Scores

Final

Nicholls State 16

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Air Force 44

(1-0, 1-0 home)

2:00 PM ET, August 30, 2014

Falcon Stadium, Usaf Academy, CO

1 2 3 4 T
NICH 6 3 0 716
AFA 9 14 14 744

Top Performers

Passing: K. Henderson (NICH) - 136 YDS

Rushing: J. Owens (AFA) - 23 CAR, 233 YDS

Receiving: D. Watson II (NICH) - 4 REC, 66 YDS, 1 TD

Owens leads Air Force to 44-16 win over Nicholls

Associated Press

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Jacobi Owens rushed for 233 yards in his Air Force debut and Devin Rushing scored two short touchdowns, helping the Falcons beat Nicholls 44-16 on Saturday for their 19th straight win over a team from the Football Championship Subdivision.

Owens' output was the most ever by a Falcons player making his first start, breaking the mark of 218 set by Cody Getz in 2012. It's also the seventh-most yards in a game all-time at a school known for its vaunted ground game.

The sophomore averaged 10.1 yards per carry as he danced around and through Nicholls defenders. Owens emerged as the primary ball carrier after a big game in the spring.

Air Force finished with 539 yards rushing, the team's highest total since 2011.

The Colonels kept up with Air Force for just over a quarter before fading. They were beaten 72-0 by the Falcons to start the 2009 season.

Kale Pearson was back at quarterback for Air Force after suffering a torn right ACL in the season opener a year ago. He made all the right reads in the option offense to give Owens & Co. plenty of room to run. Pearson rushed for 46 yards as the Falcons improved to 8-0 in openers under coach Troy Calhoun.

It also was Calhoun's 50th career win at the Academy.

Garrett Brown, Broam Hart, Shayne Davern and Paco Solano also scored TDs for the Falcons. Davern is making the switch from linebacker to fullback this season.

The Colonels kept up with Air Force early on, tying the game at 9-apiece on a 37-yard field goal by Francisco Condado with 13:20 left in the second quarter.

That's when the Falcons snapped out of their offensive doldrums, scoring 35 straight points to coast to the win.

The Air Force defense certainly did its part in the second half, holding Kalen Henderson and the Colonels in check. Henderson didn't have much time to throw and was sacked four times. The senior threw for 136 yards and ran for 1 yard on 12 attempts.

Nicholls fell to 3-21 against FBS schools since 2001. The Colonels beat Western Michigan last season with Henderson at the helm.

Tobias Lofton scored an 18-yard TD for Nicholls when he broke through the line and went untouched into the end zone late in the first quarter. The Colonels added another in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter when backup QB Beaux Hebert connected with Darryl Watson for a 10-yard score.

The Colonels have a difficult start to their season, playing five of their first six games on the road.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NICH
AFA
1st Downs1827
Total Yards263558
Passing20019
Rushing63539
Penalties6-299-109
3rd Down Conversions3-126-12
4th Down Conversions0-02-3
Turnovers00
Possession28:5231:08

Passing Leaders

Nicholls StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Kalen Henderson12/251365.400
Beaux Hebert6/66410.710
Air ForceC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Kale Pearson3/6193.200

Rushing Leaders

Nicholls StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Michael Henry8232.906
Tobias Lofton5204.0118
Air ForceCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jacobi Owens2323310.1040
Devin Rushing7557.9218

Receiving Leaders

Nicholls StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Darryl Watson II46616.5132
Michael Henry33110.3022
Air ForceRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jalen Robinette2136.5012
Garrett Brown166.006

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNICHAFA
SF8:24Team Safety 02
TD5:56Garrett Brown 5 Yd Run (Will Conant Kick)09
TD3:02Tobias Lofton 18 Yd Run (Francisco Condado PAT blocked)69
SECOND QUARTERNICHAFA
FG13:20Francisco Condado 37 Yd Field Goal 99
TD10:04Broam Hart 6 Yd Run (Will Conant Kick)916
TD5:32Devin Rushing 2 Yd Run (Will Conant Kick)923
THIRD QUARTERNICHAFA
TD8:59Shayne Davern 1 Yd Run (Will Conant Kick)930
TD3:42Devin Rushing 15 Yd Run (Will Conant Kick)937
FOURTH QUARTERNICHAFA
TD8:06Paco Salano 11 Yd Run (Drew Oehrle Kick)944
TD2:37Darryl Watson II 10 Yd pass from Beaux Hebert (Francisco Condado Kick)1644