NCAA Game Summary - Toledo vs. Air Force|
(Wednesday, December 28th)
Final Score: Toledo 42, Air Force 41
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Bernard Reedy and the potent Toledo offense
put Matt Campbell in position to win his first game as head coach, but it was
a call made from the other team's sideline that sealed the deal.
Reedy's third touchdown catch gave Toledo the lead with five minutes left, and
the Rockets escaped to win the Military Bowl on Wednesday when Air Force faked
an extra point at the other end and fumbled on the two-point conversion.
Toledo won the thrill-a-minute game 42-41 at RFK Stadium, scoring at least 40
points in a school-record sixth straight game.
After Reedy spun off a tackler and split two more defenders for a 33-yard
touchdown to make it 42-35, Air Force scored with 52 seconds left when Tim
Jefferson found Zack Kauth behind the defense on 4th-and-3 for a 33-yard
But rather than play for a tie game, Air Force and head coach Troy Calhoun
went for the win.
Holder David Baska kept the ball on the fake, but lost it as he crossed the
line on the left side. Trailing him, kicker Parker Herrington chased after the
ball, only to knock it through the left side of the end zone.
"I thought we had an excellent chance to win the game right there. It didn't
work out," said Calhoun.
The Rockets (9-4), who were co-champions of the Mid-American Conference's West
Division, won eight of their last nine games after starting the season 1-3.
The former offensive coordinator Campbell was promoted to head coach after Tim
Beckman resigned December 9 to accept the head coaching position at Illinois.
Now, he's 1-0.
"We had 21 great seniors who led the way," said Campbell.
He coached from the booth, watching as Terrance Owens passed for 210 yards and
three touchdowns -- all to Reedy, who caught four balls for 126 yards. Adonis
Thomas rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown in the win, while Eric Page scored
on a kick return and Jermaine Robinson took an interception back for a TD.
Jefferson passed for 159 yards and two touchdowns and also scored on a run
for Air Force (7-6), which rallied from two 14-point deficits in the first
half to tie the game at the break.
Jonathan Warzeka rushed for 85 yards and caught a touchdown pass, while Mike
DeWitt scored twice on the ground.
Both offenses clicked, and Toledo took a 21-14 lead in the first quarter after
scoring three touchdowns in a span of just three plays.
First, Owens found Reedy wide-open behind the defense for a 17-yard touchdown
pass in the back of the end zone to cap a 53-yard drive. Then, Cody Getz
fumbled on the ensuing kickoff after running into his own teammate and Thomas
rushed 41 yards on the next play to give Toledo a 14-0 lead.
Air Force came back with a 64-yard drive, capped by Jefferson's 22-yard
touchdown run into the right side of the end zone on a draw play.
But Page returned the kickoff 87 yards up the middle of the field for a 21-7
lead, ending the three-touchdown burst. A first-team All-MAC selection at wide
receiver, kick returner and punt returner, Page was untouched on the play.
Air Force didn't let the game slip away, rallying to tie it before halftime.
The Falcons, spurred up by Warzeka's 60-yard run, pulled within 21-14 on
DeWitt's three-yard TD run and tied the game early in the second quarter on
Asher Clark's one-yard score to cap a 79-yard drive.
Reedy put Toledo back on top with his second touchdown of the game, a 49-yard
catch-and-run that made it 28-21.
But he fumbled on Toledo's next possession after the Rockets had stopped Air
Force on fourth down, and Owens connected with Warzeka on a 4th-and-3 pass for
a 37-yard touchdown that knotted the game at 28-28 with 2:07 left in the half.
Robinson broke the tie with a 37-yard interception return for a touchdown six
minutes into the third quarter. A pass over the middle was deflected to him,
and Robinson cut left across the field and into the end zone.
But DeWitt got his second touchdown of the game for Air Force on the next
possession, a two-yard run to cap a 50-yard drive and tie the game again.
Falcons linebacker Austin Niklas made a shoe-string interception eight plays
into the ensuing Toledo drive, reaching down to pluck the ball before it hit
the ground, but Air Force punted.
Toledo improved to 9-3 all-time in bowl games, while Air Force fell to
10-11-1. The Falcons were making a school-record fifth straight appearance in
a bowl game, but their first in the Military Bowl...It was the first-ever
meeting between the teams...Toledo's Jeremiah Detmer missed a 47-yard field
goal in the first quarter.
12/29 00:25:27 ET