Everything went South Alabama’s way early in the Arizona Bowl, as the team looked well on its way to yet another surprising upset on Friday night in Tucson.
Then everything, well, didn’t.
Air Force rolled off a remarkable 42 unanswered since falling into a first half deficit and ran away with a 45-21 postseason victory in the process.
The Jaguars didn’t waste any time scoring points in the first quarter as quarterback Dallas Davis found Josh Magee for a 75 yard touchdown pass on the very first offensive snap of the game. A pair of rushing scores eventually pushed the lead up to 21-3 early in the second quarter as that combo posted several impressive numbers but the team sputtered from then on out as the Falcons made several adjustments and recorded three turnovers.
One of those turnovers was career interception No. 18 for stud safety (and All-Name team captain) Weston Steelhammer, which moved him to the top of Air Force’s career list.
The Falcons offense also had plenty of big plays of their own on the night, answering South Alabama’s opening touchdown on the very first snap of the first half with their own 75 yard scoring bomb on the first snap of the third quarter. Quarterback Arion Worthman finished the game by stuffing the stat sheet, throwing for 207 yards and a touchdown while rushing for another 71 yards to pace the triple option attack.
Running back Jacobi Owens added another 74 yards and two scores for the team as they put up points on eight of 12 drives and dominated starting in the middle of the second quarter.
That is one impressive way to cap off a 10 win season for Air Force and should provide the Falcons plenty of momentum as they head into the always difficult offseason up at the Academy.