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Schmidt accounts for 4 TDs, Air Force beats Hawaii 56-26

HONOLULU (AP) – It’s seemingly that Mike Schmidt received’t quickly neglect his first journey to Hawaii.

Air Force’s backup quarterback got here off the bench to account for 4 touchdowns and the Falcons beat Hawaii 56-26 on Saturday evening.

Air Force (5-2, 3-1 Mountain West), which had 324 whole yards by halftime, scored touchdowns on its first 4 possessions and 7 of 10 general.

Schmidt, a fourth-year senior with simply three carries for 28 yards – and no go makes an attempt – in 5 profession video games previous to Saturday, relieved starter Donald Hammond III, who left the sport halfway by way of Air Force’s first possession after falling on his proper (throwing) shoulder.

“It’s a pretty great business trip,” Schmidt stated. “It’s a beautiful place to be and we played a great team tonight and just playing with my buddies is the best feeling in the world. It’s a memorable trip for sure.”



Schmidt rushed for 120 yards on 14 carries, together with scores of 1, 61 and 18 yards. He additionally accomplished 5 of 6 passes for 147 yards, with a 75-yard TD go to Geraud Sanders, who completed with three receptions for 116 yards.

Air Force coach Troy Calhoun referenced legendary UCLA males’s basketball coach John Wooden when he spoke about Schmidt seizing the second.

“You hope that every guy realizes that there can be an opportunity. There was a pretty good basketball coach that worked at UCLA . and one of his favorite sayings is, ‘If I’m prepared then perhaps my chance will come,’ and Mike works extremely hard and it’s neat to see a guy get an opportunity and he made the utmost of it,” Calhoun stated.

Schmidt related on his first 4 go makes an attempt. His first throw resulted in a 39-yard completion to Kaden Waguespack.

“It feels great to do it, but it’s just one of those things where you don’t think, you just execute; we just do what we do every day,” Schmidt stated. “I have so much trust in my receivers and my o-line just makes it so easy. I’d be back there and not even get touched and just execute, just give it to my guys and let them do what they do.”

Hawaii coach Nick Rolovich stated the Falcons’ change at quarterback didn’t impact his staff, however he credited Schmidt for his efficiency nonetheless.

“I don’t think so, I think they run their offense and maybe he’s better at certain things,” Rolovich stated. “I don’t think that was necessarily what we saw tonight. I mean, they found something they wanted to work and he was very effective for them.”

Timothy Jackson ran for 113 yards and a landing and Kadin Remsberg added 91 yards and two scores on the bottom for the Falcons.

Hawaii’s Cole McDonald threw for 404 yards and three touchdowns on 34-of-52 passing with one interception – which Milton Bugg III returned for a 92-yard pick-6 within the closing minutes.

Jared Smart caught 11 passes for 140 yards for the Rainbow Warriors (4-3, 1-2), who completed with 486 whole yards, however dedicated two turnovers and allowed 4 sacks.

THE TAKEAWAY

Air Force: The Falcons rushed for 353 yards and completed with a season-high 522 whole yards. They averaged 9.zero yards per play, 6.9 yards per rush and 28.2 yards per completion.

Hawaii: The Rainbow Warriors ranked 12th (final) in turnover margin (minus-2) within the Mountain West and 129th within the nation coming into the weekend. Both of their turnovers Saturday got here within the fourth quarter and represented their 10th misplaced fumble and 11th interception this season.

MARCHING FALCONS

The Falcons manufactured six scoring drives that coated not less than 75 yards, together with a 14-play drive that took seven minutes, 41 seconds off the clock to begin the second half and culminated with a 10-yard TD run by Jackson. Still, the Rainbow Warriors received the time-of-possession battle – simply barely. Hawaii held on to the ball for 30 minutes and eight seconds to Air Force’s 29 minutes and 52 seconds of possession time.

“A lot of credit needs to go to Air Force, how they came on this trip and how they played, took advantage of some opportunities and we didn’t play good enough football to win tonight,” Rolovich stated. “They’re very good at what they do on offense and they put pressure on you and they did it to us tonight.”

IT’S A PLANE!

Air Force wore particular uniforms that paid tribute to the C-17 plane, a big army transport. The grey jerseys included black lettering that featured the 9 lively C-17 Air Force bases rather than every participant’s final identify. There was a C-17 flyover instantly following the nationwide anthem. The pilots of the plane have been former Hawaii large receiver, Maj. Britton Komine, and former Air Force tight finish, Capt. Nate Dreslinski.

NEXT UP

Air Force: will host Utah State on Saturday. The Falcons had received three in a row towards the Aggies till final 12 months’s 42-32 loss in Logan, Utah.

Hawaii: The Rainbow Warriors go to New Mexico subsequent Saturday. Hawaii has not received in Albuquerque, New Mexico, because the 1987 season and has misplaced its final six general towards the Lobos.

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