Sept. 3, 2012
Game 2: Air Force (1-0) at #8/8 Michigan (0-1)
Sat. Sept. 8 1:30 p.m. MT
Michigan Stadium (109,901) Ann Arbor, MI
ABC (mirror ESPN2)
Bob Wischusen (play-by-play), Danny Kanell (color), Maria Taylor (sidelines)
KVOR AM 740 in Colorado Springs; The Fan 104.3 in Denver; Goairforcefalcons.com
Jim Arthur (play-by-play); Jesse Kurtz (analyst); Jay Ricci/Bob Ihle (pre- and post-game)
GAME FACTS: Air Force will be playing for the second time at Michigan ... The team's first played in 1964 in Ann Arbor, a 24-7 win for Michigan ... Air Force is 3-2 in week two of the season under head coach Troy Calhoun ... Air Force is 16-71-4 all-time vs. ranked teams ... Air Force is facing a ranked team for the first time since playing at No. 5/7 Boise State on Oct. 22 of last season ... The largest crowd Air Force has ever played in front of is 105,466 at Tennessee in 2006 ... Wolverines Stadium has a capacity of 109,901 ... Air Force is 3-2 in its first road game of the season under head coach Troy Calhoun ... The Falcons were 3-2 in road games last season and won their last road game at Colorado State, 45-21, last season ... Michigan's ranking reflects last week's ranking, as the updated rankings for this week are not available until Tuesday.
Air Force: Troy Calhoun (Air Force, 1989) is in his sixth season. He has led the Falcons to a 42-24 career record. Calhoun is 24-15 in MWC games, 18-9 in non-conference games, 24-8 in Falcon Stadium, 14-12 in road games (11-7 in MW road games) and 2-3 in bowl games.
Michigan: Brady Hoke (Ball State, 1982) is in his second season. He has led the Wolverines to an 11-3 mark. Hoke has a 58-53 career mark in his 10th season. Hoke is 1-1 in his career vs. Air Force with both games coming while he was at San Diego State.
AIR FORCE VS. RANKED TEAMS
Air Force is 16-71-4 all-time vs. ranked teams.
The Falcons were 0-2 vs. ranked teams last season, falling at #5/7 Boise State and vs. #25 TCU.
Air Force's last win over a ranked team was vs. #24 BYU, 31-14, in 2010 in Falcon Stadium.
Air Force's last win over a ranked team on the road was at #23 California, 23-21, in 2002.
The highest ranked team Air Force has beaten on the road is #8 Notre Dame in 1995 (W 20-17 OT).
Air Force has played two or more ranked teams every year since 2008.
THE SERIES: Air Force and Michigan are meeting for the second time overall and first since 1964. Michigan defeated Air Force, 24-7, in Ann Arbor in front of 68,888. The head coaches were Bump Elliott for Michigan and the legendary Ben Martin for Air Force. Former Air Force superintendent Paul Stein was the Falcons' quarterback that day, while Bart Holaday handled the kicking duties. Holaday and his late wife, Lynn, were the primary donors for the Holaday Athletic Center which was opened in the fall of 2011. Joe O'Gorman, who donated the O'Gorman Theatre in the Falcon Athletic Center was a defensive end for Air Force that year. Jim Bowman, a 1956 graduate of Michigan, was an assistant coach on the Air Force staff. Bowman worked 48 years at the Academy before retiring in 2007 as the associate athletic director for recruiting support.
AIR FORCE VS. THE BIG TEN: Air Force is 5-9-2 all-time vs. teams from the Big Ten Conference. The Falcons last played a Big Ten opponent in 2009 at Minnesota. Air Force's all-time results against the conference follow.
AIR FORCE VS. NON-CONFERENCE FOES UNDER CALHOUN
Air Force is 1-0 this season vs. non-conference opponents.
Air Force is 18-9 against non-conference foes under head coach Troy Calhoun.
The Falcons are 11-1 at home, 4-5 on the road and 3-3 in neutral site games.
Air Force posted a 4-2 mark last season in non-conference games.
A LOOK AT MICHIGAN: Michigan's first year of football was in 1879 ... The program has an all-time record of 895-311-36 ... Michigan was won 11 national championships, 42 conference championships and gone to 41 bowl games ... The Wolverines have had 23 undefeated seasons and 26 10-win seasons ... There have been 125 first-team All-Americans play at Michigan, including 78 consensus ... Senior QB Denard Robinson is on the Maxwell, Davey O'Brien, Walter Camp and Manning Award watch lists ... Senior kicker Brendan Gibbons joins Air Force's Parker Herrington on the Lou Groza National Placekicker watch list ... Michigan is 14-4 in September the last six seasons ... The Wolverines return 13 starters from last season, including six on offense and seven on defense ... Michigan dropped its season opener last week vs. #2 Alabama, 41-14, in Cowboys Statium.
AIR FORCE - MICHIGAN CONNECTIONS: Air Force sophomore TE Nate Dreslinski is from Clinton, Mich., and graduated from Clinton High School. Junior center Michael Husar, Jr., is a native of Chicago, Ill., and his father, Mike, Sr., played footabll at Michigan from 1984-89.
