Scores

Final

Air Force 37

(2-1, 1-0 MW)

New Mexico 13

(0-3, 0-1 MW)

7:30 PM ET, September 19, 2009

University Stadium (NM), Albuquerque, NM

1 2 3 4 T
AFA 17 7 13 037
UNM 0 6 0 713

Top Performers

Passing: C. Dietz (AFA) - 40 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: J. Wright (UNM) - 5 CAR, 126 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: K. Fogler (AFA) - 2 REC, 42 YDS, 1 TD

Air Force 37, New Mexico 13

Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Jon Davis intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown, to lead Air Force to a 37-13 victory over New Mexico on Saturday.

The Falcons (2-1, 1-0 Mountain West Conference) defense held the Lobos (0-3, 0-1) to 290 total yards and forced four turnovers in the conference opener for both teams.

Davis snared his first interception at the end of the first quarter, returning it 38 yards for a score to put the Falcons up 17-0.

Air Force played most of the game without starting quarterback Tim Jefferson, who left in the first quarter with a sprained right ankle. He was replaced by backup quarterback Connor Dietz, who directed the Falcons to a series of short scores.

"Obviously, he's a great player on this team," Dietz said of Jefferson. "We all look up to him. I just wanted to go in there and help out the team."

The Falcons, which entered the game leading the country in rushing, rolled up 298 yards on the ground. Asher Clark led the way with 86 yards on 20 carries.

James Wright had touchdown runs of 43 and 84 yards and finished with 125 yards for the Lobos.

"I was really disappointed that we lost," he said. "The game plan of the offense is to never give up, so that's what we were doing."

It was the third straight blowout loss for New Mexico, which scored its first offensive touchdown of the season, breaking a drought that had stretched 15 quarters.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
AFA
UNM
1st Downs2310
Total Yards371290
Passing73102
Rushing298188
Penalties6-457-66
3rd Down Conversions9-172-12
4th Down Conversions1-21-2
Turnovers14
Possession38:2321:37

Passing Leaders

Air ForceC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Dietz2/44010.010
New MexicoC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Holbrook8/15734.902

Rushing Leaders

Air ForceCARYDSAVGTDLG
Clark20864.3016
Tew17613.607
New MexicoCARYDSAVGTDLG
Wright512625.2284
Dennis7578.1015

Receiving Leaders

Air ForceRECYDSAVGTDLG
Fogler24221.0128
Warzeka11919.0019
New MexicoRECYDSAVGTDLG
Reed12929.0029
Wright11313.0013

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERAFAUNM
TD06:06Jonathan Warzeka 9 Yd Run (Erik Soderberg Kick) 70
FG01:45Erik Soderberg 24 Yd 100
TD00:49Jon Davis 38 Yd Interception Return (Erik Soderberg Kick) 170
SECOND QUARTERAFAUNM
TD03:55Savier Stephens 6 Yd Run (Erik Soderberg Kick) 240
TD03:29James Wright 43 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 246
THIRD QUARTERAFAUNM
FG11:52Erik Soderberg 29 Yd 276
FG09:05Erik Soderberg 23 Yd 306
TD06:15Kevin Fogler 28 Yd Pass From Connor Dietz (Erik Soderberg Kick) 376
FOURTH QUARTERAFAUNM
TD03:00James Wright 84 Yd Run (James Aho Kick) 3713