Scouting report: Georgia Tech vs. Air Force in Independence Bowl

December 26, 2010|By Tribune Newspapers

Georgia Tech (6-6) vs. Air Force (8-4)

When: Monday, 5 p.m.

Where: Shreveport, La.

TV: ESPN2

About Georgia Tech (4-4 ACC): As usual, the Yellow Jackets had no trouble using their triple-option offense to pile up gaudy rushing statistics. Georgia Tech led the nation with 327 rushing yards per game. But the Yellow Jackets struggled to stop opposing offenses, especially down the stretch. Four of Georgia Tech's final five opponents — Duke was the lone exception — scored at least 27 points.

About Air Force (5-3 MWC): The Falcons have thrived this season in the talented Mountain West Conference. QB Tim Jefferson runs Air Force's triple-option attack well, helping the Falcons rank second nationally in rushing yards per game at 317.9. The offense is very different from what most college football teams run. Air Force nearly upset Oklahoma before losing, 27-24. The Falcons swept their two biggest games of the season against rivals Navy and Army, claiming the Commander in Chief's Trophy for the first time since 2002.

Watchability: 2 stars out of 5

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