Oct. 26, 2012
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) - The Air Force Falcons secured a 48-31 victory over Nevada on Friday night in the first meeting between the schools.
The loss snapped a four-game road winning streak by the Wolf Pack (6-3, 3-2).
The Falcons went into halftime with a 31-21 lead into the locker room after scoring on five of their six drives.
Nevada defensive back Duke Williams made two big plays that had the Falcons on their heels in the opening minutes.
First, he tackled Connor Dietz for a 19-yard loss after a high snap, forcing the Falcons to try a 45-yard field goal. Then he recovered Dietz' fumble at the Air Force 35 on the ensuing series, and Cody Fajardo's 1-yard keeper gave the Wolf Pack a 7-3 lead.
The Falcons responded by scoring touchdowns on their next four possessions.
Mike DeWitt ran it in from 8 yards out, Dietz hit Dontae Strickland with a 46-yard TD toss and Marcus Hendricks from 29 yards out and Strickland added a 12-yard TD run.
The Falcons took control early in the second quarter on a perfect play-action pass. After running the ball on 25 of their first 27 snaps, the Falcons went to the air. Dietz faked a handoff while Strickland slipped behind three defensive backs to haul in the 46-yard touchdown pass that put Air Force ahead 17-7.
That capped a 95-yard drive in which the Falcons ran the ball seven times before Dietz's TD throw.
Fajardo scored on a 3-yard keeper and threw a 14-yard TD Aaron Bradley just as he was getting hit, but after Hendricks' hauled in his 29-yard scoring pass with 56 seconds left in the first half, the Wolf Pack were unable to score.
Nevada vs. Air Force
Oct. 26, 2012
With the loss to Air Force, Nevada moved to 516-444-33 all-time and Hall of Fame Coach Chris Ault saw his record go to 232-106-1 … Nevada is now 6-3 overall on the season and 3-2 in its first season in the Mountain West Conference … Air Force now has a 1-0 lead in the series between the teams … Nevada will have a bye next week and return to action Nov. 10 against Fresno State at Mackay Stadium.
FAJARDO ACCOUNTS FOR THREE SCORES
Sophomore quarterback Cody Fajardo accounted for 279 yards of total offense and three touchdowns for the Pack. He carried the ball 19 times for 68 yards and two touchdowns. Through the air, Fajardo was 15-of-27 for 211 yards and another touchdown.
CAREER HIGHS FOR SUDFELD
Tight end Zach Sudfeld had a big night receiving for the Pack, breaking his career highs in both catches and yardage. Sudfeld had already broken his career marks in the first half as he had six catches for 79 yards in the first 30 minutes. He was held without a catch in the second half.
WIM EXTENDS STREAK
With a 25-yard reception in the first half, Brandon Wimberly extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 36 – all 36 games of his career. The streak is the fifth-longest active streak in the nation.
He finished the game with four catches for 67 yards.
EXTRA POINTS: Air Force won the toss and elected to receive Nevada kicked off and defended the south … Nevada opened in a traditional set with tight end Zach Sudfeld and WRs Brandon Wimberly, Richy Turner and Aaron Bradley … Chris Barker started his 49th straight game, all 49 games of his career … For the fourth straight week, Nevada started the same combination in the secondary as the previous week (Wooten, Johnson, Williams and Garrett) after six weeks to open the year with six different combinations … Redshirt freshman Sebastian Tretola started his second straight game ahead of the injured Alex Pinto … Senior linebacker Dray Bell started his first career game and Nevada now has had 16 first-time starters this year … Junior tackle Jack Reynoso returned to the starting lineup for the first time since week three … Nevada has not scored on an opening drive this year … Hardison is 7-of-8 on field goals this year … Nevada has scored at least 31 points in all nine games this year … Albert Rosette (25) and Dray Bell (22) set career highs in tackles … Rosette’s 25 tackles is a Nevada single-game record.