Nick Toth was a linebackers coach with Fresno State last year, giving him a unique perspective of the Air Force quarterback change that altered the season.
It was in that game that Arion Worthman entered in the third quarter when Nate Romine left with an ankle injury.
Worthman ran for 100 yards that night, finishing a come-from-behind victory.
“We knew it as soon as it changed. As soon we saw the quarterback change and two plays later we were on the headphones saying ‘Everything just changed, guys. Everything we prepared for is out the window,’” Toth said. “I think (Romine) was a threat, but not nearly as dynamic as Arion was when he came in. We knew we could cheat some things, which is why that game stayed as close as it did for a while. Fresno State wasn’t as good as Air Force. We had to cheat some things. Then, when Arion came in, we couldn’t cheat them anymore.”
Air Force’s victory was the first of a six-game streak to close the season. Fresno State finished 1-11.