NCAAF Game Recap - Air Force at Hawaii
Sat Oct 19, 2019 11:00 PM EDT

Tenn
13
Ala
35
F
LSU
36
MisSt
13
F
Clem
45
Lou
10
F
OHSt
52
NW
3
F
WVU
14
Okla
52
F
Wisc
23
Ill
24
F
Mich
21
PSU
28
F
Fla
38
SCar
27
F
KY
0
UGA
21
F
Aub
51
Ark
10
F
Oreg
35
Wash
31
F
AzSt
3
Utah
21
F
Boise
25
BYU
28
F
Kans
48
Tex
50
F
Bayl
45
OkSt
27
F
Temp
21
SMU
45
F
Minn
42
Rut
7
F
Tuls
13
Cin
24
F
Mizzu
14
Vand
21
F
Purd
20
Iowa
26
F
ULMon
7
App
52
F
SoAl
13
Troy
37
F
ULLaf
37
ArkSt
20
F
UCLA
34
Stan
16
F
Marsh
36
FlAtl
31
F
Pitt
27
Syr
20
F
UNLV
27
Fres
56
F
Kent
38
Ohio
45
F
Hou
24
UConn
17
F
IASt
34
TxTch
24
F
GATec
28
MiaFL
21
F OT
NCSt
24
BC
45
F
C Mi
38
BGSU
20
F
Toled
14
Ball
52
F
NIU
24
MiaOH
27
F
OreSt
21
Cal
17
F
TCU
17
K St
24
F
CoCar
27
GaSo
30
F(2OT)
NM
10
Wyo
23
F
Buff
21
Akr
0
F
SoFL
3
Navy
35
F
SMiss
30
LaTec
45
F
UNC
41
VaTec
43
F(5OT)
Duke
14
UVA
48
F
Ind
34
MD
28
F
Char
14
W Ky
30
F
OD
14
UAB
38
F
MidTN
30
NorTx
33
F
Rice
27
UTSA
31
F
Maine
44
Lib
59
F
WestMI
27
E Mi
34
F
Tul
17
Mem
47
F
ECU
28
UCF
41
F
Colo
10
WaSt
41
F
SDSU
27
SJSU
17
F
Army
21
GASt
28
F
UTEP
17
FLInt
32
F
TxAM
24
Miss
17
F
FlaSt
20
Wake
22
F
Ariz
14
USC
41
F
Nev
10
UtSt
36
F
AF
56
Hawaii
26
F

Air Force 56, Hawaii 26

Oct 19, 2019, 11:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Air Force (5-2)

7

21

7

21

56

Hawaii (4-3)

3

17

0

6

26

Schmidt accounts for 4 TDs, Air Force beats Hawaii 56-26
Sun Oct 20, 2019 3:54 AM

HONOLULU (AP) It's likely that Mike Schmidt won't soon forget his first trip to Hawaii.

Air Force's backup quarterback came off the bench to account for four touchdowns and the Falcons beat Hawaii 56-26 on Saturday night.

Air Force (5-2, 3-1 Mountain West), which had 324 total yards by halftime, scored touchdowns on its first four possessions and seven of 10 overall.

Schmidt, a fourth-year senior with just three carries for 28 yards - and no pass attempts - in five career games prior to Saturday, relieved starter Donald Hammond III, who left the game midway through Air Force's first possession after falling on his right (throwing) shoulder.

"It's a pretty great business trip," Schmidt said. "It's a beautiful place to be and we played a great team tonight and just playing with my buddies is the best feeling in the world. It's a memorable trip for sure."

Schmidt rushed for 120 yards on 14 carries, including scores of 1, 61 and 18 yards. He also completed 5 of 6 passes for 147 yards, with a 75-yard TD pass to Geraud Sanders, who finished with three receptions for 116 yards.

Air Force coach Troy Calhoun referenced legendary UCLA men's basketball coach John Wooden when he spoke about Schmidt seizing the moment.

"You hope that every guy realizes that there can be an opportunity. There was a pretty good basketball coach that worked at UCLA . and one of his favorite sayings is, `If I'm prepared then perhaps my chance will come,' and Mike works extremely hard and it's neat to see a guy get an opportunity and he made the utmost of it," Calhoun said.

Schmidt connected on his first four pass attempts. His first throw resulted in a 39-yard completion to Kaden Waguespack.

"It feels great to do it, but it's just one of those things where you don't think, you just execute; we just do what we do every day," Schmidt said. "I have so much trust in my receivers and my o-line just makes it so easy. I'd be back there and not even get touched and just execute, just give it to my guys and let them do what they do."

Hawaii coach Nick Rolovich said the Falcons' change at quarterback did not have an effect on his team, but he credited Schmidt for his performance nonetheless.

"I don't think so, I think they run their offense and maybe he's better at certain things," Rolovich said. "I don't think that was necessarily what we saw tonight. I mean, they found something they wanted to work and he was very effective for them."

Timothy Jackson ran for 113 yards and a touchdown and Kadin Remsberg added 91 yards and two scores on the ground for the Falcons.

Hawaii's Cole McDonald threw for 404 yards and three touchdowns on 34-of-52 passing with one interception - which Milton Bugg III returned for a 92-yard pick-6 in the closing minutes.

Jared Smart caught 11 passes for 140 yards for the Rainbow Warriors (4-3, 1-2), who finished with 486 total yards, but committed two turnovers and allowed four sacks.

