Copper Bowl

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Air Force (8-4) vs. Texas Tech (8-3)

Site: Tucson, Ariz.

Time: 8 tonight

TV: ESPN

Line: Texas Tech by 4

Players to watch:

Beau Morgan, Air Force: The junior quarterback became the eighth player in NCAA history to pass for more than 1,000 yards (1,165) and rush for more than 1,000 yards (1,285).

Zach Thomas, Texas Tech: The two-time All-America linebacker filled out the stat sheet with 131 tackles, 14 tackles behind the line, seven passes broken up, four fumbles caused and four fumbles recovered.

Best win:

Air Force 38, Brigham Young 12: The Falcons made a strong statement in their opener, controlling the ball on the ground to down the Cougars. The victory propelled Air Force to a 6-2 conference record and a four-way share of the Western Athletic Conference title.

Texas Tech 14, Texas A&M; 7: After losing two of their first three games by a total of three points, the Red Raiders rebounded to upset the preseason Southwest Conference favorite.

Outlook: Texas Tech will try to pound the ball with sophomore tailback Brian Hanspard (1,374 yards rushing). Thomas and fellow senior linebacker Shawn Banks have the chore of containing Morgan and Air Force's option attack.

Results:

Air Force

38 ... ... BYU ... ... ... ... 12

34 ... ... Wyoming ... ... ... 10

... ... Colorado State .... 27

6 .. .. .. at Northwestern ... 30

... ... at New Mexico .. .. 24

56 ... ... Texas-El Paso .. .. 46

... ... at Navy ... ... ... 20

21 ... ... at Utah ... ... ... 22

31 ... ... at Fresno State ... 20

... ... Army ... ... .. ... 20

14 ... ... Notre Dame .. .. .. 44

45 ... ... at Hawaii ... .. .. 28

Texas Tech

23 ... ... at Penn State .. .. 24

41 ... ... Missouri ... ... .. 14

.. .. .. at Baylor .. ... .. 9

14 ... ... Texas A&M; .. ... .. 7

63 ... ... Arkansas State .... 25

31 ... ... Rice ... ... ... .. 26

34 ... ... at New Mexico .. .. 7

7 .. .. .. at Texas ... ... .. 48

27 ... ... Texas Christian ... 6

45 ... ... at SMU .. .. ... .. 14

38 ... ... at Houston .. .. .. 26

Statistical comparison:

... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... AF ... ... ... Tech

Record own .. .. .. ... ... ... 8-4 .. ... ... 8-3

.. ... opp. ... ... ... ... ... 72-62 .. .. .. 57-63

Rushing own ... ... ... ... ... 332 ... ... .. 205

... ... opp. .. ... ... ... ... 194 ... ... .. 147

Passing own ... ... ... ... ... 99 .. .. .. .. 181

... ... opp. .. ... ... ... ... 242 ... ... .. 184

Turnovers own ... ... ... .. .. 2.1 ... ... .. 1.9

... .. .. opp. .. ... ... .. .. 2.1 ... ... .. 2.6

Margin ... ... ... ... .. .. .. 4.8 ... ... .. 11.3

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