USAF ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) - Josh Allen passed for one touchdown and ran for another before being sidelined by injury, and Wyoming’s stout defensive play helped it weather the loss of its quarterback in a 28-14 win over Air Force on Saturday night.
The Cowboys (7-3, 5-1 Mountain West) scored 21 of their points off three Air Force (4-6, 3-3) turnovers, including Kellen Overstreet’s 9-yard touchdown run that capped the scoring with 8:51 remaining.
Allen completed 8 of 11 passes for 70 yards, including a 17-yard scoring pass to Jared Scott before being injured early in the third quarter. He also had a 2-yard touchdown run.
There was no immediate announcement by the team on the nature of the injury though he was ruled out for the remainder of the game.
Allen walked off the field and was cradling his right arm before going into a medical tent on the sideline to be examined.
Garrett Crall’s recovery of a fumble by Air Force quarterback Arion Worthman at the Wyoming 33 set up Overstreet’s score. Nick Smith, who replaced the injured Allen, completed a 38-yard pass to Trey Woods to the 19 and, one play later, Overstreet bulled his way up the middle for the touchdown.
Wyoming’s defense fended off the Falcons the rest of the way.
Trailing by 14 points, the Falcons narrowed the gap with Taven Birdow’s 10-yard touchdown run with 9:35 left in the third quarter.
But the mistake-prone Falcons could not sustain their comeback bid.
Air Force broke through for its initial score with just seconds left in the second quarter, pulling to within 21-7 at halftime on Worthman’s 22-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Bennett. The Falcons wide receiver beat double coverage and caught the ball in stride as he crossed into the end zone.
Wyoming bolted to the early lead, capitalizing on Falcons mistakes for their first two touchdowns of the game.
Safety Marcus Epps, roaming the middle of the field, picked off a Worthman pass and took it back 33 yards to the 24. Four plays later, Woods dove into the end zone from a yard away for Wyoming’s first score.
The Cowboys made it 14-0 on Scott’s TD catch, a possession that began with Logan Wilson hitting Birdow, forcing a fumble. Jalen Ortiz recovered the loose ball for the Cowboys at the Air Force 34. A pass interference penalty against Air Force got the Cowboys closer and Allen then connected with Scott for the score.
Allen capped a 69-yard drive by running 2 yards for a touchdown on a quarterback sweep, putting the Cowboys up 21-0 midway through the second quarter.
Air Force visits Boise State next Saturday night.