ANNAPOLIS, Md. – As Air Force struggled to finish drives, it leaned on its kicker. Jake Koehnke responded by matching a school record with four field goals.
The senior connected from 42, 40, 49 and 26 yards – the 49-yarder representing a career-long kick and the 26-yarder sneaking in despite being tipped at the line.
“I think this is a perfect example of every point counts,” Koehnke said. “I’m just grateful to have the opportunity to help my team and make an impact.
“Unfortunately it didn’t turn out the way we wanted. But we do a great job focusing on going 1-0, so next week all we’ll focus on is 1-0.”
The field goals allowed Air Force to bank points until the offense came up with a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter and briefly took a lead before falling in the final 30 seconds in the 34-25 loss.
Koehnke’s 4-for-4 effort on Saturday makes him 7 for 7 this season and 16 of 19 in his career, with one of the misses coming on a blocked kick.