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Subplots we watched in Air Force's victory over Utah State

November 26, 2017 Updated: November 26, 2017 at 3:50 pm
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photo - Air Force Falcons running back Timothy McVey (33) stiff arms Utah State Aggies safety Gaje Ferguson (23) as he runs the ball for a touchdown at Falcon Stadium in an NCAA college football game at the United States Air Force Academy, Colo., Saturday Nov. 25, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).
Air Force Falcons running back Timothy McVey (33) stiff arms Utah State Aggies safety Gaje Ferguson (23) as he runs the ball for a touchdown at Falcon Stadium in an NCAA college football game at the United States Air Force Academy, Colo., Saturday Nov. 25, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette). 

Following up on keys, trends and storylines we tracked in Air Force's 38-35 victory over Utah State on Saturday night.

Numbers worth tracking

In the season’s final game, a few season and career marks were worth tracking. Air Force kicker Luke Strebel returned from an injury and scored eight points to break the program all-time record with 254 points. Tailback Tim McVey scored his 33rd touchdown, tying Tim Jefferson and Ernie Jennings for fifth all-time. McVey’s 7.2 yards per carry rank second all-time for Air Force, as does his 26.5 yards per reception. Arion Worthman’s 831 rushing yards were the lowest for a Falcons season-leader since fullback Todd Newell’s 594 in 2008.

 

Utah State’s QB situation

Air Force said it was allotting no extra time to account for any differences in skill sets between the two quarterbacks it might face. That was a good call, as redshirt freshman Jordan Love played throughout. Love finished 17-of-30 passing for 284 yards, two touchdowns along with six carries for 32 yards. His fumble on a sack in the end zone by Grant Ross led to a recovery by Santo Coppola and Air Force’s second defensive touchdown of the season.

 

Crowd size?

As expected, few people showed up for an 8:25 p.m. game in late November with the cadet wing away on break and little at stake on the field. The announced crowd of 17,252 was the lowest for an Air Force home game since it drew 11,519 for a frigid 45-38 victory over Nevada on Nov. 15, 2014. What’s more, the 17,252 came nowhere near reflecting the number of people actually in Falcon Stadium.

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