Air Force leads Southern Utah, 21-0, at the half. But it probably should be more against this Division I-AA team that has lost 18 in a row.
The Falcons’ defense has been a bright spot. It limited the Thunderbirds to just 36 yards and two first downs in the first half, and it contributed four points with a pair of safeties – one on a tackle for loss by senior linebacker Brandon Reeves, the other on a sack by senior defensive end Jake Paulson.
Senior quarterback Shea Smith took all but one snap in the first half and led the Air Force offense to two touchdowns and a field goal. Smith rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries and completed 6 of 8 passes for 54 yards and a scoring strike to tight end Keith Madsen.
Air Force did make some mistakes, as Reggie Rembert lost a fumble and the offense was stopped on downs after having a first-and-goal from the 3-yard line.