SAN DIEGO -- Air Force's triple-option had a new look Saturday night with freshman Tim Jefferson calling the signals at quarterback and freshman Asher Clark taking a regular turn at tailback.
It took a little while for the offense to jell, but when it did it worked on all cylinders as the Falcons scored 28 unanswered points in the second half en route to a 35-10 victory over San Diego State.
"It was more of a conservative approach that's for sure," Air Force coach Troy Calhoun said of starting two freshmen. "I made the decision after practice on Thursday based on how both had played during the week."
The triple-option ground attack piled up 401 yards on 77 attempts. Clark ran for 109 yards, while Jefferson, making his first start at quarterback, directed three scoring drives. He ran for 55 yards and scored a touchdown on a 1-yard run that capped a game-opening, 78-yard drive.
Todd Newell also scored a touchdown for Air Force (4-2, 2-1 Mountain West) and ran for 77 yards, while Kyle Lumpkin added 71 yards on the ground. The Falcons' Justin Moore intercepted Drew Westling's pass and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Senior quarterback Shea Smith completed the scoring with a 32-yard pass to Josh Cousins after another interception by safety Chris Thomas.
Asked if Jefferson and Clark will be the starters next week, Calhoun said: "They'll have to earn it based on their work in practice. They are going to be good players and are guys with leadership potential."
The Falcons' Jake Paulson, who came into the game leading the nation in sacks with seven, added his eighth and ninth of the season.
The Aztecs' Westling, subbing for the injured Ryan Lindley (separated shoulder), directed a 73-yard scoring drive midway through the second quarter. Free safety Corey Boudreaux had a career-high 21 tackles for San Diego State (1-5, 0-2).