With the government in a partial shutdown it looked like the season had come to an early end for the Air Force Falcons. But at least the government said we will let the military teams play sports as well. And play they did. The Air Force Falcons hosted the San Diego State Aztecs Thursday night, October 10, on a night that was having snow and wind in the mountains and along the front range, but the Air Force Academy had great weather.
From the start of the game, the Air Force Falcons had played hard every down and held San Diego State Aztecs to very little offense. This looked like a game that Air Force would come out as the victor. But when the fourth quarter came, the Air Force Falcons seemed to slow down. Going into the fourth quarter the Air Force Falcons were ahead by 14 points. But the San Diego Aztecs came back and scored 21 unanswered points to win the game 27-20.
It looked like this might be the night that the Air Force Falcons come out victorious and get the win. The first time San Diego Aztecs have the ball they march down the field only to have their field goal of 30 yards hit the uprights and bounce out. Their next set of downs they get down to the Air Force 3 yard line with fourth and goal. The defense of Air Force puts the stop to what looked like an easy touchdown. Throughout the game, the Falcons had Aztecs stopped until that dreaded fourth quarter came upon them.
Quinn Kaehler threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter and Donnel Pumphrey scored on a 10-yard run with 1:39 remaining, helping San Diego State rally for a 27-20 victory over Air Force.
The Falcons are off next week and then host the Irish of Notre Dame.