Falcons finish fifth in Mountain West with 2-2 mark
Air Force finished the COVID-shortened 2020 season with a 3-3 overall record. The Falcons finished fifth in the Mountain West with a 2-2 mark. Air Force had two games canceled due to COVID issues, at Wyoming and home vs. Colorado State. The Army game, originally scheduled for Nov. 7, moved to Dec. 19 due to COVID.
Air Force’s three losses came to teams with a combined 21-4 record, including an 11-0 mark in conference play. The Falcons opened the season with a 40-7 win over Navy. Following losses at conference champion San Jose State (17-6) and home to runner-up Boise State (49-30), Air Force posted back-to-back wins, beating New Mexico, 28-0, in Falcon Stadium and winning at Utah State, 35-7. The season ended with a 10-7 loss at Army.
Air Force won the program’s second national rushing title with a 305.7 per-game average, leading the conference for the fourth straight season. The Falcons also led the conference in third down conversions (48.5) and time of possession (32:30). The defense was among the top units in program history, finishing third nationally in scoring defense with a 15.0 average. The 15.0 mark is the best at the Academy since 1997. The team also ranked fifth nationally in passing yards allowed (166.8) and fourth in redzone defense (.692).
• Air Force defeated Navy, 40-7, in the season opener Oct. 3. The Navy game marked Air Force’s first opener against an FBS team since 2006, the latest opener in program history and the first time the Falcons have opened vs. a service academy.
• Air Force improved to 44-19-2 in season openers, including a 39-8 mark in season openers at home. The Falcons have won 14 straight and 15 of the last 17 season openers with the only losses coming at No. 11 Tennessee in 2006 and vs. No. 13 California in 2004. Air Force has won 16 of the last 17 season openers at home with the only loss coming vs. No. 13 California in 2004. Air Force has won 23 straight season openers vs. unranked teams dating back to a 34-21 setback vs. Colorado State in 1994.
• Air Force had the nation’s second-longest winning streak at nine games dating back to last season before losing at San Jose State Oct. 24. The streak was the fourth longest in school history. The nine-game streak was the longest in the nation following the Navy game, but fell to second since Air Force was not in action again for three weeks.