AIR FORCE/MICHIGAN WITH TWO OF LONGEST ACTIVE SCORING STREAKS IN NCAA HISTORY
Air Force has a 224-game consecutive game scoring streak which ranks fourth nationally.
The Falcons were last shutout by Mississippi, 13-0, in the 1992 Liberty Bowl.
Air Force's streak is the longest in the MW and fourth longest active in the country.
Air Force's streak is a school record and the 11th longest in Division I-A college history.
LAST WEEK: Air Force rushed past Idaho State, 49-21, in Falcon Stadium. Senior Cody Getz rushed for career highs of 218 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Falcons. Air Force rushed for 484 yards and rolled up 626 total yards en route to the victory. Getz scored Air Force's first three touchdowns of the day on runs of nine, a career-long 63 and 41 yards to give the Falcons a 21-0 lead midway through the second quarter. Jon Lee added a touchdown run to give the Falcons a 28-0 halftime lead. The teams exchanged touchdowns in the second half with Air Force getting touchdown runs from Mike DeWitt (seven yards), Connor Dietz (49 yards) and Colton Huntsman (12 yards). Dietz added 74 yards on seven carries while hitting 8-of-11 passes for 142 yards. Lee added 69 yards rushing. The defense was led by Steffon Batts and Austin Niklas with 11 tackles each. Batts added an interception while Jared Jones chipped in with nine tackles and a sack. Idaho State finished with 431 total yards. Quarterback Kevin Yost hit 41-of-52 passes for 355 yards and two touchdowns.
LAST WEEK'S GAME NOTES
Air Force had 403 yards of total offense at halftime, the most since the Falcons had 473 yards at the half vs. Tennessee State last season
AFA is now 9-1 all-time vs. Big Sky
AFA has won 15 straight home openers against unranked teams dating back to 1994
AFA is 36-19-2 overall in season openers, including a 31-8 mark in season openers at home. AFA has won six straight and seven of the last nine with the only losses coming at No. 11 Tennessee in 2006 and vs. No. 13 California in 2004.
AFA is 18-9 against non-conference foes under Troy Calhoun, including an 11-1 mark at home
AFA is 24-8 at home under Troy Calhoun since 2007.
AFA is 17-0 all-time vs. teams from the Football Championship Subdivision.
Idaho State's touchdown in the third quarter snapped a streak of 14 straight games that Air Force had not allowed an opponent to score on the opening drive of the second half.
Air Force players making their first career start are: WR Ty MacArthur, TE Austin Briehl, OL Drew Kerber, OL Michael Husar, Jr., RB Cody Getz, WR Chris Jordan, TE Nate Dreslinkski, DL Joseph Champaign, DL Cody Miller, LB Jared Jones, LB Josh Kusan, DB Christian Spears and DB Steffon Batts.
Cody Getz's 63-yard touchdown run in the second quarter is the longest of his career. It also marks his first multiple touchdown game of his career. His previous career long run was 19 yards vs. Wyoming in 2010.
Getz's third TD of the day was a 41-yard run, the second-longest run of his career.
Getz's 218 rushing yards are a new career high. His previous was 36 yards vs. Wyoming in 2010.
Getz's 218 rushing yards are the most since Chad Hall set a new school record with 275 yards vs. Army in 2007
Getz' three touchdowns are the most by a Falcon since Mike DeWitt had four vs. New Mexico last season.
Wide receiver Christian Gann collected his first career reception with an 11- yard catch in the second quarter.
Wide receiver Ty MacArthur had career highs of four catches for 78 yards.
Quarterback Connor Dietz set new career highs for completions (eight) and yards (142). His previous highs were seven completions vs. Utah in 2009 and 67 yards vs. New Mexico in 2010.
Dietz's 49-yard touchdown run in the third quarter is the second-longest of his career. His longest was a 52-yard run vs. Nicholls State in 2009.
Running back Jon Lee had a career-high 69 yards rushing. His previous high was 65 vs. Tennessee State last season
Defensive back Steffon Batts had a career-high 11 tackles, eight unassisted. His previous best was three vs. TCU last season. Batts also had his first-career interception in the game.
Defensive lineman Nick DeJulio had a career-high six tackles. His previous best was three vs. Tennessee State last season.
Defensive lineman Joseph Champaign had a career-high five tackles. His previous best was four vs. Wyoming last season.
Anthony LaCoste's 36-yard kickoff return in the third quarter is the longest of his career. His previous best was 27 vs. Notre Dame last season.
Joseph Champaign and Jared Jones recorded the first sacks of their careers.
Linebacker Austin Niklas' 11 tackles are the second most of his career. His career high is 14 vs. UNLV in 2010.
Linebacker Jared Jones had a career-high nine tackles today.
Wide receiver Colton Huntsman scored a touchdown on his first-career carry, a 12-yard run in the fourth quarter.
FALCONS AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS IN APR: The Air Force football program was among 12 nationally recognized Football Bowl Series programs recognized with the NCAA Division I Academic Performance Public Recognition Award, announced by the NCAA.
