Every once in a while we have to admit when we are wrong, the earth wasn’t flat like the Spanish once believed and Air Force is way better than we gave them credit for and starched a talented Utah State team and continue to win Mountain West games late into the season.
Falcon stadium was home to the 31-7 thrashing Air Force gave the Utah State Aggies who entered Saturday with a half game lead over Air Force in the Mountain West Mountain side of the conference and after the scoreboard showed triple zeros the Falcons have moved themself into second place just behind the Boise State Broncos to possibly earn a chance t play in the conference title game as we move closer to the end of the season.
Both schools were held scoreless in what looked like it was setting up to be a defensive battle early on, Air Force drew first blood under five minutes into the second quarter after Timmothy Jackson found the end zone from a yard away giving the Falcons a 7-0 lead. They would add to that total midway through the quarter as well with another one yard touchdown from Kadin Remsberg making it 14-0 in favor of the Falcons. The defense held strong with the first half shutout and allowed for Jake Koehnke to kick a 57 yard field goal giving the Falcons a three posession lead into halftime at 17-0.
The shutout was broken early into the third quarter as Saiosi Mariner scored off a 27 yard pass from quarterback Jordan Love in what the Aggies hoped to use to spark a comeback now with the score 17-7. Kadin Remsberg shut down talks of a comeback with his second touch down of the game, this time from 9 yards away, 24-7 in favor of the Falcons. The nail in the coffin was driven home early in the fourth quarter by Taven Birdow giving us our final score of 31-7.
As impressive as the team looked as a whole this past weekend the upcoming game against the Black Knights could be a different story, even though Army enters this game at a measly 3-5 on the season. The defensive effort must carry over into the high stakes of a service academy rivalry game in order for the Falcons to be successful and get their first win over Army in recent years. I think they will get it done I just think the element of rivalry may be a nit more of a challenge than once thought.
Final Score prediction AF-35 Army-17. That might not show how close I think this game will be but I am banking on a string of late scores to drive Air Force to the win.