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17 - 45 Final
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Clark's 3 TDs lead Air Force past UNLV 45-17

Nov 15, 2009 - 3:22 AM AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo.(AP) -- Air Force and it's powerful running game found little resistance from UNLV's porous defense.

Asher Clark ran for career highs of three touchdowns and 160 yards and Air Force totaled 431 yards on ground Saturday in a 45-17 romp over UNLV.

The Falcons came in with the fourth-best rushing attack in the country. The Rebels ranked 111th in major college football defending the run.

Clark scored on runs of 40, 24 and 2 yards. He had his first 100-yard game of the season and surpassed his career best of 131 yards.

"He's been pretty good," Air Force coach Troy Calhoun said of Clark. "He was really good in Fort Collins (against Colorado State) with the blocking part of it, and he was again tonight."

"He's got the ability to take some plays that initially look like four-yard gains and make those plays longer than that," Calhoun added.

Jared Tew, Savier Stephens and Nathan Walker also ran for touchdowns. Air Force (7-4, 5-2 Mountain West) won its third in a row.

"We expected to stop them," said UNLV coach Mike Sanford. "We had a special plan to stop the run, but we didn't get it done.

Tim Jefferson threw for 126 yards and ran for another 63 yards.

"I think this was our best complete game overall as a unit," Jefferson said. "The offense was clicking and the defense made the stops whenever they needed to. It was a great effort all around. It felt like everything we called worked."

Omar Clayton was 9 of 18 for 108 yards, with a touchdown and an interception for UNLV (4-7, 2-5).

The temperature was 33 degrees with a wind chill of 20 at kickoff, and snow fell most of the second half.

Clark ran for 113 yards and a touchdown as Air Force built a 24-3 halftime lead. The Falcons put together three touchdown drives of at least 80 yards.

Air Force went 95 yards in 11 plays after a punt by the Rebels' Kyle Watson. Clark capped the Falcons' longest scoring drive of the year with a 24-yard run with 5:53 left in the first quarter.

Tew's 3-yard run made it 14-0 early in the second quarter. After the teams traded field goals, Air Force's Chris Thomas made an interception in the end zone.

"We had a chance to get back into the game when we were inside the 10 and threw an interception," Sanford said. "It turned out to be a big momentum turning point of the game."

The Falcons needed only two minutes and 29 seconds to turn it into a 10-yard TD run by Stephens.

UNLV closed to 24-10 with 7:32 left in the third quarter on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Clayton to Phillip Payne on a fourth-and-6 play. Moments later the Falcons countered with a 2-yard run scoring run by Walker.

Clark had a 2-yard TD run to start the fourth quarter. UNLV backup quarterback Mike Clausen ran for a 6-yard touchdown, but Clark scored again on a 40-yard gallop up the sideline.

"The ball did almost come out, but it was just an option to the right that was supposed to go outside, but I cut it inside because the blocks led me that way," Asher said of his third touchdown. "I almost lost the ball again, but I spun out of it and was able to hold onto the ball, got some blocks downfield and was able to score."

UNLV's Ryan Wolfe, the nation's leading active receiver, has 283 after catching four passes for 36 yards. He moved past Troy Edwards (280) into 12th place all-time in NCAA FBS history.








  • NCAAF FINAL
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    UNLV 0 3 7 7 17
    AIR FORCE 7 17 7 14 45 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: AIR FORCE - TD, ASHER CLARK 24 YD RUN
    (ERIK SODERBERG KICK), 9:07.
    AIR FORCE 7-0
    2ND QUARTER: AIR FORCE - TD, JARED TEW 3 YD RUN
    (ERIK SODERBERG KICK), 0:57.
    AIR FORCE 14-0
    UNLV - FG, KYLE WATSON 37 Y

    Nov 14 9:10 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD AIR FORCE
    ASHER CLARK 40 YD RUN
    (ERIK SODERBERG KICK)
    UNLV 17
    AIR FORCE 45 9:17 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    UNLV 17, Air Force 45  4th - 9:17Nov 14 9:10 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD UNLV
    MIKE CLAUSEN 6 YD RUN
    (KYLE WATSON KICK)
    UNLV 17
    AIR FORCE 38 9:31 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    UNLV 17, Air Force 38  4th - 9:31Nov 14 9:05 PM


