Week Eight Mountain West Football Preview: Air Force at UNLV

JeremySenior Writer IOctober 18, 2008

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Sam Boyd Stadium 7PM PT TV: Radio: 740 KVOR or 1100 ESPN Radio

UNLV is still looking for its first conference win of the year, and this week's game is no pushover. The Rebels will need to find a way to try to slow down a Falcons rushing attack that is averaging 292.5 yards per game, but when on the road the Falcons' average increases to 347 rushing the ball.

Both teams are fairly even in total yards per game and total points per game, so, if you follow the stats, this should be a close game. UNLV is more desperate for a win in an attempt to become bowl-eligible for the first time in a while.

Everyone knows the main way to beat Air Force is to keep the ball away from their offense that eats up the clock. UNLV’s defense will need to step up and play in its lanes and disciplined, and if the Rebels overpursue, that is when Air Force beats you.

Omar Clayton will need to make plays at quarterback both running and passing the ball; also, coach Mike Sanford must stick with the running game to keep the offense balanced. UNLV has quit on the run way too early in previous games, which has hurt the Rebels' chances at winning.

UNLV has more atheltes than Air Force offensively and must use these players to make plays to be able to beat the Falcons. This game should go down to the wire Saturday night in the desert.

Final Score: Air Force 31, UNLV 28