How does Tech’s defense compare with Air Force’s?

One of the good things about playing another option team is that Georgia Tech’s defense has a lot of experience against it, according coach Paul Johnson.

Tech will play Air Force in the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La. at 5 p.m. on Dec. 27.

Though the Yellow Jackets’ defense faces a scout team each week that mimics its opponent’s offense, it does spend most of its time facing Tech’s spread-based option offense during the spring and parts of August.

The issues that Tech’s defense have had this season are well-chronicled, so we won’t go into that again in this blog.

Here’s how the defenses compare for the Independence Bowl:

Category Georgia Tech Air Force
Points allowed per game 26.2 22.2
Rushing allowed per game 169.7 195.1
Average allowed per rush 4.6 4.8
Passing allowed per game 209 156.7
Average per catch 11.9 11
Total offense allowed per game 378.7 351.8
Average allowed per play 5.8 5.3
Interceptions 8 11
Fumbles caused/recovered 28/13 20/7
Time of possession 27:54:00 29:31:00
3rd-down conv. % 40 48
4th-down conv. % 50 53
TDs allowed 41 33
Red zone scores % 78 87
Red zone TD % 61 64
Sacks by 17 13

Earlier, we compared the offenses.

38 comments Add your comment

Sammy Dawg

December 7th, 2010
2:56 pm

Sammy Dawg

December 7th, 2010
2:57 pm

Air Force by an extra point!


December 7th, 2010
3:21 pm

Hey Sammy Dawg, weas Tech students care deeply about your complaints and would like to direct you to the proper avenues for voicing your concerns over our student population. To make your voice heard take yourself down Techwood Drive and find a nice big fraternity house. Be sure to wear your red and black, by the way. The guys in the front yard of whichever house you choose will be happy to field your questions, comments or concerns regarding how dorky Tech students are. Or maybe they’ll maul you like drunken bears, because sometimes over-generalizations can piss off the non-dorks. Have a nice day!

Go Jackets!

Not so fast my friend...

December 7th, 2010
3:24 pm

Well, if we don’t play the game then I say AF by 4 pts.
But since we do play the game I say GT by 8
The final word…

Flowery Branch Yellow Jacket

December 7th, 2010
3:36 pm

Although we give up more total yards per game than the Falcons, the bulk of that is passing yards … and since Air Force probably won’t take to the air very often, then we should be okay. Our defense surrenders fewer yards per carry and fewer yards per game than the Air Force Academy defense, so hopefully that translates into a Tech victory. I’m guessing Tech by 10.

Paul Johnson

December 7th, 2010
3:51 pm

YES!!!!! SHREVEPORT Fish Fries include:

Catfish, Cod, Alligatorfish, Alaska Blackfish, Anchovy, Cornetfish, Crappie, Horn Shark, Hallibut, Japanese Eel, Kelpfish, Jellynose Fish, Long Finned Car, Zebra Turkeyfish, Sole, Ponyfish, Porgy, Yellowfish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, Prickle Fish, Seadevil, Scabbard Fish, Sculpin, Quillfish, Rabbitfish, Rainbow Trout, Pacific Trout, Blowfish, Tongue Fish, Gold Fish…….

And that’s just on Sunday before the game!!!!!!

Fire Paul Johnson

December 7th, 2010
3:52 pm

Air Force only gave up 312 yards and 6 points to Navy. It will be interesting to see if we top that with our “BCS caliber” athletes. Mr. Gladiator says he’s excited they’re playing in a bowl they can actually win, so we’ll see if that makes for a motivated team against a lesser opponent. Of course I should be careful using the word “lesser” considering Air Force is a 2.5 point favorite!

Fire Paul Johnson

December 7th, 2010
3:54 pm

And looking at the box score, it appears 3 of those navy points came on an Air Force turnover at their own 36.


