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Worthman, stingy defense lift Air Force to 62-0 win over VMI

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) Quarterback Arion Worthman ran the Air Force offense with a steady hand even if it was shaking for most of the first quarter.

''Couldn't even tell you why,'' he said. ''Just nervous.''

Worthman accounted for three touchdowns in a half's worth of work and Air Force's revamped defense allowed only six first downs, helping the Falcons cruise to a 62-0 win over VMI on Saturday.

Worthman ran for a short score and connected twice with receiver Geraud Sanders , including a 57-yard TD where Sanders was all alone. Worthman got the second half off as the Falcons worked in the backups in front of their home fans.

''Glad we were able to give them a good show today,'' Worthman said.

Air Force improved to 11-0 in season openers under coach Troy Calhoun, winning by an average of 37.5 points.

There was a scary moment early in the second quarter when VMI quarterback Austin Coulling took a big hit while going into a slide. He was strapped to a back brace and carted off the field.

Keydets coach Scott Wachenheim said he was optimistic Coulling would be able to fly home with the team or in the morning.

''They're still doing tests,'' Wachenheim said. ''It was a good clean hit, I guess, and Austin hopefully will heal real fast and be ready to help us out the rest of the season.''

Duncan Hodges took over and finished 5 of 10 for 3 yards.

The Keydets were making their farthest trip west in school history to play a football game, according to the team. Before this, their outermost excursion west was to College Station, Texas, to face Texas A&M in 1950.

Air Force figured to be a work in progress on defense after losing 11 of its top 12 tacklers from a season ago. But the Falcons held the Keydets to 95 total yards and forced more punts (10) than they allowed first downs.

''We lost a lot of players and everyone is like, `Oh, the defense is going to fall off,''' freshman defensive lineman Jordan Jackson said. ''We came out today and I believe we played very well.''

No arguments from VMI.

''We won't play a team as good as them the rest of the year,'' running back Daz Palmer said. ''We thought when they scored they would try and slow down a little bit. We got to push through stuff like that. We can't expect people to step down to the competition.''

THE TAKEAWAY

VMI: It was a tall order for the Keydets, who were picked to finish ninth in the Southern Conference preseason poll. Coulling was 3 of 6 for 25 yards before being hurt.

AIR FORCE: The offense was in perfect step, scoring TDs on five of seven possessions in the first half before Calhoun began to work in the backups.

SIXTH SENSE

Worthman went through his read progressions on his first TD pass before finally seeing Sanders with no one even close to him.

''Coach was like, `Took you long enough to find him,''' Worthman cracked.

Sanders knew he would eventually find him.

''Because he's got that sixth sense,'' Sanders said.

THIS & THAT

Wachenheim was a four-year starter for Air Force from 1980-83. He began his coaching career by serving as the offensive coordinator of the Falcons' JV team in 1984. ''It's not fun to lose no matter where you lose,'' he said. ... Falcons RB Tim McVey finished with 98 yards rushing and a score. ... The Falcons worked in a fourth-string QB named Mike Schmidt. ... Air Force's 95 total yards allowed were the second-fewest in school history, the team said. The record is 66 total yards allowed against San Diego in 1956.

UP NEXT

VMI: The Keydets face Catawba College out of North Carolina on Saturday.

AIR FORCE: After a bye week, the Falcons play at Michigan on Sept. 16. Anxious? ''We treat every week the same,'' Sanders said. ''Even if we're playing Michigan, a pretty big school, it doesn't matter. We still do what we do every week in and out - just go out there and play.''

