Independence Bowl, Air Force Vs. Georgia Tech: Air Force Defeats Georgia Tech, 14-7

The Air Force Falcons defeated the ACC's Georgia Tech in the Independence Bowl on Monday Dec. 27th. For more coverage check out SB Nation Atlanta and From the Rumble Seat

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Late Interception Seals Independence Bowl Win For Air Force

Air Force began the last drive of the game with the ball on their own nine-yard line and with 10:57 by leading Georgia Tech 14-7. The Falcons then methodically drove the ball down the field and along the way converted a key fourth down to keep the ball with a Tim Jefferson quarterback sneak. The Falcon offense stalled at the 20-yard line in what was to be the go ahead field goal but the attempt by Zack Bell was wide left.

Georgia Tech then had one last chance to and had the ball with 1:48 at its own 20 and quarterback Tevin Washington moved Tech down the field by throwing and passing the ball. Tech moved the ball all the way down to inside the Air Force 30-yard line, but had no timeouts and had to start passing the ball. This is where Tech was wishing they had top receiver Stephen Hill who was out for failing to meet academic requirements. 

Tech quarterback Tevin Washington threw a deep pass in the end zone which to what he thought was an open receiver, but Air Force defensive back Jon Davis came out of nowhere to pick off that pass to seal the victory for Air Force. This was Davis' third interception on the year and is the often overlooked defensive back for Air Force after All-American Reggie Rembert and then Anthony Wright, Jr.

This game was a very competitive game, but it was a sloppy game on both sides. Air Force seemed to go for it on fourth down and came up short more often than not. The Falcons ended up going two-for-five on fourth down attempts and then on third down they were only 6 of 18. Air Force gave up many chances by not converting on third down and then going for it on fourth down which the Falcons rarely converted.

Georgia Tech also had their chances, but they turned the ball over four times, two were muffed punts. The turnover that cost them the game was the fumbled punt late in the third quarter which gave Air Force the ball deep in Georgia Tech territory. Air Force went on to score the go ahead score by running back Jared Tew and then the Falcons completed the two-point conversion to be up seven points.

While winning the game was the priority for Air Force, but during the game their live falcon mascot went missing for most of the second half, plus the falcon never did its pregame ritual of flying into the stadium. The falcon was eventually found and safely returned after being found on the top of a building nearby the stadium.


Independence Bowl, Air Force Vs. Georgia Tech: Game Predictions

With kick off just over an hour away it is time to scour the web to see who picks who in the Independence Bowl.

Source Winner Notes Falcons Of the four writers, three pick Air Force, with Gerry Ahern as the only one predicting a Georgia Tech victory.
USA Today Jackets In the eight person panel, Georgia Tech gets five votes while Air Force gets three votes to win.
CBS Sports Falcons

 Air Force receives four of the five picks from the CBS crew.

Fanhouse Jackets Brett McMurphy is doing his bowl picks against the spread and is taking Georgia Tech at +2½.
Houston Chronicle Falcons Joseph Duarte who covers Rice for the Houston Chronicle picked every bowl game and has Air Force in this matchup.
What If Sports Jackets What If Sports has Tech winning 21-14 and with Air Force needing 14 fourth quarter points in a failed comeback try.
ESPN ACC Blogger Jackets Heather Dinich picks Georgia Tech to beat Air Force, 28-24. Her reasoning is because Paul Johnson dominated Air Force when he was at Navy.
AccuScore Falcons The computer simulation program predicts Air Force to win 32.6 to to 26.3 and 61 percent of the time.
Jeremy Mauss Jackets My personal pick is Air Force winning 28-24 and believes the Falcon defense will be the deciding factor.
ESPN National Blogger Falcons Andrea Adelson picks Air Force to win 27-17. Her reasoning is because Joshua Nesbitt is out for Georgia Tech.
From the Rumble Seat Jackets The three head writers predict a Georgia Tech win, but in a sloppy game.


Independence Bowl, Air Force Vs. Georgia Tech: Speculation That Joshua Nesbitt Will Now Play For Georgia Tech

For the past three weeks the status surrounding Georgia Tech quarterback Joshua Nesbitt has been that he is very unlikely to play.  Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun is saying that he believes there is a strong possibility that Nesbitt will play in today's game. Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson has said little on Nesbitt's status since they arrived to Shreveport for bowl practices:

"He's out," but he never officially closed the book. "He's probably not going to play," he said, changing from a definitive answer to one with a loophole. "That'd be a real reach, I think."

This could just be coaching gamesmanship and is trying for a mental edge against Air Force who may not have prepared for Nesbitt as much since he has been said to be likely out of the bowl game. Johnson has closed all the bowl practices to the media -- perhaps to see what Nesbitt could do -- so perhaps there could be a sighting of Nesbitt this afternoon.

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