Hammond, Air Force roll by New Mexico
Quarterback Donald Hammond III rushed for a career-high 136 yards to re-energize the ground game and threw two TD passes to tight end Kade Waguespack as Air Force beat New Mexico 42-24 on Saturday.
Defensive back Grant Theil powered the Air Force defense with an interception and a forced fumble that led to a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter to give the Falcons (4-6, 2-4 Mountain West) some breathing room.
Hammond’s big day also included a 37-yard TD run to help the Falcons snap a two-game skid and keep their bowl aspirations afloat.
At times this season, the Falcons have struggled to get things revved up on the ground. Christian Mallard, Kadin Remsberg and Cole Fagan added TD runs as the Falcons finished with 478 yards rushing – 237 more than their season average.
The Lobos (3-7, 1-5) dropped their fifth straight game despite a defense that recovered three fumbles. Coltin Gerhart started at QB, but was relieved by Sheriron Jones. Gerhart stepped in again during the fourth quarter.
Air Force was leading 21-17 in the third when Theil picked off a deep pass by Jones.