NCAAF Game Recap - Fresno State at Air Force
Sat Oct 12, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

Ala
47
TxAM
28
F
FlaSt
14
Clem
45
F
SCar
20
UGA
17
F(1OT)
Fla
28
LSU
42
F
Okla
34
Tex
27
F
MSU
0
Wisc
38
F
USC
27
ND
30
F
PSU
17
Iowa
12
F
Colo
3
Oreg
45
F
Hawaii
37
Boise
59
F
Utah
52
OreSt
7
F
Mich
42
Ill
25
F
WaSt
34
AzSt
38
F
Lou
62
Wake
59
F
UVA
9
MiaFL
17
F
TxTch
30
Bayl
33
F(1OT)
Mem
28
Temp
30
F
Cin
38
Hou
23
F
App
17
ULLaf
7
F
Syr
10
NCSt
16
F
ULMon
24
TxSt
14
F
ColSt
35
NM
21
F
MiaOH
16
WestMI
38
F
Toled
7
BGSU
20
F
MisSt
10
Tenn
20
F
MD
14
Purd
40
F
Rut
0
Ind
35
F
GATec
23
Duke
41
F
Ball
29
E Mi
23
F
OD
17
Marsh
31
F
NMSt
28
C Mi
42
F
NIU
39
Ohio
36
F
Kent
26
Akr
3
F
BYU
23
SoFL
27
F
UConn
7
Tul
49
F
SJSU
38
Nev
41
F
UNLV
34
Vand
10
F
IASt
38
WVU
14
F
URI
17
VaTec
34
F
MidTN
13
FlAtl
28
F
GASt
31
CoCar
21
F
UAB
33
UTSA
14
F
Fres
24
AF
43
F
Army
8
W Ky
17
F
NorTx
27
SMiss
45
F
Miss
27
Mizzu
38
F
UMass
21
LaTec
69
F
Char
23
FLInt
48
F
Navy
45
Tuls
17
F
Neb
7
Minn
34
F
Ark
20
KY
24
F
Wyo
22
SDSU
26
F
Wash
51
Ariz
27
F

Oct 12, 2019, 7:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Fresno State (2-3)

14

10

0

0

24

Air Force (4-2)

7

15

7

14

43

Hammond's 2 TD runs help Air Force beat Fresno State 43-24
Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:48 PM

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) Once Air Force got its ground game going, Fresno State had nowhere to go, run or pass.

Donald Hammond III ran for two touchdowns and threw for another, Kyle Johnson returned an interception for a score and Air Force pulled away in the second half to beat Fresno State 43-24 Saturday night.

"It was the tale of two halves," said Air Force coach Troy Calhoun, whose squad blanked the Bulldogs in the second half with an opportunistic defense and an offense that hung on to the ball with an effective running attack.

Air Force kept the Bulldogs bottled up on their side of the field throughout the second half.

"I don't think we changed too much other than our mentality, trusting the guys next to us," safety Garrett Kauppila said.

Ben Waters caught a 53-yard touchdown pass from Hammond, who also ran for a 2-point conversion. Timothy Jackson ran 2 yards and Taven Birdow 3 yards for additional scores for Air Force (4-2, 2-1 Mountain West), which has won its last three meetings against the Bulldogs. Jackson led the Falcons' rushing attack with 117 yards on 20 carries. Hammond ran for 37 yards and completed 2 of 3 passes for 81 yards.

Jorge Reyna had scoring passes of 4 yards to Derrion Grim and 7 yards to Emoryie Edwards, and Ronnie Rivers added a 26-yard touchdown run for Fresno State (2-3, 0-1). All of the Bulldogs' scores came in an explosive first half, when neither team punted but the Falcons made adjustments and blanked Fresno State over the final two quarters. Reyna finished 20 of 27 for 209 yards passing.

"During the first half, we hung in there," Fresno State coach Jeff Tedford said. "But the second half we couldn't get off the field defensively ...and we couldn't sustain drives on offense."

