2017 Look Back: Air Force finishes season 5-7 overall
Jan. 10, 2018

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Air Force finished the season 5-6 overall and tied for fourth in the Mountain Division with a 4-4 Mountain West mark.

The Falcons closed the season with a thrilling 38-35 victory over Utah State in Falcon Stadium to set a school record for most wins in a four-year period. Air Force posted a 20-4 mark at home from 2014-17 to break the record of 19 set from 1982-85, 1998-01 and 2009-12.

The Utah State win featured two individual school records as well. Sophomore QB Isaiah Sanders started for the first time in his career in the game and set a single-game school record with 44 rushing attempts, surpassing the previous record of 42 set by Brian Bream against Stanford in 1970.  Sanders finished with 196 yards rushing and three rushing touchdowns, including the game-winning TD with 1:38 left in the game. With eight points on the night (FG and five PATs), senior PK Luke Strebel became Air Force’s all-time leading scorer with 254 career points. Strebel surpassed the previous record of 252 held by Beau Morgan (1994-96) and Dee Dowis (1986-89). Strebel finished his career a perfect 131-of-131 on PATs and 41-of-48 on field goal attempts, good for a .854 percentage, ranking second all-time at Air Force.

Air Force opened the season with a 62-0 victory over VMI to improve to 41-19-2 in season openers, including a 36-8 mark at home. The program has won 11 straight and 12 of the last 14 home openers.

Air Force had several record-setting performances in a 45-42 win at Nevada. The team set a school record with 32 rushing first downs, breaking the mark of 30 set at Fresno State in 1996. The team also set school records with 91 carries, breaking the old record of 87 vs. Hawaii         in 2016, and for total plays with 98, tying the mark set vs. Hawaii in 2001.

Junior quarterback Arion Worthman broke a 47-year-old school record for total offense with 396 yards at. He rushed for 139 yards and passed for 257 to break the record of 380 set by Bob Parker vs. Colorado State in 1970.

Air Force also became the first team to win at Colorado State in the new home of the Rams, posting a 45-28 win the program’s brand new stadium.


 

 

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