Air Force sophomore quarterback Troy Calhoun, in his first starting assignment, scored on a five-yard run with 7:07 remaining Saturday to lead the Falcons to a 24-17 Western Athletic Conference victory over Hawaii.
Playing in front of 46,242, Air Force dominated the first half and built a 16-3 lead on field goals of 37, 22 and 28 yards by Mike Johnson and a four-yard run by Pat Evans.
But Hawaii scored on a 31-yard field goal by Rodrigo Valverde late in the half and dominated the third period, when it took a 17-16 lead on a pair of two-yard runs by fullback Dan Krowell.
With eight minutes remaining, however, Hawaii’s Kyle Ahloo took a low snap and hurried his punt, which covered only 16 yards. That gave Air Force possession at the Hawaii 41.
Calhoun threw 23 yards to wide receiver Tyrone Jeffcoat and, four plays later, ran over the left side for the winning score.