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SILICON VALLEY CLASSIC

Fresno State vs. Air Force

WHEN/WHERE: 6:30 tonight; San Jose, Calif.

TV: Fox Sports Net.

RECORDS: Fresno State 7-4, Air Force 8-3.

COACHES: Fresno State _ Pat Hill (26-21, fourth season). Air Force _ Fisher DeBerry (137-72-1, 17th season).

LINE: Fresno State by 1.

NOTES: Air Force leads the series 3-2. Under Hill, Bulldogs are 7-18 away from home. Hoping for first bowl win since 1992, Bulldogs ring in inaugural game behind efforts of LBs Orlando Huff (16 tackles for loss, 10 sacks), Tim Skipper (387 career tackles) and QB David Carr (2,619 passing, 19 TDs, 12 INTs, 62.2 pct. completions). Falcons grind-it-out wishbone is in good hands of QB Mike Thiessen (2,371 total offense, 10 TD runs, 13 TD passes, 5 INTs) and RBs Nathan Beard (546 rushing, 8 TDs), Scotty McKay (5.9 per carry) and Qualario Brown (423 rushing, 4 TDs).

INDEPENDENCE BOWL Texas A&M vs. Miss. State

WHEN/WHERE: 8 tonight; Shreveport, La.

TV: ESPN.

RECORDS: Texas A&M 7-4, Mississippi State 7-4.

COACHES: Texas A&M _ R.C. Slocum (109-36-2, 12th season). Mississippi State _ Jackie Sherrill (66-48-2, 10th season).

LINE: Texas A&M by 1{.

NOTES: The series is tied 2-2. In the last meeting, Texas A&M won 14-0 in 1937. Under Slocum, Aggies are 2-7 in bowls. Sherrill gets shot at Aggies, whom he coached to 51-28-1 mark before resigning in 1988 amid NCAA investigation. To snap out of bowl slump, Slocum needs mistake-free game from QB Mark Farris (2,551 passing, 10 TDs, 9 INTs) and big plays from WR Robert Ferguson (58 catches, 6 TDs).

_ Compiled by Scripps Howard News Service.

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