Army
Air Force
7 - 35 Final
  for this game

Wright returns punt for TD in 35-7 win over Army

Nov 8, 2009 - 1:31 AM By PAT GRAHAM AP Sports Writer

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo.(AP) -- Air Force linebacker Andre Morris Jr. didn't lead the team in tackles, didn't have any sacks, and didn't really turn in any spectacular plays.

Still, he may have made the biggest impact of all in Air Force's 35-7 win over Army on Saturday.

Morris motivated his teammates with a halftime rant inside the locker room, lighting a desperately needed fire under the Falcons. Dominated by an amped-up Army team in the first half, Air Force was a different squad after intermission.

The Falcons (6-4, 4-2 Mountain West) scored on four of their five second-half possessions to turn a close contest into a rout as the team became bowl eligible for the third straight year under coach Troy Calhoun.

Air Force quarterback Tim Jefferson contemplated recounting the specifics of Morris' fiery speech, but thought better of it.

The message wasn't exactly rated-PG.

"I really can't repeat most of the things he said," Jefferson said. "He got things going, and I credit him a lot."

So did Calhoun. The Falcons were flat before Morris pumped them up.

"Sometimes you can say too much, but probably the biggest adjustment we made was attitude," Calhoun said. "To play well in one of these games, you've got to be at an optimal pitch, and I thought that we played with a little more edge, were a little bit sharper and were a different football team in the second half."

The Black Knights (3-6) had no answers over the final 30 minutes as they dropped their third straight. They had just 98 yards of offense in the second half after controlling Air Force to open the contest.

"We were outcoached, no doubt about it," Army coach Rich Ellerson explained. "We got outplayed, we got outhit."

With their quest for the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy already spoiled, the Falcons tarnished Army's chances as well.

Navy is secured of taking the trophy for a seventh consecutive season in the annual competition between the service academies. The Midshipmen, who beat Air Force earlier in the season, will either win the trophy outright by beating Army on Dec. 12 or retain it if they lose by virtue of capturing the crown last season.

Before the game, the Air Force Academy held a moment of silence in honor of the shooting victims at Fort Hood. The flags on the campus also were lowered to half mast.

Ellerson said the team talked about the events at Fort Hood leading up to the game.

"I think mentally we were in the right place," Ellerson said. "We were prepared emotionally to compete. We were conscious of those events. We took some more on ourselves because of those events."

Quarterback Trent Steelman rushed for 102 yards and Army's only touchdown in the team's fourth straight loss to Air Force.

Tailback Asher Clark got the Falcons' offense rolling right after halftime, finding a hole in Army's defense and racing 36 yards for his first touchdown of the season. He later added another score on an 8-yard burst.

Kevin Fogler caught a 73-yard TD reception that surprised even Jefferson. Fogler isn't exactly the fleetest of foot, but he made some nifty moves near the goal line to coast in.

"I saw that from all the way down the field," Jefferson said, smiling.

Jefferson, who was constantly fleeing from Army's aggressive defense, added a 2-yard TD plunge in the fourth. He finished with minus-25 yards rushing on eight carries.

Army's defense bottled up Air Force in the first half, limiting the Falcons to just 39 total yards. The Black Knights had three sacks, nine tackles for loss and limited the fourth-best rushing attack in the nation to only 4 yards on 21 carries.

But it didn't last. Air Force finished with 160 yards rushing as Jared Tew gained 102 yards and Clark went for 82.

"It's not just a matter of getting your mind right, it's about getting your heart right, too," Calhoun said. "I think every guy out there in the second half said to himself, 'I've got to make something happen."'

Anthony Wright did his part, returning a punt 88 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. It was the first by a Falcons player in 11 years.

Wright has been turning in big plays all season for Air Force. The defensive back also has returned two interceptions for scores.

"He's filled with exciting plays," Jefferson said. "Every time he gets his hands on the ball, he thinks end zone. That was big."

Just like Morris' spirited locker room remarks.








  • NCAAF FINAL
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    ARMY 7 0 0 0 7
    AIR FORCE 7 0 14 14 35 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: AIR FORCE - TD, ANTHONY WRIGHT 88 YD
    PUNT RETURN (ERIK SODERBERG
    KICK), 3:55. AIR FORCE 7-0
    ARMY - TD, TRENT STEELMAN 42 YD
    RUN (ALEX CARLTON KICK),
    10:30. ARMY 7-7
    3RD QUARTER: AIR FORCE - TD, ASHER

    Nov 7 6:33 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD AIR FORCE
    ASHER CLARK 8 YD RUN
    (ERIK SODERBERG KICK)
    ARMY 7
    AIR FORCE 35 2:47 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Army 7, Air Force 35  4th - 2:47Nov 7 6:28 PM


  • NCAAF
    ARMY 7
    AIR FORCE 28 10:37 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Army 7, Air Force 28  4th - 10:37Nov 7 6:08 PM


  • NCAAF END, 3RD QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    ARMY 7 0 0 7
    AIR FORCE 7 0 14 21 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: AIR FORCE - TD, ANTHONY WRIGHT 88 YD
    PUNT RETURN (ERIK SODERBERG
    KICK), 3:55. AIR FORCE 7-0
    ARMY - TD, TRENT STEELMAN 42 YD
    RUN (ALEX CARLTON KICK),
    10:30. ARMY 7-7
    3RD QUARTER: AIR FORC

    Army 7, Air Force 21  End of 3rdNov 7 6:08 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD AIR FORCE
    TIM JEFFERSON 2 YD RUN
    (ERIK SODERBERG KICK)
    ARMY 7
    AIR FORCE 28 10:37 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Army 7, Air Force 28  4th - 10:37Nov 7 6:08 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD AIR FORCE
    KEVIN FOGLER 73 YD PASS FROM TIM JEFFERSON
    (ERIK SODERBERG KICK)
    ARMY 7
    AIR FORCE 21 2:35 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Army 7, Air Force 21  3rd - 2:35Nov 7 5:53 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD AIR FORCE
    ASHER CLARK 36 YD RUN
    (ERIK SODERBERG KICK)
    ARMY 7
    AIR FORCE 14 11:33 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Army 7, Air Force 14  3rd - 11:33Nov 7 5:27 PM


  • NCAAF HALFTIME
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    ARMY 7 0 7
    AIR FORCE 7 0 7 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: AIR FORCE - TD, ANTHONY WRIGHT 88 YD
    PUNT RETURN (ERIK SODERBERG
    KICK), 3:55. AIR FORCE 7-0
    ARMY - TD, TRENT STEELMAN 42 YD
    RUN (ALEX CARLTON KICK),
    10:30. ARMY 7-7

    Nov 7 5:07 PM


  • NCAAF END, 1ST QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    ARMY 7 7
    AIR FORCE 7 7 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: AIR FORCE - TD, ANTHONY WRIGHT 88 YD
    PUNT RETURN (ERIK SODERBERG
    KICK), 3:55. AIR FORCE 7-0
    ARMY - TD, TRENT STEELMAN 42 YD
    RUN (ALEX CARLTON KICK),
    10:30. ARMY 7-7

    Nov 7 4:27 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD ARMY
    TRENT STEELMAN 42 YD RUN
    (ALEX CARLTON KICK)
    ARMY 7
    AIR FORCE 7 4:30 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Army 7, Air Force 7  1st - 4:30Nov 7 4:12 PM


  • NCAAF
    ARMY 0
    AIR FORCE 7 11:05 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Army 0, Air Force 7  1st - 11:05Nov 7 3:47 PM
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    Army vs. Air ForceNov 7 9:10 AM