Special teams & defense helps Air Force sink Navy

Posted at 10:51 PM, Oct 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-04 00:51:14-04

USAFA — The Air Force Academy football team scored 37 unanswered points on its way to a dominating 40-7 win over the rival Naval Academy, Saturday, Oct. 3, at Falcon Stadium.

It was the largest margin of victory for the Falcons over Navy since a 48-7 win over the Midshipmen back in 2002.

"We just got to get better," said Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun. "We got to get better as coaches and I think each one of our guys, collectively as a unit, we have to recognize we have to make improvement as well as we head down the road, but certainly we will take what happened today."

Air Force also extended its current winning streak to nine straight games, the longest in the nation.

The Falcons dominated on both sides of the ball, out-gaining Navy by a 410-241 tally, including a 369-90 margin on the ground.

Leading the offensive charge was the rushing trio of junior Timothy Jackson, sophomore Brad Roberts, and sophomore Haaziq Daniels, who was making his first career start at quarterback.

Jackson finished with 118 yards on 19 carries, marking the fifth 100-plus yard-rushing day in his career.

Roberts, in his first career Air Force game, totaled 103 yards on 10 carries, while Daniels added 96 yards on 10 touches. Roberts and Daniels also scored rushing touchdowns, the first of their respective careers.

Kicker Tevye Schuettpelz-Rohl also tied a school record with four field goals.

“(I was) hoping I could prove myself and it all turned out for the best,” Schuettpelz-Rohl said.

Not to be outdone, the defense tallied three sacks and four tackles for loss, as well as adding an interception and fumble recovery. They also stood tall when they needed to, as they forced two turnovers on downs.

Leading the way were freshman Alec Mock and senior George Silvanic, who both totaled seven tackles, along with a sack for Mock and 1.5 sacks from Silvanic.

“Let's not take anything away from Navy, that's a good group of guys,” said Air Force senior George Silvanic, a former Palmer Ridge Bear. “We’ve got to keep moving forward.”

The Falcons will now have a few weeks away from competition before returning for the start of Mountain West Conference play against San Jose State, on Saturday, Oct. 24.