Air Force Drops 29-13 Contest at #7 MI

Air Force Drops 29-13 Contest at #7 MI

MI welcomes Air Force to the Big House for the first meeting between the two since 2012 when No. 19 MI held on to beat Air Force 31-25.

Peoples-Jones' touchdown was the first of his career.

MI head coach Jim Harbaugh was already hearing from fans about replacing quarterback Wilton Speight - this likely won't help matters.

The Air Force defense did not allow a touchdown to MI until 1:02 left in the game, as a coverage breakdown led to a 36-yard run by Karan Higdon. Karan Higdon had 12 carries for 64 yards and a touchdown. Senior Tim McVey led the attack, rushing for 98 yards on 10 carries making one touchdown.

MI wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones (9) returns a punt for a touchdown in the third quarter of an NCAA college football game against Air Force in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017.

The Falcons quickly matched that score with a big play of their own.

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In hitting five field goals, Nordin tied a school record for field goals in a game and bumped his season total up to 11. He drilled his fifth of the game, a 36-yarder, in the opening minute of the fourth for a nine-point lead.

The two teams traded field goals in the second stanza, including a 26-yarder by Nordin followed by a 50-yarder by Strebel, once again deadlocking the count at 6-6.

Running back Chris Evans also fumbled the ball on the team's second drive of the game.

Interestingly, Air Force did not attempt a single pass during the first half - either by quarterback Arion Worthman or anyone else.

MI looking nothing like the #7 team in the country (even in a winning effort against Air Force at home). They lost to Utah in 2008 when the Utes were still in the MWC.

Air Force hasn't taken the field since a 62-0 beatdown over VMI on September 2. The Falcons' six-game winning streak against nonconference opponents was snapped. MI is 8-0 in nonconference games and 15-2 at home under coach Jim Harbaugh.