Reno, Nev. (NWN) –
DeAndre Hughes ran for a school-record 279 yards—scoring two touchdowns and adding a successful 2-point conversion run in the third overtime—in Friday night’s Mountain West Conference play for the Air Force in a 41-39 win over Nevada. To pick up.
Hughes ran for 122 yards and a score—a 17-point 10-yard TD run in the second quarter—as the Falcons (8-3, 5-2) took a 17-3 lead at halftime. Carson Strong fired for the Wolf Pack (7-4, 4-3) in the second half. Hughes connected with Cole Turner for a 13-yard TD to get Nevada within 17-10 before answering with a 9-yard scoring run for a 24-10 Air Force lead in the fourth quarter. Nevada retrieved Hazick Daniels’ rumble and Strong fired a 61-yard scoring strike to Romeo Dobbs through the quarter to pull the Wolf Pack 24-17 and then turn Turner with 3:13 for a 2-yard score. Hit for, sending the game to OT.
Air Force had the ball first and took the lead on Dan Kinamon’s 2-yard TD run, but Toa Toua responded with a 6-yard TD run for Nevada to send the game into the second OT. The Wolf Pack took a 39-31 lead when Turner connected strong with Dobbs for a 25-yard TD before adding a 2-point conversion toss. Air Force scored on Brad Roberts’ 1-yard TD run and Hughes’ 2-point run.
The new rules for this season state that after two overtimes the teams will take turns to score a 2-point conversion until the winner is decided. The Falcons were successful thanks to Hughes, while the Wolf Pack came up short.
Hughes set his flamboyant record on 23 carries. Roberts hit 111 yards 28 times as the Air Force pitched 522 yards on the ground.
25 of 43 passes for 346 yards and four TDs with one interception are strong. Dobbs caught 16 passes for 159 yards.
Hughes topped Chad Hall’s single-game mark in a run of 275 yards against Cena in 2007.
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