Air Force football notes: Season-high attendance for Wyoming game

By Brent Briggeman Updated: September 23, 2013 at 2:14 pm • Published: September 21, 2013 | 11:30 pm 0
photo - Wyoming running back Shaun Wick (21) carries the ball for a touchdown against the Air Force Falcons during a Mountain West College Football game between the Air Force Falcons and the Wyoming Cowboys at Falcon Stadium on Sun. Sept. 21, 2013 at Air Force Academy, Colo. (Kent Nishimura, The Gazette)
Wyoming running back Shaun Wick (21) carries the ball for a touchdown against the Air Force Falcons during a Mountain West College Football game between the Air Force Falcons and the Wyoming Cowboys at Falcon Stadium on Sun. Sept. 21, 2013 at Air Force Academy, Colo. (Kent Nishimura, The Gazette)

Season-high attendance

Despite an 8:26 p.m. start and a second half that didn't start until 10:40 p.m., Air Force set a season-high in attendance with a crowd announced at 35,389.

Perfect weather certainly aided in that figure, as did a vibrant rivalry against Wyoming that was evident with three first-half personal foul calls on the Cowboys.

The attendance high will be shattered on Oct. 26 when Notre Dame visits the Falcons. Single-game tickets go on sale for the Notre Dame game on Monday at 9 a.m. About 9,000 tickets remain for that contest.

Of those 35,000-plus that came out on Saturday night, at least a third headed for the exits after a lopsided first half.

 

LaCoste's comeback

Air Force running back Anthony LaCoste was knocked motionless on a giant hit on a kickoff return, then returned in the same quarter to score a touchdown.

Wyoming's Nehemie Kankolongo destroyed a block attempt from Colton Huntman, hitting Huntsman and LaCoste almost simultaneously on the play. LaCoste fumbled and didn't move for several seconds before walking off.

He later returned and scored on a 6-yard run.

 

Changes to starting lineup

Wide receiver Garrett Brown made his first start for Air Force as Ty MacArthur missed the game after suffering a concussion last week at Boise State.

Marcus Hendricks moved into the starting lineup at tight end.

 

More drops

Receiver Sam Gagliano, who dropped one of two passes at Boise State last week, dropped a pair of first-half passes on Saturday night.

The Falcons have been plagued by drops since letting about six catchable passes get away against Utah State in Week 2.

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