Wyoming’s Brett Smith threw for 373 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 138 yards and another score as the Cowboys picked apart Air Foce 56-23 in a late game Saturday that kicked off at 8:26 p.m. and ended 4 minutes before midnight.
The game ended too late for many details to make it into Sunday’s paper. For those who don’t want to wait until Monday’s follow-up story, here are some quotes and tidbits:
- Air Force led 7-0 and 10-7 before Wyoming built a lead that grew to 42-17 at halftime.
- Colorado Springs product Dominic Rufran caught eight passes for a game-high 117 yards and two touchdowns for Wyoming.
- Air Force ran for 346 yards, led by Jon Lee’s 82 yards on eight carries. Quarterback Jaleel Awini ran for 68 yards and completed 11-of-18 passes for 89 yards. Awini set a personal best with four completions before the first quarter was finished.
- Freshman Jalen Robinette caught two passes for 47 yards and a touchdown for Air Force.
- Despite the late start, Air Force set a season high in attendance with 35,389.
“We were overwhelmed. … I thought especially physically. Athletically in the open field and physically up front.” – Air Force coach Troy Calhoun
“I don’t necessarily think we got overwhelmed. It’s just we’re not playing with enough intensity and anger. If we come out with more anger and win one-on-ones better then we’ll be a better team.” -Air Force quarterback Jaleel Awini
“Our defense did a pretty darn good job against a team that presents a lot of different stuff. Once we got our momentum going and we got ahead of the scoring game, we were in pretty good shape the rest of the day.” -Wyoming coach Dave Christensen
“We’re playing really good teams and we’re just not competing right now and we have to get better.” -Air Force cornerback Steffon Batts
“Offense did alright but it wasn’t good enough. I personally won’t be satisfied with my performance until we start winning.” Air Force running back Jon Lee
“Something’s definitely got to change. I feel the players are in position but the plays aren’t getting made.” -Air Force safety Christian Spears