The most telling stat of the day for Air Force's defense could be found in Christian Spears' tackling numbers.
The junior free safety had a hand in 10 stops in the first half and just two in the second. This was the obvious product of Air Force's defensive front being able to make tackles closer to the line of scrimmage.
As a result, Army went from averaging 5.6 yards per play in the first half to 3.7 in the second.
Each of Army's three punts came in the second half and the only points it scored in the final two quarters were set up by a short field after a muffed punt.
"The D-line dominated in the second half along with the linebackers and outside linebackers," Spears said. "My production pretty much stopped after that because they couldn't get past those guys. When those clamps got locked down it was easy."
Robert Green was a major part of that push up front in his second game back from a knee injury. Green - who had two career tackles before Saturday - made nine stops, including two that sent Army backward 10 yards.
Air Force had lost seven in a row, with its last win coming Aug. 31 in the opener against Colgate.
The streak was the longest since 1979.
"It's a horrible taste in your mouth to have to go through losing seven games in a row," defensive lineman Nick Fitzgerald said. "To win today gets that taste out and you get to feel the emotion of what it feels like to win. Not only that but it was against a service academy."
The blocked field goal from Fitzgerald in the second quarter gave Air Force a block in three consecutive games. . Angel Santiago was the second service academy quarterback to run for three touchdowns against Air Force this season, joining Navy's Keenan Reynolds. . Air Force played most of the second half without linebacker Joey Nichol, who appeared to injure his groin. . Anthony LaCoste's 263 rushing yards were the second most in team history behind Chad Hall's 275 against Army in 2007. . LaCoste become just the second Falcon to post multiple runs of 70-or-more yards in a season, joining Beau Morgan in 1996. LaCoste's both came in the same game.