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Air Force tops New Mexico 28-23; Cobb scores 3 TDs

Air Force tops New Mexico 28-23; Cobb scores 3 TDs

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) Wes Cobb scored on a trio of 1-yard runs and Air Force overcame Kasey Carrier's Mountain West Conference-record 338 yards rushing with a 28-23 win over New Mexico on Saturday night.

The Falcons (4-3, 2-1) won despite losing Cody Getz, the nation's second-leading rusher, on their first snap when he appeared to aggravate a sprained left ankle.

Trailing by five, the Lobos (4-4, 1-2) reached the Air Force 12 after a strip by Tim Foley of receiver Ty MacArthur, but linebacker Alex Means, who earlier returned an interception for a touchdown, stuffed Lamaar Thomas for a 4-yard loss on fourth-and-4.

The Falcons chewed up the final 3:57 to secure their fifth straight win over New Mexico, which was trying to win back-to-back road games in conference play for the first time since 2007.

Carrier, who ran the ball 39 times, scored on runs of 1, 1 and 37 yards and was chased down after runs of 68 and 59 yards that set up New Mexico's first two scores.

Carrier, whose 37-yard TD run in the third quarter pulled the Lobos to within 28-23, broke New Mexico's single-game rushing mark of 265 yards set by Quincy Wright against Weber State 10 years ago. He also surpassed the conference mark of 285 yards set by Gartrell Johnson of Colorado State against Fresno State in the 2008 New Mexico Bowl.

By halftime, the senior from Pearland, Texas, had amassed 227 yards on 22 carries, surpassing his career high of 191 yards set just two weeks ago against Texas State.

The Lobos, however, trailed 14-10 at the break thanks to Means' first career touchdown.

Means reached high with his right hand to tip B.R. Holbrook's pass to running back Chase Clayton in the right flat, gathered in the fluttering ball and sprinted 65 yards for the touchdown that erased New Mexico's 10-7 lead.

Carrier stepped through the line and raced 68 yards on his first carry before Steffon Batts chased him down and knocked him out of bounds at the 7. The Lobos had to settle for Justus Adams' short field goal.

Carrier also was chased down just shy of the goal line minutes later when he burst up the middle for a 59-yard run, tripped up by Christian Spears at the 1. Carrier took it in from there for a 10-0 lead.

Just when it looked like Carrier and the Lobos were going to steamroll the short-handed Falcons, MacArthur stepped up to make sure that didn't happen.

He returned the ensuing kickoff 21 yards, caught an 11-yard pass, ran for 16 more and hauled in a 25-yard throw at the 1, then watched Cobb score from there to make the score 10-7.

Carrier carried seven times for 37 yards on another New Mexico drive, but that's when Means changed the game with his interception.

Carrier capped New Mexico's first drive of the second half with a 1-yard TD that put the Lobos back on top 17-14.

The Falcons responded with Cobb's second 1-yard TD run for a 21-17 lead, and his third short TD made it 28-17.

The Lobos missed the 2-point conversion after Carrier's 37-yard scoring run with 12 minutes remaining.

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Expect Aaron Rodgers to be ready for the Redskins despite missed practices

Expect Aaron Rodgers to be ready for the Redskins despite missed practices

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers did not practice on Thursday. That was a second straight day missed due to a knee injury he sustained in the season opener. However, there is little doubt that he will be behind center at FedEx Field on Sunday when Green Bay takes on the Redskins

It should be clarified that no Packer practiced on Wednesday. Coach Mike McCarthy decided to cancel practice to give his team more recovery time as they played 70 minutes during a 29-29 tie against the Vikings. McCarthy cited the “unusual heat for this part of the country” and decided his team could use the rest more than work. 

But in their required injury report, the Packers said that Rodgers would not have practiced even if the team had held its scheduled session. On Thursday, Rodgers worked with other rehabbing players on a side field.

This sticks with the pattern that Rodgers followed last week. He also sat out practice on Friday before taking part in the team’s one-hour session on Saturday. 

The lack of practice did not seem to affect Rodgers too badly against the Vikings. He completed 30 of 42 passes for 281 yards and a touchdown. Even though he took four sacks, Rodgers got better as the game went on. In the second half, he passed for 201 yards, averaging 8.0 yards per pass attempt. 

Speaking to the Green Bay media on Thursday, Rodgers said that he is concerned about the knee getting worse as the season goes on. 

"Yeah, obviously that's a concern," Rodgers said via ESPN.com. "Hopefully it goes the other way though."

All Rodgers knows at this point is that he won’t be 100 percent when he takes the field on Sunday. 

"It just depends on how the week goes with the rehab and the recovery," Rodgers said. "Obviously, I'd love to be better than I was last week as far as health-wise but there's some factors that are out of my control."

Those factors obviously are out of the Redskins’ control, also. There hasn’t been any talk of Rodgers’ knee from Redskins Park this week. They are expecting him to be his usual self although his mobility may be somewhat impaired. 

That doesn’t mean that they will not try to rattle him. It’s always good to get after the opposing QB and deliver some hard hits. When that quarterback is wearing a large knee brace the target on him becomes even bigger and brighter. 

The Redskins’ pass rush has not been very effective so far this year as they have picked up just three sacks. Sunday would be a good time for Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith, and the interior line to turn up the pressure. 

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Capitals vs. Hurricanes preseason Game 4: Time, TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

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Capitals vs. Hurricanes preseason Game 4: Time, TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

The preseason continues after the Capitals' loss in Montreal Thursday night. They are hoping to gain some momentum and dominate in Friday's game.

Even without the home advantage, they hope to take home a win as they face the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Hurricanes are one of the four teams the Capitals will face in preseason play, along with the Bruins, Canadiens and Blues.

The Capitals and Hurricanes will meet once again, next Friday at Capital One Arena. But first, it's time to get back on the ice for Game 4 of the seven-game preseason schedule.

CAPITALS-HURRICANES PRESEASON GAME 4: HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Capitals vs. Carolina Hurricanes

Where: PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

When: Friday, September, 21, 7:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Capitals-Hurricanes preseason game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Hurricanes preseason on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.

Radio: Caps Radio 24/7

CAPITALS-HURRICANES PRESEASON TV SCHEDULE:

7:00 PM: Washington Capitals: My Day with the Cup (R)
7:30 PM: NHL Preseason: Capitals @ Carolina Hurricanes 
10:00 PM: Caps Postgame Live (LIVE)

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