Air Force quarterback Shaun Carney has a sprained right knee and will not return.
Here’s an odd one: The Bears have now allowed 22 field goals, the most against them ever in a season. Chew on that one for awhile.
Justin Forsett has just tied the single-season record for most rushing touchdowns in a season with 15. He also has moved into second on the all-time list for single-season rushing yards.
Kevin Riley’s astounding numbers: 14-16, 223 yards, three touchdowns,.
Also, Robert Jordan has four catches for 102 yards, his first 100-yard game since 2005.
This is the first time that DeSean Jackson, Lavelle Hawkins and Robert Jordan each have had touchdown catches in the same game.
Jeff Tedford initially said he wanted to play Kevin Riley for a series or two. Now, it’s hard to imagine Nate Longshore will come back into the game. Riley obviously made plays and gave the offense a spark when he got in there.
Meanwhile, it looks as though the Bears have figured some things out on defense. They’ve gone with a fast three-man front with Rulon Davis and Cameron Jordan on the ends and Derrick Hill in the middle, and Air Force isn’t having as much success with the option. The return of Thomas DeCoud also was a difference-maker — he blew up two plays single-handedly in the second quarter.
Riley was 9-for-11 for 122 yards and two touchdowns. Justin Forsett has 42 yards rushing and DeSean Jackson has four catches for 73 yards and a score.
Thomas DeCoud has taken the field to begin the second quarter.
Just a note pointing out that the first quarter has come to a close and DeCoud, Jackson and Jordan still have not entered the game.
Brett Johnson is starting for Thomas DeCoud, his first career start. Sam DeSa and LaReylle Cunningham are starting for DeSean Jackson and Robert Jordan.
The Armed Forces Bowl is sponsored by Bell Helicopter, which supplies its products to the military. There was a majestic demonstration a few minutes ago when the company displayed its helicopters by sending a few of them up and around the stadium. They took off from a roped off area right behind the stadium, appearing over the concourse then ultimately flying away.