Boulder, CU – Another week and another overtime game at Folsom Field, but this time Colorado failed to gain momentum at the end as the Air Force Falcons scored a touchdown on their opening drive in overtime, winning 30-23.
Inconsistent play execution plagued the Buffaloes throughout, and the Falcons took advantage of their weaknesses on both sides of the ball.
The first two Colorado drives ended with a passing touchdown from quarterback Steven Montez to receiver Laviska Shenault for 42 yards, and a James Stefanou 36 yard field goal.
The 10-0 lead was quickly compromised after Air Force scored 23 unanswered points.
Colorado didn’t score again until the fourth quarter, as their defense also struggled to stop the Falcons.
Air Force rushed for over 289 yards, averaging 5.6 yards per carrying.
This is the second week in a row that the Buffs fell behind and played catch up against their opponent. The inconsistent execution is what the coaches for Colorado hope to address in the upcoming week.
“We have to find ways and find out why we are not as consistent as we need to be,” said coach Mel Tucker, “we will do that, we will look at the film. We will be very very critical like we always are.”
Overall, Air Force had control of the game. Their defense held Colorado to 325 yards, and their offense had 444 yards total against the Buffs defense.
Air Force quarterback threw one pass in their first game against Colgate, which resulted in a completion. Against Colorado, he threw seven completions out of twelve attempts for 155 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.
“I believe we have to give airforce a lot of credit those guys have some good players, play extremely hard, are well-coached and made more plays than we made,” said Tucker.
Air Force coughed up the ball three times in this matchup, but Colorado only scored three points in response to those errors.
Colorado has forced nine turnovers total in three games.
Montez finished 26-for-43 for 220 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception.
“We didn’t execute today,” said Montez, “A lot of that is just plain and simple on me. I have to do a better job. We have to come out faster and just better.”