Air Force 34, South Carolina State 3

If there were any questions about whether Air Force would be able to successfully implement its new offense, they were answered.

Shaun Carney passed for 176 yards and a touchdown and Kip McCarthy had his first career 100-yard game to lead the Falcons past South Carolina State 34-3 today.

New Air Force coach Troy Calhoun brought with him a bevy of new plays to install into the Falcons' attack, and many of them worked. At one point, Air Force (1-0, 0-0) lined up with five wide receivers and only Carney in the backfield. The very next play, three running backs lined up directly behind the Falcons' quarterback.

It all seemed to confuse the Bulldogs (0-1, 0-0), who play in the Football Championship Subdivision, formerly Division I-AA. South Carolina State forced Air Force to punt only once with it's first-team offense on the field in the teams' first-ever meeting.

The triple-option attack so famous under former coach Fisher DeBerry wasn't entirely scrapped, but the Falcons relied more on their passing game than the grind-it-out style in the DeBerry era. All four of the Air Force touchdowns were scored on drives 70 yards or longer.


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