The Air Force Falcons played as though they were the complete opposites of a certain Falcons’ squad that choked and fumbled in the Super Bowl several months back. Air Force QB, Arion Worthman, played as if he were Tom Brady — if Brady was capable of running around, that is.
The Falcons that played Saturday against the UNLV Rebels clawed their way back from a 27-point deficit and won the contest, 34-30, effectively stopping a four-game losing skid.
It was a win the team desperately needed.
At one point during the second quarter of the game, the Falcons were behind UNLV, 27-0, but Air Force switched their jets on in the second half and terrorized the Rebels on the ground. Falcons quarterback Arion Worthman did most of the damage, as he rushed for 166 yards with five touchdowns on 30 carries.
Air Force barely bothered throwing the pigskin and rode its strength hard, rushing for 401 total yards as a team on 78 attempts. The Falcons, who are ninth in the nation with 287.8 rushing yards per game, outscored the Rebels, 34-3, after getting behind by 27 points.
Arion Worthman, on the other hand, went just 4-for-8 in passing attempts for 72 yards. And somehow, he still managed to be a beast.
It’s not always that a team manages to steal a win when an opponent is ahead by as many as 27 points, and to underscore how rare this happens, ESPN Stats & Info noted that FBS teams that trailed by at least 27 points in a game were just 1-110 before the Falcons performed the miracle comeback Saturday.
Air Force defeated UNLV after trailing 27-0
Entering today, FBS teams trailing by 27 at any point in 2017 were 1-110 (UCLA has the win)
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 14, 2017