Hawaii got off to its best start of the season. It didn't last, and it wasn't enough.
The Warriors put together a game-opening touchdown drive for the first time this year, only to be overwhelmed by Air Force's relentless rushing attack and a crucial mistake of their own making in a 21-7 loss to the Falcons on Friday night.
Wes Cobb scored twice on short runs and Cody Getz rushed for 125 yards as Air Force (6-5, 5-2 Mountain West) headed to a postseason game for the sixth straight season under coach Troy Calhoun. The team accepted a bid to the Armed Forces Bowl after the game.
''We had a pretty good game plan coming into the week to stop their running attack, and they made a few adjustments and we were caught off guard, I guess,'' said Hawaii defensive end Paipai Falemalu. ''Our coaches did a good job of adjusting to it, but when we were in position to make plays, we just didn't make the tackles. A lot of missed tackles is what killed us....