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Missed Point After Touchdown 4:26
96-M.Philichi extra point is no good.
plays
yds
pos
0
62
Touchdown 4:26
32-A.Duty-Tyson runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
11
plays
17
yds
05:38
pos
0
62
Point After TD 12:19
96-M.Philichi extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
56
Touchdown 12:19
25-C.Mallard runs 10 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
-23
yds
02:41
pos
0
55
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:03
96-M.Philichi extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
49
Touchdown 3:03
19-N.Eriksen runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
13
plays
26
yds
05:12
pos
0
48
Point After TD 9:51
11-L.Strebel extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
42
Touchdown 9:51
9-M.Miller runs 5 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
10
yds
03:01
pos
0
41
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:30
11-L.Strebel extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
35
Touchdown 1:30
2-A.Worthman runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
12
yds
02:33
pos
0
34
Point After TD 5:29
11-L.Strebel extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
28
Touchdown 5:29
3-R.Cleveland runs 11 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
18
yds
03:28
pos
0
27
Point After TD 15:00
11-L.Strebel extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
21
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:47
11-L.Strebel extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
14
Touchdown 2:47
2-A.Worthman complete to 7-G.Sanders. 7-G.Sanders runs 57 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
14
yds
01:38
pos
0
13
Point After TD 11:57
11-L.Strebel extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 11:57
33-T.McVey runs 27 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
7
yds
03:03
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 6 32
Rushing 2 26
Passing 2 6
Penalty 2 0
3rd Down Conv 3-14 7-10
4th Down Conv 0-0 1-1
Total Net Yards 79 647
Total Plays 48 81
Avg Gain 1.6 8.0
Net Yards Rushing 55 473
Rush Attempts 28 67
Avg Rush Yards 2.0 7.1
Net Yards Passing 24 174
Comp. - Att. 10-20 10-14
Yards Per Pass 1.2 12.4
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-16 2-16
Penalties - Yards 4-20 2-10
Touchdowns 0 9
Rushing TDs 0 7
Passing TDs 0 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 1-1
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 10-45.9 2-41.5
Return Yards 67 43
Punts - Returns 1--2 2-9
Kickoffs - Returns 4-69 0-0
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-34
Kicking 0/0 8/9
Extra Points 0/0 8/9
Field Goals 0/0 0/0
Safeties 0 0
1234T
VMI 0-1 00000
Air Force 1-0 1421141362
24 PASS YDS 174
55 RUSH YDS 473
79 TOTAL YDS 647
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
A. Coulling 18 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 25 0 0 85.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 25 0 0 85.0
A. Coulling 3/6 25 0 0
D. Hodges 12 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 3 0 0 52.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 3 0 0 52.5
D. Hodges 5/10 3 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
D. Palmer 2 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 32 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 32 0
D. Palmer 8 32 0 14
Ty. Smith 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 10 0
Ty. Smith 5 10 0 5
Q. Myers 1 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 6 0
Q. Myers 5 6 0 5
B. Tucker 17 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 6 0
B. Tucker 1 6 0 6
A. Coulling 18 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
A. Coulling 1 5 0 5
K. Jackson 82 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
K. Jackson 1 4 0 4
M. Dermott 26 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 2 0
M. Dermott 2 2 0 3
J. Lara 7 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
J. Lara 1 1 0 1
D. Hodges 12 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -16 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -16 0
D. Hodges 1 -16 0 -16
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Palmer 2 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 16 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 16 0
D. Palmer 4 16 0 17
J. Brown 15 FB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 10 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 10 0
J. Brown 2 10 0 8
Ty. Smith 21 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 5 0
Ty. Smith 1 5 0 5
B. Tucker 17 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 4 0
B. Tucker 1 4 0 4
A. Ramsey 36 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 3 0
A. Ramsey 1 3 0 3
R. Martin 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 2 0
R. Martin 1 2 0 2
Q. Myers 1 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
Q. Myers 0 0 0 0
M. Dermott 26 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
M. Dermott 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
B. Lipscomb 9 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
B. Lipscomb 1-0 1.0 0
T. Richardson 3 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
T. Richardson 1-0 1.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Hogan 34 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
10 45.9 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
10 45.9 0
B. Hogan 10 45.9 0 55