Trailing by two points at the half, the Falcons focused on their punishing run game to start the third quarter, chewing up ground and the clock in steady bursts. Hammond converted a fourth-and-1 play with a 3-yard off-tackle run to the 15 and, three plays later, Birdow finished off the drive with a 3-yard touchdown that put the Falcons up 29-24.

Air Force put together another time-consuming drive that Hammond ended with a 3-yard scoring run early in the fourth quarter and Johnson ended Fresno State's ensuing possession with his interception, jumping in front of a receiver in traffic to swipe the ball on the run and race into the end zone untouched for the score. It was the second career pick-6 for Johnson, who also had a key sack in the first half.

THE TAKEAWAY

Fresno State: The Bulldogs' explosive offense could not regain its footing in the second half, and their defense seemed to wear down in the later stages, unable to stand up to the Falcons withering run game.

Air Force: The Falcons refocused on their ground game in the second half, putting together clock-killing drives that kept the ball away from a Fresno State offense that had moved the ball with aplomb earlier in the game. Air Force also turned up the defensive pressure on the Bulldogs with a more effective pass rush and tighter pass coverage.

UP NEXT

Fresno State: Open home conference schedule by hosting UNLV on Friday night.

Air Force: Play at Hawaii next Saturday.

Passing

Fres Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Reyna 27 20 74.1 2 209 39 1 105.3
AF Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
D. Hammond III 3 2 66.7 1 81 53 0 149.3

Rushing

Fres Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
R. Rivers 9 45 5.0 26 1
D. Grim 1 17 17.0 17 0
AF Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
T. Jackson 20 117 5.8 15 1
K. Remsberg 11 89 8.1 20 0

Receiving

Fres Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
E. Edwards 4 73 18.3 39 1
Z. Pope 4 43 10.8 16 0
AF Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
B. Waters 1 53 53.0 53 1
G. Sanders 1 28 28.0 28 0

Fumbles

Fres F FL
J. Reyna 1 0

Returning

Fres KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
D. Grim 2 15.0 0 15 0 - 0 0
P. Elima-Jeune 1 21.0 0 21 0 - 0 0

Punting

Fres Punt Yds Avg LgPu
B. Cusick 3 126 42.0 64
AF Punt Yds Avg LgPu
C. Scott 1 51 51.0 51

Takeaways

AF Int Yds InTD
K. Johnson 1 24 1

Team Stats Comparison

Fres AF
Points For 24 43
Total Yards 268 421
Rushing Yards 59 340
Passing Yards 209 81
Passing Completions / Attempts 20/27 2/3
Turnovers 1 0
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 1/0 0/0
First Downs 12 28
Penalties - Yards 5/19 1/5
Time Of Possession 31:31 29:29
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 4/8 5/10
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 4/4
Punts - Average Yards 3/42 1/51

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Fres AF
Fres 3:36 TD Derrion Grim 4 yd pass from Jorge Reyna (Cesar Silva kick) 7 0
AF 4:53 TD Benjamin Waters 53 yd pass from Donald Hammond III (Jake Koehnke kick) 7 7
Fres 11:09 TD Emoryie Edwards 7 yd pass from Jorge Reyna (Cesar Silva kick) 14 7
2nd Quarter Fres AF
AF 3:12 TD Timothy Jackson 2 yd run (Jake Koehnke kick) 14 14
Fres 5:28 TD Ronnie Rivers 26 yd run (Cesar Silva kick) 21 14
AF 12:05 TD Donald Hammond III 3 yd run (DONALD HAMMOND III 2pt run) 21 22
Fres 14:53 FG Cesar Silva 47 yd FG 24 22
3rd Quarter Fres AF
AF 6:42 TD Taven Birdow 3 yd run (Jake Koehnke kick) 24 29
4th Quarter Fres AF
AF 1:44 TD Donald Hammond III 3 yd run (Jake Koehnke kick) 24 36
AF 2:38 TD Kyle Johnson 24 yd interception return (Jake Koehnke kick) 24 43

Game Information

Stadium: Falcon Stadium, USAFA, Colorado
Attendance: 22,544
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