Air Force quarterback Kale Pearson runs for a short gain against Nevada in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game at Air Force Academy, Colo., on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
David Zalubowski
November 15, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) Shayne Davern ran for two touchdowns, including the decisive score in overtime, and Air Force hung on to beat Nevada 45-38 on a snowy Saturday for its fourth win in a row.

Kale Pearson matched his career high with three touchdown passes, two to Jalen Robinette, and ran for a key fourth-quarter score for Air Force (8-2, 4-2 Mountain West), helping the Falcons remain unbeaten in five games at home this season.

Don Jackson ran for 123 yards and three touchdowns for Nevada (6-4, 3-3), which saw its three-game winning streak snapped.

The Wolf Pack also lost wide receiver Hasaan Henderson to injury. Henderson had just made a 6-yard catch late in the fourth quarter and was brought down hard on a field partially covered with snow. He lay motionless and the game was stopped for several minutes while medical personnel tended to him. He was strapped to a backboard, lifted gingerly onto a gurney and wheeled off the field.

There was no immediate word on the nature of the injury.

The game included five ties, the last on a 22-yard field goal by Brent Zuzo amid snow flurries with 12 seconds remaining in regulation.

Air Force marched to a touchdown on its opening overtime possession with Davern bulling into the end zone from 3 yards out. Nevada's OT possession ended when Cody Fajardo's fourth down pass fell incomplete, sailing over the head of Richy Turner.

Nevada pulled into a 28-all deadlock on Jackson's third touchdown run of the day, a 1-yarder with 14:26 remaining in regulation.

After coming up short on a third-and-1 play from the Nevada 4, Air Force settled for 23-yard field goal by Will Conant with 10:23 remaining. Nevada's Fajardo responded by leading a 75-yard drive ending in a 21-yard touchdown pass to Jerico Richardson and the Wolf Pack went in front 35-31 midway through the fourth quarter.

That was time enough for Air Force to mount another touchdown drive, this time with Pearson, who ran for 109 yards, taking a quarterback sweep around the right side, slipping a couple tackles and scoring from 16 yards out with 4:13 remaining for a 38-35 lead.

Nevada evened the score at 21 midway through the third quarter when Jackson burst through the middle of Air Force's defense en route to a 32-yard touchdown.

The Wolf Pack seemed poised for another score after the ensuing kickoff, in which Zuzo recovered his own surprise onside kick.

But Jackson was stuffed for a loss on a fourth-and-1 play, and Air Force took over on downs at its 44. Pearson converted a fourth-and-1 play with a 2-yard burst to the 25 and tossed a scoring pass, his third of the day, to Garrett Brown on the next play as Air Force regained the lead 28-21 late in the third quarter.

The Falcons led 21-14 at halftime after Pearson ran for 21 yards to set up a 1st and goal at the 10 before shaking off pressure up the middle to loft his second scoring pass of the day to Robinette with 8 seconds remaining in the second quarter.

Pearson finished off the game's opening drive with his first 6-yard touchdown pass to Robinette and Davern ran 1 yard for a touchdown around two second quarter scores by Nevada.

The Wolf Pack evened the score at 7 after Fajardo broke loose for a 53-yard run, setting up his 25-yard scoring pass to Henderson moments later. Jackson's 1-yard, fourth-down run at the end of another long march by Nevada tied the game at 14-all.

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