Jared Tew put Air Force ahead with a 3-yard touchdown run and the Falcons beat Georgia Tech 14-7 in the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La., yesterday.

The Falcons (9-4) got two field goals from backup kicker Zack Bell on the first two attempts of his career, then capitalized on a muffed Georgia Tech punt return late in third quarter. Tew's score capped the drive after the special teams miscue. Bell, a senior, was filling in for the struggling junior Erik Soderberg.

Air Force's Tim Jefferson completed 11 of 23 passes for 117 yards. Bell's field goals came from 41 and 42 yards.

Tevin Washington rushed for 131 yards and Anthony Allen added 91 for Georgia Tech (6-7).

Noteworthy

* North Carolina announced that running back Anthony Elzy will not play in the Music City Bowl against Tennessee in Nashville on Thursday because he has failed to to meet his obligations as a student-athlete.

* Florida will be without cornerback Janoris Jenkins and three other starters against Penn State in the Outback Bowl.

Jenkins had surgery on his right shoulder recently and will miss the New Year's Day game. Right tackle Maurice Hurt (right knee) and defensive tackles Lawrence Marsh (right hip) and Terron Sanders (right shoulder) will also will miss the game.

* Notre Dame and Miami will allow their players to cross the border into one of Mexico's most dangerous cities during their free time before Friday's Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. Fans from both schools have also been urged to be cautious. El Paso borders the Mexican city of Cuidad Juarez, which is wrapped in a drug war.

In other news, a Notre Dame spokesperson announced that senior wide receiver Duval Kamara is not with the team due to "personal reasons."