|Date of game: 11/8/2014
Recap: UNLV vs. Air Force
Las Vegas, NV (SportsNetwork.com) - Kale Pearson compiled 115 yards through the air and 67 yards rushing to lead the Air Force Falcons to a 48-21 decision over the UNLV Rebels in a Mountain West Conference matchup at Sam Boyd Stadium.
Pearson completed all but one of his six pass attempts while under center for Air Force (7-2, 3-2 MWC) as it picked up its third win in a row. Jacobi Owens contributed 135 yards and a score on 18 carries, while Jalen Robinette paced the Falcons' receivers with 81 yards and a touchdown on two catches. Jordan Pierce led Air Force's defense with 11 tackles including a sack.
UNLV (2-8, 1-5) suffered its third consecutive setback despite a decent showing from Blake Decker, who amassed 263 yards and one touchdown on 18-of-32 passing efficiency. Devante Davis and Devonte Boyd recorded 114 and 81 yards receiving, respectively. The Rebels tallied only 33 yards on 33 rushing attempts. Kenny Keys anchored the defensive unit of the hosts with 13 total stops, including 1.5 tackles for loss.
UNLV took an early 7-0 lead as Decker rushed 11 yards across the goal line just over five minutes after the opening kickoff of the contest. The Falcons answered with a nine-play, 39-yard drive which set up Will Conant for a successful 39-yard field goal try. Air Force went in front, 10-7, in the final minute of the first stanza, when D.J. Johnson rushed eight yards for a touchdown.
Pearson accounted for the next two scores to help the Falcons extend their advantage to 24-7 by the 4:33 mark of the second period. The visitors' signal caller scored on a one-yard run and connected with Robinette on a 59-yard touchdown pass to help Air Force take control.
The Rebels ended the 24-point run with just over two minutes left before the break, as Decker concluded a seven-play, 65-yard drive with a four-yard touchdown toss to Davis. Owens scored on a one-yard run in the final minute of the first half to give Air Force a 31-14 edge on the scoreboard at the break.
The Falcons carried their momentum from the first two quarters into the second half, as Shayne Davern ran two yards for six points at the 13:46 point of the third frame. UNLV produced its final points with 8:21 left to play in the third stanza, when Shaquille Murray-Lawrence punched it in from a yard out.
Johnson registered his second rushing score of the contest in the closing seconds of the third quarter. The only points in the final period came courtesy of a successful 33-yard field goal try by Conant, which gave Air Force a lasting, 48-21 lead.
The Falcons finished with a 542-339 edge in total yards of offense, including a 386-33 advantage in rushing yards.Game Notes