When one thinks of the Military academies and their football teams one thing rings true almost immediately, running the football. The same was true this past Saturday at Falcon Stadium where Air Force quite literally ran the Colgate Raiders off the field, 423 rushing yards and seven touchdowns later and we had another Mountain West conference victory on a day that seemed right out of a movie with the amount of power shown across the country.
Going into the game many, including myself, predicted Air Force to be set up for the typical week one tune up game and boy did they deliver for the 13th year in a row beginning the season 1-0. As an offensive lineman myself seeing that kind of display of power running the ball holds a special place in my heart, 17 different Falcons carried the ball as they moved towards their gross total and all I can think of is those 17 players owe the offensive line who have come into their own as a unit a big thank you and possible donuts come Monday morning. The one problem I could possibly see rear its head as the Falcons move forward is the passing game, only compiling 41 yards total on the day, now one could say if you can run the ball at will why throw it, and to that point it is true I am just going to be nervous when they come up against the team who can stop the run and they do need to throw to move the ball. In any circumstance it was a great performance by an offense that many wanted to see have a coming out party.
One of the things not tested for Air Force was the defense, no longer will they be the question mark moving forward. On the day Colgate only managed to muster 138 yards both rushing and passing, an absolute display of power and showing that there is still a difference between FBS and FCS football. Four separate Falcons totaled five tackles on the day including Tre Bugg making his first start in the secondary. Bugg also sniped his first interception in the blue and white.
Overall USAFA did exactly what they were supposed to do and what everyone expected. Now they will be moving onto their first rung of the ladder to be the best college football program in the state of Colorado and they will take on the Buffalo's at Folsom Field in Boulder. My preview for that game will be coming this Friday morning but for now both teams enter off of beating inferior opponents (sorry CSU fans) and will be looking to reignite the rivalry for best in Colorado.