WEST POINT, N.Y. - Air Force quarterback Tim Jefferson completed just three passes but two went for long touchdowns as the Falcons claimed the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy with a 42-22 victory over Army, Saturday afternoon at a sold-out Michie Stadium.
Both teams wore special uniforms for the service academy clash and crowd of 38,128 turned out and saw Jefferson connect on three-of-seven passes for 124 yards and two scores. He also rushed 11 times for 57 yards and two more touchdowns as the Falcons became bowl eligible and improved to 6-4.
The Falcons, who beat Navy 14-6 in early October, won the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy for the first time since 2002.
Army fullback Jared Hassin tied an Academy-record with his fourth straight 100-yard rushing game, but the Black Knights fell to 5-4 overall.
Hassin rushed 17 times for 114 yards with a long run of 38 yards to pace the Black Knights' offense, while Trent Steelman completed six-of-12 passes for 81 yards and a touchdown. Steelman also rushed 11 times for 60 yards.
Army wore a special "dress gray" uniform with gray pants and shirts with a black stripe and an all-black helmet, while Air Force donned a replica of the flying suits worn by the Thunderbirds.
In the end, it was Air Force securing the victory and service academy bragging rights.
Army jumped out to a 3-0 lead on the first of three Alex Carlton field goals. His first was successful from 30 yards with 8:55 left in the first quarter.
The Black Knights forced a three-and-out on the next possession and extended their lead to 6-0 nothing as Carlton booted a 41-yard field goal.
Air Force went ahead to stay on its next possession with an 11-play, 67-yard drive culminating in a three-yard scoring run by Jefferson.
Army was forced to punt on its next possession and this time Jefferson went to the air, connecting with Jonathan Warzeka for a 53-yard scoring toss the ensuing 14-6 lead.
Army pulled within a point on its next possession (14-13) as Jacob Bohn scored his first collegiate touchdown with an 18-yard run. Hassin collected 23 yards on the eight-play, 60-yard driving, setting up Bohn's score. Bohn followed the blocking of Jason Johnson and dragged a pair of defenders the final few yards.
The Falcons answered with their third score of the quarter when Nathan Walker found paydirt from two yards out for a 21-13 Air Force lead at intermission.
Army cut the gap in the third quarter with Carlton splitting the uprights from 46 yards away and moving into a tie for third-place at the Academy with his 28th career field goal. Carlton's season-long field goal trimmed the Air Force lead to 21-16 with 3:37 remaining in the third quarter.
Jefferson came back with his second touchdown pass, this time a 63-yard bomb to Warzeka for a 28-16 advantage after three quarters.
Linebacker Jordan Waiwaiole scooped up a fourth-quarter fumble and rambled 48 yards for a touchdown as Air Force took a 35-16 lead.
The Black Knights continued to fight with Steelman throwing a nine-yard touchdown pass to Austin Barr with 10 minutes left in the contest. Steelman ran for 28 yards on first down and Hassin picked up 38 to move the chains and set up Steelman's touchdown pass.
The Falcons closed the scoring with Jefferson plunging in from a yard out with 3:25 remaining in the contest.
Army, which honored the 29 senior members of the team prior to the game, still has three regular season games remaining: next weekend at Kent State, Nov. 20 vs. Notre Dame at Yankee Stadium and Dec. 11 against Navy in Philadelphia.