel up I-25 from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins for a battle with in state rival Colorado State. The Rams are struggling, losing to Boise State today in blowout fashion. But, this is a rivalry game and in Fort Collins, where the Falcons have had issues on the road this season, it figures to be a close, hard fought game. For Wyoming, they host Nevada, who defeated New Mexico today at home and are in the race for the West division championship.