Rockets escape feisty Falcons

December 28, 2011

Air Force's QB Tim Jefferson watches an INT turn into a TD as the Falcons let one get away. (Photo Courtesy of Ariel Rayman)

Though there was a sparse crowd of 25,042 at RFK for the 2011 Military Bowl, the Air Force Falcons and Toledo Rockets did not disappoint with their back-and-forth scoring between two high powered offenses. Toledo secured its 42-41 victory in an instant classic after Air Force failed in a 2-point conversion gamble with :52 seconds remaining in the game.

The Mountain West’s Air Force Falcons and Mid-American Conference’s Toledo Rockets are two of the most high-scoring offenses in the country and this afternoon’s game proved to be no exception. Air Force’s triple threat option netted 407 total yards for 41 points while Toledo’s spread offense amassed 339 total yards for 42 points for the win.

Toledo head coach Matt Campbell, football bowl subdivision's youngest coach at 32, wins the 2011 Military Bowl.

The Rockets, go-to player, WR Eric Page, hauled in 13 passes for 59 yards and ran a kick-off return for an 87-yard score in the first half. Meanwhile, Air Force’s QB Tim Jefferson connected on 13 of 22 passes for 159 yards and two TDs but a costly INT for a TD in the Falcon’s losing effort.

The Falcon’s end the season 7-6 while Toledo concludes its 2011 campaign with an impressive 9-4 record in a successful debut for 32-year old head coach Matt Campbell.

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