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Six Falcon bowl trips in six years

Air Force hits school-record mark in Armed Forces game against Rice
When Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun took over the Falcons six years ago after three consecutive losing seasons, he heard he’d need lightning in a bottle to make a bowl in his first five years. Try six, now, in six years with Saturday’s Armed Forces Bowl against Rice.
Air Force quarterback Connor Dietz has thrown for 1,127 yards and eight touchdowns and run for 658 yards with five scores, this season in the Falcons’ run-heavy offense. “We’re not the same offense every year; we’re not the same offense every game,” Dietz said. “When we have to throw, we throw. When we have to run, we run. It’s kind of one of those things where if it’s working, why change it?”
Air Force grounded, but Texas fights for the Alamo

FORT WORTH, Texas – Freshman quarterback Driphus Jackson threw for 264 yards in relief of Rice’s hurt starter, including two touchdown passes to Jordan Taylor, and the Owls beat Air Force 33-14 in the Armed Forces Bowl on Saturday.

Jackson’s first series after taking over for Taylor McHargue ended with a bad pitch for a fumble near the goal line only 2 seconds before halftime, when the Owls (7-6) trailed 14-7.

But Jackson made up for it after halftime, when Rice scored 26 consecutive points. Taylor caught nine passes for 153 yards, with a 16-yard touchdown from McHargue in the first quarter.

McHargue never returned because of an apparent head injury after a helmet-to-helmet collision with about 5 minutes left in the first half.

Air Force (6-7), which scored on consecutive drives in the second quarter with backup quarterback Kale Pearson in the game, was held to a season-low 214 total yards.



Orange 38, Mountaineers 14



NEW YORK – Prince-Tyson Gulley ran for 217 yards and had three touchdowns, Syracuse scored twice on safeties, and the Orange bid a snow-covered farewell to the Big East with a victory over West Virginia in the Pinstripe Bowl.

Syracuse (8-5) will enter the Atlantic Coast Conference on a roll after finishing this season with six wins in its last seven games, capped by its second postseason victory at Yankee Stadium in the last three years.

In a bowl game played in a baseball stadium with weather better suited for a playoff game in Green Bay, the team that plays in a dome ended up being better equipped to handle the elements.

The Orange leaned on their running game to plow through former Big East rival West Virginia (7-6) and the snow. Jerome Smith added 158 yards rushing.



Sun Devils 62, Midshipmen 28



SAN FRANCISCO – Taylor Kelly threw four touchdown passes and ran for a fifth score to lead Arizona State to its first bowl win in seven years, a victory over Navy in the Fight Hunger Bowl.

Offensive MVP Marion Grice ran for 159 yards and two touchdowns for the Sun Devils (8-5), who used their fast-paced spread offense to score touchdowns on their first nine possessions.

The Midshipmen (8-5) have lost five of their last six bowl games.

Among the few highlights for Navy were Keenan Reynolds’ 3-yard touchdown pass to Matt Aiken in the first half and a 95-yard kickoff return for a score by Gee Gee Greene in the third quarter.



Longhorns 31, Beavers 27



SAN ANTONIO – David Ash threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes, the last a 36-yard strike to Marquise Goodman with 2:24 left, to give Texas a comeback victory over No. 15 Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl.



The Longhorns (9-4) never led before Goodman scored his second touchdown on a deep post pattern, just a play after Texas converted a fourth-and-1 play to keep its chances alive.

Six Falcon bowl trips in six years

When Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun took over the Falcons six years ago after three consecutive losing seasons, he heard he’d need lightning in a bottle to make a bowl in his first five years. Try six, now, in six years with Saturday’s Armed Forces Bowl against Rice.
Air Force quarterback Connor Dietz has thrown for 1,127 yards and eight touchdowns and run for 658 yards with five scores, this season in the Falcons’ run-heavy offense. “We’re not the same offense every year; we’re not the same offense every game,” Dietz said. “When we have to throw, we throw. When we have to run, we run. It’s kind of one of those things where if it’s working, why change it?”
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