Scores

Final

Air Force 29

(5-2, 3-1 MW)

UNLV 28

(3-4, 0-3 MW)

Coverage: The Mtn.

10:00 PM ET, October 18, 2008

Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV

1 2 3 4 T
AFA 7 10 3 929
UNLV 0 14 7 728

Top Performers

Passing: O. Clayton (UNLV) - 251 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: T. Newell (AFA) - 22 CAR, 134 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: P. Payne (UNLV) - 6 REC, 124 YDS, 1 TD

Air Force 29, UNLV 28

Associated Press

LAS VEGAS -- Ryan Harrison made a 19-yard field goal with 2:36 to play to give Air Force a 29-28 victory over UNLV on Saturday night.

Tim Jefferson threw two touchdown passes to help the Falcons (5-2, 3-1 Mountain West) improve to 4-0 on the road this season.

Down 28-20 after UNLV's Frank Summers' 45-yard TD run on the first play of the fourth quarter, the Falcons cut it to 28-26 on Jefferson's 44-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Halderman with 13:47 to go. Halderman was stopped on a 2-point conversion attempt.

Jefferson, a freshman, led the Falcons on a 91-yard drive to set up Harrison's winner, his third field goal of the game. The freshman quarterback ran for 105 yards on 13 carries and completed six of seven passes for 167 yards.

"He stepped up and made some big plays," Air Force receiver Ty Paffett said. "He's going to be fun to watch the next three years."

Jefferson split time with senior Shea Smith last week in a 35-10 victory over San Diego State, then played the entire game against UNLV.

"You can see the maturation process that is taking place," coach Troy Calhoun said. "He made some big plays, but we aren't a single guy team. We're a full unit."

UNLV's final possession stalled at the Air Force 47 with 57 seconds left.

Air Force fullback Todd Newell opened the scoring with a 52-yard run with 5:48 to play in the first quarter, and the Falcons made it 14-0 in the second quarter on Jefferson's 28-yard pass to Josh Cousins.

UNLV (3-4, 0-3) cut it to 17-14 by halftime when Omar Clayton threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to freshman Phillip Payne. The score was Payne's seventh touchdown this season, which leads all freshman receivers. C.J. Cox scored UNLV's first points on a 5-yard run at the 8:14 mark of the second quarter.

UNLV took its first lead in the third quarter when Clayton threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Casey Flair for a 21-20 advantage with 3:09 to play in the quarter.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
AFA
UNLV
1st Downs2622
Total Yards508404
Passing162251
Rushing346153
Penalties8-674-40
3rd Down Conversions7-148-13
4th Down Conversions2-30-1
Turnovers00
Possession31:4728:13

Passing Leaders

Air ForceC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Jefferson6/716223.120
UNLVC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Clayton19/302518.420

Rushing Leaders

Air ForceCARYDSAVGTDLG
Newell221346.1152
Jefferson13997.6031
UNLVCARYDSAVGTDLG
Summers11696.3145
Cox13604.6116

Receiving Leaders

Air ForceRECYDSAVGTDLG
Dekker15959.0059
Halderman14444.0144
UNLVRECYDSAVGTDLG
Payne612420.7128
Wolfe8789.8019

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERAFAUNLV
TD05:48Todd Newell 52 Yd Run (Ryan Harrison Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERAFAUNLV
TD13:36Josh Cousins 28 Yd Pass From Tim Jefferson (Ryan Harrison Kick) 140
TD08:14C.J. Cox 5 Yd Run (Kyle Watson Kick) 147
FG01:36Ryan Harrison 26 Yd 177
TD00:14Phillip Payne 28 Yd Pass From Omar Clayton (Kyle Watson Kick) 1714
THIRD QUARTERAFAUNLV
FG07:22Ryan Harrison 23 Yd 2014
TD03:09Casey Flair 9 Yd Pass From Omar Clayton (Kyle Watson Kick) 2021
FOURTH QUARTERAFAUNLV
TD14:50Frank Summers 45 Yd Run (Kyle Watson Kick) 2028
TD13:47Kyle Halderman 44 Yd Pass From Tim Jefferson (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2628
FG02:36Ryan Harrison 19 Yd 2928