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Air Force @ Colorado State Game Notes

Nov. 13, 2021

7:00 p.m.

Canvas Stadium, Fort Collins, CO

Q1

Following an opening three-and-out by the Rams, Air Force junior wide receiver DeAndre Hughes bolted downfield for 56 yards to set up a 16-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back John Lee Eldridge III to put Air Force up early.

The drive went 77 yards on five plays, lasting 2:44.

Air Force 7, Colorado State 0.


On the following Colorado State possession, redshirt senior quarterback Todd Centeio was intercepted by senior defensive back Tre Bugg III at the CSU 42-yard line, setting up the Falcons offense with solid field position. The Falcons gave the football on six consecutive plays to junior running back Brad Roberts, then one rush from junior quarterback Haaziq Daniels before Roberts dashed six yards into the endzone to double the Falcons’ lead.

The drive went 42 yards on eight plays, lasting 4:08.

Air Force 14, Colorado State 0.


Both teams each exchanged punts before Colorado State’s offense came alive in the air. Following back-to-back passes of 31 and 10 yards, the Rams found themselves at the Air Force 30-yard line. Just five plays later, Cenetio rushed into the endzone on a 15-yard touchdown run to slice the Falcons’ lead in half.

The drive went 71 yards on seven plays, lasting 2:14.

Air Force 14, Colorado State 7.


The Falcons appeared to struggle early on their ensuing drive after a pair of back-to-back penalties. That was until Daniels completed a pass to senior wide receiver Brandon Lewis that went for a whopping 92 yards to the house to give the Falcons a quick response touchdown. It was the longest pass play in Air Force Academy football program history.

The drive went 82 yards on two plays, lasting 0:49.

Air Force 21, Colorado State 7.


Q2

The Rams opened up the second quarter with a touchdown of their own. After a one-yard touchdown by Centeio was reviewed and called back by the officials, senior David Bailey re-broke the plane for the Rams’ offense to cut the Falcons’ lead back down to seven points.

The drive went 75 yards on 14 plays, lasting 5:50.

Air Force 21, Colorado State 14.


Both teams swapped a series of punts each before the Falcons offense got back up and running. Thanks to a 16-yard rush by sophomore running back Dane Kinnamon and a 15-yard defensive personal foul penalty, the Falcons soon found themselves in Rams territory. Roberts and Daniels slowly carried Air Force downfield until the Falcons eventually reached the Colorado State 16-yard line.

Unfortunately for the Falcons, the drive would stall and freshman kicker Matthew Dapore missed a 37-yard field goal, setting the Rams up with the football at their own 20.

Air Force 21, Colorado State 14.


Q3

Maintaining their triple-option offense, Daniels and the Falcons got right back to work early in the second half, collectively rushing their way to their Colorado State 37-yard line. They broke ground on a 12-yard conversion on 4th-and-4 by Lewis to the Rams’ 25.


Three downs later, a pass completion from Daniels to Kinamon went for 20 yards to get the Falcons into the endzone for the touchdown to cap off Air Force’s opening drive in the second half.

The drive went 75 yards on 14 plays, lasting 7:09.

Air Force 28, Colorado State 14.


Following a failed onside kick by Air Force, the Rams received a big boost on their following drive via a roughing the passer penalty against Air Force, moving the football to the Air Force 17-yard line. This set up a 14-yard rushing touchdown by Bailey to pull Colorado State back within seven once again.

The drive went 29 yards on five plays, lasting 1:57.

Air Force 28, Colorado State 21.


Air Force, not to be outdone, turned right back to their ground game against the struggling Colorado State defense. A 22-yard rush by Hughes and an 11-yard rush by Lewis brought the Falcons to the Rams' 28-yard line. Another 11-yard rush by Hughes carried the Falcons into the Colorado State red zone to their 13-yard line before Air Force would cross the goal line on a four-yard touchdown rush by Roberts.

The drive went 75 yards on 10 plays, lasting 5:47.

Air Force 35, Colorado State 21.


Q4

Centeio’s arm led the Rams down the field on their opening drive of the game’s final quarter. A clutch 23-yard pass to junior wide receiver Ty McCullouch brought Colorado State down to the Air Force 17-yard line. The Falcons defense was still looking for its marquis stop of the game and they found it here, as sophomore free safety Trey Taylor intercepted Centeio in the Air Force endzone for a touchback.


The celebration was short-lived, however, as Daniels was intercepted on the Falcons’ ensuing drive by Colorado State freshman defensive back Robert Floyd. Floyd ran the football back to the Air Force 19-yard line before being tackled by Kinamon. The drive stalled following a turnover on downs after an incompletion from Centeio to junior wide receiver Dante Wright.

Air Force 35, Colorado State 21.


Roberts led the final offensive charge on the following drive, carrying the Falcons all the way to the Rams’ 15-yard line. Air Force drained the remaining clock against Colorado State to ice the contest and win their seventh game of the season.


FINAL SCORE: Air Force 35, Colorado State 21.


Rushing:


Air Force:

Brad Roberts: 32 rushes, 151 yards, 2 TDs

DeAndre Hughes: 7 rushes, 107 yards, 0 TDs

Dane Kinamon: 8 rushes, 65 yards, 0 TDs

Brandon Lewis: 4 rushes, 23 yards, 0 TDs

John Lee Eldridge III: 1 rush, 16 yards, 1 TD

Haaziq Daniels: 7 rushes, 16 yards, 0 TDs

Emmanuel Michel: 5 rushes, 14 yards, 0 TDs


Colorado State:

Todd Centeio: 12 rushes, 55 yards, 1 TD

David Bailey: 18 rushes, 49 yards, 2 TDs

A’Jon Vivens: 6 rushes, 33 yards, 0 TDs

Dante Wright: 1 rush, -2 yards, 0 TDs


Passing:


Air Force:

Haaziq Daniels: 11 attempts, 4 completions, 121 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT


Colorado State:

Todd Centeio: 22 attempts, 13 completions, 173 yards, 0 TDs, 2 INTs


Defense:


Air Force:

Camby Goff: 10 tackles


Colorado State:

Tywan Francis: 11 tackles