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Air Force raised its season mark to and in the MWC.
Hawaii goes to New Mexico next Saturday to play the Lobos. Air Force returns home to take on Utah State. The Warriors are in need of a big win this weekend without a consistent offense or defense in sight.
They yielded a staggering yards on offense as Schmidt gained yards on the ground on 14 carries and scored three touchdowns. He also completed five of six passes for yards and one score.
Running backs Timothy Jackson an Kadin Remsberg also had stellar performances. Jackson carried the football 13 times for yards and one touchdown.
Remsberg countered with 91 yards on 11 carries and two scores. McDonald led Hawaii in rushing with 10 runs for 41 yards and in passing, completing 34 of 52 for yards and three touchdowns. He also threw a pick and lost a fumble.
Hawaii was penalized five times for 50 yards, often at critical moments. Jared Smart led all receivers with 11 catches for yards.
Hawaii began the fourth quarter down 15, but only 10 yards away from cutting into that advantage and giving the UH crowd a reason to get excited. McDonald hit JoJo Ward for the score, but failed on the 2-point conversion to make it with left in the game.
Air Force took over at its own 25, needing only three snaps to score again, this time on a yard keeper by Schmidt, who was a suitable replacement under center for the Falcons. At this point in the game, he already had more than yards passing and rushing as Air Force took a lead with remaining.
Hawaii got the ball back and mounted a drive that ended with a McDonald fumble at the UH Hawaii converted a fourth down, but the mistakes keep killing the Warriors.
Turnovers and costly penalties combined to kill any chance Hawaii had in this game that saw the Falcons fly in as three-point favorites.
They made Hawaii pay for the mistake on an yard touchdown run by Schmidt to extend the lead to with left in the game. At this point, what people did come out started live streaming to the exits.
It was once again a small crowd, as attendance has been poor all season. Schmidt was back under center to start the second half, converting a huge third-down pass early on to take what little momentum UH was trying to create on that side of the football.
The Falcons did pretty much what they wanted to offensively throughout the game, with the Warriors defense offering little resistance.
With AFA facing third-and-9 at the UH 29 on the opening series after intermission, a yard run by Remsberg led to a huge fourth-and-1 call that Air Force converted with a nice yard scoring run by Timothy Jackson to extend the advantage to with left in the third quarter.
This opening scoring drive of the second half used up more than half the period as UH faced an uphill climb at home.
The Air Force Academy came out swinging, scoring four touchdowns on its first four possessions to put Hawaii down eight at intermission. Hammond went out with a shoulder injury in the first quarter. No matter.
All Schmidt did was throw a scoring pass on his second collegiate attempt for 75 yards to Geraud Sanders to make it early in the second quarter. In the opening half, the Falcons produced yards, scoring two touchdowns by air and two on the ground.
Hawaii countered with a pair of scoring passes by McDonald of 59 and 5 yards to Marquise Stovall.
Ryan Meskell also converted two field goals of 41 and 27 yards to keep the Warriors within striking distance.