Air Force 45, Colorado State 21

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
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Chad Hall and Shaun Carney set school yardage records and Air Force beat Colorado State 45-21 on Saturday night.

The Falcons (5-2, 4-1) scored four first-half touchdowns on their way to the blowout win.

Hall, a senior wide receiver, ran for four touchdowns and a single-game school-record 256 yards. It was his third 100-yard rushing performance against the Rams, and his fifth overall.

Carney completed only one pass in the first half, but the 12-yard completion to Hall was enough to set the school record for passing yards. Dave Ziebart, who played from 1976-79, had the old record of 4,789 yards. Carney finished the game with 52 yards passing and a touchdown.

Colorado State quarterback Caleb Hanie threw three first-half interceptions and the Falcons capitalized, returning one for a touchdown and turning another into a scoring drive.

A half-empty Hughes Stadium watched Colorado State (0-6, 0-3) struggle to have any sustained drives. The game was delayed 45 minutes because lightning knocked out power to some parts of the stadium. Many fans drove away before the game started and many more chose not to brave the rain and strong winds, leaving at halftime.

Colorado State's losing streak reached 13 games. Air Force was the first team to beat CSU during its current tailspin, erasing an 18-point halftime deficit last year to beat the Rams 24-21. The Rams' last win was more than a year ago, when they beat UNLV 28-7 last Oct. 7.

On the first drive of the game, the Falcons marched 80 yards on 14 plays, capped by Hall's two-yard touchdown run. He added three more, from two yards, six yards, and 13 yards.

Falcons linebacker Drew Fowler intercepted a pass in the first half and returned it 26 yards for a touchdown.

Colorado State cut Air Force's lead to seven in the second quarter on a touchdown run by Gartrell Johnson.

Hanie threw four interceptions in the game and just one touchdown, a 7-yard pass to Damon Morton in the third quarter.

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