SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego State had enough confidence in its defense to not worry about the large…
Three Keys Revisited: Air Force at San Diego
The Air Force defense was the team's best unit on Saturday, and they did a fantastic job of containing the red hot Adam Dingwell. Dingwell finished the day going 11-of-18 for just 90 yards and an interception, numbers far lower than in either of his previous two games as a starter. The defense also did a good job of controlling the Aztecs ground game as the team as a whole put up just 268 yards. The problem was that SDSU was able to score 21 points off of turnovers as the Falcons offense just could not finish drives.
2) Dominate the line of scrimmage
The ground game was squarely back on track against the Aztecs after one of the worst rushing performances in recent times against Army. The Falcons rolled up 320 yards on the ground as eight difference players had double digit rushing totals. The line play was both more aggressive and more assignment sound that last week and the Falcons spent large parts of the game dominating and pushing around the Aztecs defensive front. Again, this was all for naught though as the mistakes that the offensive skill players made sealed the Falcons fate.
3) Play for a title
Air Force did show plenty of fire to start this game and the team was clearly wanting to show coaches and fans that the result last week was nothing more than a misstep. In truth the Falcons did more than enough to win this game, the offense was moving the ball, the defense was limiting the Aztecs, and the line play was as physical as it has been all season. Even with all this, and the knowledge that a win would set up a title run in, the two fumbles and two interceptions were back breakers.
In truth no one showed the frustration more than coach Troy Calhoun after the game in his comments to the Associated Press.
"To beat a really good football team, you have to be able to conclude some drives with touchdowns. There were far too many drives that ended up in either turnovers or ended with no points."
RamsDigest.com Recommended Stories
Dr. Roto Video: Week 12 Key Matchups
Dr. Roto highlights each and every game upcoming for Week 12 and a Fantasy matchup to monitor within. Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon (pictured above) makes his return against the less-than-stellar…Read More
The 10 Biggest Anti-Knife Cities In The U.S.
If you're a hunter or an outdoorsman like us, chances are you carry some sort of pocket knife or multi-tool with a blade at all times. If you visit some of these cities your every-day tool could put…Read More
6 Biggest Man-to-Man Rivalries in Sports
From Pierce and Lebron to Peyton and Tom to Ali and Frazier, we're celebrating love/hate on and off the field of play.Read More
NFL Week 12: Every Game Previewed
It's a wild slate of games this Sunday with several matchups that involve playoff seeding implications and a few divisional showdowns.Read More
Apache Administers Death to Taliban (VIDEO)
The Apache helicopter is one of the most famed and efficient killing machines in the U.S Army. Get the skinny on this 'steel dragon' and watch what one does to a platoon of Taliban fighters in…Read More