Football: Air Force triumphs in last 2009 home game, 45-17

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  • By Staff Sgt. Don Branum
  • U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs
U.S. Air Force Academy Falcons gained more than 550 yards of total offense as Falcons running back Asher Clark rushed for a career-high three touchdowns while the Air Force held the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Rebels to less than 300 total yards in a 45-17 rout at Falcon Stadium here Nov. 14.

The Falcons took a 7-0 lead on a 95-yard drive capped by a 24-yard touchdown run by Clark, and the Air Force never looked back.

Falcons head coach Troy Calhoun credited his seniors with the victory.

"They're great workers and have tremendous attitudes," Coach Calhoun said. "I just love how assertive they've been as leaders. That's absolutely the way it should be at the Air Force Academy. What's really neat is for these 15 seniors to be able to conclude the games they've played at Falcon Stadium this way."

The Rebels didn't score a touchdown until halfway through the third quarter after the Falcons fumbled at the Air Force 20. But the Falcons' defense held firm, forcing the Rebels to settle for a field goal.

The Falcons' rushing offense, ranked fourth best in the nation, gained 431 yards against the Rebels. Clark had a career-high 160 yards rushing in his first 100-plus-yard game of the season, including a season-long 40-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter for the game-ending score. Jared Tew gained 61 yards on 13 carries, giving him more than 1,000 career rushing yards.

Falcons quarterback Tim Jefferson was 8-of-13 for 126 yards, his second-best passing yardage of the season and the third straight game he's passed for 100 yards or more. His season-best 136 yards came against Army here Nov. 7. Jefferson's 63 rushing yards on eight carries is also a season high for the sophomore from Atlanta.

The Air Force next goes to Provo, Utah, for their last game of the season against Mountain West Conference opponent Brigham Young University Nov. 21. The Falcons are 7-4 on the season and 5-2 in the MWC.