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.
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.
The Falcons find themselves down 7-0 just after the midway point of the first quarter, and they’ve already turned the ball over. Toledo scored with 6:38 left in the period when Terrance Owens hit Bernard Reedy on a 17-yard touchdown pass. And Air Force has fumbled the ensuing kickoff, too. Keep it here for updates.
Stuck at your desk? Home on the couch? Three things you’re missing at RFK Stadium this afternoon as kickoff nears, aside from a picture-perfect parachute jump from the The Ranger Group’s all-veteran parachute team: 1. Brief weather report: Cold. Back to you in the studio. 2. Crowd: Could charitably be described as “late-arriving.” Some areas of the upper deck are caution-taped off, the lower levels are less than half full, and the hottest ticket appears to be the heated VIP/reception tent behind the Air Force end zone. 3. Signage: The traditional sports sponsors (Geico, Wendy’s, FedEx) and event sponsor (Northrop…
It’s your last chance to catch service academy football until September. Whether you’re watching from your couch, from your duty station or from the nosebleed section, here’s what you need to know about tomorrow’s Military Bowl. Toledo (8-4, 7-1 Mid-American Conference) vs. Air Force (7-5, 3-4 Mountain West Conference), Wednesday, 4:30 p.m. Where: RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C. Where else: ESPN (Pam Ward, Dan Hawkins). Also available online at ESPN3.com. A word from our sponsor: The game is presented by Northrop Grumman. A portion of the game’s proceeds benefits the USO; last year, that portion exceeded $100,000, according to the game’s…