Rebels upset Falcons to snap losing streak

The Sports Xchange

This time Nick Sherry and his UNLV teammates were happy to see the scoreboard clock at Sam Boyd Stadium hit zero.

After coming up just short in three straight losses to open the season, the Rebels (1-3, 1-0 Mountain West) stormed the field to celebrate after upsetting Air Force, 38-35, Saturday night at Sam Boyd Stadium.

"Man, it felt great when that clock hit zero" quarterback Nick Sherry said. "We all just went crazy on the sidelines."

And for good reason. The Rebels, who had lost their first three games by a combined 14 points, including a triple-overtime loss to Minnesota, snapped an eight-game losing streak dating back to an Oct. 29, 2011 home win over Colorado State. The win also ended a five-game losing streak against Air Force and was just the second in the last 11 meetings with the Falcons.

"We've been fighting so hard these last three weeks," said Sherry, who completed 23-of-32 passes for 250 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown pass to fullback William Vea with 6:56 remaining that increased the Rebels' lead to 38-28 and proved to be the game-winner. "And to come so close and short every time really takes a toll on you."

"Our guys were determined and they came out in the second half and took the game," Hauck said.

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