Shaun Carney ran for 113 yards and Air Force stopped Utah twice at the 1-yard line in the final 1:25 in a 20-12 win Saturday, the Falcons' first over the Utes in five years.
Jim Ollis and Savier Stevens both ran for touchdowns and the Air Force defense kept Utah from rallying in the fourth quarter.
On third-and-goal from the 1, the Falcons stopped Eddie Wide on a direct snap that fooled nobody with 1:09 left. The Utes had one more chance, but Drew Fowler stood up Darryl Poston a couple feet short of the goal line to end Utah's scoring threat.
Air Force (2-0, 1-0 Mountain West) was able to run out the clock and end a four-game losing streak to the Utes (0-2, 0-1).
Utah's Tommmy Grady passed for 240 yards and a touchdown in his first college start, but he also threw two interceptions -- including one early in the fourth quarter as Air Force took control by following a botched fourth down with two pivotal plays.
Air Force went for it on fourth-and-1 from the Utah 47 and lost a yard, but Chris Thomas got the ball right back for the Falcons on the next play when he made a diving interception on a soft pass by Grady.
On first down, Carney kept the ball on an option and broke it for a 53-yard run. Ollis scored two plays later on a 3-yard run to give the Falcons a 17-6 lead with 12:52 left in the game.
Grady gave Utah its first touchdown on a 34-yard pass to Derrek Richards with 6:24 left in the game to get the Utes within 17-12. Utah went for the 2-point conversion, but Thomas broke through the line and tackled Grady in the backfield.
Grady took the Utes down the field again late in the quarter and Utah could have tied it with a touchdown and a conversion, but Air Force came up with the two stops at the goal line.
Ryan Harrison kicked two field goals for Air Force and Louie Sakoda matched it with two field goals for Utah.