Sep 2, 2013
Air Force (1-0) vs. Utah State (0-1)
Saturday, Sept. 7 - 1:30 pm
Falcon Stadium - USAFA
TELEVISION: CBS Sports
Dave Ryan (play-by-play), Adam Archuleta (analyst), Evan Washington (sidelines)
RADIO: KVOR AM 740 in Colorado Springs; The Fan 104.3 in Denver; goairforcefalcons.com
Jim Arthur (play-by-play); Jesse Kurtz (analyst); Jay Ritchie/Bob Ihle (pre- and post-game shows)
GAME FACTS: Air Force takes on Utah State in the Mountain West opener for both schools ... The Falcons are conference-best 11-3 in conference openers, but have lost two straight ... Air Force is 5-2 at home in MW openers with the only losses coming to TCU in 2011 and Wyoming in 1999 ... Utah State and Air Force are picked second and third, respectively, in the MW Mountain Division in the preseason poll ... This week is the first-ever MW game for Utah State ... The Aggies had a seven-game winning streak snapped last week at Utah, falling 30-26 to the Utes ... Air Force is 3-3 in the second game of the season under head coach Troy Calhoun, including a 1-1 mark at home ... The Falcons defeated No. 24 BYU, 35-14, in 2010 and lost to TCU, 35-19, in 2011 in the other two week-two home games under Calhoun.
COACHES: Air Force is coached by Troy Calhoun (Air Force, 1989), who is in his seventh season. He has led the Falcons to 48-31 career record. Calhoun is 29-18 in MW games, 19-13 in non-conference games, 29-9 in Falcon Stadium, 15-17 in road games (12-10 in MW road games) and 2-4 in bowl games. Utah State is coached by Matt Wells (Utah State, 1996), who is in his first season. He has guided his alma mater to a 0-1 record. Wells is in his third season at the school overall.
Air Force is 11-3 in Mountain West openers dating back to 1999.
The Falcons set a MW record by winning 11 straight from 2000-10.
TCU snapped Air Force's 11-game winning streak with a 35-19 victory in 2011 in Falcon Stadium.
Air Force lost its second straight MW opener last season, falling at UNLV 38-35.
Air Force is 5-2 at home and 6-1 on the road in MW openers.
The Falcons are 23-10 all-time in conference openers dating back to 1980.
Air Force has won 15 of the last 18 conference openers overall.
Up Next: Air Force travels to Boise State on Friday, Sept. 13. Kickoff is 6 pm and the game will be televised by ESPN.