U.S. Air Force Academy — Plain and simple, the Aggies aren't too hot on the road.
The 35-28 loss puts Utah State 1-4 on the road and 4-3 in conference play. The road to the Mountain West championship quickly narrowed for the Aggies.
Air Force connected on a 74-yard pass to launch the third quarter and double the Aggies at 28-14 before Kent Myers found Hunter Sharp on a 39-yard pass to cut the Falcon’s lead back to seven.
The teams split for one touchdown apiece to round out the third quarter and enter the final 15 minutes with a 35-28 Falcon advantage.
The Aggies found themselves with a first down at the Air Force 11 before a sack and handful of incomplete passes returned the possession to the Falcons with seconds to go. With that, Air Force clenched the 7-point victory.
Myers concluded the game throwing 25-of-47 for 364 yards. Sharp posted a career-high 13 catches for 193 yards. Defensively, Nick Vigil led with 20 tackles, including 2.0 tackles for loss.
Drawing first blood, Falcon D.J. Johnson rushed for a 30-yard touchdown in the opening minutes of the game before the Aggies responded with a 41-yard completion from Myers to Sharp.
The Falcons punched in a second touchdown nearing the end of the opening quarter on a 1-yard rush before the Myers-Sharp duo struck again, this time on a 48-yard pass.
Air Force broke the 14-14 tie to round out the first half on a five-yard rushing touchdown. The Falcons led 21-14 at halftime.
Despite a close, hard-fought battle, Air Force managed to hold its lead to the end for a 35-28 victory and remain undefeated at the U.S. Air Force Academy this season.