Oct. 17, 2009
Air Force vs. Wyoming
Air Force uses game captains. The captains for the Wyoming game were seniors Peter Lusk and John Falgout and sophomore Anthony Wright, Jr. Air Force posted its first shutout vs. a conference opponent since winning at Colorado State, 24-0, in 1997. The shutout is the second for Air Force this season, as the team also shutout Nicholls State, 72-0, in the season opener. This season marks the first time since 1997 that Air Force has posted two shutouts in a season. In addition to the Colorado State shutout, the Falcons beat Army, 24-0.
Air Force snaps a two-game losing streak and improves to 4-3 overall and 3-1 in the MWC.
Air Force has recorded the first four-game winning streak in the series with Wyoming. The Falcons improve to 25-20-3 all-time vs. the Cowboys, including a 16-13 mark in conference games. Air Force is now 15-9-1 at home vs. Wyoming.
Air Force won its 175th home game and improved to 175-113-3 at home and 324-272-13 all-time in its 54th year of varsity football.
Air Force improved to 40-38 as a member of the Mountain West Conference. The Falcons are 24-16 at home. Air Force is 70-57 overall since joining the MWC in 1999, including a 40-24 mark at home.
Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun improved 21-12 overall and 14-6 in Mountain West Conference games. Calhoun is 12-4 at home and 3-0 vs. Wyoming.
Air Force improved to 10-3 during the second half of the regular season since 2007. The Falcons were 12-24 over the second half of the season over the previous six seasons since 2001.
Air Force improved to 7-2 in conference games in the month of October under head coach Troy Calhoun. Prior to 2007, Air Force was 8-14 in conference games in October since 1999. Air Force forced one turnover vs. Wyoming (INT). The Falcons have forced 21 turnovers this season and have a +17 turnover margin this season.
Air Force completed just one pass in the game, good for two yards. The one completion ties as sixth fewest in school history and is the fewest since Air Force went without a completion in a 31-28 win vs. Houston last season.
Air Force out-rushed Wyoming and has now out-rushed every opponent this season.
Air Force blocked its third kick this season when sophomore Zach Kauth blocked a field goal attempt in the second quarter. The Falcons also blocked a field goal vs. New Mexico (Ben Garland) and an extra point vs. San Diego State. (Corbin Brown). Air Force's three blocked kicks are its most since blocking seven in 2006. Air Force has blocked at least one kick every year since 1990.
Air Force's defense held Wyoming scoreless in the first half to mark its second first half shutout of the season. Air Force also held Nicholls State scoreless in the first half. The Wyoming game marked the fourth time this season the defense has held an opponent without a touchdown in the first half. In addition to the Nicholls State shutout, the Falcons held Minnesota to three points and San Diego State to a safety.
Air Force extended its school-record consecutive games scoring streak to 201 games dating back to 1992. The streak is the fourth longest active streak in the country. The 201-game streak is the 15th longest in NCAA history.
Freshman LB Wale Lawal, Jr., junior FB Nathan Walker and senior DB Luke Hyder each made the first start of their careers. Lawal is the second freshman to start for the Falcons this season, joining fellow linebacker Alex Means.
Lawal recorded a career-best eight tackles in the game, including five unassisted stops and a quarterback sack. Junior DL Wylie Wikstrom recorded the first sack of his career. Wikstrom made his second career start in the game.
Senior DB Luke Hyder recorded the first interception of his career, returning it 27 yards.
Sophomore WR Zach Kauth recorded the first blocked kick of his career. Kauth blocked a field goal attempt in the second quarter.
Junior DB Reggie Rembert recorded a career-high 10 tackles, including a career-best eight unassisted. Rembert also recorded his first quarterback sack of the season.
Sophomore SPC Erik Soderberg kicked a 29-yard field goal in the third quarter to put the Falcons on the board for the first time. The field goal is his 14th this season in 19 attempts which is the ninth most in a season in school history. Soderberg has kicked at least one field goal in every game this season.
Junior FB Jared Tew rushed for a season-high 105 yards on 27 carries and scored on a 17-yard run. The touchdown is his fourth this season and first since the season opener vs. Nicholls State. The 100-plus yard game is the second of Tew's career, as he rushed for a career-best 149 yards vs. Houston in the 2008 Armed Forces Bowl.
Troy Calhoun, Air Force
"It was just nip and tuck, as it so frequently is whenever Air Force plays Wyoming. You can go back a number of years where you can talk about very very close contests. You just have to find a way to win with resolve. I thought today we were extremely resilient and we did what we had to do to win a football game, which was a really good victory. You had two good teams, and hats off to Wyoming for what they've done and for what they're going to do up there. It was a great win."
"[Our offense] certainly should have been better, but [Wyoming's defense] had something to do with that. They have good size up front. I thought we had a chance on two play-action passes, one in the first half, one in the second half, and we missed both. We're a team that, right now, when you get those opportunities, you have to hit them."
On bringing Connor Dietz into the game at quarterback:
"He was going to be quicker on his feet. I kind of got the hunch in this game that, as you went, if the quarterback could make a few plays with his feet, you'd have a chance maybe to hit a play-action pass, which we missed. He did a good job. The other thing, he provided a spark. As well as we were playing on defense, you could just tell, you weren't going to need a lot of points, but you were going to need something."
On Wyoming quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels:
"Seeing the upside of that guy--he's a heck of a player. He's mobile. He can do things spontaneously that are really impressive for a guy that age, just the way he can keep a play alive. [Wyoming's] Their structure, what they do offensively, anytime you've got a guy who can buy some time, they've always got you pulling on your hair, even when you've got them in long yardage, you wonder, can I keep him hemmed up?"
On starting Tim Jefferson this week:
"I thought during the week he looked full tilt. I thought he looked as explosive as he had since our first game. I think there have been other times at practice--that's the best he's looked. For us, this could be one of those years where we've got two guys going in. By no means, is that the prescribed approach. I think both guys realize they have contributions that we're going to need. Both guys are only going to get better."
"Today, we just played magnificent defense. We didn't create enough scoring opportunities. Sometimes you have to take advantage of it. Today we didn't create enough, because we didn't make nearly enough first downs, especially in the first half. We moved the ball a little better in the second half. But the defense played really well. There were some times when we gave up too many yards or had some penalties. We probably had as many penalties today as we've had in a long time. But that can't be the Air Force Academy."
On Air Force's quarterbacks:
"I don't think there is any difference in their quarterbacks. They are both equally as productive running the offense. There was really no difference between the second half and the first half, our defense was just on the field a whole bunch today."
On the fake field-goal play:
"It's just a muddle huddle off a fake field goal. We took the snap and handed it to the guy in front of him, wheeled out on the option and went the other way."
On Wyoming's offensive penalties:
"Absolutely awful job on my part of preparing our kids for that."