Air Force Earns 38-24 Win in Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

 

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BOISE, Idaho - The Air Force Academy (10-3) defeated Western Michigan University (8-5), 38-24, in the 18th annual Famous Idaho Potato Bowl held Saturday at Albertsons Stadium. The Falcons, representing the Mountain West Conference, used a 284-yard effort on the ground to lead them to their first bowl win since 2010.

Sophomore running back Shayne Davern rushed for 101-yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries, earning him Most Valuable Player honors for the Air Force Academy. Sophomore D.J. Johnson added 83-yards and one touchdown, while junior Devin Rushing added another scoring run in his 25-yards carried. Quarterback Kale Pearson registered five completions on nine attempts for 77-yards on the night. Sophomore linebacker Jordan Pierce led the Falcon defense with 10 tackles, including three tackles for loss and two sacks.

Western Michigan sophomore wide receiver Corey Davis earned the MVP nod for his team after catching eight passes for 176-yards and three touchdowns. Sophomore Daniel Braverman pulled in seven receptions for 85-yards, while sophomore Zach Terrell connected on 19 of his 38 attempts notching 297-yards and three touchdown passes.

The Broncos were the first on the board after Andrew Haldeman hit a 25-yard kick. Air Force responded before the end of the quarter with a Shayne Davern run, putting the Falcons ahead 6-3 after a failed two-point conversion. WMU's Corey Davis snagged a 47-yard pass early in the second quarter to put the Broncos up 10-6. Just over a minute later Davern ran in his second touchdown of the night, followed by a Devin Rushing touchdown near the end of the half, putting Air Force ahead 20-10 midway through the game. Each team put points on the board through the end of the third quarter and start of the fourth before AFA was able to pull away scoring two touchdowns with just under 10 minutes remaining pushing the score to 38-17. Zach Terrell connected with Davis late the fourth quarter on a 51-yard pass, cutting the score to 38-24.

Air Force earned its 11th bowl victory and first since an Independence Bowl win in 2010, now holding an 11-12-1 bowl record. Mid-American Conference representative Western Michigan moved to a 0-6 record in bowl game appearances.