UNLV shuts out Air Force in 2nd half, takes Mountain West lead with 31-27 win


UNLV's Jackson Woodard comes up with a huge sack vs. Air Force

UNLV's Jackson Woodard has a big-time sack on first down vs. Air Force.

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- — Jayden Maiava threw for 339 yards and two touchdowns and UNLV shut out Air Force in the second half to earn a 31-27 win to take over sole possession of first place in the Mountain West Conference Saturday.

The Runnin' Rebels (9-2, 6-1) hold a one-game lead over the Falcons with one game remaining in the regular season.

Air Force drove to the UNLV 8 on its final possession, but John Busha's pass to Caleb Rillos on fourth-and-goal with :23 left fell incomplete.

Maiava was 15-of-29 passing for 339 yards and two touchdowns but was picked off twice. Ricky White caught eight passes for 169 yards and a touchdown and Kaleo Ballungay caught two for 90 yards and a score.

Air Force ran for 344 yards and three touchdowns, led by Dylan Carson 104 yards on 16 carries. Jasen Jensen carried 19 times for 88 yards but was just 1-of-6 passing for 35 yards.

Air Force will look to snap a three-game losing streak at Boise State on Friday. UNLV is home against San Jose State next Saturday.


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