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Nevada vs. Air Force: Falcons' rushing attack is too much for Wolf Pack, win 48-31

Air Force defeats Nevada 48-31 and improves to 4-1 in Mountain West.

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Air Force tops Nevada 48-31

The Air Force Falcons defeated the Nevada Wolf Pack 48-31 to take over second place in the Mountain West Conference.


Air Force leads by 10 heading into 4th quarter

After three quarters of play, the Air Force Falcons lead 38-28 at the end of three quarters of play. The offenses cooled off in the third quarter, as each team scored just one touchdown. Air Force had momentum early in the third quarter as they stopped Nevada on a 4th-and-2, but two plays later Falcons' running back John Lee gave the ball right back to Nevada as he fumbled the ball at Air Forces 43-yard line.

The Wolf Pack then went down the field and scored on a 21-yard Stefphon Jefferson run. Jefferson was able to rebound from a poor first half, and rushed for 71 yards in the third quarter.

Air Force responded, as they have all game with a touchdown of their own. The Falcons were able to rush the ball down the field for 75 yards against the Nevada defense. It was capped off with a 1-yard Wes Cobb touchdown run, and that score allowed the Falcons to retain their 10-point lead.


Air Force lead Nevada 31-21, at the half

Both offenses came alive in the second quarter as the Air Force Falcons outscored the Nevada Wolf Pack, 21-14, and now lead at halftime, 31-21.

Air Force's rushing attack has not missed a beat despite being without starter Cody Getz. So far, the team has rushed for 261 yards with four players over 40 yards. Wes Cobb is leading all players with 70 yards.

With the rushing game going so well for Air Force, they decided to mix in some play action passing, which resulted in a 46-yard touchdown pass from Connor Dietz to a wide open Dontae Strickland. That touchdown put the Falcons back up on top, 17-7.

Nevada responded, as they did the entire quarter, with a touchdown of its own. Nevada was able to make its way past the Air Force defense by running the ball, scoring on a 3-yard touchdown run by quarterback Cody Fajardo.

Air Force was able to get back on the board again with Strickland's second touchdown of the game. This time, he ran the ball in from 12 yards out. That score put the Falcons up 24-14, but Nevada was able to match that score once again to make it a three-point game.

The Falcons took to the air again on their next drive, and it resulted in a 29-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Hendricks. That gave Air Force a 10-point lead.

Nevada was looking to score a touchdown going into the half, but the Air Force defense came up big and stopped Nevada from getting on the board again. The Falcons' pass rush was able to get to Fajardo and forced him to make some rushed throws.

Air Force coach Troy Calhoun stressed at the half that it is a 60-minute game, and that his team needs to keep playing well if they are going to win.


Air Force leads 10-7 after 1st quarter

The Air Force Falcons are doing just fine without starting running back Cody Getz, as they lead the Nevada Wolf Pack 10-7 after the first quarter. The Falcons got on the scoreboard first when they had to settle for a Parker Herrington 45-yard field goal.

Air Force was inside the 10-yard line and was close to getting a touchdown, but quarterback Connor Dietz lost the ball and had to scramble to recover the fumble back at the 27-yard line.

The Falcons defense was able to force the Wolf Pack offense to punt the ball, but Dietz fumbled the ball on their first play to give it back to Nevada.

This time around, Nevada did not waste this opportunity as they drove down the field running the ball, and scored from 1-yard out on a Cody Fajardo rush.

The Falcons responded in like kind, they drove down 75 yards on 12 plays for a Mike DeWitt 8-yard touchdown run to go up 10-7. Air Force has rushed the ball at will, and has 163 yards so far.


Falcons take two-game win streak against Nevada

Air Force will try to stop the nation's leading rusher a week after allowing the most yards to a single player in conference history.


RB Cody Getz questionable with ankle injury

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