Air Force football focused on showdown with Navy

Posted at 9:46 PM, Sep 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-30 23:46:58-04

The Air Force football team (3-1) begins their quest of the Commander-in-Chief Trophy Saturday when the team travels to Annapolis to take on the Naval Academy (2-1).

"It's a very exciting game, there's a lot of pride behind this game," senior running back Taven Birdow said. "It's the first leg of the CIC trophy so for us it's very important. That's one of the goals of our season."

The Falcons are coming off an impressive 41-24 win over San Jose State last Friday in which they rushed for 382 yards and five touchdowns on the ground.

With their first Mountain West Conference victory in the books, it's time to turn their attention to the Midshipmen and their triple-option attack.

AFA rolled past Navy 35-7 last year at home but it should be a very different matchup in yet another tough road test. The home team has won six straight meetings dating back to 2012.

The two service academies have met almost every year dating back to 1960 and are currently the two best rushing offenses in the nation. Navy leads college football with a 344.7 average while Air Force is second at 332.8.

"Physically I think there's always something about service academies," senior defensive back Jeremy Fejedelem said. "Hard set, nose to the ground mentality and in that way I think we're very similar."

Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.