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Independence Bowl, Georgia Tech Vs. Air Force: Falcon Mascot Flies Away, And So Does The Ballgame

The Air Force Falcons mascot exited the stadium after a pregame fly-around — nearing the end of the fourth quarter, Air Force falconers were still tracking him throughout Shreveport. I didn’t make any of that up. There’s a military-trained bird of prey loose in Shreveport right now. UPDATE: The falcon has been secured. He was downtown. [Transition sentence.]

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets looked like the superior team for much of the game, outgaining Air Force until the end of the fourth quarter. But a barrage of turnovers and several game’s worth of special teams lapses, including consecutive dropped returns by WR Daniel McKayhan after regular returner Jerrard Terrant had to leave with an injury, negated Tech’s one impressive drive. Which was itself ended by a fumble anyway.

The Falcons pounded out a clutch, time-killing (and timeout-burning) drive late in the fourth, converting multiple first downs and just missing a field goal that would’ve iced it.

Down 14-7 with the ball and under a minute to go, Tevin Washington led Tech within scoring range before throwing a lobbed interception into the end zone. Air Force DE Rick Ricketts also rolled over Washington’s leg on the play, putting the QB on the ground for a moment. He was able to walk off the field.

Tech has now lost six straight bowl games, and has yet to produce multiple offensive touchdowns in a bowl game during the Paul Johnson era. The Jackets finish with their first losing record since 1996.

For more on this game visit From The Rumble Seat and Mountain West Connection.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.