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Mountaintop View 12-25-23. Falcons win, Aggies and Spartans fall flat, Schager back, Stevens gets points record.

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NCAA Football: Armed Forces Bowl-James Madison at Air Force Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports

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It’s Monday, Bowl games were played this past weekend and bowl games will be played this weekend. Plus, college basketball is up and running. Through it all, the content keeps going. Check out our original coverage and what we can find from the World Wide Web below.

Falcons end the year with a win.

Air Force pulled out the first-half of the season version of the team to pull out a convincing victory. They were led by a few players with huge performances. On offense, full back Emmanuel Michel took charge of the offense, rushing for a career-best 203 yards and two touchdowns on the day. Edge rusher Bo Ritcher was a terror on defense, posting a school-record 4.5 tackles for loss, with three of them going for sacks. It’s safe to say James Madison was not ready for the triple-option experience.

Aggies get blowout in bowl game.

Early on, this had all the makings of a close, back-and-forth type of game with the scored tied 14-14. Then, the Panthers decided they were done with that. They rattled off 31 straight points and the Aggies were never able to recover, ultimately losing 45-22. Not much went right for Utah State on either side of the ball, as they went 0-of-3 on fourth downs and allowed 643 total yards. The only bright spot was breakout wide receiver Jalen Royals became the all-time school leader in touchdown passes caught.

Spartans are lifeless in the Hawaii Bowl.

San Jose State was held scoreless for the first three quarters of this game. The run game never quite got going and the pass game wasn’t very effective either. To make mattes worse, they shot themselves in a foot a few times too. The Spartans had only turned the ball over eight time all season, but fumbled the ball twice in the third quarter. While the offense found the endzone a few times in fourth quarter, the deficit was too great to overcome against Coastal Carolina.

Schager is coming back to Hawaii in 2024.

Stevens stands alone.

On the horizon:

  • Later today: A new MWC Recruiting Roundup. The post signing day version.
  • Later today: The Recruiting Road So Far: Colorado State
  • Later today: MBB Rankings
  • Coming Tuesday: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: Bowl Week 2
  • Coming Tuesday: Th Recruiting Road So Far: Fresno State
  • Coming Tuesday: Hike’s Peak Podcast Episode 28: Bowl Week 2
  • Coming Wednesday: Peak Perspective: Reviewing the 2020 Recruiting Class
  • Coming Wednesday: The Recruiting Road So Far: Hawaii