2015 Armed Forces Bowl (December)

The 2015 Armed Forces Bowl was a post-season American college football bowl game played on December 29, 2015 at Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. The 13th edition of the Armed Forces Bowl featured the California Golden Bears of the Pac-12 Conference against the Air Force Falcons of the Mountain West Conference. It began at 2:03 p.m. CST and aired on ESPN. It was one of the 2015–16 bowl games that concluded the 2015 FBS football season. Sponsored by aerospace and defense company Lockheed Martin, it was officially known as the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl.[3]

2015 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
13th Armed Forces Bowl
1234 Total
California 1421173 55
Air Force 71487 36
DateDecember 29, 2015
Season2015
StadiumAmon G. Carter Stadium
LocationFort Worth, Texas
MVPJared Goff (Cal-QB)
Karson Roberts (AF-QB)
FavoriteCalifornia by 7½[1]
RefereeMatt Loeffler (SEC)[2]
Attendance38,915[2]
PayoutUS$TBD
United States TV coverage
NetworkESPN/RedVoice LLC
AnnouncersDave Flemming, Mike Bellotti, & Allison Williams (ESPN)
Brian Estridge, John Denton, Rob Best, & Landry Burdine (RedVoice)
Armed Forces Bowl
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TeamsEdit

The game featured the California Golden Bears against the Air Force Falcons. It was a rematch of the 2007 Armed Forces Bowl (the first for both teams), which saw California defeat Air Force by a score of 42–36.

California Golden BearsEdit

After finishing their regular season 7–5, the Golden Bears accepted their invitation to play in the game.[4]

This was the Golden Bears' second Armed Forces Bowl.

Air Force FalconsEdit

After finishing their regular season 8–5, the Falcons accepted their invitation to play in the game.[5]

This was the Falcons' fifth Armed Forces Bowl, giving them the new record for most appearances in the game. Their overall record in the Armed Forces Bowl is 1–3; in addition to their aforementioned loss to California in the 2007 game, they also lost the 2008 Armed Forces Bowl to Houston 34–28, won the 2009 Armed Forces Bowl over Houston 47–20, and lost the 2012 Armed Forces Bowl to Rice 33–14.

Game summaryEdit

Scoring summaryEdit

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP CAL AF
1 8:33 11 68 6:27 AF Jacobi Owens 1-yard touchdown run, Luke Strebel kick good 0 7
1 5:46 7 65 2:47 CAL Vic Enwere 1-yard touchdown run, Matt Anderson kick good 7 7
1 0:02 2 47 0:27 CAL Bryce Treggs 30-yard touchdown reception from Jared Goff, Matt Anderson kick good 14 7
2 12:39 5 59 2:23 AF Tyler Williams 16-yard touchdown run, Luke Strebel kick good 14 14
2 7:37 7 81 2:01 CAL Darius Powe 5-yard touchdown reception from Jared Goff, Matt Anderson kick good 21 14
2 7:16 1 24 0:08 CAL Kenny Lawler 24-yard touchdown reception from Jared Goff, Matt Anderson kick good 28 14
2 3:04 10 64 4:03 AF Karson Roberts 1-yard touchdown run, Luke Strebel kick good 28 21
2 2:00 3 78 0:57 CAL Kenny Lawler 14-yard touchdown reception from Jared Goff, Matt Anderson kick good 35 21
3 11:04 9 76 3:49 CAL Darius Powe 12-yard touchdown reception from Jared Goff, Matt Anderson kick good 42 21
3 2:44 10 68 3:41 CAL 29-yard field goal by Matt Anderson 45 21
3 1:30 3 69 1:05 AF Timothy McVey 57-yard touchdown reception from Karson Roberts, 2-point pass from Karson Roberts to Jacobi Owens good 45 29
3 0:17 3 61 1:04 CAL Kenny Lawler 25-yard touchdown reception from Jared Goff, Matt Anderson kick good 52 29
4 9:14 7 52 2:00 AF Jale Robinette 15-yard touchdown reception from Karson Roberts, Luke Strebel kick good 52 36
4 1:13 14 53 7:54 CAL 30-yard field goal by Matt Anderson 55 36
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 55 36

[2]

StatisticsEdit

Statistics[2] CAL AF
First Downs 27 23
Total offense, plays – yards 71–586 68–434
Rushes-yards (net) 34–119 53–285
Passing yards (net) 467 149
Passes, Comp-Att-Int 25–37–0 7–15–1
Time of Possession 28:53 31:07

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Odds, Los Angeles Times, December 10, 2015
  2. ^ a b c d "2015 Armed Forces Bowl: Cal vs. Air Force Stats". Stat Broadcast. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Cal's passing versus Air Force's ground game". Armed Forces Bowl. 6 December 2015. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Cal To Play Air Force In Armed Forces Bowl". CalBears.com. University of California. 6 December 2015. Archived from the original on 28 January 2016. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Falcons Face Cal in Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl". GoAirForceFalcons.com. United States Air Force Academy. 6 December 2015. Retrieved 7 December 2015.