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Air Force completes turnaround with bowl victory over Western Michigan

Sports Sat, Dec 20, 2014 - 9:47 PM 0

BOISE, Idaho - From 10 losses to 10 wins. Air Force completed its program's extreme makeover with a 38-24 victory over Western Michigan that required plenty of pounding from the fullbacks and some escape artistry from...

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