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FRIDAY ❘ November 19, 2010 719-636-0250 or SPortS@gazette.com

afa marches in like lamb, out like lion college football air force 35, unlv 20

college basketball

mueh left looking for quick solutions

Loss to CC has Air Force AD not ruling out change by frank schwab frank.schwab@gazette.com —

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Air Force quarterback Tim Jefferson scored a touchdown against UNLV during the third quarter making it 28-17. Jefferson threw a touchdown pass and had three short scoring runs to help Air Force win its regular-season finale late Thursday night. Jefferson ran for 64 yards.

Calhoun compliments Falcons for ending regular season with commanding finish by FRANK SCHWAb frank.schwab@gazette.com —

Troy Calhoun didn’t like what he saw out of his Air Force team for most of the first half, and rightfully so. The Falcons didn’t play well. But the Falcons have some resolve, and they showed it after falling behind 17-7. Air Force beat UNLV 35-20 at Sam Boyd Stadium on Thursday night to finish the regular season 8-4, and 5-3 in the Mountain West. The Rebels are 2-9 and 2-5 in conference. For a while, a third straight win to finish the season was in doubt. “You wonder how much is in the tank,” said Calhoun, whose team didn’t have a bye week this LAS VEGAS •

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• Zack Bell takes over placekicking duties. Page 5 season. “To dig down and find a little more was incredible.” There were reasons the Falcons weren’t dominant for 60 minutes. They had a short week of preparation. Starting linebackers Patrick Hennessey and Brady Amack were out with injuries. Defensive linemen Zach Payne and Bradley Connor joined them on the sideline with knee injuries. Playing in front of a stadium that was probably less than a quarter full didn’t help.

Air Force looked fine in the first few minutes, when linebacker Andre Morris caught an interception that went through Phillip Payne’s hands and Tim Jefferson hit Zack Kauth for a 4-yard touchdown. But Air Force gave up 17 unanswered points after that. UNLV put together a pair of long drives after falling behind 7-0. At the end of an 11-play, 62-yard drive, Tim Cornett rushed for a 2-yard touchdown to tie the game. Then the Rebels went on a marathon drive. They picked up 83 yards on 21 plays. The drive lasted for 10 minutes, but ended in just a field goal. Later in the quarter, Payne —

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The Falcons escaped with a 35-20 victory, but this was not their finest hour. They struggled mightily and for a few tense moments looked as if they might even wander to a loss. Yes, the Falcons rallied to a victory, but they never should have had to rally. A defeat would have been

gazette preps FOOtBaLL QUarterFINaLs LewisPalmer’s Colton Goeas has scored three or more touchdowns five times, including the first three games of his varsity career. BRYAN OLLER, THE GAZETTE fiLE

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Reynolds is now out of excuses Air Force’s Andre Morris Jr. intercepted a UNLV pass during the first quarter. For more photos, go to gazette.com

Falcons escape a ‘fake’ performance with win LAS VEGAS • This is a city with a fake Eiffel Tower, a fake Statue of Liberty, a fake Brooklyn Bridge, a fake Egyptian sphinx and, for the past several seasons, a fake college football team. But the UNLV football team, so bad for so long, placed a scare in the hearts of Air Force’s football team.

LAS VEGAS • Air Force athletic director Hans Mueh received an e-mail late Wednesday, telling him Air Force men’s basketball had lost to Division III Colorado College. NeXt “And I Tennessee didn’t sleep State at Air last night,” Force, 7 p.m. Mueh said Saturday, 740 at Sam Boyd AM Stadium before Air Force’s football game against UNLV on Thursday. “I just feel for the kids. I love our team. I can’t explain it. I honestly can’t explain it. It’s only the second game, but we should not have lost to a Division III team, with all due respect to CC. They obviously played a great game. But we should not have lost to them.” Mueh, an unwavering supporter of coach Jeff Reynolds through the past two seasons, even as the Falcons went 1-31 in Mountain West

humiliating, almost as devastating as the Air Force basketball team’s Wednesday night loss to Colorado College. UNLV had lost four previous Mountain West games by an average of 38 per contest. The Rebels have lost 16 of their last 23 MWC games. Eventually, Air Force remembered it was Air Force, and

UNLV remembered it was UNLV. But only before a few moments of drama. This was not a resounding sendoff to Air Force’s upcoming bowl game. With 12 minutes left in the third quarter, UNLV led 17-14 and had possession at the Air

LAS VEGAS • For the past two seasons, while the Falcons fell to the depths of college basketball, one word has been used by Air Force officials to excuse and explain everything about Jeff Reynolds: Rebuilding. The basketball team, said AD Hans Mueh and superintendent Mike Gould, was rebuilding. This implied — virtually promised — better days were ahead. On Wednesday at Clune Arena, Reynolds offered a look at what he has built. Remember, this is his fourth season as head coach. Remember, he was the lead

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LEWIS-PALMER FULLbACK KEEPS IT SIMPLE Home-schooled sophomore finds success up the middle by JUSTIN SHAW preps@gazette.com —

Schooled at home, Colton Goeas had options when it came to choosing a football team. Lucky for Lewis-Palmer, it was an easy call. “It was always a done deal for me to go to Lewis-Palmer,” said Goeas, who followed the footsteps of his older brother Matt, who played for the Rangers in 2006. “Other people

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• Several of the best cross country runners from the Pikes Peak region will finish the season in Arizona. • See previews of all five games this weekend involving area teams. Page 5 tried to get me to go to their school but I always wanted to be here.” Lewis-Palmer is happy to have the bruising sophomore, who could have chosen to play at any school

within District 38 (Technically that limited his options to Lewis-Palmer or Palmer Ridge, though a loophole likely could have been found). The fullback still doesn’t have a driver’s license, but he ranks in the top 16 in the state in both rushing yards and touchdowns (1,477 and 20) and plays linebacker as he’s led Lewis-Palmer to the 3A quarterfinals. “He earned the respect of the older kids immediately, and they’re —

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