Despite suffering a concussion last week, Air Force fullback Broam Hart started on Saturday and was as good as ever for the Falcons.
Hart broke a 27-yard run early in the second half and proved invaluable in creating a focal point on the first part of the triple option as the Falcons dominated on the ground.
Hart had amassed 82 rushing yards and a touchdown - his third of the season - midway through the fourth quarter.
With his backup, Aaron Clinton-Earl injured, Air Force would have been down to its third-string fullback or might have even used a tailback in the spot had Hart not been able to play.
Navy game on national network
Next Saturday's Air Force game at Navy will be carried by CBS, not the CBS Sports Network.
Kickoff for the game that has recently decided the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy is set for 9:30 Mountain Time.
Falcons keep falling
Five Falcons were hurt badly enough to stay on the turf after plays in Saturday's game.
Receiver Myles Barnes, defensive tackles Nick Fitzgerald and Riley Cannon, offensive guard Drew Kerber and outside linebacker Kristov George each suffered injuries that needed attention.
Barnes was the only one who didn't return.
Three of a kind
Air Force joined Nevada and Central Michigan as the only schools in the country to start three quarterbacks this season.
Air Force has sent out Kale Pearson, Jaleel Awini and Karson Roberts through its first five games.
More secondary woes
Nevada quarterback Cody Fajardo completed his first 12 passes and become the fourth consecutive quarterback to throw for at least 287 yards against the Air Force secondary.
Air Force registered its two longest plays of the season on Saturday.
Roberts first set the mark with a 60-yard run that set up a short touchdown, and Sam Gagliano then topped that with a 70-yard sprint.
The previous long play was a 53-yard completion from Awini to Gagliano, and the previous long run was a 33-yard scamper from Awini.
NEVADA 45, AIR FORCE 42
Air Force 7 14 14 7 - 42
Nevada 7 10 7 21 - 45
Nev-Wimberly 5 pass from Fajardo (Zuzo kick), 4:34.
AFA-Lee 6 run (Conant kick), 2:11.
AFA-LaCoste 8 run (Conant kick), 14:54.
Nev-FG Zuzo 26, 9:30.
AFA-Hart 1 run (Conant kick), 7:55.
Nev-Turner 18 pass from Fajardo (Zuzo kick), 2:00.
AFA-Roberts 9 run (Conant kick), 9:39.
Nev-Fajardo 19 run (Zuzo kick), 6:28.
AFA-Roberts 11 run (Conant kick), 1:41.
Nev-D.Jackson 9 run (pass failed), 12:41.
AFA-Gagliano 23 pass from Roberts (Conant kick), 7:44.
Nev-Bradley 9 pass from Fajardo (Zuzo kick), 5:56.
Nev-Fajardo 2 run (D.Jackson run), 1:45.
First downs 18 35
Rushes-yards 51-375 44-210
Passing 78 389
Comp-Att-Int 6-11-1 38-56-1
Return Yards 21 25
Punts-Avg. 3-39.7 1-43.0
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-0
Penalties-Yards 4-20 5-40
Time of Possession 27:57 32:03
RUSHING-Air Force, Roberts 23-161, Hart 13-88, Gagliano 4-77, Lee 7-34, LaCoste 2-9, Huntsman 1-8, Team 1-(minus 2). Nevada,
Brock 20-84, Fajardo 11-81, D.Jackson 3-25, Solomon 8-19, Henderson 1-2, Team 1-(minus 1).
PASSING-Air Force, Roberts 5-10-1-55, Gagliano 1-1-0-23. Nevada, Fajardo 38-54-0-389, T.Stewart 0-1-1-0, Tenpenny 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING-Air Force, Gagliano 2-26, Ludowig 2-25, Robinette 1-23, Griffin 1-4. Nevada, Wimberly 15-134, Bradley 11-135, Turner 6-44, Arendse 3-40, Henderson 1-20, Solomon 1-9, Brock 1-7.