Air Force, Toledo set for Military Bowl

Air Force, Toledo set for Military Bowl
December 5, 2011, 3:13 am
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By Benjamin Standig
CSNwashington.comAir Force will face Toledo in the 2011 Military Bowl, the bowl announced Sunday night. The run-heavy Falcons (7-5, 3-4 Mountain West) will square off against the high-scoring Rockets (8-4, 7-1 Mid-American) on December 28 at RFK Stadium.The projected matchup for the District's only bowl game typically features Navy against an ACC program. Last month the Midshipmen failed in their attempt to become bowl eligible and the Falconsimmediately became a desirable option.Whether another bowl with ties to the Mountain West conference scooped up the Falcons - and their expected large ticket-buyingfan base was of concern. Beck said cooperation from theIndependence Bowl, where Air Force played last season,allowed themilitary academy theopportunity to play in the Nation's Capital. "Obviously I couldn't be more excited to have the Air Force participate," Military Bowl President Steve Beck told CSNwashington.com during a phone conversation after the announcement.The Falcons, who reportedly sold over 12,00 tickets in last season's bowl game, rank second in the nation with 320.3 rushing yards per game and average 34.4 points per gameAn ACC school figured to be the Falcons opponent as the Military Bowl receives the eighth pick among the conference's bowl eligible programs. NC States rally past Maryland ensured eight teams was indeed eligible.That all changed when Virginia Tech was summoned to the Sugar Bowl, becoming the second ACC school selected fora BCS game while removingoneof the conference's programsfrom the at-large pool."Because of Virginia Tech receiving a BCS bowl berth, there were not eight bowl eligible ACC teams, so we were lucky enough to get Toledo," Beck said. On paper, the Military Bowlfigures tokeep the scoreboard operators busy.The Rockets average 42.3 points, eighth among all BCS level programs. Toledo lost by five points to Ohio State, in overtime at Syracuse and 63-60 in a shootout to MAC Champion Northern Illinois."The Rockets average over 40 points a game. This is an up and coming team," Beck said.For more information on the event, go to MilitaryBowl.com.