Air Force once again proved powerful on the ground, putting up 238 yards rushing in the first half and taking a 21-10 lead midway through the second quarter thanks to a Broam Hart 2-yard touchdown run.
The Falcons would struggle to contain the Rebels air attack, however, as UNLV quarterback Nick Sherry was 14-of-21 for 184 yards and an interception. Sherry was able to move the Rebels down the field on two long drives in the second quarter, despite Air Force nearly doubling UNLV in time of possession through the first half.
Air Force would instantly respond, however, using two plays to go the length of the field in the final 30 seconds to take a 28-17 lead at the break.
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