Scores

Final

Air Force 35

(8-4, 5-3 MW)

UNLV 20

(2-9, 2-5 MW)

10:00 PM ET, November 18, 2010

Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV

1 2 3 4 T
AFA 7 7 14 735
UNLV 7 10 3 020

Top Performers

Passing: O. Clayton (UNLV) - 224 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: T. Jefferson Jr. (AFA) - 16 CAR, 64 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: P. Payne (UNLV) - 2 REC, 61 YDS, 1 TD

Tim Jefferson's four total TDs lead Air Force past UNLV

Associated Press

LAS VEGAS -- Tim Jefferson and the bowl-bound Air Force Falcons took their time getting up to full speed against pesky UNLV in their regular-season finale.

Jefferson threw a touchdown pass and had three short scoring runs, and Air Force overcame an early 10-point deficit to beat UNLV 35-20 on Thursday night.

"The first 25 minutes of the game, that was unacceptable," Falcons coach Troy Calhoun said. "The last 28 minutes, we played really, really good football."

Jefferson was 7-of-9 for 111 yards, including a 5-yard scoring pass to Zack Kauth early first quarter, and ran 16 times for 64 yards for the Falcons (8-4, 5-3 Mountain West).

The Falcons are headed to their fourth straight bowl.

"My gut -- everything we're getting -- either is Shreveport or right here in Las Vegas," Calhoun said.

Asher Clark had 14 carries for 82 yards, and Jonathan Warzeka had a go-ahead 54-yard touchdown run and finished with 64 yards rushing on only two carries and also caught two passes for 46 yards.

"I thought it was a big momentum shifter for us," Warzeka said. "We needed to put some points on the board. We needed to set the tempo and put this game away."

Omar Clayton completed 18 of 30 passes for 224 yards, including a 36-yard touchdown strike to Phillip Payne for UNLV (2-9, 2-5), which led 17-7 in the second quarter.

"[Air Force] has pretty good team speed," UNLV coach Bobby Hauck said. "They got good quickness. It showed when they played Oklahoma. We didn't keep the ball offensively enough."

Jefferson's first rushing touchdown, a 1-yarder with 1:49 left in the half, cut it to 17-14 and gave the Falcons rushing touchdowns in 20 straight games.

Warzeka's 54-yard run down the left sideline put the Falcons up 21-17 early in the second half, and Jefferson had a 2-yard scoring run on Air Force's next drive to make it 28-17.

Jefferson threw his 5-yard scoring pass to Kauth after Andre Morris returned an interception to the 8 on the second play from scrimmage in the game. The Rebels tied it on the next drive on Tim Cornett's 2-yard run.

Cornett finished with 69 yards on 24 carries for the Rebels.

"[UNLV] showed us that if we took them lightly, they were going to put points on the board and that's exactly what they did," Warzeka said. "Especially this being their last home game. They had a lot to play for. There wasn't one time during this game that they were letting up."

UNLV will finish the season with games at San Diego State on Nov. 27 and at Hawaii on Dec. 4.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
AFA
UNLV
1st Downs2618
Total Yards454337
Passing111224
Rushing343113
Penalties5-353-33
3rd Down Conversions9-1110-15
4th Down Conversions0-00-2
Turnovers21
Possession29:3930:21

Passing Leaders

Air ForceC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Jefferson7/911112.310
UNLVC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Clayton18/302247.511

Rushing Leaders

Air ForceCARYDSAVGTDLG
Clark14825.9011
Jefferson16644.039
UNLVCARYDSAVGTDLG
Cornett24692.919
Trotter3217.0012

Receiving Leaders

Air ForceRECYDSAVGTDLG
Kauth35317.7136
Warzeka24623.0035
UNLVRECYDSAVGTDLG
Payne26130.5136
Mays35016.7023

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERAFAUNLV
TD12:48Zach Kauth 5 Yd Pass From Tim Jefferson (Zack Bell Kick) 70
TD08:11Tim Cornett 2 Yd Run (Nolan Kohorst Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERAFAUNLV
FG10:59Nolan Kohorst 32 Yd 710
TD06:24Phillip Payne 36 Yd Pass From Omar Clayton (Nolan Kohorst Kick) 717
TD01:49Tim Jefferson 1 Yd Run (Zack Bell Kick) 1417
THIRD QUARTERAFAUNLV
TD10:45Jonathan Warzeka 54 Yd Run (Zack Bell Kick) 2117
TD05:14Tim Jefferson 2 Yd Run (Zack Bell Kick) 2817
FG01:23Nolan Kohorst 32 Yd 2820
FOURTH QUARTERAFAUNLV
TD09:33Tim Jefferson 2 Yd Run (Zack Bell Kick) 3520