University of Wyoming running back Xazavian Valladay, center, runs through the Air Force defense during a game against Air Force on Saturday at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs. Colo. Air Force won 20-6 over the Cowboys. DJ Johnson/For WyoSports


1. A methodical Air Force drive that took nearly 9 minutes of game clock was capped off by a 1-yard scoring sneak from quarterback Donald Hammond III on the first play of the second quarter to give the Falcons their first points of the game and the only points of the half.

2. Following a Tyler Vander Waal interception on the first drive of the third quarter, the Falcons drove deep into University of Wyoming territory but were stopped at the 12. Air Force’s Jake Koehnke hit a 31-yard field goal to make it a 10-0 game.

3. UW got the ball all the way down to the Air Force 9-yard line but stalled, leading to a 26-yard Cooper Rothe field goal to cut the Air Force lead back to a touchdown.

4. Down by a touchdown with just over 2:00 left to play, UW tried using its timeouts to force an Air Force punt. The Falcons flipped the script, however, as Hammond threw a 75-yard strike to receiver Ben Waters for a game-sealing touchdown.

Turning point

Following a huge 38-yard run down the sideline by Williams on the first drive of the second half, Vander Waal reentered the game and was intercepted two plays later deep in Falcons’ territory. Air Force turned the interception into three points. What looked like a promising start to the half fizzled away quickly.

Stats within the stats

1. Both Air Force and UW had their lowest offensive outputs of the season, gaining 305 yards and 225 yards, respectively.

2. Xazavian Valladay, who had run for at least 100 yards in five straight games, was held to just 39 yards rushing. Freshman quarterback Levi Williams led the Cowboys with 79 rushing yards.

3. UW turned the ball over three times, its second-highest mark of the season behind four at Utah State. Air Force scored 6 points off the UW turnovers.

Michael Katz is a writer for WyoSports. He can be reached by email at mkatz@wyosports.net. Follow him on Twitter at @MichaelLKatz.

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