Three Keys Revisited: Air Force at San Diego

(Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE)

Despite outgaining San Diego State by almost 150 yards, Air Force proved once again that turnovers will kill a football team. As a result the Falcons will once again be searching for their bowl clinching sixth win in a week's time. Here is a look back at the three keys in an attempt to figure out just where Air Force went wrong.

1) Bring Adam Dingwell back to earth

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."

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