Riding on a dominant defense and the typical triple-option clock attack, the Air Force handed Wyoming its first loss during Saturday at Falcon Stadium.
Haaziq Daniels found Brad Roberts for a 13-yard touchdown to put the Falcons in the third quarter, and the Falcons defense ensured it clung on, piling up four sacks and two turnovers in a 24-14 victory.
The victory moved the Falcons to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in Mountain West Conference play, marking the program’s best start in a season since 2010. Wyoming saw (4-1, 0-1 ) its unbeaten start ended in the first conference game of the year.
The Air Force controlled the ball throughout, making a 17-minute, 36-second edge in possession time-38:48 to 21:12. That advantage was particularly pronounced in the first (12:32) and fourth quarters (11:57), when the Falcon had 16 drives and 15 plays, respectively.
The former ended in the first touchdown of the game (Brad Roberts 1-yard run) and the latter was Anthony Rodriguez’s 26-yard goal on the field that gave the Falcons a 24-14 edge with 7:18 to go.
Daniels finished 7-of-10 passing 110 yards and carried the ball nine times for 23 yards. Roberts ran 140 yards on a career-high 33 carriers-his fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season.
All told, the Falcons threw for 211 yards on 64 carries, while Wyoming was limited to 114 yards on 27 carries – a pair of fumbles that went two of the Cowboys ’11 possession.
This included Vince Sanford’s quarterback Sean Chambers ’strip sack (11 of 28, 143 yards, a TD) with the Cowboys driving inside the 30-yard Air Force line with 1:27 to go.
Wyoming’s Xazavian Valladay optimized its eight carries with 96 yards. But little else clicked for the Cowboys, who scored on back-to-back drives to go into halftime tied at 14-all, but went punt-punt-punt-fumble on their first four drives of the second half.