Air Force football notes: No punting

By Brent Briggeman Updated: November 8, 2013 at 9:20 pm • Published: November 8, 2013 | 9:00 pm 0
photo - Air Force's Anthony LaCoste (37) flips the ball to a staff member after running with the ball as the team warms up prior to an NCAA college football game against New Mexico on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, in Albuquerque, N.M. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Air Force's Anthony LaCoste (37) flips the ball to a staff member after running with the ball as the team warms up prior to an NCAA college football game against New Mexico on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, in Albuquerque, N.M. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

New Mexico did not punt in the first half, marking the third time that a Mountain West foe did not need to utilize a punter over the first 30 minutes against Air Force.

Boise State and Wyoming also did not punt in the first half. The teams that did - Utah State, Nevada and San Diego State - each punted just once in that span.

In short, in six league games, Air Force has forced just three first-half punts.

Air Force sets school record

Troy Timmerman blocked a PAT try from New Mexico early in the third quarter, giving Air Force a blocked kick in four consecutive games -- the most in program history.

The block also ended 76 consecutive made PATs for the Lobos, which had been a school record.

Three for three

New Mexico's first three drives were nearly identical in the worst way for Air Force.

The Lobos scored on all three possessions, going 10 plays for 66 yards, then 11 plays for 71 yards and finally 10 plays for 75 yards.

The drives each took between 4 minutes, 34 seconds and 6 minutes, 5 seconds.

Urlacher honored

New Mexico retired Brian Urlacher's No.?44 in a halftime ceremony.

Urlacher was a first-team All American defensive back for the Lobos in 1999, earning Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year honors. He then launched a 13-year NFL career that included eight Pro Bowl selections.

Telling early stat for Falcons

The top three tacklers for Air Force in the first half were defensive backs, which is never a good sign against a running team.

New Mexico consistently ripped through the first line of defense, averaging 6.2 yards on 36 first-half carries.

Air Force sets school record
Troy Timmerman blocked a PAT try from New Mexico early in the third quarter, giving Air Force a blocked kick in four consecutive games -- the most in program history.
The block also ended 76 consecutive made PATs for the Lobos, which had been a school record.
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