Air Force sophomore kicker Erik Soderberg hit a career-long 50-yard field goal as time expired in the second quarter to give the Falcons a 17-10 lead over Colorado State at halftime.
The Falcons, led by sophomore quarterback Tim Jefferson, drove for touchdowns on each of their first two possessions. Jefferson capped the first drive, which covered 80 yards, by hitting junior Kyle Halderman for an 8-yard touchdown. Fullback Jared Tew capped the second drive with a 6-yard touchdown run with 1:05 left in the first quarter.
But just as the Falcons seemed ready to turn the game into a blowout, Colorado State showed signs of life. The Rams drove for a field goal, held the Falcons to three plays and a punt and then drove 59 yards for a touchdown with 1:43 left in the half to cut the Air Force lead to 14-10.
Air Force, however, went from its own 27 to the Colorado Sate 33 in seven plays to set up Soderberg’s boot.