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Air Force Football vs. Wyoming: By the numbers

By Brent Briggeman Published: September 20, 2013

By the Numbers

1: Touchdown pass needed by Wyoming junior quarterback Brett Smith to establish a school record of 57.

 

3: Consecutive night games for Air Force, starting with last week's 6 p.m. start at Boise State and including next week's 6 p.m. game at Nevada.

 

5: Field goals Air Force has made through three games, one more than it made all last season.

 

65: Percent of third downs converted by Air Force opponents; compared to 43 percent for the Falcons.

 

111: Points for Wyoming through three games, including 34 in a three-point loss on the road at Nebraska.

 

Three things to watch

Short passes

Boise State completed 17 of 17 passes thrown at or behind the line of scrimmage against Air Force, leading to long drives and frustration for the Falcons' defense. Air Force is making adjustments, but Wyoming will almost certainly try to exploit that area.

 

Air Force's receivers

The past two weeks have seen receivers drop passes that could have impacted the outcome or at least the momentum of the game. Has this become a mental problem that will continue to haunt the team, or might a few early catches put the issue in the past?

 

Second-half energy

Saturday will be a long day for players, as they must try to contain themselves until the ultra-late 8:15 p.m. kickoff. Adrenaline will undoubtedly mask any impact early, but the team that handles the extra downtime best will likely see an advantage late.

 

Quote

"I feel like the defense is just anxious to finally actually play a full game and actually play well. That's what we've got to do as a defense is finally play like we're capable of."

- Air Force linebacker Joey Nichol

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