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Air Force AD Mueh wants Falcons to play in Military Bowl

November 26, 2011
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photo - Air Force Academy running back Asher Clark crosses the goal line being chased by CSU defensive back Ivory Herd on a three yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter of the Falcons' 45-21 win Saturday, November 16, 2011 at Sonny Lubick field at Hughes Stadium in Fort Collins. Photo by MARK REIS, THE GAZETTE
Air Force Academy running back Asher Clark crosses the goal line being chased by CSU defensive back Ivory Herd on a three yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter of the Falcons' 45-21 win Saturday, November 16, 2011 at Sonny Lubick field at Hughes Stadium in Fort Collins. Photo by MARK REIS, THE GAZETTE 

FORT COLLINS – Air Force athletic director Hans Mueh wants the Falcons to play in the Dec. 28 Military Bowl near Washington, D.C., but the team’s bowl situation remains murky.

“My personal preference is the Military Bowl,” Mueh said at halftime of Air Force’s 45-21 win over Colorado State.

A large segment of Air Force’s alumni live on the East Coast, Mueh said.

“I would love to take a game into their backyard,” he said. “It just seems like a natural fit for us.”

The Mountain West Conference has agreements with four bowls. Air Force appears unlikely to be invited to Las Vegas Bowl or Poinsettia Bowl, but officials from the Independence Bowl and New Mexico Bowl have said they consider the Falcons an attractive candidate.

Both bowls would have to pass on Air Force in order for the Falcons to compete in the Military Bowl.

CLARK AGAIN ROLLS TO 1,000 YARDS

Falcons senior running back Asher Clark earned his second straight 1,000 season. Dee Dowis and Beau Morgan are the only other Air Force runners to gain more than 1,000 yards twice in their career. … Tim Jefferson threw for three touchdowns (all in the first half), giving him 31 TD passes for his career.

WAIWAIOLE SUFFERS SHOULDER INJURY

Senior linebacker Jordan Waiwaiole suffered a shoulder injury in the first quarter. Air Force coach Troy Calhoun said he’s unsure if Waiwaiole will be ready to play in the Falcons’ bowl game in December. … Linebacker Brady Amack and cornerback Josh Hall suffered minor injuries but should be available for the bowl game, Calhoun said.

 

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