MILITARY BOWL Presented by Northrup Grumman
Toledo 42, Air Force 41
ESPN commentator Dan Hawkins said it best: “Well, we haven’t seen the fake yet.” This was just prior to Air Force lining up for their conversion after a late fourth quarter touchdown set the score at 42-41 in favor of Toledo. And, wouldn’t you know it, head coach Troy Calhoun and the Falcons ran the fake. And they had it as holder David Baska ran left on the option, but instead of pitching the ball to kicker Parker Herrington, he tried to get to the end zone himself. Baska fumbled and the ball squirted away as did the opportunity for the win.
It was an entertaining offensive show as Toledo QB Terrance Owens was nearly flawless, completing 19-of-24 passes for 210 yards and three TDs. All three TD passes were to game MVP Bernard Reedy who finished with just four catches but for a career-high 126 yards. Oh, and RB Adonis Thomas rushed for over 100 yards, finishing with 108 on 22 carries. Thomas had one touchdown, a 41-yard run just seconds after Air Force coughed the ball up on a kickoff return.
Air Force answered the Rockets all game long. Senior QB Tim Jefferson was 13-for-22 for 159 yards and two touchdowns and Jonathan Warzeka had a career day leading the Falcons with 95 yards rushing on six carries and hauling in three passes for 50 yards and a touchdown.
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BRIDGEPORT EDUCATION HOLIDAY BOWL
Texas 21, California 10
In stark contrast to the offensive output of the Military Bowl, Texas and Cal engaged in more of a defensive battle and freshman QB David Ash bailed out the Longhorns with a late third quarter go-ahead touchdown as Texas ended the season on a high note finishing 8-5.
The Longhorns defense limited Cal to just seven yards rushing and 195 total as the Cal offense just really could never get anything going. The Bears also fumbled six times, losing four, to add to the torture. Cal QB Zach Maynard was frustrated all night long as Texas sacked him six times and forced him into the game’s only interception.
The Longhorns went ahead for good in the third quarter when Ash tossed a beauty of a pass to Marquise Goodwin and the 47-yard TD gave Texas a 14-10 lead. For more on the game including statistics and video highlights, go here.