December 7th, 2010
4:40 pm

It amazes me that there is so much negativity surrounding Georgia Tech’s program right now. Ok we had a bad season….get over it and roo for our guys! I think these blogs are full of whiners and poseurs. If you’re a fan then show some support. Stand up to the rivals, sure, but also make sure you’re showing the support you need to show. Unless, of course, you’re not actually a fan. If not, then do like everyone else and “fair weather” your way on over to some Auburn website. The best thing about a down year should be the fans. Yall need to show pride and school spirit. Ever thought about how folks in the state of Mississippi live? They don’t say things like “I won’t support a team that does not accomplish _____.” Instead they say “We might lose games, but we don’t lose parties! Go (Rebs/Dawgs/Eagles)!” Tech folk are overly serious and heady when they really could just be HAPPY to be associated with Georgia Tech. That’s why (as an alumnus) I will never ever stop saying…..

Go Jackets!

GT Sambo

December 7th, 2010
4:42 pm

This game is all about discipline. If we can match their discipline when executing our offense and staying in our gaps on defense, we should win. Of course, matching the disciplined play of a Service Academy is a tall task for most teams, let alone one who has shown some undisciplined play throughout the year,

GT Sambo

December 7th, 2010
4:43 pm

But Go Jackets anyway…. I will be there!!!!!

Stinger 2

December 7th, 2010
5:02 pm

GT defense has been bad against worse teams than the Air Force. For example, about 450 yards to Duke. We had better
play our best defensive game of the year with the fewest
turnovers if CPJ has a chance to win his first bowl game
at GT.

Go Jackets 88

December 7th, 2010
5:12 pm

They will not score more than 21 on us..I think it will be 31 to 21


December 7th, 2010
6:18 pm

UGA fans running their mouths but seem to forget that those top 10 recruiting classes= Shreveport and a just as bad of a dump city in memphis (crappy liberty bowl)!! Shreveport to memphis, man you guys are really looking up! Your welcome for even making a bowl game!


December 7th, 2010
7:02 pm

Tech has its hands full with this AFA team. Do not be surprised if AFA wins this game.


December 7th, 2010
8:19 pm

We have NO defense, which makes it possible for us to LOSE any game we play….


December 7th, 2010
8:21 pm

Our bowl record is ABSURD! This coach needs to win this one or ELSE…..


December 7th, 2010
8:24 pm


It’s just that sickening attitude that has brought GT football to where it is…. NO expectation, NO accountability, leads to TERRIBLE football……


December 7th, 2010
8:26 pm

and a EMPTY stadium….. Peace out…..


December 7th, 2010
8:47 pm

gt4ever…are you a season ticket holder?


December 7th, 2010
9:15 pm

I agree “man up”. Bring that kind of trash talking over generalizations down to the flats, and see how long you make it without getting the two teeth still left in your mouth knocked out. Ill be in Shreveport, and real Tech fans need to shut up with the whining and show up. I look forward to spending a fun couple days with real Tech fans down in Shreveport, whether its 2000 of us or 10000 of us, I’m still glad to be a Yellow Jacket.


December 7th, 2010
9:16 pm

Im talking to you “Sammy Dog”

Ghost of Mr. Cool

December 7th, 2010
9:35 pm

Know what, I ordered my tickets. I’m going to Shreveport, Hang out by the river, play a little craps at the Casinos, Go to the game cheer for the Jackets, slip off to the Big Easy for a couple of days and head back home when I damn well fell like it. Too all my Tech buddies, “keep your powder dry, our time is coming” and to those Ga fans that lurk around the Tech blogs just to be poor winners, I say enjoy it while you can, it’s not gonna last. Or as Billy would say “The sun don’t shine on the same Dog’s A** evey day”


December 8th, 2010
1:40 am

Paul Hewitt





December 8th, 2010
6:22 am

Brian Oliver played the whole entire game and was 3 for 15, no wonder Georgia tek LOST


as Paul Hewitt ALWAYS does to Georgia


December 8th, 2010
7:18 am

Yes Burdell, as if that makes any difference! I am a DIEHARD GT fan who is TIRED of CRAP football…. Tired of coaches that make millions of dollars and don’t earn it… I am tired of excuses, and most of all, I am tired of NO heart, uninspired football players!


