NCAAF Game Recap - San Jose State at Air Force
Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:00 PM EDT

Clem
21
UNC
20
F
Miss
31
Ala
59
F
OHSt
48
Neb
7
F
TxTch
16
Okla
55
F
MisSt
23
Aub
56
F
NW
15
Wisc
24
F
Tows
0
Fla
38
F
UVA
20
ND
35
F
PSU
59
MD
0
F
MidTN
3
Iowa
48
F
AzSt
24
Cal
17
F
USC
14
Wash
28
F
WaSt
13
Utah
38
F
Rut
0
Mich
52
F
UConn
21
UCF
56
F
TxAM
31
Ark
27
F
K St
13
OkSt
26
F
Ind
31
MSU
40
F
Navy
23
Mem
35
F
Duke
45
VaTec
10
F
SJSU
24
AF
41
F
C Mi
15
WestMI
31
F
Buff
20
MiaOH
34
F
NIU
18
Vand
24
F
Kans
14
TCU
51
F
BYU
21
Toled
28
F
HolyC
3
Syr
41
F
Del
14
Pitt
17
F
CoCar
37
App
56
F
IASt
21
Bayl
23
F
GATec
2
Temp
24
F
Minn
38
Purd
31
F
Akr
29
UMass
37
F
FlAtl
45
Char
27
F
Wake
27
BC
24
F
SMU
48
SoFL
21
F
Cin
52
Marsh
14
F
ArkSt
50
Troy
43
F
ULLaf
37
GaSo
24
F
ECU
24
OD
21
F
NM
10
Lib
17
F
SoAl
17
ULMon
30
F
Stan
31
OreSt
28
F
UAB
13
W Ky
20
F
Nich
3
TxSt
24
F
UTEP
13
SMiss
31
F
LaTec
23
Rice
20
F OT
ColSt
24
UtSt
34
F
KY
7
SCar
24
F
NCSt
13
FlaSt
31
F
UNLV
17
Wyo
53
F
Fres
30
NMSt
17
F
Hou
46
NorTx
25
F
Hawaii
54
Nev
3
F
UCLA
17
Ariz
20
F

Sep 27, 2019, 8:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

San Jose State (2-2)

7

3

0

14

24

Air Force (3-1)

7

14

13

7

41

Hammond leads Air Force over San Jose State 41-24
Sat Sep 28, 2019 1:05 AM

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) DJ Hammond III began the night on the sideline, resting a sore ankle. Things changed in a hurry.

Making an unexpected entry after an early injury forced Isaiah Sanders to leave the game, Hammond threw a 64-yard touchdown pass and finished or led four other scoring drives as Air Force beat San Jose State 41-24 on Friday night.

"Our offense has complete trust in both of those guys so whoever is up, we're behind them," said running back Taven Birdow, who rushed for 124 yards and two scores.

Sanders had started in place of Hammond, who sprained his ankle in last Friday's loss at Boise State and missed practice time in the days before the San Jose State game. Sanders, however, suffered a lower leg injury during the Falcons' first drive.

Christian Mallard had touchdown runs of 7 and 3 yards, Birdow had scoring runs of 1 and 3 yards, and Timothy Jackson added a 7-yard touchdown run for Air Force (3-1, 1-1 Mountain West), which improved to 4-1 in its series with San Jose State (2-2, 0-1). Geraud Sanders caught the long scoring pass from Hammond.

The Spartans scored on their opening possession, ending the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run by DeJon Packer. But the Spartans were soon overtaken by the Falcons, whose defense denied San Jose State with four fourth-down stops in the game, including one from Air Force's 1-yard line.

"I think that was a big turning point in the game, the first time we got a fourth-down stop, and to be able to consistently get those fourth-down stops was huge for our defense and for our confidence as a team," safety Jeremy Fejedelem said.

San Jose State coach Brent Brennan conceded the inability to finish off drives figured most prominently in the Spartans' defeat.

"Those plays were huge," Brennan said. "They were drive stoppers, all of them in the red zone or plus territory. Those were moments when your playmakers have to make a play. We didn't do it there. It was all a lack of execution."

Up by 11 at the half, Air Force separated itself with two quick third-quarter touchdowns. Joshua Stoner broke loose for 43 yards on a sweep around left end to the San Jose State 3 and Mallard scored the first of his two TDs on the next play.

Jake Koehnke's ensuing kickoff was held up by strong winds swirling through Falcons Stadium before dropping like a rock at the Spartans 20. A sprinting Grant Donaldson beat San Jose State's return team to the live ball to recover for Air Force and Mallard scored his second touchdown moments later to put Air Force up 34-10.

