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Air Force wide receiver Benjamin Waters (20) runs in for a 75-yard touchdown as Cowboys' Braden Smith (26) leaps through the air missing the tackle during the fourth quarter of the Falcons' football game against the University of Wyoming Cowboys at Falcon Stadium at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. The Falcons defeated the Cowboys by a score of 20-6. (Chancey Bush/ The Gazette)

How will Wyoming move the ball?

A clear course of action never became clear when it came to the Cowboys’ plan on offense. The team has been wandering somewhat aimlessly on that side of the ball since quarterback Sean Chambers was lost to an injury in late October. On Saturday they had some success throwing the ball, completing 10 passes for 111 yards, but they also threw two interceptions and took a pair of sacks. They never gained traction running, going for 114 yards on 33 carries. The rushing numbers were inflated by a 38-yard gain by quarterback Levi Williams. Take that away and the Cowboys averaged just 2.4 yards per carry.

What kind of encore does Air Force have in store?

The Falcons didn’t take many downfield shots in the passing game a week after throwing for 327 yards and four touchdowns in a victory at New Mexico. But when they did, they were effective. The team was 6-of-7 passing for 143 yards and a touchdown. Four completions, including one to quarterback Donald Hammond III, went for 20 or more yards. The game’s dagger came on the lone deep attempt, as Hammond connected with Ben Waters for a 75-yard touchdown.

Turnovers could turn the tide

Wyoming carried a sizable advantage in turnover margin into the game, but Air Force turned out to be better in that area. The Falcons lost one turnover, a fumbled exchange in the backfield, but the defense covered it up with a stop. On the flip side, Wyoming threw a pair of interceptions and lost a fumble (granted, the fumble came on fourth down and was essentially a turnover on downs). The interceptions led to a pair of Air Force field goals and, as they occurred on the Falcons’ side of the field, helped prevent Wyoming from scoring. That change in points factored heavily in a game that was separated by just a touchdown until the final 2 minutes.

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