Three Game Keys In Review: Wyoming
1) The first key for Air Force was to keep Wyoming off the field by controlling time of possession. In reality this may not have mattered, because Wyoming scores quickly more often than not. Nonetheless, Air Force had the ball for 31 minutes and change. More to the point, Air Force had only one drive that took up four minutes or more of the clock. For an offense capable of putting together six- to eight-minute drives, Air Force didn't control the ball nearly enough in this game, and Wyoming made the Falcons pay for it.
2) The second key for Air Force was to pressure Brett Smith and limit his time in the pocket. Air Force didn't pressure Smith. The Falcons didn't cover well, and they couldn't stop the run, either. We've seen the defensive woes of this team repeatedly the last three weeks, and it appears to be a problem the Falcons can't overcome – not quickly, at any rate. Smith set Wyoming school records in the process of dismantling Air Force's secondary on Saturday night. As a whole, he accounted for over 500 yards and five touchdowns. He was a major concern for the Academy coming into the game, and he showed why in Colorado Springs, impressing the crowd in Falcon Stadium plus a national television audience on ESPNU.
3) The third and final key was to "prevent the big runs." It was going to be hard enough to match scores with Wyoming. Allowing the Cowboys 10-0 and 14-0 stretches would be a death blow for Air Force, and the Falcons couldn't stop that from happening. Twice the Cowboys ran off 21-point left-right combinations that landed Air Force on the ropes. For an AFA team that isn't equipped to score quickly, those two bursts were too much for the Falcons to overcome. Wyoming put the game away late in the first half and added to the carnage in the second.
The Falcons go to Nevada on Saturday in search of their first Mountain West Conference win.
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