Seniors from the Air Force football team, along with the coaching staff, Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson and Director of Athletics Jim Knowlton attended a ceremony today at the White House for the team to receive the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy from President of the United States Donald J. Trump.
While in the nation's capital, the football team and staff attended a congressional reception Monday night at the Dirkson Senate Building with more than 20 congressional sponsors and Chief of Stafff of the Air Force Gen. David Goldfein. Several former Falcon players were also in attendance.
Air Force finished the season 10-3 overall, completing just the seventh 10-win season in school history. The Falcons closed the season with a six-game winning streak which tied as the fifth-longest in the nation. Air Force defeated South Alabama, 45-21, in the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl to post its second bowl win in three years. Air Force also won the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy for a record 20th time overall and second time in three years with victories over Army and Navy.
Air Force had a .769 winning percentage which ranked 12th nationally and ended up one of just 25 teams in the nation with 10 or more wins. The Falcons finished the season ranked third nationally in rushing with a 317.4 per-game average. The team was fourth nationally in time of possession with a 34:03 mark and seventh in third-down offense at 50.5 percent. Air Force was also effective through the air, leading the nation in yards per completion (25.8) and finishing eighth in passing efficiency (163.58).
Air Force defeated No. 19 Boise State for the third consecutive season and finished fourth in the Mountain West's Mountain Division with a 5-3 mark. The Falcons are 11-5 in conference play the last two seasons. The Falcons ended the year with a 5-0 mark in non-conference games.