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Worthman, ground game shine as Air Force beats CSU 45-28

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) Arion Worthman and the Air Force offense found a perfect pace - methodical, almost to the point of monotonous.

Above all, it couldn't be stopped.

Worthman threw a 56-yard TD pass early in the fourth quarter, Taven Birdow scored twice and Air Force's ground game kept Colorado State's high-powered offense on the sideline for big chunks of time in a 45-28 win over the Rams on Saturday.

A thing of beauty for the Falcons (4-4, 3-2 Mountain West). A source of frustration for the Rams.

''It's kind of weird, really,'' Colorado State standout receiver Michael Gallup said. ''You're sitting there, and you don't really know if you need to get up and walk around, need to stretch. Then, you listen to coach going over all these plays and then he goes over it again. It gets kind of boring.''

Air Force rushed for 413 yards and dominated time of possession (41 minutes, 38 seconds to 18:22). Worthman completed just two passes, both in the fourth quarter and the last a strike to Ryan Reffitt with 11:53 remaining to make it 38-28. After a Rams punt, the Falcons went on a game-sealing 13-play, 98-yard drive that chewed up 7:09 and culminated with Worthman's 7-yard scamper.

''We had a really good game plan going in and what they were going to give us as far as a defensive look,'' said Worthman, who finished 2 of 4 for 64 yards, one TD and an interception. ''We were in rhythm.''

This game pitted the grind-it-out style of double-digit underdog Air Force against the explosiveness of Colorado State (6-3, 4-1). The Rams had the ball only five times in the second half, including once with seconds remaining and the game over.

''We are told not to watch the scoreboard, only to think about our next possession and put up some points,'' Colorado State quarterback Nick Stevens said.

That's difficult to do when the Rams couldn't seem to get the ball back.

The Falcons had a 17-play drive in the third quarter that consumed 9:59 and led to a 20-yard field goal by Luke Strebel, which made it 31-28. That one drive was longer than Colorado State had the ball the entire first half (9:28).

Worthman finished with 117 yards rushing for the Falcons, who captured the Ram-Falcon Trophy that's been awarded annually since 1980.

Stevens threw two TD passes to give him 63 for his career and move him one shy of tying the school mark held by Garrett Grayson (2011-14). Stevens also threw three interceptions.

It was the Rams' first loss inside their new $220 million on-campus facility that opened this season.

''There is no hiding the fact we got our (rear) kicked today,'' Colorado State coach Mike Bobo said. ''It should hurt. It ought to be embarrassing.''

There were plenty of big plays in this game:

- Air Force linebacker Shaquille Vereen had a 30-yard interception return for a TD in the second quarter.

- Rams running back Dalyn Dawkins broke off a 76-yard TD run for the Rams.

- Gallup hauled in a 55-yard TD catch on a trick play where Stevens took a pitch and heaved it down the field. Gallup finished with seven catches for 161 yards.

THE TAKEAWAY

Air Force: The Falcons are 72-8 under coach Troy Calhoun when taking a lead into the fourth quarter. They've also scored at least 30 points in five straight games.

Colorado State: Suffers a big setback in trying to capture the Mountain division.

THIS & THAT

Colorado State running back Cecil Sapp and receiver David Anderson were among the eight members recently inducted into the school's athletics hall of fame. The class was recognized after the first quarter. ... The Falcons didn't punt until 22 seconds remaining in the game.

SCUBA GOGGLES

In the locker room after the game, the Falcons celebrated by throwing around water and Gatorade. Vereen came prepared, though, by carrying scuba goggles.

''It's madness,'' he said of the locker room scene after the win.

UP NEXT

Air Force: Host Army on Saturday. The Falcons can't win the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy outright, but still has a chance to retain it. They have to beat Army and then root for the Black Knights against Navy on Dec. 9. Air Force lost at Navy 48-45 on Oct. 7.

