The Air Force Falcons will need to mount a second half comeback if they hope to overcome the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. At halftime, the Irish lead the Falcons, 42-16. As Frank Schwab of the Colorado Springs Gazette points out, the 42 points are the most the Falcons have allowed in one quarter since Troy Calhoun took over as coach in 2007.
Air Force showed better signs of life in the second quarter. After allowing three Tommy Rees touchdown passes in the first quarter, the Falcons were able to put two touchdowns on the board. Quarterback Tim Jefferson picked the first one up on a three-yard run to the right, but it was the offside penalty on 4th-and-2 one play earlier that let Jefferson do that.
The Falcons scored the second touchdown on a Jefferson six-yard pass to Ty MacArthur. However, it was David Baska's 19-yard run on a fake punt that turned that drive around. Still, Notre Dame's offense couldn't be stopped. Rees threw his fourth touchdown pass of the game, as he found Theo Riddick for a 24-yard touchdown. Rees has thrown each of his touchdowns to a different receiver.
Air Force running back Asher Clark has seven rushes for 73 yards, but he did miss a portion of the game after hitting into the Notre Dame bench. He also had the ball forced from his possession in the first quarter, eventually resulting in a Rees touchdown pass.