|Date of game: 11/15/2014
Recap: Air Force vs. Nevada
United States Air Force Academy, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Kale Pearson passed for 129 yards and three touchdowns, and also rushed for 109 yards and another touchdown as his Air Force Falcons outlasted the Nevada Wolf Pack, 45-38, in an overtime Mountain West Conference showdown at Falcon Stadium.
Pearson completed 11-of-15 passing with zero interceptions for Air Force (8-2, 4-2 MWC), which has won four consecutive games. Shayne Davern carried the ball a team-high 21 times for 97 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including the game-winning score in overtime. Jalen Robinette hauled in two touchdown passes in the win.
Cody Fajardo completed 24-of-36 pass attempts for 275 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for Nevada (6-4, 3-3), which snapped a three-game win streak with the defeat. Don Jackson carried the ball 28 times for 121 yards and three scores, while Fajardo added 100 rushing yards of his own in the loss.
Pearson gave Air Force the early lead when he found Robinette on a six-yard scoring completion with 8:46 to play in the opening period. It was the only score of the first quarter.
But not even a minute into the second frame, Fajardo connected with Hasaan Henderson on a 25-yard touchdown strike to knot the score at 7-7.
Davern carried the ball in from a yard out for Air Force to give the Falcons a 14-7 advantage with 9:01 to play in the half, but Jackson answered right back for Nevada with 1:30 to play in the half with a one-yard touchdown run of his own.
Pearson hooked up with Robinette for the second scoring connection of the half, again for six yards, with just eight seconds left to play to give Air Force the 21-14 lead as the teams headed into the midway break.
Jackson scored his second rushing touchdown of the game just over five minutes into the third quarter. The running back took a handoff and found the end zone from 32 yards out to knot the score at 21-21.
Pearson gave Air Force the 28-21 advantage when he hit Garrett Brown for a 25- yard touchdown completion with 4:03 to play in the third quarter. But again, it was Jackson who found the end zone - again from a yard out - with 14:26 to play in the fourth quarter that tied the score at 28-28.
Will Conant converted a 23-yard field goal to break the tie to give Air Force the lead, but Fajardo made it short-lived when he found Jerico Richardson on a 21-yard touchdown pass play with 7:03 remaining in the contest.
Air Force grabbed the lead back, 38-35, with 4:13 left in the game when Pearson rushed 16 yards for the touchdown.
Brent Zuzo connected on a 22-yard field goal with 12 seconds remaining to tie the score at 38-38, which sent the contest to overtime.
In overtime, Davern pounded in a three-yard touchdown run on the first possession for Air Force to give his Falcons the 45-38 edge. On Nevada's offensive possession, Fajardo threw three incompletions on pass attempts, including on a 4th-and-7 at Air Force's 22-yard line that ended the game, handing the Falcons the victory.
Air Force racked up 342 rushing yards in the contest with three rushing touchdowns. The Falcons held possession of the ball for just over 13 minutes longer than Nevada, 44:03 to 30:57, in the win.Game Notes