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Colorado improved to 3-0 in West conference play Friday with a 46-37 defeat of Air Force at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colo. The Buffs led 27-17 at halftime.

Colorado raced to a 17-0 lead in the first 15 minutes, and though Air Force was in lockstep with the Buffs the rest of the way, that early lead would prove to be the difference.

“We got pretty lucky that we jumped out early and we got up to a lead,” said Colorado coach Jim Snyder, “and we let them back into it and it became really competitive for the first half of the second half.”

The Zoomies cut the gap to five, 27-22, with a try at the onset of the second half, but Colorado stretched the lead again, to 32-22. Both teams traded scores the rest of the way, with Air Force coming on strong in the final 10 minutes before running out of time.

Both teams were paced by hat-tricks. Colorado scrumhalf Sean Kilfoyle ran in three tries and kicked two conversions, and Air Force lock Jack Bristol also ran in three tries.

“Bristol. Can’t say enough good things about him. He’s a legit, tremendous player. We knew going into the game. We keyed on him to try and keep him quiet for the day, and he still had three tries,” said Snyder.

“He’s got a tremendous knack of fending guys and being difficult to tackle, so his scores were well earned. Multiple broken tackles. Good, solid effort by him, and that’s with us gunning for him.”

Kilfoyle scored his tries with relentless support play, and by being in the right place at the right time.

The result gives Colorado a win over each West opponent going into spring break. Air Force falls to 1-2, with a win over Colorado State and losses to CU and Wyoming. The Rams are 0-2, and the Cowboys 1-1.