Utah wide receiver Derrek Richards (26) hauls in a touchdown pass during the fourth quarter. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)
Sept. 8, 2007
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Air Force quarterback Shaun Carney ran for 113 yards and Air Force stopped Utah twice at the 1-yard line in the final 1:25 in a 20-12 win Saturday, the Falcons' first over the Utes in five years.
Jim Ollis and Savier Stevens both ran for touchdowns and the Air Force defense kept Utah from rallying in the fourth quarter.
On third-and-goal from the 1, the Falcons stopped Eddie Wide on a direct snap with 1:09 left. The Utes had one more chance, but Drew Fowler stood up Darryl Poston a couple feet short of the goal line to end Utah's scoring threat.
Air Force (2-0, 1-0 Mountain West) was able to run out the clock and end a four-game losing streak to the Utes (0-2, 0-1).
Utah's Tommmy Grady passed for 240 yards and a touchdown in his first college start, but he also threw two interceptions -- including one early in the fourth quarter.
Grady gave Utah its first touchdown on a 34-yard pass to Derrek Richards with 6:24 left in the game to get the Utes within 17-12. Utah went for the 2-point conversion, but Thomas broke through the line and tackled Grady in the backfield.
Grady took the Utes down the field again late in the quarter and Utah could have tied it with a touchdown and a conversion, but Air Force came up with the two stops at the goal line.
Ryan Harrison kicked two field goals for Air Force and Louie Sakoda matched it with two field goals for Utah.