Toledo’s Jermaine Robinson picks off Tim Jefferson and returns it 37 yards for a score, putting the Rockets back in front. There’s 8:56 left in the third quarter.
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We had a fourth-down stand, a fumble recovery and two honest-to-goodness punts in the second quarter, but the offenses are still the story. Air Force opened the second quarter with a 12-play, 79-yard drive that took more than five minutes, even with the no-huddle attack favored by both teams. After five straight up-the-middle runs near the goal line, Falcons quarterback Tim Jefferson pitched wide to Asher Clark for a 1-yard score that tied the game at 21. Toledo followed with a 51-yard strike from Terrance Owens to Bernard Reedy; the duo’s second touchdown of the day made it 28-21. Air…
We’re tied again, and Air Force has converted yet another fourth down (3 for 4 today). Tim Jefferson hits Jonathan Warzeka over the middle with a 37-yard slant for the score. Warzeka easily waltzed into the end zone. 2:07 to go in the first half.
A perfect throw right down the middle — 48 yards, from Terrance Owens to Bernard Reedy — puts the Rockets back in front. We’re not even midway through the second quarter (7:49 left).
Asher Clark scores on fourth-and-goal at the Toledo 1-yard line, and the ensuing PAT means we’re now tied up. Clark’s touchdown completes Air Force’s comeback from an early two-touchdown hole. 9:43 remains in the first half.
It took the offenses a few minutes, but once they geared up, the expected Military Bowl shootout took off. Aspiring defensive coordinators, avert your eyes now. After a Toledo missed field goal and a fourth-down “quick kick” by Air Force quarterback Tim Jefferson (for about 15 yards), the Rockets scored 14 points in less than 30 seconds: A 17-yard scoring strike from Terrance Owens to Bernard Reedy was followed by an Air Force fumble on the kickoff, then a 41-yard scoring scamper by Adonis Thomas over left end. Jefferson atoned for his lack of punting prowess on the Falcons’ ensuing…
And the hits keep coming! Jonathan Warzeka takes the counter-option and busts it loose for a sick 60-yard run. Mike DeWitt scores on the ensuing play, on a 3-yard run. 1:36 left in the first quarter. If you believe in friendly wagers, I hope you had the over.
Eric Page runs it back for another touchdown – this time on an 87-yard, momentum-killing kickoff return. It’s Page’s fourth career kickoff return. 2:17 remains in the first quarter.
Air Force came through on a key fourth-and-1 conversion on its own side of midfield, then Tim Jefferson turned third-and-13 into a 22-yard touchdown run. It’s his 33rd rushing touchdown at Air Force, his 11th in 2011. The Falcons also benefitted from a pass interference call in the end zone.
Adonis Thomas has extended Toledo’s lead, taking advantage of a fumble on the kickoff following Toledo’s first touchdown. His 41-yard touchdown run on the first play of the series put him at more than 1,000 yards for the season.