Bowl preview: South Alabama @ Air Force

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On December 30, 2016 at 12:18 pm EST

On Friday night, the South Alabama Jaguars faces the Air Forces Falcons in the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl. The game will be on 5:30 pm EST on the American Sports Network (ASN).

The Jaguars are 6-6, while the Falcons are 9-3. South Alabama was 1-4 on the road, while Air Force was 4-1.

Nate Romine (Getty Images)

Nate Romine (Getty Images)

This is the first meeting between these two teams.

Air Force is seeking their seventh 10-win season in school history.

“I think this is probably the oldest team that we’ve had,” Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun said. “I think maybe we’ve had squad that perhaps were more talented, but we have 32 seniors and as you go through each one of those guys, there are some major and significant contributors in a variety of roles.”

This is South Alabama’s second bowl game in school history. They lost 33-28 to the Bowling Green Falcons in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl on Dec. 20, 2014.

“We’re excited about the practice we’re getting, and the kids have taken advantage of it,” South Alabama head coach Joey Jones said. “We’ve had some real good practices. They realize one of our goals is to go win a bowl game, and they still have that opportunity ahead of them.”

Air Force is 11-13-1 in their previous 25 bowl games. They lost their last bowl game.

The Falcons have not won a bowl game since the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl when they won 38-24 over the Western Michigan Broncos on Dec. 20, 2014.

South Alabama won its last game over the New Mexico State Aggies. They haven’t lost a game since Nov. 26 when they lost 38-31 to the Idaho Vandals.

Air Force has won its past five games. They haven’t lost a game since Oct. 22 when they were defeated 34-27 to the Hawai’i Warriors.

Dallas Davis leads the Jaguars attack with 2,461 passing yards. He has 10 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions.

Xavier Johnson has 787 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. Gerald Everett has 717 receiving yards and four touchdowns.

Nate Romine leads the Falcons attack with 1,206 passing yards. He has 10 touchdown passes and four interceptions.

Jacobi Owens has 785 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Jalen Robinette has 835 receiving yards and five touchdowns.

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