3:30 PM ET, November 3, 2007
Falcon Stadium, UNITED STATES AF ACA, CO
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) -- Chad Hall didn't care that he set three school records. He was just glad to finally beat a rival service academy at home.
Hall ran for a school-record 275 yards and a touchdown, leading Air Force over Army 30-10 on Saturday.
On the depth chart, Hall is listed as a wide receiver. But he lines up all over the field. He broke his own single-game record of 256 yards, set against Colorado State on Oct. 13.
Oh, and for good measure he also added two other school records to his resume.
He passed Cormac Carney for the career all-purpose yards record and Ernie Jennings for the single-game all-purpose yards mark.
Air Force (7-3) also set season highs for total yards (542) and yards rushing (437).
Army (3-6) keyed on Hall but couldn't stop him from finishing with 333 all-purpose yards.
But the senior didn't want his classmates' legacy to be a winless one. Air Force hadn't beaten Army or Navy at Falcon Stadium since 2003.
"That's kind of embarrassing," Hall said. "We came out, had something to prove."
Shaun Carney also did his part to ensure Air Force its first winning record since 2003.
The dual-threat quarterback threw for 105 yards and a touchdown and added 53 yards rushing and another score on the ground.
"A couple of (Hall's) runs were missed tackles," Stan Brock said. "We had people in the right place and we had a plan that was correct. He's not a kind of guy that you just man up and say 'We'll take care of him.' He got loose because guys missed tackles."
The Falcons scored the game's first touchdown when Carney connected with wide receiver Spencer Armstrong on a 48-yard pass at the beginning of the second quarter.
Despite the yards, it took Hall didn't score until his 58-yard run in the third quarter set up a 1-yard touchdown run that gave the Falcons a two-possession lead.
"I wish we had him for a couple more years," Air Force coach Troy Calhoun said. "It's not that hard to get a little bit resourceful and find ways to get him the ball."
Calhoun said he was about to get too resourceful. He thought about exchanging Hall's and Carney's jerseys before the game to throw off the Black Knights.
"It never got that serious, though," Calhoun said.
Army only managed 181 yards of total offense, including just 17 yards rushing.
The Black Knights' touchdown came after linebacker Frank Scappaticci intercepted Carney at the Air Force 24 and returned it to the 3. Carson Williams found tight end Ernie Bernal in the end zone for a 2-yard touchdown pass three plays later to tie it.
"We matched up with them. It was just the breakdowns we had that determined the outcome of the game," Williams said. "You can't run an offense with problems like that."
The game drew the biggest crowd to watch Air Force this season. And though it's one of the fiercest rivalries in football, it's still one of respect and admiration.
"I pull for Army and I did today, too," Calhoun said. "I might not want them to be on top in the final score. Those are kids you're proud of, even being on the other sideline."
The best Air Force can hope for is a shared Commander in Chief's trophy. They lost to Navy on Sept. 29. They need Army to knock off the Midshipmen later this year to force a three-way tie.
"It was special," Carney said. "Beating an Army or Navy means a lot to a lot of people besides us. It makes us feel good that we can make them proud."
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||5-16||7-15|
|4th Down Conversions||1-2||0-1|
|FG||06:15||Ryan Harrison 35 Yd |
Drive: 13 plays, 64 yds, 5:24
|FG||01:32||Owen Tolson 22 Yd |
Drive: 10 plays, 77 yds, 4:34
|TD||13:58||Spencer Armstrong 48 Yd Pass From Shaun Carney (Ryan Harrison Kick) |
Drive: 7 plays, 80 yds, 2:34
|TD||05:46||Ernie Bernal 2 Yd Pass From Carson Williams (Adam Demarco Kick) |
Drive: 3 plays, 3 yds, 1:19
|TD||00:52||Shaun Carney 5 Yd Run (Ryan Harrison Kick) |
Drive: 15 plays, 80 yds, 4:54
|TD||06:58||Chad Hall 1 Yd Run (Ryan Harrison Kick) |
Drive: 4 plays, 55 yds, 1:33
|FG||14:55||Ryan Harrison 56 Yd |
Drive: 7 plays, 61 yds, 3:20
|FG||07:56||Ryan Harrison 40 Yd |
Drive: 8 plays, 33 yds, 4:44