Brad Roberts, Air Force grind past New Mexico, 38-10
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Brad Roberts ran for 142 yards and scored twice as Air Force scored on its first four drives to build a big early lead then coasted to a 38-10 win over New Mexico on Saturday. The defense of the Falcons contributed four takeaways as well as four sacks to 3 1/2 by Vince Sanford.
Air Force (4-1, 1-1 Mountain West) limited the Lobos (2-3, 0-1) to 189 total yards, 143 in the second half after the Falcons had already pushed its lead to 31-0 early in the third quarter.
DeAndre Hopkins ran for 89 touchdown and for Air Force.
New Mexico quarterback Terry Wilson Jr. was 13-21 for 142 yards and a touchdown pass.
LIKES THE LOBOS – In two games against New Mexico Roberts has 319 yardage on 57 runs and five touchdowns.
” “I don’t know what it’s about,” he said. “The offensive line does its job. It opens up a crease for us. I try to run as fast and efficiently as possible. It’s easy to see the defense, and you can hear them puffing. You know that you’ve got ’em where they want. It’s my favorite thing about them to look at and know that they are tired. .”
GOOD : Air Force showed dominance in defense during the first half. They consistently met the Lobos at the attack point with at least two defenders. Two fumbles were made by the Falcons, and both were recovered by them. In the second half, they added two interceptions.
Sanford had the most sacks by a Falcon since 2008..
“He is a very instinctive football play,” Air Force coach Troy Calhoun stated. He’s been in three positions with us, and he was able to handle them all. He just has an innate understanding for the game and how to play the game.”
OR BAD O: New Mexico ran 18 plays in the first half, three of them punts. The Lobos were able to hold the ball for less than seven minutes and had one down. Their longest drive was five plays and covered five yards, but was flagged three times for 20.
” “Obviously, we are not very good,” stated Danny Gonzales, Lobos coach. “Air Force out-physicalized us, which was really disappointing. …And we’re not good enough on defense yet to be so bad on offense and not get first downs.”
BLANK THIS: When the Lobos scored at the 7: 24 mark of the third quarter on a Wilson’s 21-yard pass to Trae Hall, it ended a 99-minute, 33-second scoreless stretch against the Falcons dating back to the 2019 season. This was also New Mexico’s second TD on its last 36 drives of the season.
THE TAKINGAWAY: Air Force proved that its ground-and-pound offense is capable of controlling the ball against smaller opponents. However, it did put the ball on ground twice and was fortunate to recover both. The Falcons
” face bigger and more difficult tests. Calhoun stated that they just need to keep improving. “We have some really difficult challenges ahead .”
UP NEXT : Saturday’s match against Wyoming will be at Air Force. The Cowboys (4-0), will be returning from a bye week, and will play their conference opener. Although undefeated, Wyoming has played a slate that is a combined 7-11.
New Mexico will play San Diego State (4-0), on Saturday. The Aztecs, who have beaten PAC-12 Conference members Arizona and Utah, also will be coming off a bye. This will be the return to San Diego for Rocky Long, the Lobos’ former defensive coordinator and Gonzales, the Aztecs former defensive coordinator.