Falcons break records in 63-24 rout of Tennessee State

Air Force lineman Jordan Eason leads the way for running back Asher Clark on his way to a 7-yard touchdown run against the Tennessee State Tigers Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at Falcon Stadium. Clark finished with 148 yards rushing on 13 carries. The Falcons finished with 792 yards of offense on the day, a school and Mountain West record.  They beat the Tigers 63-24. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Raymond Hoy)

Air Force lineman Jordan Eason leads the way for running back Asher Clark on his way to a 7-yard touchdown run against the Tennessee State Tigers Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at Falcon Stadium. Clark finished with 148 yards rushing on 13 carries. The Falcons finished with 792 yards of offense on the day, a school and Mountain West record. They beat the Tigers 63-24. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Raymond Hoy)

Air Force running back Anthony LaCoste is stripped by Tennessee State linebacker Jon Jones on the Tigers' 1-yard line Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at Falcon Stadium. The Tigers recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchback. The Falcons finished with 792 yards of offense on the day, a school and Mountain West record, and beat the Tigers 63-24. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Raymond Hoy)

Air Force running back Anthony LaCoste is stripped by Tennessee State linebacker Jon Jones on the Tigers' 1-yard line Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at Falcon Stadium. The Tigers recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchback. The Falcons finished with 792 yards of offense on the day, a school and Mountain West record, and beat the Tigers 63-24. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Raymond Hoy)

Air Force linebacker Brady Amack just misses the sack on Tennesse State quaterback Michael German Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at Falcon Stadium. The Tigers racked up 394 total yards of offense against the struggling Falcons. However, it wouldn't compare to the Falcons' 792 yards of offense on the day, a school and Mountain West record. They beat the Tigers 63-24. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Raymond Hoy)

Air Force linebacker Brady Amack just misses the sack on Tennesse State quaterback Michael German Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at Falcon Stadium. The Tigers racked up 394 total yards of offense against the struggling Falcons. However, it wouldn't compare to the Falcons' 792 yards of offense on the day, a school and Mountain West record. They beat the Tigers 63-24. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Raymond Hoy)

Tennesse State tight end Je-Marc Sears loses his helmet Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at Falcon Stadium. The Tigers racked up 394 total yards of offense against the struggling Falcons. However, it wouldn't compare to the Falcons' 792 yards of offense on the day, a school and Mountain West record. They beat the Tigers 63-24. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Raymond Hoy)

Tennesse State tight end Je-Marc Sears loses his helmet Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at Falcon Stadium. The Tigers racked up 394 total yards of offense against the struggling Falcons. However, it wouldn't compare to the Falcons' 792 yards of offense on the day, a school and Mountain West record. They beat the Tigers 63-24. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Raymond Hoy)

Air Force running back Darius Jones celebrates following his 23-yard touchdown run Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at Falcon Stadium. Jones finished with 63 yards on six carries to go along with the Falcons' 792 yards of total offense on the day, a school and Mountain West record. They beat the Tigers 63-24. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Raymond Hoy)

Air Force running back Darius Jones celebrates following his 23-yard touchdown run Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at Falcon Stadium. Jones finished with 63 yards on six carries to go along with the Falcons' 792 yards of total offense on the day, a school and Mountain West record. They beat the Tigers 63-24. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Raymond Hoy)

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Bright clear skies prevailed over the Air Force Academy as the Tennessee State Tigers took to the field to face the Falcons today.

The Tigers hoped to make good after their 27-58 loss against Murray State, but this game would prove another upsetting afternoon with the Falcons thumping them 63-24.

The game opened with the Ronald Reagan Centennial National Football Coin Toss, in honor of Reagan's 100th birthday, and at game start, the Falcons kicked off to Tennessee, but quickly turned the tables with running back Mike Dewitt scoring a touchdown. Later, running back Asher Clark added another seven points to the board with a 7-yard rush for a touchdown.

The Tigers gave enthusiastic plays to move the ball as they made their presence known on the gridiron. And, with the contributions of quarterback Mike German and wide receiver Calvin McNairl, Tennessee managed to stay in the game with an 80-yard pass completion and touchdown, closing the gap to 14-7.

But those attempts did not make the difference. Tiger Coach Rod Reed mentioned that it his team's inability to play the perimeter was a decisive factor in their performance.

However, if there were some indication of how Tennessee would fair during the second half, it may have been the chaotic way Matt Moseley punted the ball which set the pace for the continued rushing of Clark and passing by quarterback Tim Jefferson to wide receiver Mikel Hunter for what ultimately lead to the 34-yard touchdown.

Reed went on to say about the Air Force Falcons, "I see why they're defending our country. They're a very disciplined group, they played hard and deserved to win the game today."

One of the most notable plays before the half was the 67-yard pass completion by Tennessee to wide receiver Devin Wilson, placing the Tigers at the Air Force's 30 yard line. But, a blocked field goal attempt handed the Falcons another turnover. Two plays later, a pass completed to wide receiver Jonathan Warzeka gave the Air Force a 34-yard touchdown.

In the third quarter the Air Force kept up the momentum with tight end Joshua Freeman scoring on a 7-yard touchdown reception. Though the two teams were nearly matched at this point in their passing game, the Falcons controlled the turf with more than 590 offensive yards halfway through the third quarter, including a 23-yard touchdown run by third-string running back Darius Jones.

With a 1:33 left in the third quarter, Tennessee State's running back Trabis Ward pushed through for a 1-yard touchdown run, bringing the score to 17-49.

The fourth quarter included two more Falcon TDs, including rushing touchdowns from DeWitt and Jonathan Lee.  The Tigers had a last minute Calvin McNairl touchdown reception from Jeremy Perry to bring the final to 63-24.

This game saw some notable mentions for the season. Receiver Zack Kauth had a career high four catches and Asher Clark lead today's game in rushing with a total of 148 yards. Air Force broke records with more than 792 total yards of offense, a new school and Mountain West record, 37 first downs and 66 rushes.

Air force heads to Maryland next week where they face off against Navy. This is the first match up in the Falcons' attempt to maintain possession of the Commander-in-Chiefs Trophy.  Both Air Force and Navy are 2-1 on the season.