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Mountain West football roundup: Air Force takes control of Mountain

Air Force wide receiver Jalen Robinette had seven catches for 210 yards, the most by a Falcon since 1978 and the third highest single-game total in program history.
Air Force wide receiver Jalen Robinette had seven catches for 210 yards, the most by a Falcon since 1978 and the third highest single-game total in program history. The Associated Press

Jalen Robinette and Karson Roberts teamed up to help bring Air Force’s passing game out of the shadows.

Roberts ran for the go-ahead touchdown and threw a career-long 74-yard touchdown pass to Robinette as Air Force hung on to beat Utah State 35-28 Saturday for their school record 12th straight home win.

“It seemed like everything was working for us,” Robinette said. “Once we started passing the ball downfield, the runs started opening up. It was just a great day overall for the offense.”

Roberts, completing 11-of-17, had 271 yards passing, the most since Dee Dowis had 306 yards passing against Notre Dame on Oct. 14, 1989. Jacobi Owens added two scoring runs, and D.J. Johnson had another for Air Force (7-3, 5-1).

Air Force overcame a career-high four touchdown passes by Utah State’s Kent Myers in completing its second straight 6-0 home season. Myers led a last-ditch drive in the final moments, but on fourth down from the Air Force 18, his attempt for a fifth scoring pass was batted down in the end zone by safety Weston Steelhammer.

“He didn’t have much time to throw the ball, credit up front,” Steelhammer said. “I just got a good bead on it and was able to get my hand up there.”

Myers completed 25-of-47 for 364 yards, including touchdown passes of 41, 48 and 39 yards to Hunter Sharp and a 44-yarder to Devonte Robinson, but Utah State (5-5, 4-3) could not avoid a third loss in four games, all on the road.

SAN DIEGO ST. 38, WYOMING 3

SAN DIEGO — Chase Price ran for 152 yards and two touchdowns, Maxwell Smith threw for three TDs and the Aztecs (7-3, 6-0) opened up a two-game lead over Nevada in the West Division with two games remaining. Donnel Pumphrey added 140 rushing yards for San Diego State, which held Wyoming (1-10, 1-6) scoreless until a fourth-quarter field goal.

NEVADA 37, SAN JOSE ST. 34 (OT)

RENO — Tyler Stewart’s third touchdown pass, an 11-yarder to Jarred Gipson in overtime, lifted the Wolf Pack (6-4, 4-2) past the Spartans (4-6, 3-3). Austin Lopez gave the Spartans the lead on the first possession of overtime with a 35-yard field goal.

COLORADO ST. 49, UNLV 35

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Rashard Higgins caught three touchdown passes, Dalyn Dawkins rushed for 151 yards and the Rams (5-5, 3-3) utilized a balanced offensive attack to beat the Rebels (3-7, 2-4). Colorado State passed for 209 yards and rushed for 325, averaging 11.4 yards per pass and 7.1 yards per carry.

FRESNO ST. 42, HAWAII 14

HONOLULU — Zack Greenlee threw a career-high six touchdown passes to help the Bulldogs (3-7, 2-5) beat the Rainbow Warriors (2-0, 0-7). Greenlee, who came into the game with eight career scoring passes, completed 20-of-35 for 285 yards — all career highs. Hawaii committed four turnovers and 11 penalties on its way to its eighth straight loss.

Next week

Friday

  • Air Force at Boise St., 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

Saturday

  • Fresno St. at BYU, 1 p.m. (ESPN3)
  • Nevada at Utah St., 1:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
  • Colorado St. at New Mexico, 3:30 p.m.
  • San Diego St. at UNLV, 8:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
  • San Jose St. at Hawaii, 9 p.m.
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