  • NCAAF
    UNLV 10
    AIR FORCE 38 14:53 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    UNLV 10, Air Force 38  4th - 14:53Nov 14 8:50 PM


  • NCAAF END, 3RD QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    UNLV 0 3 7 10
    AIR FORCE 7 17 7 31 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: AIR FORCE - TD, ASHER CLARK 24 YD RUN
    (ERIK SODERBERG KICK), 9:07.
    AIR FORCE 7-0
    2ND QUARTER: AIR FORCE - TD, JARED TEW 3 YD RUN
    (ERIK SODERBERG KICK), 0:57.
    AIR FORCE 14-0
    UNLV - FG, KY

    UNLV 10, Air Force 31  End of 3rdNov 14 8:50 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD AIR FORCE
    ASHER CLARK 2 YD RUN
    (ERIK SODERBERG KICK)
    UNLV 10
    AIR FORCE 38 14:57 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    UNLV 10, Air Force 38  4th - 14:57Nov 14 8:50 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD AIR FORCE
    NATHAN WALKER 2 YD RUN
    (ERIK SODERBERG KICK)
    UNLV 10
    AIR FORCE 31 4:02 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    UNLV 10, Air Force 31  3rd - 4:02Nov 14 8:25 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD UNLV
    PHILLIP PAYNE 30 YD PASS FROM OMAR CLAYTON
    (KYLE WATSON KICK)
    UNLV 10
    AIR FORCE 24 7:32 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    UNLV 10, Air Force 24  3rd - 7:32Nov 14 8:10 PM


  • NCAAF HALFTIME
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    UNLV 0 3 3
    AIR FORCE 7 17 24 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: AIR FORCE - TD, ASHER CLARK 24 YD RUN
    (ERIK SODERBERG KICK), 9:07.
    AIR FORCE 7-0
    2ND QUARTER: AIR FORCE - TD, JARED TEW 3 YD RUN
    (ERIK SODERBERG KICK), 0:57.
    AIR FORCE 14-0
    UNLV - FG, KYLE WATSO

    Nov 14 7:55 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD AIR FORCE
    SAVIER STEPHENS 10 YD RUN
    (ERIK SODERBERG KICK)
    UNLV 3
    AIR FORCE 24 0:36 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    UNLV 3, Air Force 24  2nd - 0:36Nov 14 7:35 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG AIR FORCE
    ERIK SODERBERG 34 YD
    UNLV 3
    AIR FORCE 17 7:18 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    UNLV 3, Air Force 17  2nd - 7:18Nov 14 7:30 PM
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    UNLV 0, Air Force 14  2nd - 14:03Nov 14 7:20 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG UNLV
    KYLE WATSON 37 YD
    UNLV 3
    AIR FORCE 14 8:58 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    UNLV 3, Air Force 14  2nd - 8:58Nov 14 7:20 PM


  • NCAAF
    UNLV 0
    AIR FORCE 14 14:03 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    UNLV 0, Air Force 14  2nd - 14:03Nov 14 7:15 PM


  • NCAAF END, 1ST QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    UNLV 0 0
    AIR FORCE 7 7 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: AIR FORCE - TD, ASHER CLARK 24 YD RUN
    (ERIK SODERBERG KICK), 9:07.
    AIR FORCE 7-0

    UNLV 0, Air Force 7  End of 1stNov 14 7:15 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD AIR FORCE
    JARED TEW 3 YD RUN
    (ERIK SODERBERG KICK)
    UNLV 0
    AIR FORCE 14 14:03 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    UNLV 0, Air Force 14  2nd - 14:03Nov 14 7:15 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD AIR FORCE
    ASHER CLARK 24 YD RUN
    (ERIK SODERBERG KICK)
    UNLV 0
    AIR FORCE 7 5:53 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    UNLV 0, Air Force 7  1st - 5:53Nov 14 6:55 PM
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    UNLV vs. Air ForceNov 14 9:54 AM