Scores

Final

Air Force 20

(3-1, 2-0 MW)

Wyoming 14

(1-3, 0-1 MW)

2:00 PM ET, September 25, 2010

War Memorial Stadium, LARAMIE, WY

1 2 3 4 T
AFA 0 7 0 1320
WYO 0 7 7 014

Top Performers

Passing: T. Jefferson Jr. (AFA) - 66 YDS, 1 INT

Rushing: A. Alexander (WYO) - 22 CAR, 123 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: Z. Bolger (WYO) - 1 REC, 33 YDS

Tim Jefferson's score leads Air Force past Wyoming

Associated Press

LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Air Force thrives in fourth quarters and on fourth down.

Tim Jefferson ran 7 yards for the decisive score late in the fourth quarter and Jared Tew ran for 136 yards and a score to lead Air Force past Wyoming 20-14 on Saturday.

Wyoming (1-3, 0-1 Mountain West Conference) blocked the extra point after Jefferson put the Falcons up 20-14 with 3:41 remaining, but Air Force forced a turnover on the Cowboys' next possession when Jon Davis recovered a fumble by Wyoming's David Leonard.

Air Force (3-1, 2-0) then ran out the last 2:50.

Last weekend, a 14-0 run by Air Force in the fourth quarter made Oklahoma sweat in Norman. This time two fourth quarter touchdowns was enough to come away with a victory.

Coach Troy Calhoun praised his players' resilience.

"You've got to continuously be able to be the lions and tigers and be able to scent some food out there," Calhoun said.

Air Force made fourth downs count, too, converting 4 of 5 times to keep critical drives moving against Wyoming (1-3, 0-1).

"Whatever it takes, we have a mental mindset that we're going to make things happen. We had some big first downs," Tew said.

Jefferson finished with 94 yards rushing. The Falcons finished with 374 yards rushing, a bit less than their best-in-the-nation rushing average.

Alvester Alexander ran for 123 yards and two touchdowns for Wyoming, which had 174 yards rushing and ran the ball better than its last two games, blowout losses to Texas and Boise State.

"Our schemes were good on both sides of the ball. Our players worked hard from start to finish," Cowboys coach Dave Christensen said. "We just have to be a bit more physical."

Austyn Carta-Samuels threw 6 of 11 for 66 yards and had 60 yards rushing for Wyoming. Jefferson also threw for 66 yards and was 5 of 12.

Air Force dialed things up after Wyoming got ahead in the third quarter. Alexander snaked in from 9 yards out to put the Cowboys up 14-7.

"We definitely felt the urgency to put points back on the board at around that point in the game," Jefferson said.

Air Force tied the game 14-14 on a 9-yard run by Nathan Walker a few minutes into the fourth. A 42-yard punt return by Ghaali Muhammad was about all that Wyoming could muster on its next brief possession.

An 80-yard Air Force drive followed, including a 5-yard run by Tew on fourth down and, ultimately, the Falcons' winning touchdown.

The game was tied 7-7 at halftime.

Wyoming was first to score when Alexander ran in a 1-yard TD. Air Force scored on a 4-yard run by Tew with 2:24 left in the half.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
AFA
WYO
1st Downs2712
Total Yards445240
Passing6666
Rushing379174
Penalties7-542-14
3rd Down Conversions7-154-9
4th Down Conversions4-51-1
Turnovers12
Possession35:5724:03

Passing Leaders

Air ForceC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Jefferson5/12665.501
WyomingC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Carta-Samuels6/11666.001

Rushing Leaders

Air ForceCARYDSAVGTDLG
Tew271365.0112
Jefferson14946.7122
WyomingCARYDSAVGTDLG
Alexander221235.6234
Carta-Samuels66010.0013

Receiving Leaders

Air ForceRECYDSAVGTDLG
Demerath22412.0017
Kauth22110.5013
WyomingRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bolger13333.0033
Leonard22211.0012

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERAFAWYO
TD07:16Alvester Alexander 1 Yd Run (Ian Watts Kick) 07
TD02:24Jared Tew 4 Yd Run (Erik Soderberg Kick) 77
THIRD QUARTERAFAWYO
TD09:36Alvester Alexander 9 Yd Run (Ian Watts Kick) 714
FOURTH QUARTERAFAWYO
TD11:59Nathan Walker 9 Yd Run (Erik Soderberg Kick) 1414
TD03:41Tim Jefferson 6 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 2014