U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – Junior Cole Fagan
rushed for a career-high 260 yards and the defense forced two key turnovers in the second half as Air Force defeated Colorado State, 27-19, in a Mountain West Conference game Thursday, Nov. 22, at the Academy's Falcon Stadium. Fagan's 260 yards are the third most in school history and the most ever by a fullback.
The Air Force defense stood tall on CSU's first drive of the game and the offense responded with a touchdown on its first drive. Fagan capped off a 13-play, 80-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead at 5:48 of the first.
Air Force (5-7 overall, 3-5 MW) took a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter. Fagan's 56-yard run, a career long, sent the Falcons deep into Ram territory. On third-and-eight from the CSU 16-yard line, Donald Hammond hit Marcus Bennett
on a slant at the goal line. Bennet's juggling catch was his third touchdown of the season.
After punting on their first four possessions, Colorado State got on the board midway through the second quarter. Collin Hill hit Preston Williams on a 34-yard scoring strike to cap a 10-play, 92-yard drive. CSU missed the extra point and trailed 14-6 with 7:07 left in the second quarter.
29-yard field goal gave the Falcons a 17-6 lead with 1:09 left in the second, but the Rams quickly answered. Hill and Williams hooked up again, this time on a 58-yard touchdown pass, to cut the Falcon lead to 17-13 at the half.
Air Force's opening drive of the second half ended when the Rams held the Falcons on a fourth-and-goal at the one. Starting from their own one-yard line, CSU drove deep into Falcon territory, but Jeremy Fejedelem's
third interception of the season gave the ball back to Air Force at the two-yard line. Air Force's next drive covered 6:51 and ended with Koehnke's 39-yard field goal for a 20-13 lead early in the fourth quarter.
Williams' third touchdown of the day cut the Air Force lead to 20-19 with 9:53 left in the fourth. However, Falcon senior defensive end Ben Harris
blocked the extra point as Air Force held a one-point lead. On the next drive, Kadin Remsberg's
four-yard run capped an 11-play, 75-yard drive as the Falcons held a 27-19 lead with 3:35 left in the fourth.
On CSU's final drive, the Rams marched into Falcon territory with under two minutes remaining. With a first-and-10 at the Air Force 22, Kyle Floyd
dove in front of a K.J. Carta-Samuels' pass at the three-yard line with 1:54 left. Fagan picked up two first downs as the Falcons ran out the clock for their third straight win over CSU.