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MACtion carries over into the postseason for Military Bowl

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You know we never miss a chance to tell our brave men and women of the armed forces “thank you” for all that they do for this great country.

So we like to think of today’s Military Bowl as a big ‘ol “You’re welcome ‘Merica.”

If we’re measuring the quality of a game in patriotism, the Military Bowl might as well been Uncle Sam. It’s going to be hard for the remaining 25 bowls to live up to what the Military Bowl did tonight between Toledo and Air Force — a 42-41 shootout that was only decided in regulation because of a botched fake PAT attempt by the Falcons with a minute left in the game.

Air Force never led, but they had the chance to take the lead when it mattered most. They just couldn’t execute the option on the fake PAT.

Now that’s what you call ironic.

Hard to blame Troy Calhoun for going for the win, though. Besides the obvious, what did he really have to lose? This was a game that felt like whichever team that had the ball last had the best chance to win.

Toledo’s been in that position before. The Rockets have been a part of some of the most exciting and offensive-driven games this season, most notably back-to-back games against Northern Illinois and Western Michigan in which the average final score was 63.

Toledo has been one of the most exciting teams to watch this season. Tim Beckman has left a great foundation for Matt Campbell to work with, especially if wide receiver and do-it-all specialist Eric Page returns for another year.

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