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Colorado State dominates sputtering Air Force

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -- In the span of two weeks, Kyle Bell,
benchwarmer has become Kyle Bell, burgeoning star for Colorado
State.

A sophomore who earned his job only when opening-day starter
Nnamdi Ohaeri got hurt, Bell came close to the 200-yard mark for
the second straight game Thursday night, running for 197 yards and
three scores in a 41-23 victory over Air Force.

"You don't think about that," Bell said of opening the season
on the bench. "You come to play no matter where you are on the
depth chart. I got the call and made the most of it."

This added to a 183-yard game last week against Nevada and Bell,
the state of Colorado's career high school rushing leader, became
the first player for Colorado State (2-2, 1-0 Mountain West) to
record back-to-back 100-yard games since 2002.

"Bell was better today than he was last week," Rams coach
Sonny Lubick said. "He has stamina. He have been able to play
another quarter if there was one to play."

This one was settled early, though, and Bell was a standout on a
night full of big performances for the Rams, who won their second
straight and handed the Falcons (2-3, 1-2) their third straight
loss.

David Anderson stayed on pace to become the most productive
receiver in school history, catching seven passes for 105 yards and
two scores. This marked his 12th career 100-yard game and Anderson
stayed well on pace to reach former Rams great Greg Primus for the
most receptions and yards in school history.

Little-used receiver Luke Roberts had five catches for 123 yards
and an acrobatic touchdown, caught over the arms of an outstretched
defender for a 13-9 lead late in the second.

Throwing the passes was Justin Holland, who went 17-for-26 for
318 yards and three scores. The Rams finished with 551 yards in
offense.

"Add all that up there and you've got a good, ol' fanny
kicking," Air Force coach Fisher DeBerry said. "That's what it
was."

Air Force was coming off one- and three-point losses to Wyoming
and Utah and was hoping to tighten up the small details and pull
off a win in this rivalry between teams separated by 110 miles on
I-25.

The difference in this one was about more than the small stuff,
though.

The Falcons were overwhelmed by Colorado State's offensive line,
and as the game wore on, their exhaustion showed -- never more than
when Bell ran untouched on a misdirection play for a nine-yard
score and a 41-23 lead with 6:10 left.

Earlier, their tackling wasn't great, as Bell could attest. His
1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter came on a second or third
effort after Air Force failed to bring him down. He had a 29-yard
run in the third, as well, most of which was gained after he
appeared to be wrapped up. Roberts caught a 36-yard pass to set up
the final score on a play in which three Falcons whiffed.

"It's obvious we didn't tackle very well," DeBerry said. "We
were in position all night to make plays and we couldn't tackle."

Air Force opened the second half with a three-play, 80-yard
touchdown drive to take a 16-13 lead and it appeared this would be
a back-and-forth game. But as the defense wore down, it became
obvious the Falcons would regret settling for field goals on three
trips inside the CSU 20 in the first half.

Chad Hall had a career-high 107 yards rushing for Air Force, but
that was one of the few highlights for the Falcons.

Trailing by 18 late, Air Force tried some trickery. Hall threw
crossfield to Greg Kirkwood on a kickoff return and Kirkwood took
the ball 85 yards to the end zone. But officials ruled Hall threw a
forward pass, bringing the frustrated Air Force coach onto the
field for a heated, but futile argument.

There were four plays reviewed under the Mountain West
Conference's new replay system, not a single one of which went Air
Force's way.

"When the challenges come up, it doesn't concern me one bit,
because I know it ain't going to go in our favor," DeBerry said.