The Air Force Academy's third game of the season was a disappointing affair played against a hard-running and very talented Utah Valley side. Utah Valley is a new affiliate member of the Rocky Mountain Rugby conference and is seeking full membership starting the fall of 2018.
Air Force performed poorly after a week off due to military airlift being canceled for the Michigan game and never really got their heads in the game this week. A plethora of handling errors and missed tackles plagued the Zoomies in the first half against Utah Valley and thus allowed Utah Valley to coast into half-time with a 28-3 lead.
Regrouping somewhat after halftime, the Zoomies were able to get some ball movement going and eventually closed the Wolverines' lead to only 13 points. A couple late tries by the Wolverines sealed the game and the 56-29 victory. Unfortunately, there were no real standouts on the Zoomies side as injuries have already started to plague the starting side resulting in positional movements that just didn't seem natural for several players. Much to work on this coming week as the Air Force team has to regroup for travel to face our second conference opponent, the Lobos of the University of New Mexico, in Albuquerque next Saturday.
The Utah Valley University Wolverines and head coach, Adam Griffee, certainly had a stand-out player in the back line. Kinitoni Falatau, the UVU outside center, scored a hat-trick and was responsible for 31 of the 56 points for the Wolverines. He was stellar on both offense and defense during the full 80 minutes of play.
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