Air Force wrapped up the 2011 campaign with a 7-5 regular-season record, including a 3-4 mark in Mountain West play. The Falcons, who are making a program-record fifth-straight and 22nd bowl appearance overall, will face Toledo (8-4, 7-1) out of the Mid-American Conference. AFA is coming off back-to-back bowl wins over Houston (2009 Armed Forces Bowl) and Georgia Tech (2010 Independence Bowl), and will be making its first-ever appearance in the Military Bowl.
Did you know?
Air Force has allowed an average of just 15.8 points in its last five games. The Falcons have yielded only 6.8 points in the second half of those games. Toledo ranks No. 8 in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 42.25 points per game.
The Series - First meeting.
Difference Makers (Air Force - 7-5 Overall, 3-4 MW)
Offense: Senior quarterback Tim Jefferson completed 98-of-161 passes for a career-high 1,478 yards during the regular season, with 12 touchdowns and six interceptions. His 60.9 completion percentage ranks fourth-best on the Academy's single-season list and is the best since Shaun Carney posted a .642 mark in 2007. Jefferson's 146.36 career quarterback rating is the second best in school history. He became the first player in school history to have consecutive seasons with 10 or more touchdown passes and just the third player at Air Force to have 30 or more career TD passes (32).
Defense: Senior linebacker Brady Amack ranks second in the Mountain West and 15th nationally in tackles with an average of 10.4 per game. Amack has led the team in tackles in eight of the last 10 games, posting double-digit totals in six of the last nine. Amack is also fourth in the MW and 19th nationally with four forced fumbles. His 125 stops are the most in a season since Air Force All-American Chris Gizzi had 179 in 1997.
Special Teams: Senior Jonathan Warzeka set the Air Force career record for kick return yards in the Falcons' win over Army in Week 10. He has 58 career returns for 1,477 yards and ranks third in school history with a career average of 25.5 yards.
Quote of Note
"It's pretty amazing, and nothing short of astounding when you look at the schedule we've played, it's very, very impressive. He's just one of those guys that makes his teammates better, which leaders do." --- Coach Troy Calhoun on senior Tim Jefferson, the winningest quarterback in Air Force history
Difference Makers (Toledo - 8-4 Overall, 5-3 MAC)
Offense: Eric Page, a first-team all-MAC selection as a receiver, kick returner and punt returner, ranks third in the nation with an average of 9.3 receptions per game. The junior also ranks sixth in the country with an average of 169.3 all-purpose yards per contest and is 22nd in receiving yards per game at 93.6.
Defense: Senior cornerback Desmond Marrow leads the Rockets in tackles with 78 this year. Marrow, who has three interceptions, ranks second in the MAC and 14th in the nation with 14 passes defensed.
Special Teams: The do-everything Page ranks 17th in the nation and third in the MAC with an average of 10.9 yards per punt return and is averaging 23.4 yards on kickoffs. He was a first-team All-America selection by the Sporting News and the Walter Camp Football Foundation as a kick returner in 2010 when he averaged 31.1 yards per return and scored three TDs.
Quote of Note
"It's going to be a great challenge for us. Their style of offense is something we haven't seen before. It's going to be exciting just to prepare for it and have a different kind of game plan than we're used to." --- Junior linebacker Danny Molls on Air Force's triple option attack