Colorado State Can’t Stop Air Force Running Attack
Nick Stevens Throws 3 Interceptions In First Mountain West Conference Loss
Air Force Runs Over Colorado State To Retain Ram-Falcon Trophy
When the two top offense in the Mountain West get together on a crisp, fall afternoon you know the game will come down to one thing, defense. In the end, it was the much maligned Air Force Academy’s defense that stepped up and was the difference in a 45-28 victory over Colorado State. It’s the first loss by the home team in this series in five years. Despite the loss Colorado State still controls its own destiny when it comes to a Mountain West title.
“At the end of the day, we didn’t get any stops and we turned it over 3 times,” stated Colorado State Head Coach Mike Bobo after the game. “You’re not going to beat a good football team like that.”
Despite playing a triple option team a week ago, the Colorado State defense had no answers for the Air Force option attack. The Falcons rushed for 413 yards and held the ball for over 41 minutes. Air Force quarterback Arion Worthman carried the ball 25 times for 117 yards with one touchdown and also went 2-4 with a 56 yard touchdown pass with 11:52 left in the fourth quarter to put the Falcons up 38-28 and essentially sealing the win for Air Force.
“They hurt us really all over. Fullback, quarterback, perimeter game,” Coach Bobo stated frankly in his post game radio interview. “Really anything they wanted to do they did.”
Offensively Colorado State started off strong, scoring on their first three possessions and doing it with quite a bit of flare. After running back Dalyn Dawkins ripped off a 76 yard touchdown run on the Rams first running play, Stevens connected with Michael Gallup on a 55 yard touchdown pass after originally lining up at receiver on the play.
Stevens game would not recover though. He played his worst game of the season going 17-31 for 269 yards 2 TD’s and 3 INT’s. He was constantly under pressure and made several ill advised throws on numerous occasions. Stevens first interception midway through the second quarter was returned for a touchdown. It was the first stop by either defense and it turned into points. In a game of limited offensive possessions, any turnover is hard to overcome much less three.
In Stevens defense, he and the rest of the Colorado State offense were mostly spectators as the Rams defense was unable to stop Air Force and get off the field, especially in the second half. This made finding any rhythm offensively was going to be tough to come by.
Colorado State still controls their own destiny when it comes to a Mountain West title but the road to that title doesn’t get any easier. Next week they head to Laramie, Wyoming next Saturday night for the 109th edition of the Border War.