Air Force 14, Rice 33—FINAL SCORE.
The Rice Owls won the 2012 Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas. What started as a potential shootout on paper ended up being something entirely different.
The first 10 minutes of the game were completely scoreless, and it was due to great defense from both teams. Rice then forced a fumble, and took the following drive into the end zone to score first. Air Force responded with three forced fumbles in the second quarter that led to a 14-7 halftime lead for the Falcons.
Rice solved the turnover and defensive issues in the locker room, and reeled off 26 unanswered points against a worn-out Air Force defense that couldn't handle the pass. Rice only allowed Air Force to manage two first downs in the entire second half, and the Owls ended the game with an interception that completely crushed any possibility of a miraculous comeback.
Air Force and Rice actually put together a monstrous defensive battle for three straight quarters. In the end, Rice had the energy left in the fourth quarter to put Air Force away. Rice pulled off its second bowl victory in 57 short years, and finished the 2012 season with a 7-6 record.