December 8th, 2010
7:37 am

manup, you have plenty of dogs posing as gt fans bitching about johnson. they are tired of all the criticism of richt i guess.

and you have to smile at anyone who takes the time to come on a GT blog about air force v. GT stats to tell everyone they are dorks.

there is nothing i hate more than losing to georgia (even in basketball, though if it would finally rid us of hewitt i’d gladly sacrifice). but at least the next day i’m still a GT alum and fan, and they are not.


December 8th, 2010
8:07 am

LOL @ the Techie comments on this blog. My work is already done here. Well done.

GT Sambo

December 8th, 2010
9:36 am

Do we need accountability for our athletic teams? YES! Do we expect to win a National Championship every year? NO! Tech fans should not act like UGA fans with unrealistic expectations every year. I thought we would be 8-4 this year, and we probably should have been. But I am not going to throw CPJ under the bus for a 6-6 year after winning the ACC in 2009. I hope that 6-6 will be the floor. If we are 6-6 or worse again next year (with a much easier schedule) I will be sorely disappointed and some serious analysis of our future will need to take place. But right now things are looking up for GT football, with some solid recruits coming in that should fit both our offensive and defensive schemes.

Alabama Jack

December 8th, 2010
10:48 am

Tech may occasionally lose on the fields of athletics, but dawgs are losers for life.


December 8th, 2010
11:08 am

Teams appear to be pretty even. No shock that either team doesn’t pass that well and I’m guessing that Tech defends the run better than Air Force. (Certainly did against my Dawgs).

Georgia Tech 31
Air Force – 27

Don’t get me wrong; I would pull for Georgia against Georgia Tech in a Ping Pong Match; but at the end of the day, we all have friends that attend the other schools or in my case now, friends of children. So, I will always want the ‘other school’ in the state to have some success. Just not against Georgia.

Good luck…

Bulldog Fan

December 8th, 2010
11:11 am

Who cares? We beat Georgia Tech in football and basketball. That tells you how sorry GT is. Where are you manup and Henry CountyGT did I tell you Georgia Tech is a sorry football team. That game was so easy. GO DAWGS!!!!


December 8th, 2010
12:15 pm

I would like to ask a question to Tech fans. ften I have read on these blogs about how Tech can’t get top football players because the academic standards are to high. I have also noticed that Tech can get some of the top basketball players each year. Is there a different academic standard for Tech’s football players and basketball players or is all just b.s.?


December 8th, 2010
1:10 pm

This should be a really good game. Anyone playing in a bowl game should be proud. Texas
would love to be going. It is what it is….make the most of it.

Yellow Falcon

December 8th, 2010
1:48 pm

Fast, Neat, Average


December 8th, 2010
2:44 pm

Friendly, Good, Good

Roughrider's Mom

December 8th, 2010
9:21 pm


Why are you on this blog? Unfortunastely, you dropped out of high school in the tenth grade for impregnating your Aunt Bobbie. That dear child did not fall far from her daddy’d “cognitive tree”, displaying a 67 I.Q. Like you, she’ll get through life spreading her legs for any guy who shows an interest. You have always been jealous of bright people. Accept your station in life as a dumb-ass, loser.

I still love you just the same.




December 9th, 2010
8:11 pm

I think Tech will lose because they have had the worst season I can remember since they are hypnotized by the color black, one of Georgia’s colors. Wearing pink this year in a game was awfully close to the color red in the color spectrum, and could have been left on the field as pink painted ribbons to enhance awareness of breast cancer instead of being donned as part of the uniforms also. I have given my ideas here in other comments about how Tech could win, starting with “black is out”.