Colorado Springs • Not four minutes had ticked off the clock before the Aggies took a two-touchdown lead. But turnovers and penalties allowed Air Force to narrow the gap as Utah State led 24-13 after the first half in the program's first Mountain West conference game.
The Aggies were explosive early, scoring their first touchdown on a 30-yard pass from Chuckie Keeton to Travis Van Leeuwen. An Air Force fumble on its first offensive snap set up another touchdown drive capped by a Joe Hill run.
But after going up 14-0 in 3:43, Utah State slowly allowed the Falcons back in the game. Sophomore quarterback Jaleel Awini exploited a few gaps in the Utah State secondary to drive down for a field goal, then Air Force got a break on an Aggies fumble. Utah State's defense was able to hold Air Force to a field goal again.