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Colorado State vs. Air Force: Rams lose, 42-21

The Falcons rushed for 459 yards and 4 TD's as they easily handled Colorado State on Saturday.

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Colorado State loses to Air Force 42-21

The Air Force Falcons raced out to a 21-0 lead over the in-state rival Colorado St. Rams and ended up easily winning, 42-21. The traditional run-option attack for the Falcons led them to victory. As a team they rushed for 459 yards, averaging 6.9 yards per rush, and scored four of their six touchdowns on the ground.

Colorado State was shaken up early as starting quarterback Garrett Grayson left the game with a left shoulder injury early in the first quarter. Grayson was running an option play and was leveled by a pair of Air Force defenders as he was trying to reach for a first down.

Backup quarterback M.J. McPeek filled in nicely by going 22-of-34 passing with 292 yards. McPeek also had a pair of touchdowns, but his two interceptions were costly and prohibited Colorado State from making a comeback.

Both teams were able to move the ball, Air Force on the ground and Colorado State through the air, but the main difference in this game was the first quarter where Air Force blazed out to an early three-touchdown lead. Colorado State had no answer for that Falcons rushing attack and their offense could not pull together multiple touchdowns to get back in this game.

Box Score Hero: Running back Cody Getz, who rushed for 222 yards and averaged 8.9 yards per carry.

Rankings Ramifications: Despite the blowout win, Air Force will not be ranked in either poll.

But Did They Cover? Air Force was able to cover the 14½ line.

For More On This Game: Visit Mountain West Connection for more on Air Force and Colorado State.

Next Week's Schedule: Colorado State hosts Fresno State on Oct. 6, and Air Force welcomes Navy also on Oct. 6.

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Falcons in control, leading 42-21 after 3 quarters

The Air Force Falcons hold a 42-21 lead over the Colorado State Rams after three quarters of play at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Austin Niklas recovered Tommey Morris' fumble in the endzone to get the Rams back to within two scores, after they trailed by 21 points at halftime. That capped off a massive 12-play, 95-yard drive which elapsed over five minutes off the clock. Air Force answered on the ensuing possession, as Ty MacArthur rushed for his second touchdown of the day.

Falcons running back Cody Getz leads all rushers with 186 yards on 17 carries. Quarterback Connor Dietz has only completed two passes in the game, but both have been for touchdowns. Dietz has also rushed for 52 yards for the Falcons, who have racked up 397 yards on the ground thus far.

Colorado State quarterback M.J. McPeek is looking good in relief of Garrett Grayson, completing 18 of 25 passes for 262 yards and two scores through three quarters. Wide receiver Lou Greenwood is having a big day as well, catching three balls for 118 yards and a touchdown.

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CSU QB Garrett Grayson leaves game with injury

Colorado State Rams starting quarterback Garrett Grayson has left the game versus Air Force with a shoulder injury, and the Rams trail at halftime, 35-14.

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Colorado St. falls behind Air Force early

The Air Force Falcons have jumped all over the Colorado St. Rams at home with an offensive outburst to lead 21-0 after the first quarter.

The Falcons got off to a fast start with two touchdowns within the first five minutes of the game.

First, running back Jon Lee scored on a 7-yard touchdown with 13:39 left to give the Falcons the lead. Lee scored at the end of a five-play, 75-yard drive that only took 1:21 off the clock.

Second, quarterback Connor Dietz tossed a 53-yard touchdown pass to Drew Coleman for the Falcons' second touchdown with 10:09 remaining to give the Falcons a 14-0 lead. This drive went for 65 yards in four plays and only took 1:28 off the clock.

Ty MacArthur added a 4-yard touchdown with 1:10 remaining in the first quarter to give the Falcons their 21-0 first quarter lead.

Cody Getz leads the Falcons with 85 yards on seven carries. The Falcons as a team have rushed for 167 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns while their defense has held the Rams to 35 yards total in the first quarter.

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Air Force vs. Colorado State, game vitals

The battle for I-25 between Air Force and Colorado State kicks off at noon MT and will be broadcast on Altitude.

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