The most important Air Force drive of the season could well have been handled in a completely different fashion.
Under other circumstances, a team leading by a touchdown with 5:58 remaining might have been content to keep the ball on the ground and eat some clock.
The Falcons, instead, allowed freshman quarterback Nate Romine to go out and win it. And he did, with the help of some remarkable catches.
"It's indescribable," said Romine, who went 3 of 3 for 49 yards on the drive. "Something being echoed on the sideline was let's just finish this game with the offense on the field and let's just leave no doubt."
The Falcons showed confidence on that drive not only in a passing game that had played a complementary role - at best - through the first three quarters, but also in receiver Garrett Brown just minutes after Brown misplayed a punt to let Army get back into the game.
Brown caught an 11-yard pass on the first play of the drive and later hauled in a 29-yard completion down the sideline.
"It felt so good it overwhelmed you," said Brown, who earlier ran for his first career touchdown. "You just kind of said, 'Yes. Finally.'"
The other catch came on a one-handed grab from tight end Garrett Griffin.
"At the end there, give Air Force credit," Army coach Rich Ellerson said. "They throw the ball in a running situation where we're daring to throw it and they throw it and make plays. They make nice throws, they make circus catches, they made plays."
Army had a golden opportunity to attempt an onside kick before the Air Force drive. The Falcons were flagged for a personal foul for an illegal block as the Black Knights launched the kickoff out of the end zone. Rather than accepting the penalty and rekicking at the 50, where even a failed onside kick would likely give the Falcons the ball at the Air Force 40, they opted for the 15 yards of field position and allowed the Falcons to start at the 25.
The Falcons made them pay for not trying to get the ball back. In the process, Romine might have established himself as the quarterback of the future - or at least the next three games.
"I thought he played pretty well," Air Force coach Troy Calhoun said after the freshman went 7 of 8 for 111 yards. "There's just something about him. The guys like being alongside him, as they do Karson (Roberts), too - just two really top-notch young men. He made some key plays. I thought he stuck some good throws and we made the catch, too."
Air Force finished the eight-play, 75-yard drive by handing off to Broam Hart for a 3-yard touchdown.