Jackets to play Air Force in Independence Bowl

December, 5, 2010
12/05/10
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Georgia Tech accepted an invitation from the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl to play Air Force Dec. 27 in Shreveport, La. (5 p.m. ET/ESPN2).

The Yellow Jackets, 6-6 overall and 4-4 in the ACC, are making their 14th consecutive bowl game appearance, which ties for the fourth-longest active streak in the FBS. Tech, which will appear in its 39th bowl game overall, will be making its first appearance in the Independence Bowl.

Air Force, making its third Independence Bowl appearance, finished the regular season 8-4 overall and 5-3 in the Mountain West Conference. The Falcons won their final three games by a combined score of 125-65.

Georgia Tech (327.0 yards per game) and Air Force (317.9 ypg) are the nation's top two teams in rushing offense, respectively. Tech needs a victory to extend its streak of consecutive winning seasons to 14 and to snap a five-game bowl losing streak. Coach Paul Johnson is familiar with Air Force after coaching six seasons (2002-07) at Navy. After losing to the Falcons in 2002, Johnson's Midshipmen beat Air Force five consecutive seasons.

"Our football team should be excited about this opportunity to play against a very talented, well-coached team like the Air Force Academy," Johnson said in a prepared statement. "It will certainly be a challenge for our football team, but it's also a chance to end the season on a positive note as we head into 2011. I know that our senior class would like to conclude their careers with a win in a bowl game."

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