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Dermott 26 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 17.3 26 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 17.3 26 0
M. Dermott 4 17.3 26 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
I. Parker 19 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 -2.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 -2.0 0 0
I. Parker 1 -2.0 0 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
A. Worthman 2 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 172 2 0 242.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 172 2 0 242.1
A. Worthman 8/12 172 2 0
N. Romine 6 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 18 0 0 175.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 18 0 0 175.6
N. Romine 2/2 18 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
T. McVey 33 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 98 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
10 98 1
T. McVey 10 98 1 27
P. Wilson 36 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 48 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 48 0
P. Wilson 3 48 0 43
N. Eriksen 19 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 42 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 42 1
N. Eriksen 5 42 1 12
R. Cleveland 3 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 35 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 35 1
R. Cleveland 3 35 1 20
A. Worthman 2 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 33 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 33 1
A. Worthman 11 33 1 13
A. Duty-Tyson 32 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 32 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 32 1
A. Duty-Tyson 5 32 1 11
M. Miller 9 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 32 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 32 1
M. Miller 5 32 1 13
N. Romine 6 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 32 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 32 0
N. Romine 2 32 0 29
J. LaCoste 39 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 26 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 26 0
J. LaCoste 2 26 0 19
C. Mallard 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 21 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 21 1
C. Mallard 4 21 1 10
I. Sanders 5 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 11 0
I. Sanders 2 11 0 8
C. Parton 43 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 11 0
C. Parton 4 11 0 4
K. Fagan 34 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 9 0
K. Fagan 3 9 0 4
J. Stafford 30 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 7 0
J. Stafford 2 7 0 5
A. Smith 10 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 2 0
A. Smith 2 2 0 1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
T. McVey 33 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 77 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 77 0
T. McVey 3 77 0 45
G. Sanders 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 62 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 62 2
G. Sanders 2 62 2 57
M. Bennett 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 24 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 24 0
M. Bennett 2 24 0 14
R. Reffitt 85 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 19 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 19 0
R. Reffitt 1 19 0 19
P. Wilson 36 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
P. Wilson 0 0 0 0
M. Miller 9 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 0 0
M. Miller 1 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
S. Coppola 97 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
S. Coppola 1-0 1.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
L. Strebel 11 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 6/6
SEASON FG XP
0/0 6/6
L. Strebel 0/0 0 6/6 6
M. Philichi 96 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 2/3
SEASON FG XP
0/0 2/3
M. Philichi 0/0 0 2/3 2
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Scott 91 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 41.5 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
2 41.5 1
C. Scott 2 41.5 1 53
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Cleveland 3 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 4.5 7 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 4.5 7 0
R. Cleveland 2 4.5 7 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:43 VMI 22 2:48 7 5 Punt
6:21 VMI 12 1:47 3 7 Punt
2:42 VMI 17 1:18 3 7 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:56 VMI 25 1:52 4 21 Punt
10:55 VMI 39 1:46 3 2 Punt
5:27 VMI 25 1:16 3 7 Punt
1:30 VMI 25 1:06 4 16 End of quarter
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 VMI 25 1:56 4 -6 Punt
9:45 VMI 26 1:25 3 2 Punt
3:03 VMI 25 0:44 3 6 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:13 VMI 17 1:56 3 3 Punt
4:26 VMI 25 4:14 10 40 INT
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 AF 35 3:03 9 7 TD
8:45 AF 26 2:17 5 32 Punt
4:25 AF 28 1:38 5 14 TD
1:17 AF 31 1:02 4 64 End of quarter
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:55 AF 20 1:48 3 2 FUMBLE
8:57 AF 24 3:28 10 18 TD
4:03 AF 35 2:33 8 65 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:52 AF 32 3:01 9 10 TD
8:15 AF 29 5:12 13 71 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 VMI 35 2:41 7 -23 TD
10:04 AF 25 5:38 11 17 TD
0:02 VMI 41 0:00 1 -1 End of game