by CFP Staff
December 27, 2010
Air Force handed Georgia Tech its 6th consecutive bowl loss, 14-7 at the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana on Monday.
A muffed punt return on the final play of the 3rd quarter set the Falcons up on the Georgia Tech 14-yard line and they scored four plays later to take the 14-7 lead after adding a 2-point conversion.
Air Force used a 19-play drive to burn over 9 minutes off the clock on its next possession, but missed a field goal that could have sealed the win. Instead, the Jackets got the ball back with 1:39 remaining and drove to the Air Force 21 before an intercepted pass at the 2-yard line ended the game.
It was the 2nd straight bowl victory for the Falcons who finished their season at 9-4 and evened their bowl record at 10-10-1.
The loss dropped the Ramblin' Wreck to 6-7 for its first sub-.500 campaign since 1996. Georgia Tech's all-time bowl record dropped to 22-17. The 6-bowl losing streak is 2nd-worst in the nation behind Northwestern's 7-bowl skid.
These teams ranked first and second nationally in rushing offense coming into this game with the Yellow Jackets averaging 327 yards per game and the Falcons averaging 317.92. Both were held well under those numbers by defenses which practice against the option offense every day.
Georgia Tech managed 279 yards on the ground and just 40 through the air on 5-of-14 passing.
Air Force was held to only 170 yards rushing, but Tim Jefferson completed 11-of-23 for 116 yards. Jefferson, the teams' second-leading rusher, was kept to a season-low 25 yards on the ground and prevented from scoring for just the third game all season. Asher Clark, the teams' leading rusher was limited to 30 yards for his second-lowest total of the season.