Houston Avenges Loss To Air Force
by Mike Mitchell
December 31, 2008
Houston avenged a regular season loss to Air Force with a 34-28 victory in the Armed Forces Bowl. It was the first bowl win for the Cougars since 1980, snapping an 8-game bowl losing streak. The last bowl win came over Navy in the short-lived Garden State Bowl.
This bowl win came in Kevin Sumlin's first season as head coach.
Air Force never led but the contest was tied twice, at 7-7 and 17-17, as the Cougars managed to keep the Falcons at arms length.
Case Keenum threw for 252 yards and 2 TD's for Houston, and scored two more TD's on the ground.
The Falcons lost this game to California last year and are winless in their last three bowl appearances. They didn't help themselves with fumble on the opening kickoff return that led to Bryce Beall's 1-yard TD run just 1:33 into the game.
Beall finished with 227 yards of total offense as he added 4 receptions for 92 yards to his rushing totals of 22 carries for 135.
Jordan Mannisto's 37-yard field goal provided the game's final points with 3:24 left to play but the Falcons graveled just 2 yards on their next possession and the Cougars ran out the clock.