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New Mexico vs. Air Force: Falcons win tight game

Air Force moved their MWC record to 3-1 with a close 28-23 victory over the Lobos on Saturday.

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New Mexico vs. Air Force: Falcons win 28-23

The New Mexico Lobos fell to Air Force Falcons, 28-23, on Saturday night at Falcon Stadium at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado.

The Lobos led 17-14 early in the third quarter following Kasey Carrier's second rushing touchdown of the game, but the Falcons would respond with 14 unanswered points and hold onto that lead for the win. Air Force led 28-17 early in the fourth quarter, with New Mexico pulling to within five points less than three minutes later following another Carrier rushing touchdown.

After a Falcons fumble at the Air Force 46, New Mexico would push the ball to the Air Force 12-yard line before a fourth-down attempt fell short with just under four minutes remaining in regulation. The Falcons, behind a strong rushing performance by Wes Cobb, would run out the clock to secure the victory.

Thanks to a tremendous game by Carrier, the Lobos would out-gain the Falcons 443-368 yards in the game, with most of the offense coming on the ground.

Box Score Hero: Despite the loss, New Mexico running back Kasey Carrier deserves much praise after putting up 338 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 39 carries.

But Did They Cover? The Falcons, expecting to win by 10-1/2 points against the Lobos, did not cover.

For More On This Game: For more on Air Force football, visit MWC blog Mountain West Connection and SB Nation Denver.

Next Week's Schedule: New Mexico will next face Fresno State on Saturday, Oct. 27, while Air Force will welcome Nevada with kickoff set for 6 p.m. MT and coverage on CBS Sports Network.

This story was originally published on SB Nation.com.


Falcons leading Lobos 21-17 after 3 quarters

The Air Force Falcons lead the visiting New Mexico Lobos 21-17 after three quarters on Saturday night, thanks to another strong rushing performance at Falcon Stadium.

Leading 14-10 heading into the second half, the Falcons allowed a 60-yard touchdown drive on New Mexico's first possession of the third quarter. Kasey Carrier capped off the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run to give the Lobos a 17-14 lead less than five minutes into the half.

Air Force would respond, with quarterback Connor Dietz leading an 75-yard touchdown drive on the next possession. Wes Cobb, who has 50 yards rushing on nine carries in the game, gave the Falcons the lead once again with a 1-yard touchdown run to cap the 10-play drive.

For the game, the Falcons have 228 yards rushing, with Ty MacArthur leading the team with 69 yards rushing on just four attempts. Dietz is 4-for-4 for 61 yards passing, adding 49 yards on the ground on eight carries.


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