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Persistence pays for Air Force

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Associated Press
December 28, 2010
— Air Force was struggling to run the ball and failed to convert a few great opportunities in the passing game. Instead of growing frustrated and losing focus, the Falcons kept plugging along.

Their persistence paid off.


Air Force cashed in when Georgia Tech muffed a punt in the second half of the Independence Bowl, getting a go-ahead touchdown run from Jared Tew in a 14-7 victory Monday.


“Our discipline really shined in this game,” Falcons defensive tackle Rick Ricketts said. “We liked our game plan going in. It was pretty straight forward, so it was just a matter of executing.”


It was a matchup between the two best rushing teams in the country, but the game was largely decided by special teams.


Backup kicker Zack Bell converted the first two field-goal attempts of his career before Tew’s 3-yard run gave the Falcons (9-4) the lead for good. Air Force’s only touchdown came four plays after Daniel McKayhan’s second muffed punt of the game—the third of four Georgia Tech turnovers.



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