AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) - Cole Fagan rushed for 260 yards, the third-most in Air Force history, and linebacker Kyle Floyd thwarted a late drive with an interception to help the Falcons hold off Colorado State 27-19 on Thursday.
Fagan, a fullback, gouged the Colorado State defense with run after run up the middle, including an early 3-yard score. The school record is 275 yards by Chad Hall in 2007.
Kadin Remsberg sealed the win with a late score as the Falcons (5-7, 3-5 Mountain West) won their third straight over the Rams (3-9, 2-6).
Colorado State receiver Preston Williams turned in a big afternoon with 12 catches for 248 yards and three scores. His third TD brought the Rams to within 20-19 with 9:53 remaining, but Wyatt Bryan's game-tying extra point was blocked by defensive lineman Ben Harris. Bryan also missed an extra point earlier in the game.
The Falcons went on a time-consuming drive, 11-play drive that culminated in Remsberg's score, giving Air Force a 27-19 lead.
Colorado State was on the move when Floyd stepped in front of a K.J. Carta-Samuels pass.
Collin Hill started the game and threw two TD passes. He also had a costly interception in the third quarter that led to him being replaced by Carta-Samuels.
Colorado State's defense came up with a goal-line stand in the third quarter. Hill and the offense took over at the 1 and had a promising drive going until Air Force safety Jeremy Fejedelem picked off a pass. The Falcons turned it into a 39-yard field goal that extended their lead to 20-13.
Colorado State: The Rams haven't won at Falcon Stadium since 2002.
Air Force: The Falcons still have a slim chance at making a bowl should not enough teams reach the six-win mark. They are among the leaders in the Academic Progress Rate, which puts them at the top of the list. Air Force has been to a bowl game nine times under coach Troy Calhoun, who took over 2007.
KEEP THE TURKEY WARM
Colorado State played on Thanksgiving for the first time since 1978. The Rams are 15-25-2 all-time on the holiday.
For Air Force, playing on turkey day is rare, with this game marking just the third occasion. The team is now 1-2.
The Air Force falcon named Aurora attended the game Thursday. She's expected to make a full recovery from injuries she suffered at West Point during a prank before the annual football game between the service academies earlier this month.
Aurora is the Academy's official and oldest mascot. She doesn't fly at football games, but attends most away games to greet fans.
Colorado State: Gear up for next season, when the Rams are tentatively scheduled to open the season on Aug. 31 against Colorado.
Air Force: A very remote chance at a bowl bid.
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11/22/2018 5:16:08 PM (GMT -7:00)