Air Force puts its faith in kicker Will Conant.
Conant puts his faith in a higher power.
The All-America candidate and 2011 Edmond Memorial graduate hit both of his field goal attempts - from 33 and 39 yards - on Friday, the second as time expired to give the Falcons a 27-24 victory over No. 21 Colorado State.
"I was praying when the third quarter ended, and the Lord told me I was going to win this game with a kick," Conant said. "When it actually happened I was like, 'Wow, he's faithful."
Not only did Conant continue praying, but he sought help from his fiancé, who was sitting in the stands near the field, so he asked her to pray for calm winds at a point in the game when they were howling from directions that kept shifting.
"I told her to pray for the winds," Conant said. "When I got out there, I looked up and (the flags on the goal posts) were straight down."
Conant's contributions - the result of divine inspiration or not - have become routine for Air Force. The senior has made 17 consecutive field goal attempts from inside 60 yards. He also punted seven times for a 52.9-yard average, the fifth-best single-game mark in school history. Three of his punts pinned Colorado State inside the 20.
He proved unflappable at the end, even when Rams coach Jim McElwain called a timeout to try and ice him before the final kick.
As it turns out, he was more likely to choke on cotton mouth than he was in that critical moment.
"When they called timeout I was like 'Thank you, I was really thirsty,'" Conant said. "I took that chance to get a little sip."
He then calmly gave Air Force the victory.
"The good thing is that guy is defending our country," McElwain said. "He doesn't choke under pressure."