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COLLEGE FOOTBALL : Far West Roundup : Air Force Rolls to 35-7 Win

October 25, 1987|From Times Wire Services

Air Force had four runs of 38 yards or more en route to a 449-yard rushing performance in a 35-7 victory over Texas El Paso Saturday at Air Force Academy, Colo.

Air Force kept its Western Athletic Conference title hopes alive with the victory, improving to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the WAC. UTEP is 5-2 and 3-1.

Sophomore quarterback Dee Dowis sparked the Falcon wishbone with 111 yards rushing in 17 carries and scored 1 touchdown. Sophomore halfback Greg Johnson added 98 yards and 2 scores.

"We had only two days in which to prepare for the wishbone, and we only used two defenses," UTEP Coach Bob Stull said. "Obviously, it didn't take Air Force long to figure out what we were doing."

Starting late in the first half, the Falcons scored on four straight possessions, using the breakaway run to extend a 7-0 lead to 35-0.

Utah St. 41, Utah 36--Brent Snyder threw five touchdown passes, including three in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter, as the Aggies (2-5) rallied to defeat the Utes (4-4) in a nonconference game at Salt Lake City.

Utah had a 30-17 lead early in the third quarter, but the Aggies came back to score 24 straight points before Utah tacked on a final touchdown with 36 seconds remaining.

With the Aggies trailing, 30-20, Snyder, who completed 27 of 42 passes for 360 yards, connected with Pat Newman on a 23-yard scoring pass play just eight seconds into the final quarter.

Utah's Clifton Smith fumbled away the ensuing kickoff at the 25, and two plays later, Snyder passed 20 yards to Kendall Smith for a touchdown. Five minutes later, Snyder passed four yards to Pety Maiden to make it 41-30.

Colorado St. 35, New Mexico 13--Scott Whitehouse, hospitalized earlier in the week with a staph infection, ran for a personal-high 168 yards and Scooter Molander threw 4 touchdown passes as the Rams whipped the Lobos at Fort Collins, Colo.

Colorado State is 1-6 and 1-3, and New Mexico is 0-6 and 0-4.

Whitehouse was hospitalized for the infection that resulted from a cut on his right arm. He worked out late in the week with a portable IV unit attached to his right forearm.

But he carried 27 times and caught a Molander pass for a touchdown.

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