Colorado Springs, Colorado 2020-10-04 00:51:14 –
USAFA – The Air Force Academy football team scored 37 unanswered points on their way to a dominant 40-7 victory over rival Naval Academy on Saturday (October 3) at Falcon Stadium.
It was the Falcons’ biggest margin of victory over the Navy since a 48-7 victory over the Midshipmen in 2002.
“We have to improve,” said Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun. “We have to improve as coaches and I think each of our guys, collectively as a unit, we have to recognize that we have to make progress as well as we go down the road, but we will definitely take what s ‘happened today. “
The Air Force also extended its current winning streak to nine straight games, the longest in the country.
The Falcons dominated on both sides of the ball, edging Navy by a total of 410-241, including a 369-90 ground margin.
Leading the offensive charge were the rushing trio of Timothy Jackson, sophomore Brad Roberts and sophomore Haaziq Daniels, who were making their first career start as a quarterback.
Jackson finished with 118 yards on 19 carries, marking the fifth day of over 100 yards of his career.
Roberts, in his career debut in the Air Force, totaled 103 yards on 10 carries, while Daniels added 96 yards on 10 touches. Roberts and Daniels also scored quick touchdowns, the first of their respective careers.
Kicker Tevye Schuettpelz-Rohl also tied a school record with four field goals.
“(I was hoping) I could prove myself and everything turned out to be the best,” said Schuettpelz-Rohl.
Not to be outdone, the defense had three sacks and four tackles for the loss, as well as the addition of an interception and fumble recovery. They also stood up when they needed to, as they forced two down flip flops.
In the lead are Alec Mock and senior George Silvanic, who both totaled seven tackles, as well as a sack for Mock and 1.5 sacks for Silvanic.
“Let’s not take anything away from the Navy, they’re a good bunch of guys,” said George Silvanic, a Palmer Ridge Bear alumnus, Air Force. “We must keep moving forward.”
The Falcons will now have a few weeks before the competition before returning for the start of the Mountain West Conference game against San Jose State on Saturday, October 24.