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Cheez-It Bowl to feature contrasting offenses in Air Force and WSU

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Two opposite styles of offense will clash in the Cheez-It Bowl when Washington State takes on Air Force at Chase Field on Dec. 27.

Washington State brings the nation’s leading passer in quarterback Anthony Gordon. The senior signal-caller is the only player in the nation with more than 5,000 passing yards, accumulating 5,228 of them in 12 games this season.

Air Force brings the third-best rushing attack, averaging 292.5 yards per game on the ground. The Falcons are led by by four players who have all accumulated more than 400 yards on the ground this season.

Running back Kadin Remsberg leads the way with 872 yards while full backs Timothy Jackson and Taven Birdow each have more than 700 yards rushing. Quarterback Donald Hammond III leads the Falcons with 11 rushing touchdowns this season on 491 rushing yards.

Last season, defense was the story of the Cheez-It Bowl as California and TCU combined for nine interceptions as the Horned Frogs won the game by a 10-7 final score.

This year, the contrast in offensive styles will be a focus coming into the game.

Washington State head coach Mike Leach has made his Air Raid offense, developed during his time as head coach at Texas Tech, a staple for the Cougars since he took the job in 2012.

The pass-heavy attack is known to produce a lot of points and yards quickly, as apposed to the Air Force triple-option attack, which is  predicated on ball control.

The game will begin at 8:15 p.m.