Jan. 15, 2014
Air Force senior tailback Anthony LaCoste has been selected to play in the 89th East-West Shrine game on Saturday, Jan. 18, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. The game starts at 2 p.m. MT and will broadcast on the NFL network.
LaCoste led the Falcons in rushing with 890 yards and six touchdowns on 135 carries. He averaged 74.2 yards per game and 6.6 yards per carry. LaCoste became the 41st player in school history to top the 1,000-yard mark for his career with 75 yards rushing vs. UNLV. LaCoste has 1,055 career yards and ranks 40th in AFA history. His 7.0 career rushing average is fourth best in school history.
LaCoste recorded career highs of 263 yards rushing, three touchdowns and 23 carries while averaging 11.4 yards per carry vs. Army earlier this season. His 263 yards rushing are the second-most in Air Force history and most since Chad Hall set the school record of 275 vs. Army in 2007. LaCoste became the first player in school history to have two runs of over 70 yards in a game, scoring on runs of 73 and 78 yards. There has only been one other Falcon to ever have two runs of 70 or more yards in a season (Beau Morgan 77 yds vs. Colorado State and Wyoming in 1996). LaCoste's three touchdowns are the most by an AFA player this season. He also had a 27-yard kickoff return, giving him 290 all-purpose yards in the game which is the fifth most in school history and most since Hall had 333 vs. Army in 2007.
He came back with a 21-carry, 177-yard effort at New Mexico to set a school record for most rushing yards in consecutive games with 440. He broke the record of 426 set by Cody Getz last season (222 vs. CSU; 204 vs. Navy). LaCoste also returned five kickoffs for 137 yards including a career long of 45 yards to give him 314 all-purpose yards which is the third most in school history and most since Hall set the record with 333 vs. Army in 2007. LaCoste recorded 604 all-purpose yards in consecutive games which is one away from the record of 605 set by Hall in 2007 vs. Army and Notre Dame.
LaCoste's performance against Army was the top rushing performance in the nation that week and earned him several national player of the week awards. He led the Falcons and ranked eighth in the conference in all-purpose yards with a 115.8 per-game average. LaCoste ranked fourth in the conference and 40th nationally in kickoff returns with a 23.8 average. He has a 25.0 career kickoff return average which ranks ninth in school history.