Shaun Carney threw two touchdown passes and Bobby Giannini returned a fumble 85 yards for a score early in the fourth quarter to lead Air Force to a 20-12 win over Wyoming on Saturday.
The Falcons (6-2, 5-1 MWC), who forced five turnovers, became bowl eligible for the first time since 2002.
Wyoming (4-3, 1-2) led 9-7 when running back Wynel Seldon lost the ball at the Air Force 15 after being spun around by Giannini. The senior safety picked up the ball and ran unchased for the score to put the Falcons ahead.
The play went to review, but was upheld by the officials only minutes after a similar play - a fumble by Wyoming quarterback Karsten Sween that was returned for a touchdown - was overturned.
Ian Hetrick replaced an ineffective Sween, who threw three interceptions, in the fourth quarter and made things interesting. He drove the Cowboys 74 yards, but Wyoming was held to a field goal and was unable to recover the ensuing onside kick.
Carney became Air Force's all-time leader in touchdown passes with 35 when he connected with wide receiver Mark Root for the game's final score. The record was held by Rich Haynie, the Falcons' quarterback from 1971-73.
Wyoming opened the scoring on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Sween to halfback Wade Betschart. Kicker Billy Vinnedge missed the extra point.
Air Force responded with a score, a 5-yard touchdown pass from Carney to wide receiver Chad Hall.
Vinnedge added a 57-yard field goal as time expired and the Cowboys took the lead into halftime.
The Falcons ran for 259 yards, including 167 from Hall. Carney ran for 64 yards.