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Figuring out Air Force’s run defense issues vs. Wyoming

Published: September 27, 2010, 1:07 pm, by admin

Heading into Navy week, it’s not the best thing to be coming off a disappointing game stopping the run.

The Midshipmen rank ninth in the nation in rushing offense, were fourth last year, and have to be watching Air Force’s defensive film against Wyoming a little closer than usual this week. Wyoming, which had just 73 rushing yards in its first three games, had 174 against Air Force. The Cowboys ran just 45 plays on Saturday (Air Force had 84) or the rushing numbers might have been even bigger.

“You hate that,” linebacker Jordan Waiwaiole said. “To defend the run so well against Oklahoma, to come to Wyoming and they get 140 yards in the first half, that’s not something you’re happy with.

“Wyoming played great, and they punched us in the face a couple times. We were able to regain our composure and go back at them.”

The issues Saturday might not be an indication the Falcons have an incurable problem on their run defense. They were simply not prepared for Wyoming to run the ball. That’s defensible, considering the Cowboys had averaged .88 yards per carry before Saturday. And the Falcons did play the run much better in the second half, which is a positive sign before their game against the Midshipmen’s rushing attack.

“We game-planned all week that they were going to throw 80 percent of the time, five wides and spread us out,” cornerback Reggie Rembert said. “They came out with a lot of running and we weren’t prepared for it. We had to come in at halftime and adjust.”