MWC football notebook: Air Force bowl eligible following big victory over Army
After suffering three consecutive losses, Air Force bounced back in a big way last weekend at Army.
The Falcons (6-4) not only became bowl-eligible for the fourth straight year, but they also pounded their rivals, 42-22, to claim their first Commander-in-Chief's Trophy since 2002. The trophy is emblematic of supremacy among the three service academies.
"We had an excellent win on Saturday," said AFA coach Troy Calhoun. "For our guys, (winning the Commander-in-Chief trophy is) a neat achievement."
Following the victory, Air Force personnel drove the team's equipment truck from West Point, N.Y., to Annapolis, Md., to pick up the 170-pound trophy from the Naval Academy before returning to the Air Force Academy.
As part of winning the Commander-in-Chief's trophy, the Falcons will visit the White House for a meeting with the Commander-in-Chief, Barack Obama.
BOWL ELIGIBLE: Air Force became the MWC's fourth bowl-eligible team this season. TCU (10-0), Utah (8-1) and San Diego State (7-2) have already clinched bowl eligibility.
The only MWC team remaining that can become bowl eligible is BYU (4-5), which must win two of its last three games to qualify.
CAN ANYBODY STOP TCU?: No. 3 TCU proved it belongs in the national championship picture with its dominating 47-7 win at Utah. The Horned Frogs are the only team without a Mountain West Conference loss.
Now, it's San Diego State's turn to deal with TCU when the Aztecs visit Amon G. Carter Stadium.
"This TCU team has a great history and tradition. They play hard and with great effort every time they hit the field," said SDSU coach Brady Hoke, who added that his offensive coaching staff is "aging" as they watch film of the Frogs.
Hoke added that after watching TCU dismantle Utah, he is impressed with TCU's "demeanor and mannerisms on the field, how they play as a complete team and how they complement each other."
FIRST WIN: New Mexico downed Wyoming, 34-31, at home to register its first victory of the season. The Lobos have now matched their win total from last year.
"Obviously, with the first win, for our seniors and for the players, that was a big high point for me," said New Mexico coach Mike Locksley. "Each week, these guys come in and give us everything they have. To not to be able to taste victory has been definitely frustrating for us as a coaching staff. So to see our players celebrate a victory definitely was a great feeling for me as the head coach."
STREAKS: TCU snapped Utah's 21-game home winning streak last weekend. The Frogs now own the league's top home winning streak, with 19 consecutive victories.
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