(Saturday, October 18th)
Final Score: Air Force 29, UNLV 28
Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) - Ryan Harrison booted three field goals, including the game-winner, as the Air Force Falcons defeated the UNLV Rebels, 29-28, in Mountain West Conference action at Sam Boyd Stadium.
Harrison, who had field goals of 26 and 23 yards in the second and third quarters for the Falcons (5-2, 3-1 MWC), knocked through a 19-yard effort with 2:36 to play in the fourth quarter to provide the visitors with their second- straight win.
Also playing a big role in the Air Force win were Tim Jefferson and Todd Newell, the former converting 6-of-7 passing for 162 yards and two touchdowns and the latter adding a team-best 134 yards rushing on 22 attempts.
The Rebels (3-4, 0-3), losers of three in a row, were led by Omar Clayton who hit on 19-of-30 passing for 251 yards and two touchdowns in the setback.
Newell accounted for the only scoring of the first quarter when he raced 52 yards into the end zone to give the Falcons a 7-0 advantage. The academy added to the advantage with a 28-yard TD pass play from Jefferson to Josh Cousins.
At the 8:14 mark of the second period UNLV scored its first points of the game with a five-yard touchdown run by C.J. Cox.
After Harrison made the first of his field goals late in the first half the Rebels responded with a 28-yard touchdown pass from Clayton to Phillip Payne to make the score 17-14 at the break. Payne ended up with six catches for a game-high 124 yards.
Midway through the third quarter Harrison capped an eight-play, 68-yard drive with his second field goal, making the score 20-14 in favor of the Falcons.
However, back-to-back touchdowns by the Rebels brought the home team back and put them ahead by eight points, thanks to a nine-yard TD catch by Casey Flair and a 45-yard TD run by Frank Summers.
But after the scoring run by Summers, Air Force needed just three offensive plays to battle back and cut the deficit to only two points on a 44-yard TD catch by Kyle Halderman. Unfortunately, a two-point conversion attempt by the Falcons failed, leaving the team behind by a score of 28-26, and giving Harrison a chance to be the hero.
The Falcons finished the night with 346 yards rushing and 508 yards of total offense, compared to 404 yards for UNLV.
10/19 02:21:24 ET