Air Force Falcons wide receiver Marcus Bennett (8) catches a pass over  Navy Midshipmen cornerback Elijah Merchant (14) during the first quarter at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sport
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Air Force AF 1-2 , 0-1
Utah State USU 3-1 , 1-0
Score By Quarters
Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th F
AF Air Force 0 14 3 15 32
USU Utah State 7 14 14 7 42

Game Recap: Football |

Late Rally Not Enough In 42-32 Setback at Utah State

Air Force football dropped a 42-32 contest at Utah State in both team's Mountain West opener late Saturday night at Maverik Stadium in Logan, Utah.  The Falcons set a school record with 107 plays ran.

Trailing 35-14 after a pair of Utah State touchdowns in the third quarter, Air Force responded with 18 unanswered points to close the gap to three at 35-32. 

The Falcons made it a three point game in dramatic fashion.  The rally started with a 31-yard field goal by Jake Koehnke late in the third quarter.  The Falcons followed with a nine-yard rushing touchdown by Kadin Remsberg and a coverted two-point conversion at the 13:13 mark in the fourth.  On the ensuing kickoff, linebacker Christopher Musselman was able to strip the ball from Utah State kick returner Savon Scarver at the 21-yard line and run it back for the score. 

Air Force could not keep the momentum going, as Utah State (3-1) was able to close out the game on a 70-yard touchdown run by Gerold Bright with 6:52 to go in the game.  The Falcons were unable to get on the scoreboard the rest of the game.

The Falcons shattered the previous school record for plays ran of 98, set against Nevada in 2017 and Hawaii in 2001.  The Falcons ran the ball 86 times, which is tied for third-best in school history and second-best in Mountain West history.

Remsburg, who entered the game with one career rushing attempt, led Air Force with 94 yards rushing on 17 carries.  Fullback Cole Fagan added 62 yards on 17 carries, to go with a touchdown. 

Quarterback Isaiah Sanders was 9 of 17 passing for 125 yards.  The junior also carried 26 times for 58 yards and a touchdown.  Senior Marcus Bennett tied a career-high with five receptions for 74 yards and Ronald Cleveland set a career-high with four receptions for 43 yards.

Utah State scored the first points of the game on a rushing touchdown by Darwin Thompson to go up 7-0 in the first quarter.

Air Force tied it up on a one-yard run by Sanders and went up 14-7 after an eight-yard run by Fagan midway through the second quarter.

Utah State would score 28 consecutive points to go up 35-14.  The Aggies scored a pair of touchdowns before halftime to go up 21-14.  Two more TDs in the third gave USU the big lead before the Air Force rally.

Junior Jeremy Fejedelem recorded a career-high 14 tackles to lead the Falcon defense.  Senior Brody Bagnall also set a career-high with 10 tackles.

Air Force returns to action next Saturday, Sept. 29, hosting Nevada.  Kickoff is 2 pm MT and the game will be televised by ESPNEWS.
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