An Early Look: Air Force Offense

Saturday the Army Black Knights travel to Colorado to face rival Air Force in critical CIC Trophy match-up. Air Force has already fallen to Navy but Army has yet to play an academy rival and still controls their own destiny in the trophy race. The Cadets also have a legitimate shot at a bowl bid but they'll need to beat one of their academy rivals in order to accomplish that feat.

The Air Force Season

The 5-4 (4-2 MWC) Falcons opened with an easy 72-0 win over Nicholls State but then lost a tough one at Big Ten opponent Minnesota, 20-13. After solid win over New Mexico and San Diego State, Air Force lost another close one at Navy, 16-13 in overtime. The following week the Falcons fell to a powerful TCU team, 20-17, at home. Over the past three weeks USAFA has defeated Wyoming, 10-0; lost at Utah, 23-16; and won at Colorado State, 34-16.

Rushing Offense

Air Force, like Army and Navy, likes to run the ball and they are really good at it. The Falcons are piling up 276 rushing yards a game, good for fourth in the nation. The Falcons have gained as much as 474 yards in a game against Nicholls St. and as little as 183 against Navy. Fullback Jared Tew is not huge (6-0, 210) but he has the speed and moves to gain yardage. He leads the Falcons in rushing garnering 61 yards per game and has scored six touchdowns this season. Tailback Asher Clark is the Falcons second leading rusher, picking up 51 yards per contest. Starting quarterback Tim Jefferson is gaining about 26 yards per game. The Falcons will be without quarterback Connor Dietz who is third on the team in rushing with 53 yards a game, because of a broken hand.

Passing Offense

Air Force, like Army and Navy, shys away from the pass. They average 72 yards per game passing, good for 119th in the nation. Air Force's best day passing yardage wise was at Minnesota when they gained 125 yards through the air. Wyoming was the worst day with the fly boys gaining a measly two yards passing. Although passing is not their fancy, Falcons quarterback Tim Jefferson has been fairly accurate when he does pass. He's completed 31-of-56 passes for 430 yards, four touchdowns and only one interception. His longest pass has gone for 57 yards. Kevin Fogler and Jonathan Warzeka are his top targets with 14 and 13 catches respectively. The Air Force offensive line has given up just six sacks this season.

Tomorrow we'll take a look at the Falcon defense and special teams.

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