2014 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Recap
Air Force handles Western Michigan with 38-24 win in Boise
Air Force finished the turnaround that nearly no one expected with a big win over Western Michigan in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. The Falcons finished last season 2-10, but, after Saturday, have now earned their tenth win of the season.
"We're night and day from where we were last year," Air Force coach Troy Calhoun said. "This is just one season -- we know that. It's a neat accomplishment with amazing contributions by a lot of people." That was the case Saturday.
This is the first time a team has won 10 wins in a season after losing over 10 games in the previous season since Miami of Ohio went 10-4 in 2010 after going 1-11 in 2009.
The loss pushed Western Michigan’s record to 8-5 on the season, but it was a vast improvement after a 1-11 season the year prior. It moved the WMU Broncos to 0-6 in bowl games.
Shayne Davern helped Air Force jump out to an early 6-3 on a one yard run after a quick field goal from WMU Kicker Andrew Haldeman.
Western Michigan answered on a 47-yard pass from Zach Terrell, but Davern answered with his second touchdown on the day, a 55-yard run.
Air force extended its lead to 23-10 on another rushing touchdown and field goal before Terrell pulled the game close with his second of three touchdown passes to wide receiver Corey Davis on the day.
The Broncos then forced Air Force to punt on its next possession and looked as if it may take back the lead for the first time since the first quarter, but a return touchdown was called back after a block in the back.
"It was a penalty," Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck said. "We didn't need the block. You're not going to beat a team like that making that many mistakes."
Instead of taking the lead, the Broncos ended up fumbling after Terrell was hit and the fumble was returned for a touchdown. It completed a 14 point swing for the Falcons and gave them a 31-17 lead.
The win snapped a two game bowl losing streak for Air Force.
By Nikolai Gionti
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