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Houston, we finally have a bowl victory — at Air Force’s expense

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Houston running back Bryce Beall (25) gets past Air Force safety Aaron Kirchoff (23) for a touchdown in the first half of the Armed Forces Bowl.

Houston running back Bryce Beall (25) gets past Air Force safety Aaron Kirchoff (23) for a touchdown in the first half of the Armed Forces Bowl.

Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas — Houston coach Kevin Sumlin doesn't have to hear any more about that nearly three-decade postseason winless drought for the Cougars.

It's finally over.

Case Keenum ran for two touchdowns and threw for another and the Cougars wrapped up Sumlin's first season with a 34-28 victory over Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl on Wednesday for their first bowl victory since 1980.

Houston (8-5) ended an eight-game bowl losing streak, avoiding a record the Cougars didn't want to share with Notre Dame. The Irish won the Hawaii Bowl last week to end their NCAA-record bowl losing streak at nine.