Birdow scored his second touchdown midway through the fourth quarter. Nick Nash threw touchdown passes of 30 yards to Andre Crump Jr. and 6 yards to Derrick Deese Jr. in the final four minutes.

Air Force scored three straight touchdowns to take a 21-10 lead at halftime. Jackson finished the first scoring drive with a 7-yard scoring run and the Falcons moved in front when Hammond threw deep to Geraud Sanders, who was 5 yards clear of the Spartans secondary when he gathered in the 64-yard scoring pass

Air Force's defense set up the score with the second of two fourth-down stops of San Jose State's offense deep in Falcons territory.

The Spartans, who missed two earlier scoring opportunities when they were stopped short on fourth down, got a 25-yard field goal from Matt Mercurio just before the end of the second quarter.

OPENING BLUES

Since joining the Mountain West in 2013, San Jose State has gone 0-7 in league openers, and two of those losses have come at the hands of Air Force.

THE TAKEAWAY

San Jose State: The Spartans started strong but couldn't find a way to sustain their early success. They had their opportunities but four failed fourth-down conversion attempts, all deep in Air Force territory, left the Spartans running on empty.

Air Force: DJ Hammond opened up the Falcons' offense with his touchdown strike to Sanders and the Falcons then leaned on their corps of running backs to carry the load on offense with Sanders injured and Hammond fighting through lingering ankle soreness. The Falcons defense chipped in with key stops throughout the game.

UP NEXT

San Jose State: Returns home to host New Mexico on Friday night.

Air Force: Plays at Navy next Saturday in the first of two meetings against a fellow service academy. Air Force hosts Army on Nov. 2.

Passing

SJSU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Love 35 19 54.3 0 198 35 0 70.9
N. Nash 7 5 71.4 2 82 30 0 150.0
AF Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
D. Hammond III 9 5 55.6 1 131 64 0 137.5

Rushing

SJSU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
N. Nash 11 62 5.6 19 0
D. Packer 8 22 2.8 6 1
AF Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
M. Schmidt 1 0 0.0 0 0
T. Birdow 25 124 5.0 17 2

Receiving

SJSU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
T. Walker 6 69 11.5 28 0
I. Holiness 3 51 17.0 35 0
AF Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
G. Sanders 3 108 36.0 64 1
K. Waguespack 1 14 14.0 14 0

Fumbles

SJSU F FL
J. Love 1 0
AF F FL
K. Remsberg 1 1

Returning

AF KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
C. Stevenson 1 11.0 0 11 0 - 0 0

Punting

SJSU Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. Galland 1 24 24.0 24
AF Punt Yds Avg LgPu
C. Scott 1 42 42.0 42

Takeaways

Team Stats Comparison

SJSU AF
Points For 24 41
Total Yards 378 513
Rushing Yards 98 382
Passing Yards 280 131
Passing Completions / Attempts 24/42 5/10
Turnovers 0 2
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 1/0 2/2
First Downs 26 24
Penalties - Yards 4/20 8/76
Time Of Possession 50:50 10:10
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 7/13 10/13
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/4 1/2
Punts - Average Yards 1/24 1/42

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter SJSU AF
SJSU 4:10 TD DeJon Packer 1 yd run (Matt Mercurio kick) 7 0
AF 10:03 TD Timothy Jackson 7 yd run (Jake Koehnke kick) 7 7
2nd Quarter SJSU AF
AF 6:17 TD Geraud Sanders 64 yd pass from Donald Hammond III (Jake Koehnke kick) 7 14
AF 11:47 TD Taven Birdow 1 yd run (Jake Koehnke kick) 7 21
SJSU 14:12 FG Matt Mercurio 25 yd FG 10 21
3rd Quarter SJSU AF
AF 2:55 TD Christian Mallard 3 yd run (blocked XP) 10 27
AF 4:50 TD Christian Mallard 7 yd run (Jake Koehnke kick) 10 34
4th Quarter SJSU AF
AF 7:12 TD Taven Birdow 3 yd run (Jake Koehnke kick) 10 41
SJSU 11:09 TD Andre Crump 30 yd pass from Nick Nash (Matt Mercurio kick) 17 41
SJSU 14:08 TD Derrick Deese Jr. 6 yd pass from Nick Nash (Matt Mercurio kick) 24 41

Game Information

Stadium: Falcon Stadium, USAFA, Colorado
Attendance: 24,786
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