2011 Military Bowl, Air Force Vs. Toledo: Falcons Fall To Rockets, 42-41, After Fake Extra Point Fails

The 2011 Military Bowl saw the Toledo Rockets edge the Air Force Falcons, 42-41.

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Toledo Vs. Air Force, 2011 Military Bowl: Falcons Finish Season 7-6 After 42-41 Loss To Rockets

The Air Force Falcons fell to the Toledo Rockets, 42-41, in the 2011 Military Bowl on Wednesday, but it was a game that had a thrilling conclusion to it. Losing 42-35 with five minutes left in the game, Tim Jefferson worked the clock and found Zack Kauth for a 33-yard touchdown with less than a minute left in the game. Air Force coach Troy Calhoun decided he wanted to go for the win, but instead of keeping Tim Jefferson and the stable of running backs on the field the kicking team went out and attempted a fake extra point.

Punter/holder David Baska received the snap and might have had it in for the go-ahead score, but a Toledo defender had great penetration and stripped the ball from Baska. The ball rolled into the end zone and then out of bounds. Toledo received the ball again and finished the clock out.

Toledo had its offensive start of the game turn out to be Bernard Reedy, who caught all three of Terrance Owens' touchdown passes. Adonis Thomas broke the century mark and picked up 108 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Air Force combined to rush for 248 yards and four touchdowns.

While an eight-win season and a third straight bowl victory for the Falcons would have been great, the Falcons certainly didn't let up at any point in this bowl game and took a chance at winning the game. While the call can be argued endlessly, Calhoun saw his players run the play perfectly before Toledo also happened to hit a sweet spot and counter the play correctly.

But instead of wondering what could have been, the Falcons still have the Commander-in-Chief Trophy to celebrate. They will visit President Obama in the early part of the New Year.

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2011 Military Bowl Halftime Score: Toledo, Air Force Tied At 28 In High-Scoring Battle

We were expecting a whole bunch of points to be scored in a bowl game between high-octane offenses, and that's precisely what we've gotten in the 2011 Military Bowl as Toledo and Air Force are tied 28-28 going into halftime on Wednesday evening. Toledo got up 21-7 early in the game but Air Force has responded with its own run of scores to knot things up going into the half. It's actually the highest-scoring first half of any bowl game since 2004.

Toledo and Air Force are two of the top scoring offenses in the nation this season, with the Rockets ranking No. 9 in the nation in scoring offense while the Falcons come in at No. 21. They've really shown that in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, as each team has thrown up four touchdowns apiece in the first half. Each team put up over 200 yards of offense in the first half, and Toledo even got a 87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Briceton Cannada in the first quarter.

Quarterback Terrence Owens has had a very good game for the Rockets so far, competing 12 of 17 passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns. They've also been effective on the ground, as Adonis Thomas has 79 yards rushing on just eight carries. Air Force has once again used its rushing offense to move the ball, as the Falcons ran it 31 times for 173 yards in the first half. Quarterback Tim Jefferson has been huge for them, accounting for 130 yards and two touchdowns combined through the ground and air.

Considering how high-scoring the first half was, one can presumably expect more of the same in the second half. If you're a football fan that likes points, this is the kind of game that's truly a treat.

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Air Force Vs. Toledo Score: Rockets Jump Out To 21-14 Lead Over Falcons After 1st Quarter

The 2011 Military Bowl has been filled with offense, as the Toledo Rockets lead the Air Force Falcons, 21-14. And that's after just the first quarter of play. After the Rockets went up, 14-0, midway through the first quarter, the two teams exchanged three touchdowns in a little over a minute during the final minutes of the quarter.

Air Force quarterback Tim Jefferson turned a 3rd-and-13 play into a 22-yard touchdown. The Rockets countered with a 87-yard kickoff touchdown return right after the extra point was made, appearing to suck the life out the offense the Falcons had just created.

However, Jonathan Warzeka had a 60-yard run to bring the Falcons to Toledo's three-yard line. Mike DeWitt then pounded the ball in for the touchdown, cutting the score to 21-14 in favor of Toledo.

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Toledo Vs. Air Force, 2011 Military Bowl: High-Powered Offenses Collide In The Nation's Capital

The Air Force Falcons (7-5) and the Toledo Rockets (8-4) square off on Wednesday night for the 2011 Military Bowl. As Jeremiah Oshan of SB Nation College Football notes, the Military Bowl features two surprisingly elite offenses:

You'll be excused for not realizing this, but two of the nation's top offenses will face off when the Toledo Rockets takes on the Air Force Falcons in the 2011 Military Bowl on Dec. 28. The reason you probably didn't notice that the Rockets are ranked eighth in yards per game and the Falcons are ranked 19th? Probably because both play in small markets within relatively overlooked conferences.

Adding intrigue to the matchup, the Rockets will be without Tim Beckman, their head coach through the last three regular seasons. Beckman, hired by the Illinois Fighting Illini, left the team after the conclusion of the regular season. As a result, Toledo promoted offensive coordinator Matt Campbell, a 32-year-old Ohio native, to the head coach position.

Campbell, who has been calling plays from the press booth through the 2011 season, apparently intends to keep his bird's eye in the bowl game as well:

Interesting tidbit from today: new Toledo HC Matt Campbell will coach from the press box. Wants as little change as possible. 1 hour ago via txt · powered by @socialditto


With an average of over 42 points scored throughout the season, few can blame Campbell for wanting to keep the Rockets offense consistent.

Game Time: 2:30 PM MST, December 28

Television: ESPN and ESPN3

Location: RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.

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2011 Military Bowl: Toledo Head Coach Tim Beckman Leading Candidate For Illinois Football Head Coach, According To Report

The Toledo Rockets might be without head coach Tim Beckman when the team takes on the Air Force Falcons in the 2011 Military Bowl on Dec. 28. Beckman is the leading candidate to take over for the fired Ron Zook, according to the Chicago Tribune. Beckman is scheduled to meet with his staff on Thursday; however, his press conference to discuss the Military Bowl is still scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

Beckman took over Toledo in 2009 and has guided the team to a 21-16 record since then, including an 8-4 record this season. His team lost the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl last season and now he might need to wait for another year to pick up that bowl win. Illinois' interim head coach Vic Koenning is scheduled to be at the helm for the team's Dec. 31 appearance in the Kraft Hunger Bowl against the UCLA Bruins, a team with a 6-7 record and with an interim head coach.

Air Force saw head coach Troy Calhoun's name pop up in connection with the Texas A&M job, but those rumors died shortly thereafter.

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