Wolf Pack Fall in First Game Against AFA

Oct. 26, 2012

Final Stats |  Photo Gallery 

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.