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Falcons Take an Amazing Victory over the Jaguars at the 2016 Arizona Bowl

2016 Arizona Bowl

December 30, 2017– 2016 Arizona Bowl was quite the action-packed event as Air Force made a surprising comeback to defeat South Alabama 45-21.

With just 6 minutes left on the clock for the first half, things were looking bleak for Air Force as South Alabama had the lead 21-3. After several failed attempts to move the ball, things turned around for the Falcons as their defense took a stance against the Jaguars.

Their efforts paid off as they went on to score 42 consecutive points to finally take the win 45-21. Ending the season as the victors of the Arizona Bowl, the Falcons on the other hand took home their second loss for the bowl game.

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The success of their win is largely attributed to quarterback Arion Worthman, who made 278 yards of total offense while also running with flexibility and efficiency. His actions allowed the Falcons to take the lead in the second half and kept their momentum to reach their victory.

Offensive MVP

Arion WorthmanAir ForceQB

Defensive MVP

Weston SteelhammerAir ForceDB

2016 Arizona BowlGAME SUMMARY

Recap of the 2016 Arizona Bowl

Statistics USA:

  • First Downs: 13
  • Plays-Yards: 47-313
  • Third Down Efficiency: 3-8
  • Rushes-Yards: 21-68
  • Passing-Yards: 245
  • Passing, Comp-Att-Int: 10-26-1
  • Time of Possession: 19:34

Statistics AFA:

  • First Downs: 24
  • Plays-Yards: 24-460
  • Third Down Efficiency: 5-13
  • Rushes-Yards: 63-253
  • Passing Yards: 207
  • Passing, Comp-Att-Int: 7-10-0
  • Time of Possession: 40:26


The NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, is played between bowl-eligible teams from the Mountain West Conference and Sun Belt Conference.


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