Air Force could not get its usually reliable triple option rolling. South Alabama’s defenders clogged the inside lanes and used their speed to keep the Falcons from getting to the edge.
Air Force countered by going to the air, something it rarely does.
Arion Worthman threw for 207 yards to balance out Air Force’s run-heavy offense, Jacobi Owens scored two touchdowns and the Falcons overcame a sluggish start to beat South Alabama 45-21 in Arizona Bowl on Friday.
“They really were committed to the run and force us to throw,” said Worthman, who also had 71 yards on 21 carries. “We were able to hit some passes early and throughout the entire game.”
Air Force (10-3) struggled to get its triple-option going, falling into an 18-point first-half hole. Once the Falcons got rolling, they couldn’t be stopped, scoring 42 straight points to turn it into a rout.
Worthman was the trigger, jump-starting Air Force’s option while completing 7 of 10 passes, including a 75-yard touchdown to Jalen Robinette to open the second half.
The surprise contribution from Worthman — he had 339 total yards entering Friday — caught the Jaguars off-guard and opened up the run game a little more for the Falcons.
“They did some things in the passing game that we didn’t see coming into the game,” South Alabama linebacker Darrell Songy said. “We just needed to adjust better during the game.”
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