Strong Second Half By Air Force Dooms Cowboys

by staff–11 Oct ’15

A strong second half by the Air Force (3-2, 2-0 MW) offense lifted the Falcons past the Wyoming Cowboys (0-6, 0-2 MW) 31-17 on Saturday evening in Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo.  Sophomore Brian Hill rushed for 128 yards in the contest. He has rushed for more than 100 yards in four games this season and has 100 or more rushing yards in eight of his last 11 contests.

“I thought they had a good defensive front and collapsed the pocket,” UW head coach Craig Bohl said. “We are seeing a lot of young guys out there and I believe they are getting better. It may not show on the scoreboard, but we keep on encouraging these guys.”

The two teams combined for six turnovers in the contest. Wyoming recorded a season-high four turnovers with the Falcons recording two turnovers on the night. The Cowboy defense was strong in the first half allowing a season-low seven points in the frame. The Cowboys offense had 307 total yards on the night, which was a season-low.

Air Force scored 24 points in the second half to pick up the win. The Cowboys offense came alive in the four quarter with a pair of scores, but it was not enough to complete a comeback. Wyoming’s fourth quarter touchdowns came off of redshirt senior quarterback Cameron Coffman connecting with junior wide receiver Jake Maulhardt on a pair of touchdown passes.

Air Force got on the board first on a 6-yard touchdown run by Shayne Davern to open the second quarter. The touchdown was setup by a fumble recovery at midfield by the Falcon defense. The Cowboys turned a turnover by the Falcons into points, as freshman cornerback Antonio Hull picked up a fumble recovery deep inside Air Force territory. Freshman Tristian Bailey followed by hitting his first career field goal connecting on a 41-yarder to cut the AFA lead to 7-3.

Hill has rushed for 797 yards on the season a new single-season high for the sophomore after he rushed for 796 yards a season ago. Maulhardt led the Cowboys in receiving with five grabs for 65 yards. Coffman finished the day 15-for-29 for 192 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

True freshman Andrew Wingard led the Cowboys in tackles with 10 on the evening. He has three double-digit tackle games on the season. Junior Lucas Wacha added nine tackles and tied a career-high with two tackles for loss. True freshmen Carl Granderson and Antonio Hull both recorded a career-high five tackles. Junior punter Ethan Wood had eight punts on the night and tied a career-high by pinning Air Force inside their 20 yard line four times.

The Cowboys return to action next week hosting Nevada on Homecoming. The game is slated for a 2 p.m. MT kick at War Memorial Stadium.

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