Colorado State: Travels to Wyoming on Saturday. The Rams are 58-45-5 all-time against the Cowboys, including back-to-back victories in Laramie.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:12
11-L.Strebel extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
45
28
Touchdown 3:12
2-A.Worthman runs 7 yards for a touchdown.
14
plays
103
yds
07:09
pos
44
28
Point After TD 11:53
11-L.Strebel extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
38
28
Touchdown 11:53
2-A.Worthman complete to 85-R.Reffitt. 85-R.Reffitt runs 56 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
75
yds
02:52
pos
37
28
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:55
11-L.Strebel 20 yards Field Goal is Good.
16
plays
72
yds
09:55
pos
31
28
Point After TD 10:50
96-W.Bryan extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
28
28
Touchdown 10:50
24-I.Matthews runs 9 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
63
yds
04:06
pos
28
27
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 6:45
11-L.Strebel extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
28
21
Touchdown 6:59
7-N.Stevens incomplete. Intended for 23-M.Wilson INTERCEPTED by 6-S.Vereen at CSU 30. 6-S.Vereen runs 30 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
30
yds
0:00
pos
27
21
Point After TD 6:59
11-L.Strebel extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
21
Touchdown 6:59
30-J.Stafford runs 53 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
75
yds
02:26
pos
20
21
Point After TD 9:25
96-W.Bryan extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
21
Touchdown 9:25
7-N.Stevens complete to 46-A.Prentice. 46-A.Prentice runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
8
plays
72
yds
03:20
pos
14
20
Point After TD 12:45
11-L.Strebel extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
14
Touchdown 12:49
23-T.Birdow runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
14
plays
75
yds
6:30
pos
13
14
Touchdown 12:45
23-T.Birdow runs 9 yards for a touchdown.
14
plays
70
yds
03:48
pos
13
14
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 4:19
96-W.Bryan extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
14
Touchdown 4:19
7-N.Stevens complete to 4-M.Gallup. 4-M.Gallup runs 55 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
55
yds
00:09
pos
7
13
Point After TD 8:14
96-W.Bryan extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 8:14
1-D.Dawkins runs 76 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
96
yds
00:53
pos
7
6
Point After TD 9:13
11-L.Strebel extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 9:13
23-T.Birdow runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
11
plays
75
yds
05:47
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 30 22
Rushing 26 7
Passing 1 13
Penalty 3 2
3rd Down Conv 8-13 6-10
4th Down Conv 1-1 2-2
Total Net Yards 477 428
Total Plays 78 54
Avg Gain 6.1 7.9
Net Yards Rushing 413 166
Rush Attempts 74 23
Avg Rush Yards 5.6 7.2
Net Yards Passing 64 262
Comp. - Att. 2-4 17-31
Yards Per Pass 16.0 8.5
Sacked - Yards Lost 0-0 1-7
Penalties - Yards 4-28 4-40
Touchdowns 6 4
Rushing TDs 4 2
Passing TDs 1 2
Other 1 0
Turnovers 1 3
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 1 3
Punts - Avg 1-69.0 2-48.0
Return Yards 36 27
Punts - Returns 1-6 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 3-22
Int. - Returns 3-30 1-5
Kicking 7/7 4/4
Extra Points 6/6 4/4
Field Goals 1/1 0/0
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Air Force 4-4 72131445
Colorado State 6-3 1477028
64 PASS YDS 262
413 RUSH YDS 166
477 TOTAL YDS 428
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
A. Worthman 2 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 64 1 1 216.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 830 9 3 172.9
A. Worthman 2/4 64 1 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
A. Worthman 2 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
25 117 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
188 759 13
A. Worthman 25 117 1 12
J. Stafford 30 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 104 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
30 197 1
J. Stafford 9 104 1 53
T. McVey 33 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 93 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
93 612 6
T. McVey 12 93 0 17
T. Birdow 23 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 67 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
51 227 3
T. Birdow 15 67 2 11
N. Eriksen 19 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 21 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
35 219 1
N. Eriksen 4 21 0 18
R. Cleveland 3 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 19 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
33 363 3
R. Cleveland 3 19 0 8
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
R. Reffitt 85 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 56 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 151 2
R. Reffitt 1 56 1 56
N. Eriksen 19 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 8 0
N. Eriksen 1 8 0 8
T. McVey 33 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 84 0
T. McVey 0 0 0 0
J. Matkovich 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
J. Matkovich 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
M. Griffin 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
M. Griffin 6-1 0.0 0
G. Ross 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
G. Ross 5-1 0.0 0
J. Flor 50 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
J. Flor 5-0 1.0 0
J. Fejedelem 27 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
J. Fejedelem 5-0 0.0 0
M. Capra 90 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
M. Capra 3-0 0.0 0
J. Sanders 7 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Sanders 2-0 0.0 0
J. Jones 4 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 1 0.0
J. Jones 2-1 0.0 1
S. Coppola 97 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
S. Coppola 2-1 0.0 0
K. Floyd 29 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 1 0.0
K. Floyd 2-2 0.0 1
L. Wills 8 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
L. Wills 1-0 0.0 0
R. Jackson 45 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. Jackson 1-0 0.0 0
