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by CFP Staff
Jefferson became the first quarterback in Air Force history to lead his team to four bowl games, but the loss dropped the Falcons to 2-2 in those games after winning 2 in-a-row. The Falcons finished the season 7-6 after becoming bowl eligible by winning four of their last five regular season games.
It was the head coaching debut for Matt Campbell. The 32-year old was named Toledo's interim head coach on December 9 after Tim Beckman was hired to replace Ron Zook at Illinois, but was hired as head coach 3 days later.
Toledo finished 9-4 and will begin the 2012 season on a 4-game winning streak. The Rockets won 8 of their last 9 games, including the bowl game, after starting the season 1-3 against a nonconference slate that featured road trips to Ohio State and Syracuse sandwiched around a home game with Boise State.
Toledo only lost to the Buckeyes by 5 when they turned the ball over on downs at the Ohio State 16-yard line with 40 seconds left. And the The Rockets were victims of the biggest blunder of the year by officials in the Syracuse overtime loss. That game, you may remember, was where the Orange went ahead 30-27 with 2:07 left in regulation on a PAT that was was inexplicably ruled good when it was clearly wide right. (The Big East was quick to admit the mistake after the game, but it was too late). Toledo then drove the field and kicked what could have been the game-winning field goal. Instead, it became the game-tying kick and the Rockets wound up losing 33-30 in overtime.
58.3% of CollegeFootballPoll.com voters picked the Rockets to win and the Congrove Computer Rankings favored Toledo by 4.24 points.
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