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Falcons Dominate FAU, Head To New Mexico 3-1

by Graham Knight

For the Air Force Falcons, after an offensive explosion the previous week to Utah State, the rushing game came back for more . . . this time leading Air Force to a 31-7 win over Florida Atlantic.


The catalyst was quarterback Haaziq Daniels. The junior ran for two first half touchdowns, including a school-record 94-yard burst that had everyone crowing,


"It was simply a quarterback sweep," Daniel's Head Coach Troy Calhoun said, "and [we] did a good job with all of our targets, the tackle, the tight end at the point of attack."

Air Force Falcons' quaterback Haaziq Daniels carries the football in a game against the Florida Atlantic Owls on September 25th, 2021 at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, CO -- Photo courtesy of U.S. Air Force/Trevor Co.

Daniels recalled the play after the game, saying, "Isaac Cochran, the pulling guard, he got out in front of me, and coaches were preaching all week: 'just let him make his block,' so I let him . . . just a little bit patient, let him make the big block and I just saw a lot of green grass and just ran."


"We spend a lot of our practice working on running the football," Falcons offensive lineman Ryan Booth said, "and so it's really good to see that pay off."


And pay off it did. In the first half the Falcons had the ball for more than 20 minutes, and had 365 yards rushing. They put up 446 yards on the ground in the game and now lead the nation in rushing offense.


Daniels finished the night with 164 yards on the ground and 70 more through the air. Micah Davis and Brad Roberts each added a score for a team that saw ten different players run the ball.


For the defense, there was extra motivation going into the game against FAU. Not only did they let one slip away the previous week against Utah State, but they also gave up more than 600 yards to the Aggies in that loss. So, the defense took it personally going up against the FAU Owls.


We really locked in and took this week's preparation to heart," said senior cornerback Tre' Bugg, "and we knew we were never going to let what happened last week happen again."


Locked in they were, holding Florida Atlantic to just 78 yards passing on the day and a single score. This was after FAU had put up more than 40 points in each of its previous two games.


Now it's on to the meat of the conference schedule for the Falcons, with four straight Mountain West opponents on the horizon. "I don't think we've had a more challenging October [and] November, as far as what's ahead," Calhoun noted.


First on the list for the 3-1 Falcons is a road trip to New Mexico (2-2). It will be the Lobos' first conference game of the season.


edited for web by Joe Harman