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The Air Force and Naval academies made a statement this New Year’s Eve: Don’t take service academy football lightly or you will get stomped. Both teams obliterated their respective bowl opponents Dec. 31 in front of a national audience. And we’re not talking about the Mid-American Conference champions. Houston and Missouri might not be on the levels of Texas or Florida in the college football landscape, but they are two respectable football programs; Houston with its fringe Heisman Trophy candidate at quarterback, and Missouri, winners of the Big 12 North in 2007 and 2008. So here is the question: How…

Here’s the AP game story on the Falcons’ 47-20 win over Houston, and below are a few of my final thoughts on the game: What a performance by Air Force’s defense. From the first quarter to the final whistle, they made life miserable for Houston’s high-octane offense. Cougar QB Case Keenum had by far his worst game of the year, throwing six interceptions and having his lowest yardage output (222 yards) to date. Air Force surrendered only one offensive touchdown. Air Force rushed for staggering total of 400 yards. This allowed the Falcons to control the clock for 41 minutes…

Probably not.  But Air Force is comfortably in the lead, 41-20, and they just intercepted Houston quarterback Case Heenum for the fourth time today. Falcon quarterback Tim Jefferson scored on a 1-yard  QB sneak for Air Force’s latest touchdown, and before that kicker Erik Soderberg put through his second field goal of the day. Houston has the ball again, but there’s only six minutes left, and they are deep in their own territory.

Houston’s offense is scary when it gets going. Quarterback Case Keenum just directed a 7-play, 64-yard touchdown drive in 1:41. We are less than three minutes into the second half, and there have already been three touchdowns. Air Force’s lead has been cut to 31-20. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen is being interviewed right now on ESPN. Because I’m at the office, I don’t have volume, but I’ll assume he said something like “Air Force really needs a long, time-consuming drive right here.”

Talk about a bizarre way to start the second half. Houston just took the opening kickoff back 79 yards for a touchdown to make the score 24-13. That sucks for Air Force … or not. Air Force’s Jonathan Warzeka apparently was not impressed. He just ran Houston’s subsequent kickoff back 101 yards for a Falcons touchdown. Air Force now leads 31-13. I’ve watched a lot of college football, but I have never seen anything like this in my life. Barely 30 seconds into the half, we’ve seen two kickoff returns for touchdowns. Unreal. Note: Houston was only able to return…

Air Force is now leading Houston 14-0, courtesy of a Jared Tew six-yard touchdown run, which capped a six-play, 63-yard drive. The drive was set up by an Air Force interception of a deflected pass. As I type, Houston is going for it on 4th and 3 and … Air Force intercepts another Case Keenum pass. Senior defensive back Chris Thomas grabbed another deflected pass to kill the Cougars’ drive. Air Force starts their drive at their own 47-yard line with 7:06 left to go in the first quarter. Update: Houston’s got the ball back again after an Air Force…

The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl is underway, and less than three minutes into the game, Air Force is already leading Houston 7-0. Asher Clark took an option pitch and ran 36 yard for a TD on the Falcons’ first drive of the game.

Navy and Air Force have known which bowl game they will play for weeks . The question has been who they will face. On Sunday, each team found out. Army still has a chance to earn a berth in the Eagle Bank Bowl, but needs to beat Navy for the first time in seven years this Saturday. A breakdown for each game will come once we get closer to kickoff. Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Air Force vs. Houston Noon – Dec. 31 – Fort Worth, Texas – ESPN Texas Bowl Navy vs. Missouri 3:30 p.m. – Dec. 31 -…

We already know where Navy and Air Force are headed this bowl season. The only questions that remain are what teams they will play and whether Army can sneak into the party. If Army upsets Navy on Dec. 12, they are contractually obligated to play in the Eagle Bank Bowl in D.C. And who knows. Hawaii knocked off Navy, and as opposed to the past seven years, the staff at After Action predicts this year’s Army-Navy game will be a throwback to when it seemed every game was decided on the last play. Here’s the rundown: Armed Forces Bowl, Dec.…

At least that is what their opponents are saying. Just two weeks after a Notre Dame coach called Navy’s football team “dirty” and their blocking schemes “dangerous,” a BYU coach and defense lineman have accused Air Force of the same style of play. The Mountain West Conference doesn’t agree. The league issued a public reprimand on Nov. 22 to Brigham Young defensive end Jan Jorgensen and assistant coach Barry Lamb for violating the league’s sportsmanship rules. The two told the media that Air Force football players utilize dangerous cut blocks to run their triple option offense. Jorgensen told a group…

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