M. Fifita 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
M. Fifita 0-1 0.0 0
S. Vereen 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
S. Vereen 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
L. Strebel 11 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 6/6
SEASON FG XP
7/9 35/35
L. Strebel 1/1 20 6/6 9
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Scott 91 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
1 69.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
25 43.0 1
C. Scott 1 69.0 1 69
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Cleveland 3 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 6.0 6 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 5.8 12 0
R. Cleveland 1 6.0 6 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
N. Stevens 7 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
54.8% 269 2 3 129.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.6% 2755 22 9 151.6
N. Stevens 17/31 269 2 3
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
D. Dawkins 1 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 141 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
131 896 5
D. Dawkins 13 141 1 76
N. Stevens 7 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 13 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
28 83 1
N. Stevens 6 13 0 8
I. Matthews 24 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 12 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
111 542 7
I. Matthews 4 12 1 9
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
M. Gallup 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 161 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
72 1167 6
M. Gallup 7 161 1 55
W. Jackson 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 50 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 148 2
W. Jackson 3 50 0 20
D. Dawkins 1 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 39 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
16 206 1
D. Dawkins 3 39 0 15
D. Fackrell 30 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 11 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
16 198 4
D. Fackrell 1 11 0 11
M. Wilson 23 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 6 0
M. Wilson 1 6 0 6
A. Prentice 46 FB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 2 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 33 1
A. Prentice 2 2 1 1
R. Awunganyi 2 CB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
R. Awunganyi 0 0 0 0
J. McCoy 2 QB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
J. McCoy 0 0 0 0
C. Butler 16 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 92 2
C. Butler 0 0 0 0
D. Clark 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
27 355 4
D. Clark 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Watson 55 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
12-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-5 1 0.0
J. Watson 12-5 0.0 0
J. Fogal 11 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-2 0 0.0
J. Fogal 9-2 0.0 0
J. Schlager 8 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
J. Schlager 8-2 0.0 0
T. Thomas 52 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 1 0.0
T. Thomas 5-1 0.0 0
K. Robinson 15 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
K. Robinson 4-0 0.0 0
R. King 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
R. King 4-1 0.0 0
D. Thompson 94 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
D. Thompson 3-2 0.0 0
E. Jones 33 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
E. Jones 3-2 0.0 0
M. McDonald 31 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
M. McDonald 2-1 0.0 0
J. Buys 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
J. Buys 2-1 0.0 0
S. Johnson 17 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
S. Johnson 2-1 0.0 0
E. Colorito 43 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
E. Colorito 2-3 0.0 0
P. Moody 51 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
P. Moody 2-1 0.0 0
E. Hubbard 98 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
E. Hubbard 2-0 0.0 0
J. Sweet 29 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Sweet 1-0 0.0 0
C. Meeks 51 OL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Meeks 1-0 0.0 0
T. Sutton 13 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
T. Sutton 0-1 0.0 0
C. Foster 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
C. Foster 0-1 0.0 0
A. Hawkins 14 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 2 0.0
A. Hawkins 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
W. Bryan 96 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 4/4
SEASON FG XP
12/14 35/37
W. Bryan 0/0 0 4/4 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Stonehouse 41 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 48.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
28 48.6 1
R. Stonehouse 2 48.0 1 53
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Nutt Jr. 10 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 10.0 15 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 10.0 15 0
K. Nutt Jr. 2 10.0 15 0
M. Kinsey Jr. 5 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 2.0 2 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 2.0 2 0
M. Kinsey Jr. 1 2.0 2 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 AF 25 5:47 11 75 TD
8:14 AF 25 3:37 7 20 INT
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
4:19 AF 25 3:48 14 75 TD
9:25 AF 25 2:26 5 75 TD
6:45 COLOST 2 0:00 1 -5
1:59 AF 10 1:27 5 13 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:50 AF 25 9:55 16 72 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:45 AF 25 2:52 5 75 TD
10:21 AF 2 7:09 14 98 TD
1:14 AF 20 0:52 3 -5 Punt
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:07 COLOST 4 0:53 4 96 TD
4:28 COLOST 45 0:09 1 55 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:45 COLOST 25 3:20 8 75 TD
6:59 COLOST 25 0:00 1 75 INT
6:45 COLOST 25 4:39 13 37 INT
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:56 COLOST 37 4:06 9 63 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:45 COLOST 22 0:33 3 6 Punt
11:53 COLOST 25 1:22 5 30 Punt
3:12 COLOST 25 1:51 12 -5 INT
0:08 COLOST 16 0:00 1 10 Game