NCAAF Game Recap - Colgate at Air Force
Sat Aug 31, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

GATec
14
Clem
52
F
Duke
3
Ala
42
F
UGA
30
Vand
6
F
Hou
31
Okla
49
F
FlAtl
21
OHSt
45
F
GaSo
3
LSU
55
F
MidTN
21
Mich
40
F
ND
35
Lou
17
F
LaTec
14
Tex
45
F
Oreg
21
Aub
27
F
TxSt
7
TxAM
41
F
EWa
14
Wash
47
F
Utah
30
BYU
12
F
Idaho
7
PSU
79
F
FlaAM
0
UCF
62
F
Tuls
7
MSU
28
F
Wisc
49
SoFL
0
F
MiaOH
14
Iowa
38
F
NoIa
26
IASt
29
F(2OT)
Syr
24
Lib
0
F
NMSt
7
WaSt
58
F
SoAl
21
Neb
35
F
NW
7
Stan
17
F
Alb
21
C Mi
38
F
UCLA
14
Cin
24
F
RMor
10
Buff
38
F
Wagn
21
UConn
24
F
Mor
3
BGSU
46
F
C Ark
35
W Ky
28
F
GWebb
28
Char
49
F
AlaSt
19
UAB
24
F
FLInt
14
Tul
42
F
SDSU
21
Minn
28
F
NoCol
18
SJSU
35
F
Kent
7
AzSt
30
F
Rice
7
Army
14
F
UMass
21
Rut
48
F
UtSt
35
Wake
38
F
Purd
31
Nev
34
F
ColSt
31
Colo
52
F
OkSt
52
OreSt
36
F
Miss
10
Mem
15
F
MisSt
38
ULLaf
28
F
InSt
17
Kans
24
F
Akr
3
Ill
42
F
ECU
6
NCSt
34
F
How
0
MD
79
F
Toled
24
KY
38
F
Ind
34
Ball
24
F
Boise
36
FlaSt
31
F
JMU
13
WVU
20
F
URI
20
Ohio
41
F
Buck
12
Temp
56
F
HolyC
7
Navy
45
F
Colg
7
AF
48
F
GASt
38
Tenn
30
F
SCar
20
UNC
24
F
E Mi
30
CoCar
23
F
ETenn
7
App
42
F
MonSt
10
TxTch
45
F
PorSt
13
Ark
20
F
VaTec
28
BC
35
F
SamHu
31
NM
39
F
(N/A)
7
UTSA
35
F
Camp
14
Troy
43
F
UCDav
13
Cal
27
F
VMI
17
Marsh
56
F
IllSt
10
NIU
24
F
Monm
13
WestMI
48
F
AlcSt
10
SMiss
38
F
Nich
14
K St
49
F
SFA
17
Bayl
56
F
SMU
37
ArkSt
30
F
Norf
21
OD
24
F
Mizzu
31
Wyo
37
F
Abil
31
NorTx
51
F
UVA
30
Pitt
14
F
Gram
9
ULMon
31
F
HBU
34
UTEP
36
F
ArkPB
7
TCU
39
F
Web
0
SDSU
6
F
SoUt
23
UNLV
56
F
Fres
23
USC
31
F

Air Force 48, Colgate 7

Aug 31, 2019, 3:30 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Colgate (0-2)

0

0

7

0

7

Air Force (1-0)

7

28

13

0

48

Hammond leads way with 3 TDs, Air Force beats Colgate 48-7
Sat Aug 31, 2019 8:13 PM

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) Air Force was in no rush to pass. So the Falcons just rushed their way to a runaway win.

Donald Hammond III scored three of Air Force's seven rushing touchdowns and the Falcons ran their record to 24-0 against teams from the Football Championship Subdivision by beating Colgate 48-7 on Saturday.

Kadin Remsberg added two scores for Air Force, which moved to 13-0 in season openers under coach Troy Calhoun. The Falcons didn't throw a pass until the third quarter - their only attempt of the game. There was no need to air it out as they amassed 423 yards on the ground. Fullback Taven Birdow gained 80 yards to lead a balanced rushing attack.

"We were more physical than them. They weren't ready for us to be physical with them," Hammond said. "They were playing kind of soft so we shoved it down their throat."

With lightning in the area at halftime, the crowd was encouraged to head to their cars and wait out the approximately 30-minute delay. Many didn't return with the score already 35-0.

Air Force's defense did its part with an interception, fumble recovery, two sacks and a fourth-down stop. It all added up to a long afternoon for Colgate (0-2), the preseason pick to win the Patriot League. Quarterback Grant Breneman and the Raiders avoided a shutout late in the third when Breneman found Nick Gill for a 13-yard score.

A play that typified the day for Colgate was late in the first half when the ball was snapped over the head of Breneman and recovered by Air Force linebacker Lakota Wills. Hammond scored on the next play from a yard out to give the Falcons a commanding 35-0 lead.

"It felt like we were really in control of the situation the whole game," Remsberg said.

