Nevada loses 48-31 to Air Force

Associated Press Published: October 27, 2012

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — Nevada's upcoming bye comes at an opportune time.

The Wolf Pack surrendered a staggering 461 yards rushing and Stefphon Jefferson struggled in a 48-31 loss to Air Force on Friday.

"This was not a good effort," Nevada coach Chris Ault said. "Don't get me wrong. The kids were trying, but we weren't close tonight. The defense is bitterly disappointed, too, but the bottom line is they just kept the ball all day and dominated the game with their offense."

Wes Cobb ran for a career-high 152 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries in place of injured Cody Getz, leading Air Force to the win in the first meeting between the schools.

The Falcons (5-3, 4-1 Mountain West) snapped a four-game road winning streak by the Wolf Pack (6-3, 3-2) and held Jefferson to 93 yards on the ground — 63 below his nation-leading average — six days after surrendering a conference-record 338 yards to New Mexico's Kasey Carrier.

It was the most lopsided loss of the season for Nevada, which was coming off a 39-38 overtime setback against San Diego State last weekend. The Wolf Pack also lost 32-31 to South Florida in September.

"We've got a bye week and it's going to be a long week, no question about it," Ault said. "Now, the character of your team has got to rise. We have suffered two really tough defeats and this one we didn't deserve to win. They beat us in every way they could beat us."

Added tight end Zach Sudfeld: "It's pretty devastating. We let one loss turn into two. We've got to stay up. We need to improve as we go forward for the rest of the season."

Jefferson began the day as the nation's top rusher by a whopping 17 yards per game, but it was the Falcons who ran wild on this bitterly cold night. Jon Lee had 10 carries for 96 yards, and Ty MacArthur gained 76 yards on the ground. Quarterback Connor Dietz rushed for 68 yards, including a 1-yard score, and threw two long touchdown passes while going 6 for 7 for 139 yards.

The Falcons limited Johnson to 22 yards on nine first-half carries and carried a 31-21 lead into the locker room after scoring on five of their six drives.

"Air Force put a lot of pressure on us," said Cody Fajardo, who was 15 of 27 for 211 yards with a touchdown and an interception. "They blitzed on almost every play. Any time they're doing that, you've got to throw the ball and loosen them up and I struggled a bit throwing tonight and that hurt the team."

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