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Wyoming at Air Force: Crunching Numbers

Wyoming at Air Force: Crunching Numbers

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304.4 Air Force is doing it again on the ground. The Falcons’ triple-option offense ranks second nationally in rushing at 304.4 yards per game. Quarterback Donald Hammond III is a threat with his legs as he leads Air Force with 10 rushing TDs -- tied for the most among FBS quarterbacks -- but he’s far from the Falcons’ only dangerous ball carrier. Running back Kadin Remsberg (809 yards) leads three other Air Force rushers who have at least 684 yards. Air Force is used to ripping off chunks on the ground as the Falcons average a Mountain West-best 5.3 yards per carry.

93.7 Wyoming will counter with one of the nation’s stiffest run defenses. The Cowboys are allowing just 93.7 yards per game on the ground, which ranks second in the MW and seventh nationally. The Cowboys have allowed just four teams to rush for more than 100 yards this season. And rarely have teams been able to gash them for big gainers. Wyoming’s 2.7 yards allowed per rush are the second-fewest in the league. The Cowboys were particularly stingy against Colorado State, which mustered just 1.6 yards per rush. Wyoming, though, allowed more than 300 yards on the ground to Air Force last year in a 35-27 win.

324 Air Force’s offense usually gets all the attention when it comes to the Falcons, particularly the uniqueness of it. But the Falcons have had one of the nation’s best defenses to go with it this season. Air Force is allowing just 324 yards per game, which ranks second in the MW and 25th nationally. The Falcons also rank in the top 4 in the league in scoring, passing and rushing defense. The Falcons are in the running with San Diego State (the league’s leading defense), Missouri and others as the best defense Wyoming has seen to this point.

23 If Wyoming is going to get its first road win in conference play against one of the league’s stingiest defenses, it may need to score more points than it has outside of War Memorial Stadium all season. The Cowboys haven’t scored more than 23 points on the road this season, and that was their lone win away from home against Texas State in Week 2. The most points Wyoming has scored in its road losses was 22 in a four-point loss at San Diego State on Oct. 12. Their losses have come by a combined 15 points. Meanwhile, Air Force is averaging 35.6 points, 18th-most nationally. It’s hard to see the Falcons scoring that many against Wyoming’s defense, but the Cowboys are likely going to need more than they’re used to producing in order to have a realistic chance to get out of Falcon Stadium with a win.

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Davis Potter is the University of Wyoming athletics reporter. An Alabama native and 2011 Auburn University graduate, Potter joined the Star-Tribune in 2018 after five years covering Ole Miss and the Southeastern Conference. He lives in Laramie.

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