Air Force Post-Game Notes
vs. Houston, Dec. 31, 2009
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
- The Air Force football team has changed its helmets for the bowl game to honor troops serving around the world. A blue/tan camouflage stripe has been added in the middle of the helmet. In addition, the signature bolts on the side of the helmet and the numbers on the back are in camouflage. Lastly, there is a sticker on the front of the helmet that says freedom and one on the back that says service.
- Air Force snapped a three-game bowl losing streak, winning in the post-season for the first time since a 37-34 win over Fresno State in the 2000 Silicon Valley Bowl.
- Air Force posted its eighth win which marks just the second time in school history the Falcons have posted three straight seasons with eight or more wins and first time since 1982-84.
- Air Force’s 47 points set a school record for most points in a bowl game, breaking the old mark of 45 in the 1998 Oahu Bowl in a 45-25 win over Washington.
- Air Force’s six interceptions tied a school record. The Falcons also intercepted six passes vs. Wyoming in 1992.
- Air Force snapped a 14-game losing streak to ranked teams with the win over 25-th ranked Houston. The Falcons are 1-3 this season vs. ranked teams and 15-67-4 all-time. The win is the first over a ranked team since winning at No. 23 California, 23-21, in 2002.
- Head Coach Troy Calhoun improves to 22-14 in three seasons at Air Force. The coach is 16-8 vs. Mountain West Conference opponents, 2-2 in neutral site games and 1-2 in bowl games. Calhoun is the first coach in school history to win eight or more games three consecutive years.
- Air Force won for the first time ever in Amon G. Carter Stadium. The team snapped a six-game losing streak with the win.
- Air Force improved to 2-1 all-time vs. Houston, including a 1-1 mark in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. All three meetings have been played in the last 15 months.
- Air Force improved to 2-1 all-time vs. teams from Conference-USA. All three meetings have come against Houston. The Falcons improved to 27-8 all-time vs. teams that are currently in C-USA.
- Air Force improved to 9-6 all-time in non-conference games under head coach Troy Calhoun. The Falcons are 5-1 at home, 2-3 on the road and 2-2 in neutral site games.
- Air Force improved to 328-274-13 in its 54th season of varsity football. The Falcons are 177-113-3 at home and 151-161-10 on the road and in neutral site games. The Falcons improved to 9-10-1 all-time in bowl games.
- Air Force uses game captains. The captains for the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl were seniors Brandon Geyer, Ben Garland, Peter Lusk and Nick Charles.
- Air Force extended its school-record consecutive games scoring streak to 207 games dating back to 1992. The streak is the fourth longest active streak in the country. The 207-game streak is the 15th longest in NCAA history.
- Air Force forced turnovers on each of Houston’s first two drives which mark the eighth time this season the team has forced two or more turnovers in a game.
- Air Force improved to 16-3 under head coach Troy Calhoun when it has a 100-yard rusher. Asher Clark did the honors for Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl. The Falcons are 4-0 this season with a 100-yard rusher.
- Sophomore DB Anthony Wright, Jr. tied a school record with three interceptions. Wright is the third Falcon with three interceptions in a game and the first since Jim Miller vs. Notre Dame in 1975. Wright recorded seven interceptions this season which ties as the third most in school history with Jim Smith (1970). Only Carlton McDonald (1992) and Tom Rotello (1985) have more.
- Sophomore WR/KR Jonathan Warzeka became the first Falcon to return a kickoff for a touchdown since Scott Thomas vs. Utah in 1985. The 100-yard return is an Armed Forces Bowl record and the first-ever in a bowl game for the Falcons. It’s also the first special teams touchdown in a bowl game for the school. Air Force’s 297-game streak between kickoff return touchdowns was the longest active streak in the nation.
- Junior FB Jared Tew rushed for a career-high 173 yards and two touchdowns. Tew’s 173 yards are an Armed Forces Bowl record breaking the record he set last season with a then-career-high 149 yards. He also tied his own school record for touchdowns in a bowl game with two, including a career-long 71-yard run. His 71-yard run ties an Air Force bowl record (Danta Johnson, 1995 Copper Bowl). Tew, who was Air Force’s bowl MVP last year, has rushed for 322 yards and four touchdowns in two Armed Forces Bowls.
- Sophomore RB Asher Clark scored his first two career post-season touchdowns. Clark’s two touchdowns tie an Air Force bowl record. He is the eighth Falcon to score two touchdowns in a bowl game and first since teammate Jared Tew scored a pair in last year’s Armed Forces Bowl. Clark rushed for 129 yards to recorded his second 100-yard rushing game of the season and fourth of his career.
- Senior DB Chris Thomas recorded his fourth and fifth interceptions this season, marking the first time in his career he’s had multiple interceptions in a game. The interceptions are seventh and eighth of his. Thomas has 18 career turnovers (8 INT, 7 FR, 3 FF) which are the most on the team.
- Freshman WR Cody Getz recorded his first-career reception. The catch was good for 13 yards and an Air Force first down.
- Junior WR Kevin Fogler recorded a career-high four catches.
- Sophomore QB Tim Jefferson hit 10 of 14 passes for a season-high 161 yards to mark sixth time this season he’s thrown for 100 or more yards. Jefferson’s 10 completions are a season high and the second-most of his career. His previous high in passing for 131 yards vs. Army.