The Raiders could never get on track after throwing an interception on their first possession.

"We didn't handle their offense very well. We didn't handle their defense very well," Colgate coach Dan Hunt said. "At the end of the day, at a lot of positions, we're a pretty young football team, and we played like it. And Air Force, they came out ready to play and beat us in every facet."

Hammond matched a career high with three rushing TDs. He won the QB battle over Isaiah Sanders, who took over in the third quarter and completed the only pass - a 41-yard strike to Geraud Sanders. Reserve QBs Mike Schmidt, Jake Smith and Zachary Larrier also got time under center.

It was the first time the Falcons registered just one pass attempt in a game. They've had five contests where they attempted no passes, with the last occasion being 2012 against Hawaii.

"Our intent was not to keep anything close to the vest," Calhoun said. "We had everything at our disposal and prepared that way."

THE TAKEAWAY

Colgate: The Raiders start the season 0-2 for the first time since 2015. They began 0-3 that year before turning it around and advancing to the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs.

Air Force: Two seems to be a magic number for the Falcons. The team is 19-3 since 2014 when they produce two or more defensive turnovers.

POWER OF III

Air Force cornerback Milton Bugg III intercepted a pass on Colgate's opening drive. Hammond III capitalized by scoring six plays later on a 2-yard run.

It was Bugg's first interception at the Academy.

"Feels great to make an impact for my team," Bugg said.

BIG MARGIN

Calhoun's Air Force teams have won the season opener by an average margin of 37.9 points. The Falcons beat Colgate 38-13 in 2013.

As far as opening games go, anything more he could have asked from his team?

"Is there going to be ice cream on top of the apple pie?" Calhoun cracked.

BIG KIDS ON THE BLOCK

Since facing Air Force in `13, the Raiders have played a FBS school each season: Ball State (2014), Navy ('15), Syracuse ('16), Buffalo ('17) and Army ('18). They're taking on Western Michigan and Syracuse next season.

UP NEXT

Colgate: Bye week before traveling to William & Mary on Sept. 14.

Air Force: After a bye week, the Falcons travel to Boulder, Colorado, on Sept. 14 to face the Buffaloes for the first time 1974. Colorado leads the all-time series 12-4.

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Passing

Colg Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
G. Breneman 16 9 56.3 1 81 26 1 64.8
J. Froschauer 2 2 100.0 0 5 4 0 79.2
AF Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
I. Sanders 1 1 100.0 0 41 41 0 118.8

Rushing

Colg Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
M. Bradley 1 0 0.0 0 0
M. Twyman 14 48 3.4 12 0
AF Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
D. Kinamon 1 0 0.0 0 0
T. Birdow 9 80 8.9 41 0

Receiving

Colg Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
N. Diaco 2 29 14.5 26 0
N. Gill 3 25 8.3 13 1
AF Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
G. Sanders 1 41 41.0 41 0

Fumbles

Returning

Colg KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
W. Gruber 2 26.5 0 30 0 - 0 0
A. Daramy-Swaray 0 - 0 0 1 4.0 0 4
AF KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
B. Peterson 0 - 0 0 1 0.0 0 0

Punting

Colg Punt Yds Avg LgPu
B. Amor 4 173 43.3 56
AF Punt Yds Avg LgPu
C. Scott 1 37 37.0 37
J. Carlson 1 38 38.0 38

Takeaways

AF Int Yds InTD
M. Bugg III 1 7 0

Team Stats Comparison

Colg AF
Points For 7 48
Total Yards 161 464
Rushing Yards 75 423
Passing Yards 86 41
Passing Completions / Attempts 11/18 1/1
Turnovers 2 1
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 2/1 3/1
First Downs 11 24
Penalties - Yards 3/25 2/25
Time Of Possession 22:22 38:38
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 3/11 4/7
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/2 1/1
Punts - Average Yards 4/43 2/38

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Colg AF
AF 4:05 TD Donald Hammond III 2 yd run (Jake Koehnke kick) 0 7
2nd Quarter Colg AF
AF 2:49 TD Donald Hammond III 17 yd run (Jake Koehnke kick) 0 14
AF 7:14 TD Kadin Remsberg 2 yd run (Jake Koehnke kick) 0 21
AF 12:52 TD Kadin Remsberg 6 yd run (Jake Koehnke kick) 0 28
AF 13:03 TD Donald Hammond III 1 yd run (Jake Koehnke kick) 0 35
3rd Quarter Colg AF
AF 3:37 TD Timothy Jackson 1 yd run (blocked XP) 0 41
AF 11:07 TD Nolan Eriksen 8 yd run (Tevye Schuettpelz-Rohl kick) 0 48
Colg 14:51 TD Nick Gill 13 yd pass from Grant Breneman (Chris Puzzi kick) 7 48
4th Quarter Colg AF
No scores this quarter

Game Information

Stadium: Falcon Stadium, USAFA, Colorado
Attendance: 33,101
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