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Air Force Falcons cadets cheer after the Falcons defeat the Navy during the Air Force Falcons home football game against the Navy Midshipmen at Falcon Stadium on the campus of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020. The Falcons defeated the Navy by a score of 40 to 7.(Chancey Bush/ The Gazette)

AIR FORCE PLAYER OF THE GAME

Tevye Schuettpelz-Rohl, junior kicker

Yes, the defense was the story. Sure, the offense provided 400 yards. But in the early going, as Air Force was feeling its way through its first game with new faces, junior kicker Tevye Schuettpelz-Rohl provided something concrete – points. He connected from 48 yards, then 35, 32 and 40. He also added three PATs in as many tries. They were his first career field goal attempts. Take those away and the game would have been tied in the fourth quarter. With an Air Force team that included so many questions, maybe the answers would have been different had the scoreboard not been moving.

TURNING POINT

Navy fumbled early in the second quarter, smothering any momentum it had gained on a previous possession with a long touchdown pass. Air Force turned the fumble into a field goal, upping its lead to 13-7. Before the fumble, lost by quarterback Tyger Goslin and recovered by Parker Noren, Navy had seemingly recovered from a slow start and had briefly led. The turnover changed the game.

BY THE NUMBERS

7

Jersey numbers for Air Force cornerback David Eure and Navy safety Kevin Brennan. The defensive backs were both ejected for targeting.

7

Snaps for Navy, out of 54 in the game, that came on Air Force’s side of the field.

9

Consecutive victories by Air Force, the longest streak in the nation.

73

Yards for Navy on a touchdown pass from Tyger Goslin to Myles Fells, accounting for the Midshipmen’s lone score in the game and more than a quarter of their offensive production.

99

Career wins for both Air Force coach Troy Calhoun and Navy’s Ken Niumatalolo, all earned with their current programs that they took over prior to the 2007 season.

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