Utah 41, Air Force 24
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ Jamal Anderson ran for three touchdowns and caught another while Mike McCoy passed for 459 yards as Utah beat Air Force 41-24 on Saturday.
Air Force led 24-16 midway through the third quarter before the Utes stopped the Falcons’ wishbone attack and held them scoreless the rest of the way.
Meanwhile, Utah’s offense scored on all but one of its second-half possessions.
The Utes (6-5 overall, 4-3 in the Western Athletic Conference) rolled up 587 yards total offense. McCoy was 29-of-39 for two touchdowns without an interception, while Anderson carried the ball 26 times for 145 yards and added 50 yards on four catches.
Chris Yergensen kicked a 30-yard field goal to open the second half, but Air Force (4-7, 1-6) countered with Wayne Young’s 1-yard touchdown run to lead 24-16 with 5:42 left in the third period.
Yergensen kicked another field goal from 43 yards out and then McCoy zipped a 5-yard TD pass to Henry Lusk with 1:07 left in the third quarter. A 2-point conversion pass from McCoy to Bryan Rowley put Utah up 27-24.
Utah iced the game with Anderson’s two fourth-quarter touchdowns. First, he took a swing pass 26 yards with 5:37 left to play, and 2 1/2 minutes later ran it in from 2 yards out.
Chris Macinnis’ 44-yard field goal gave Air Force the early lead after Obasi Onuoha returned the opening kickoff 50 yards.
Utah scored on its ensuing possession, with Anderson diving in from the 1 yard line. The Utes first TD was set up by McCoy’s 43-yard pass to Rowley.
Anderson scored again on a 4-yard run with 4:17 left in the first period for a 13-3 Utah lead, but Air Force had two second-quarter touchdowns to reclaim a 17-13 edge at halftime.
Demond Cash scored on a 1-yard keeper and then Joe Pastorello scored on a 24-yard run to account for Air Force’s other points.