Air Force flies back with 42 straight points to win Arizona Bowl

Air Force flies back with 42 straight points to win Arizona Bowl
Ironwood Ridge High School grad Tyler Williams ('13) had a career-high 108 total offensive yards for Air Force.
Ironwood Ridge High School grad Tyler Williams ('13) had a career-high 108 total offensive yards for Air Force.

TUCSON, AZ - In a tough fought game that delighted fans of both teams at times, Air Force played a spectacular game after a rocky start to defeat South Alabama 45-21 Friday afternoon in front of 33,688 fans at the second NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl.

The Jaguars (6-7) came out strong, scoring a touchdown on the first play of the game and led the Falcons 21-3 early in the second quarter.

But the Falcons flew back and evened up the game at 21-all by halftime before coming out to score a touchdown in the first play of the second half.

After that, Air Force (10-3) rode its ground game all the way to the trophy.

Post-game honors were handed to Air Force running back Arion Worthman, who collected 99 yards rushing, and Falcons all-American safety Weston Steelhammer, who cemented the win with a diving interception.

Air Force junior wing back Tyler Williams, a 2012 graduate of Ironwood Ridge, had his best night as a collegiate in front of his hometown fans.

He finished with 108 yards and a touchdown. His 66 yards receiving were a career-high.

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David Kelly contributed to this story.