AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Tim Cornett rushed for a career-high 220 yards and four touchdowns and UNLV became bowl eligible for the first time since 2000 with a 41-21 win over Air Force on Thursday night.
Cornett, UNLV's all-time leading rusher, crossed the 1,000-yard mark for the second consecutive season while notching his 16th career 100-yard game. The Rebels (6-5, 4-3 Mountain West) defeated the Falcons (2-9, 0-7) for the second consecutive year, their first back-to-back wins over Air Force since 2000-01.
UNLV quarterback Caleb Herring added first-quarter touchdown runs of 1 yard and 6 yards to help the Rebels build a 27-0 lead.
Air Force cut UNLV's lead to 33-21 with 5:18 left in the third, but Cornett's 46-yard touchdown run with 2:03 remaining in the fourth put the game out of reach.
Anthony LaCoste led Air Force with 75 yards on 15 carries.