LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) -- Air Force controlled the ball on the way to
Quarterback Shaun Carney ran for 131 yards and two touchdowns
Saturday and Air Force beat Wyoming 31-24 in the Mountain West
Conference opener for both teams.
Chad Hall added 122 yards rushing and a touchdown as the Falcons
(1-1, 1-0) took control in the second quarter.
"Whenever plays needed to be made, the defense rose up and made
plays," Falcons coach Fisher DeBerry said. "But also the offense,
I thought, did a masterful job of controlling the clock today,
keeping the ball out of their hands."
Air Force had more than double Wyoming's time of possession.
The Falcons totaled 367 yards on offense -- nearly double what
Wyoming had been allowing heading into the game.
"We kept coming back and we kept fighting back and I think
that's the sign of a team that has the potential to grow and
develop into a very competitive football team," DeBerry said.
Late in the fourth quarter, Air Force's Zach Sasser kicked a
27-yard field goal to put the Falcons up 31-21. Wyoming (1-3, 0-1)
responded with a 28-yard field goal by Aric Goodman but couldn't
get any closer.
The game ended when Wyoming fumbled on fourth down in their own
territory with less than a minute left.
The Cowboys relied on plays like a 54-yard fumble recovery for a
touchdown and a 31-yard touchdown pass to remain competitive in the
Wyoming coach Joe Glenn said mistakes -- particularly a fumbled
punt return in the second quarter -- cost his team.
"We seem to be making one of those errors that's the killer
error the last three weeks," he said. "We've got to get away from
it. And you can't say it's on defense. You can't say it's on
offense, on special teams. It's been in different areas.
"Probably we're going to have to play almost a perfect game to
beat somebody right now. And we're not playing perfect."
Last week, two interceptions hurt the Cowboys in a 17-10 loss to
Boise State. The week before, Wyoming missed a point-after in
overtime in a 13-12 loss at Virginia.
Early in the fourth, the Cowboys came within 28-21 on a 31-yard
touchdown catch by Michael Ford.
John Wendling returned a fumble by Air Force 54 yards in the
third quarter to pull Wyoming within 21-14. But the Falcons took
command again when Carney ran in for a 4-yard score later in the
The Falcons took a 14-7 lead late in the first half on a 1-yard
run by Carney. Air Force went up 21-7 shortly after on a 22-yard
touchdown catch by Beau Suder.
Tyler Holden caught a 10-yard touchdown pass early in the second
half for the Cowboys' first score.