Considering how underwhelming Air Force performed for the first three quarters of the game, to score and have the lead with little more than three minutes left is probably more than you could ask for.
Unfortunately for Air Force, what was a suspect secondary entering the game was confirmed by games end. The Falcon secondary was exposed often (not just for a Navy game) and didn’t recover when it mattered the most on the Mids game clinching drive.
The secondary can’t shoulder all of the blame though. What you would expect to have been a decided advantage by way of the passing game for Air Force certainly was not. Donald Hammond struggled, missing receivers routinely and continuing a really disturbing trend of turnovers. His counterpart in Malcolm Perry, on the other hand, shined in every aspect.
An end game recovery score by the Mids on a desperate Air Force last ditch effort made the score look worse at 34-25. What should not be lost in this was a heroic effort by Moses Fifita, and solid kicking yet again by Jake Koehnke.
The Falcons have plenty to work on and little time to do so as they are about to start down a very difficult stretch of the schedule. Turnovers continue to be an issue. The defenses front seven covered up for the offenses generous nature, recovering two fumbles, but Air Force is playing with fire.
Time to regroup because Fresno State comes to town next Saturday.