AFA defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter is a big believer in the power of the blitz.
He put aside those beliefs in Thursday’s 47-20 pounding of the Houston Cougars. DeRuyter said the Falcons blizted fewer than 10 times.
Air Force defenders concentrated more on covering receivers than on pressuring quarterback Case Keenum.
The strategy worked.
Keenum threw six interceptions and managed only 222 yards passing on 41 attempts.
“We gave him more time to throw,” DeRuyter said, “and I think he got frustrated.”
Keenum got frustrated because he couldn’t find open receivers. The Falcons threw a blanket on the receivers Keenum sent downfield.
It was a strong ending to a strong defensive season for the Falcons.
AFA held 11 opponents to 20 or fewer points.