Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun addressed the media at his weekly teleconference Tuesday. The Falcons take on VMI Saturday, Sept. 2, at Noon MT in Falcon Stadium. This will be the first meeting between the two schools.
This week’s game will be broadcast live on ESPN3. This weekend is Parents’ Weekend at the Air Force Academy. The Academy has themes for each home game in 2017 and this week’s is family/community.
The Falcons are 40-19-2 overall in season openers, including a 34-8 mark at home. Calhoun is 10-0 in season openers. Air Force is 21-0 all-time against teams from the Football Championship Subdivision, including an 11-0 mark under Calhoun. The game features teams led by Air Force graduates. Calhoun is a 1989 Academy graduate in his 11th season while VMI head coach Scott Wachenheim is a 1984 graduate in his third season. This is the third time two Air Force Academy graduates have faced each other on the gridiron. Air Force and Fresno State, formerly led by 1985 Academy graduate Tim DeRuyter, played at Frenso State in 2012 at the the Academy in 2015.
VMI finished 3-8 overall last season, including a 1-7 mark for an eighth place finished in the Southern Conference. VMI returns 36 lettermen and 12 starters from last season’s squad. Wachenheim was a four-year starter at Air Force from 1980-83. He earned first team all-WAC and honorable mention All-America honors his senior year. The 1983 Falcons posted a 10-2 record and were ranked second in rushing offense and attained a 13th team ranking overall. Wachenheim began his coaching career at Air Force in 1984 when he served as offensive coordinator of the Air Force Academy junior varsity squad before embarking on his active duty commitment.
Air Force is 47-15 in Falcon Stadium under head coach Troy Calhoun, including a school-record 15-game winning streak from 2014 to Oct. 22, 2016. The Falcons have won 17 of their last 18 at home dating back to 2014. Air Force’s 17 wins over the last three years is a school record for a three-year stretch. Air Force finished 6-0 at home in 2014-15 to mark the first back-to-back undefeated home seasons in school history. Air Force has finished undefeated at home just five times overall in school history, three coming under Calhoun.