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Air Force Issued Their Third Divisional Loss
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Every year, the number goal as stated by Army, Navy and Air Force is to win the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy. Well, that is officially the sole salvation to the Falcon’s 2022 season. After another brutal one-score loss in Division play, this time to Boise State, the Falcons find themselves near the basement of the Mountain side of the Conference Standings. The Falcons suffered the loss Saturday night, 14-19. Air Force was expected to really compete for the Conference Championship this season, but fate, nor Wyoming, Utah State or Boise State would have it.
It shouldn’t surprise anyone that this was a very close contest against the Broncos. However, if you didn’t watch the game in it’s entirety, this game had a lot of twists and turns. In fact, to only lose this game by five points was the result of an outstanding defensive performance by the Falcons, just to keep them in the game. The first quarter could have found them in a much deeper hole with fumbles, penalties and errant pitches that really grounded the offense for a majority of the first half.
Each time the offense left them in an unenviable position, the defense stiffened, forcing a turnover or limiting to field goals usually. The Boise defense stood tall all night long, withstanding a late storm from Air Force to secure the game. It truly was a crazy game. A rare penalty for having two players on the field with the same jersey number (Noa and Caples) was called on Boise, extending a Falcons drive that could have decided the game.
In the end, a holding penalty that created a long fourth down conversion attempt, from two yards to go decided the game. And who else, but Ezekiel Noa, who wears jersey number 7, batted a Haaziq Daniels pass down that looked to be a real threat to covert the down.
The Boise State Broncos are clearly in the drivers seat for the Mountain Division now. While Air Force can try and improve their overall record with each week that passes, but circle that game against Army next month, because that contest is now the Falcons season.