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INDEPENDENCE BOWL PREVIEW: Missouri vs. North Carolina, today at 5 P.M. ET ESPN

 

(courtesy of Bowl via wikipedia commons)

The 2011 Advocare Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana, will pit a pair of 7-5 teams against each other.

The Missouri Tigers of the Big 12 Conference against the North Carolina Tar Heels of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The 2010 game had Air Force playing Georgia Tech. The Falcons beat the Yellow Jackets, 17-14.

The Tar Heels are playing in its fourth consecutive bowl game, the school’s longest streak since a five-game run from 1979-1983.

North Carolina is coming into the game on a down note, having only won a single game against Duke after becoming bowl eligible with their sixth win on October 29.

If the Tar Heels win the game, their achieve their fourth straight eight-win season.

The Tigers of Missouri won four of their last five games after starting off a disappointing 3-4. Missouri beat Texas for the first time in head coach Gary Pinkel’s tenure, 17-5.

Shreveport, Louisiana is not a stranger for Missouri. The Tigers are playing there for the third time since 2005 due to the fact that the Big 12 had eight-bowl eligible teams for the league’s seven bowl games. Missouri was pushed out of the top seven spots despite the fact it earned wins over Iowa State, Texas and Texas A&M.

Missouri’s offense is led by QB James Franklin, a sophomore, who completed 63% of his attempts with only 10 interceptions. During the season, he had an interception-free streak of 123 in a row.

The Tar Heels offense is led by  WR Dwight Jones who led the ACC in receptions with 79 and was tied for the league lead with 11 touchdown catches with 11. Also on offense is RB Giovani Bernard a big-play runner who averages 5.4 yards per carry and totaled 1,222 yards rushing.

 

 

Info compiled from Independence Bowl, University of Missouri & University of North Carolina news

 

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2010 INDEPENDENCE BOWL: Air Force beats shorthanded Georgia Tech

(courtesy of Independence Bowl via Wikipedia Commons)

Georgia Tech came into its matchup with Air Force undermanned with some key players out due to various reasons.

Joshua Nesbitt, the Atlantic Coast Conference’s career leading rusher for a quarterback, missed the game because of a broken right arm.

Number-1 wide receiver Stephen Hill and starting safety Mario Edwards were among four players declared ineligible because of various academic problems. Also, Tech had three defensive players miss the first half because of a curfew violations.

The game came down to special teams play.

Air Force took advantage when the Yellow Jackets muffed a punt in the second half, scoring the go-ahead touchdown, a 3-yard run from Jared Tew in the 14-7 win in the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana.

The Falcons improve to 9-4, while Georgia Tech drops to 6-7.

AIR FORCE FALCONS GAME NOTES

* The Falcons¬† are the nation’s number-2 rushing attack using the option attack and averaging 317.9 yards a game.

* Offense led by junior Tim Jefferson who started all 12 games. He ran for 769 yards and 15 touchdowns and passed for 1,342 yards and 10 scores.

* Ranked 100th nationally, giving up 195.1 rushing yards a game.

* Air Force can play with anybody, losing by three to Oklahoma and by five points to Utah.

GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS

* With their spread offensive attack, they lead the nation in rushing offense with 327 yards a game.

* Head coach Paul Johnson just wrapped up his third season at Georgia Tech. He spent six years as the head coach at Navy, winning his last five games against the Falcons to put a vise-grip on the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy.

*Tech’s defense gives up 169.7 yards a game, 78th in the nation.

* Georgia Tech came into the game with a loss to arch-rival Georgia in a disappointing season.

* The loss in the Independence Bowl ended the Yellow Jackets consecutive winning seasons to 14 and their bowl losing streak is now at six in a row.


compiled from Independence Bowl, Air Force & Georgia Tech news