THE TAKEAWAY

Air Force: The Falcons rushed for 353 yards and finished with a season-high 522 total yards. They averaged 9.0 yards per play, 6.9 yards per rush and 28.2 yards per completion.

Hawaii: The Rainbow Warriors ranked 12th (last) in turnover margin (minus-2) in the Mountain West and 129th in the nation coming into the weekend. Both of their turnovers Saturday came in the fourth quarter and represented their 10th lost fumble and 11th interception this season.

MARCHING FALCONS

The Falcons manufactured six scoring drives that covered at least 75 yards, including a 14-play drive that took seven minutes, 41 seconds off the clock to start the second half and culminated with a 10-yard TD run by Jackson. Still, the Rainbow Warriors won the time-of-possession battle - just barely. Hawaii held on to the ball for 30 minutes and eight seconds to Air Force's 29 minutes and 52 seconds of possession time.

"A lot of credit needs to go to Air Force, how they came on this trip and how they played, took advantage of some opportunities and we didn't play good enough football to win tonight," Rolovich said. "They're very good at what they do on offense and they put pressure on you and they did it to us tonight."

IT'S A PLANE!

Air Force wore special uniforms that paid tribute to the C-17 aircraft, a large military transport. The gray jerseys included black lettering that featured the nine active C-17 Air Force bases in place of each player's last name. There was a C-17 flyover immediately following the national anthem. The pilots of the aircraft were former Hawaii wide receiver, Maj. Britton Komine, and former Air Force tight end, Capt. Nate Dreslinski.

NEXT UP

Air Force: will host Utah State on Saturday. The Falcons had won three in a row against the Aggies until last year's 42-32 loss in Logan, Utah.

Hawaii: The Rainbow Warriors visit New Mexico next Saturday. Hawaii has not won in Albuquerque, New Mexico, since the 1987 season and has lost its last six overall against the Lobos.

Passing

AF Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
M. Schmidt 6 5 83.3 1 147 75 0 158.3
D. Hammond III 1 1 100.0 0 22 22 0 118.8
Hawaii Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
C. Cordeiro 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
C. McDonald 52 34 65.4 3 404 59 1 100.2

Rushing

AF Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
M. Schmidt 14 120 8.6 61 3
T. Jackson 13 113 8.7 64 1
Hawaii Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
C. McDonald 10 41 4.1 15 0
M. Reed 6 36 6.0 16 0

Receiving

AF Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
G. Sanders 3 116 38.7 75 1
K. Waguespack 1 39 39.0 39 0
Hawaii Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Smart 11 140 12.7 25 0
J. Ward 6 89 14.8 32 1

Fumbles

AF F FL
G. Sanders 1 0
Hawaii F FL
C. McDonald 2 1

Returning

AF KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
B. Peterson 1 1.0 0 1 0 - 0 0
Hawaii KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
M. Stovall 3 23.3 0 26 0 - 0 0
J. Ward 2 15.5 0 17 0 - 0 0

Punting

AF Punt Yds Avg LgPu
C. Scott 2 97 48.5 51
Hawaii Punt Yds Avg LgPu
S. Gaudion 2 67 33.5 44
B. Scruton 1 65 65.0 65

Takeaways

AF Int Yds InTD
M. Fifita 0 0 0
M. Bugg III 1 92 1

Team Stats Comparison

AF Hawaii
Points For 56 26
Total Yards 522 486
Rushing Yards 353 82
Passing Yards 169 404
Passing Completions / Attempts 6/7 34/53
Turnovers 0 2
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 2/0 3/1
First Downs 22 26
Penalties - Yards 6/55 5/50
Time Of Possession 52:52 8:08
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 6/10 6/14
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/1 2/2
Punts - Average Yards 2/48 3/44

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter AF Hawaii
Hawaii 5:14 FG Ryan Meskell 41 yd FG 0 3
AF 8:51 TD Kadin Remsberg 2 yd run (Jake Koehnke kick) 7 3
2nd Quarter AF Hawaii
AF 0:25 TD Mike Schmidt 1 yd run (Jake Koehnke kick) 14 3
Hawaii 1:16 TD Melquise Stovall 59 yd pass from Cole McDonald (Ryan Meskell kick) 14 10
AF 1:27 TD Geraud Sanders 75 yd pass from Mike Schmidt (Jake Koehnke kick) 21 10
Hawaii 8:41 FG Ryan Meskell 27 yd FG 21 13
AF 11:26 TD Kadin Remsberg 7 yd run (Jake Koehnke kick) 28 13
Hawaii 12:56 TD Melquise Stovall 5 yd pass from Cole McDonald (Ryan Meskell kick) 28 20
3rd Quarter AF Hawaii
AF 7:41 TD Timothy Jackson 10 yd run (Jake Koehnke kick) 35 20
4th Quarter AF Hawaii
Hawaii 0:06 TD JoJo Ward 10 yd pass from Cole McDonald (failed 2pt pass) 35 26
AF 1:23 TD Mike Schmidt 61 yd run (Jake Koehnke kick) 42 26
AF 7:11 TD Mike Schmidt 18 yd run (Jake Koehnke kick) 49 26
AF 10:59 TD Milton Bugg III 92 yd interception return (Jake Koehnke kick) 56 26

Game Information

Stadium: Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii
Attendance: 23,757
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