Armed Forces Bowl
It was a battle of familiar foes in the 2009 Armed Forces Bowl. Houston and Air Force played twice in 2008, including once in the Armed Forces Bowl, splitting the two games. This was the rubber match for the two teams, and the result was a touch surprising. If you were told one team put up 562 yards of offense, you would think Houston on the arm of Case Keenum, right? But it was Air Force, which ran for 400 yards and forced Keenum into 6 interceptions as the Academy rolled to a 47-20 victory.
With Case Keenum doing his best Ty-Detmer-in-NFL impression, Air Force dominated this game in every facet. The final time of possession favored Air Force by 41 minutes to
The Falcons took the opening kick and drove 69 yards in just under 2:30 to take an early 7-0 on an Asher Clark 36 yard TD run. Catching Keenum for his first interception, AFA drove another 63 yards to take a 14-0 lead.
Air Force showed its fine discipline when a 3rd down play late in the half failed with no timeouts:
Trailing 24-6 at the half,
was back in the game for a moment when Tyron Carrier took the second half's opening kick 79 yards for a TD. But the Cougar special teams unit gave it right back, as Jonathan Warzeka returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for an Air Force TD. At 31-13, Houston could never recover. Houston
Jared Tew finished with 175 rushing yards on 27 carries, and Asher Clark added 17 carries for 126 yards for the Falcons. By QB ratings, Tim Jefferson out-passed Keenum, going 10/14 for 162 yards.