November 9, 2008 2:56 PM
Falcons looking good at 8-2
AIR FORCE ACADEMY -- The Falcons' magical season continued Saturday with a 38-17 win over Colorado State when Air Force outscored the Falcons 17-0 in the second half to secure the victory.
Air Force is now 8-2 and the season could be even better considering the Falcons could have won the two games they lost.
Two blocked punts for touchdowns were costly in a 33-27 loss to Navy and the Falcons had a chance to win late in the game in a 30-23 setback to a Utah team that was ranked No. 20 at the time of the Sept. 20.
"The last five weeks we've been able to find ways to win," coach Troy Calhoun said. "The thing you always know at the Air Force Academy, we live in an era where everything's either a superlative or kind of a finger-pointing problem. And at the Air Force Academy, it's always going to be just collectively being able to operate in a cohesive way. We've been able to do that."
The Falcons are a cinch to participate in a bowl game for the second consecutive season and still have longshot hopes of winning the Mountain West Conference.
The odds of winning the conference title won't favor Air Force, which is 5-1 in MWC play.
Air Force plays No. 16 BYU Saturday in the regular season home finale at Falcon Stadium and then must battle No. 15 TCU on Nov. 22 in Fort Worth, Tx.
"Team chemistry for us is gigantic," Calhoun said. "It's paramount for us We don't have a player that's a superstar, a sensational all-world candidate, that's just us. I won't say it's the only way but it probably is the best way for us to have success."