Air Force is one of just two in the Mountain West Conference (Boise State) and was the only service academy recognized. This year marks the sixth straight the football program and the team's score of 980 ranks 10th nationally. Northwestern has the highest ranking of 995, followed by Boise State and Duke at 989.
Each year the NCAA honors selects Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear APR. This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams who demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports. Specifically, these teams posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.
AIR FORCE LEADS THE WAY WITH ALUMNI COACHES: Air Force has 10 Academy graduates as coaches on the staff which is more than any other school in the nation.
Academy graduates on coaching staff
Troy Calhoun (Air Force, 1989), head coach
Jake Campbell (Air Force, 1996), assistant offensive backfield
Maj. Eldrick Hill (Air Force, 1993), varsity/JV assistant
Ben Miller (Air Force, 2002), RBs/special teams coordinator
Blane Morgan (Air Force, 1999), offensive coordinator/QBs
Maj. Steve Pipes (Air Force, 1998), JV head coach/varsity assistant
Capt. John Rudzinski (Air Force, 2005), OLBs/recruiting coordinator
Steve Russ (Air Force, 1995), asst. head coach/co-def. coord./secondary
Mike Thiessen (Air Force, 2001), asst. head coach/offensive coord./WRs
Charlton Warren (Air Force, 1999), assoc. head coach/defensive coordinator
AIR FORCE BY THE NUMBERS
0 - Number of Air Force turnovers in the season opening win over Idaho State.
5 - Air Force has played in a bowl game for a school-record five straight years.
7 - Air Force has won seven straight non-conference home openers.
7 - rushing touchdowns by Air Force vs. Idaho State.
11 - consecutive quarters that Air Force has scored points in dating back to last season.
13 - consecutive years Air Force has won the Mountain West rushing title.
13 - players that made the first start of their career in Air Force's season opener vs. Idaho State.
15 - AFA has won 15 straight home openers against unranked teams dating back to 1994
24 - wins in 32 games in Falcon Stadium for Air Force under head coach Troy Calhoun.
31 - games under head coach Troy Calhoun with a 100-yard rusher (25-6 record).
35 - straight games Air Force has rushed for a touchdown dating back to Navy Oct. 3, 2009.
TEAM DEFENSIVE NOTES
Air Force shutout Idaho State in the first half.
Air Force had two players with 11 tackles each vs. Idaho State (Austin Niklas, Steffon Batts)
The opponent scored on the opening drive of the first half for the first time in 14 games.
Air Force held Idaho State to just three-of-five in the red zone.
TEAM OFFENSIVE NOTES
Air Force averaged 9.1 yards per play and 8.3 yards per rush vs. Idaho State.
Air Force's 626 total yards vs. Idaho State is the ninth most in school history.
Air Force's 8.3 yards per rush average vs. Idaho State ties as the seventh most in school history.
The 8.3 yards per carry is the third-best effort in the Troy Calhoun era (2007-present).
Air Force was perfect in the red zone vs. Idaho State scoring four touchdowns in four trips.
Air Force had 11 different players carry the ball and five different score touchdowns vs. Idaho State.
Air Force scored TDs on five straight possessions with all five coming in 3:17 TOP or less.
Air Force didn't have a turnover for the first time since the 2010 Independence Bowl vs. Georgia Tech.
Air Force had 251 yards and averaged 7.8 yards on 32 first-down plays vs. Idaho State.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
Air Force is third in the MW in kickoff returns with a 26.0 average.
Kicker Briceton Cannada had six touchbacks in eight kickoffs vs. Idaho State.
Anthony LaCoste recorded a 36-yard kickoff return to open the secnd half which led to a touchdown.
Kicker Parker Herrington hit seven PATs vs. Idaho State and now has hit 24 straight dating back to 2011.
Punter David Baska averaged 42.5 yards per punt with a long of 49 yards and one inside the 20.
AIR FORCE TAKEAWAYS
Air Force has a +1 turnover margin after one game this season.
Air Force is a combined +51 in turnover margin the last six seasons.
Air Force forced 19 TOs, at least two each game, with a +6 TO margin the last seven games of 2011.
The Falcons forced just seven turnovers and were -6 in TO margin in the first six games of last season.
Air Force finished sixth in the Mountain West in turnover margin last season with a 0.00 mark.
Air Force won the turnover battle just four times in 2011 (+2 UNM; +3 Army; +1 UNLV; +2 CSU)
HOME SWEET HOME: Air Force is 24-8 at home under head coach Troy Calhoun since 2007. The Falcons posted just the third undefeated home mark (6-0) in 2007. Air Force combined for 10 wins at home in 2009 and 2010 which is the third most in two seasons in school history.
Air Force has blocked 114 kicks since 1990 when the program began tracking them.
The breakdown: 53 punts, 35 field goals and 26 PATs.
Air Force set a school record with 11 blocks in 1997 (7 punts, 3 FGs, 1 punt).
Single season records for each category: Punts (7, 1997), FGs (3, 6 times, 2009), PATs (5, 2006).
Air Force blocked five kicks last season, the most in a season since 2006 and most in the Calhoun era.
Air Force has blocked 16 kicks since 2007 under head coach Troy Calhoun
The breakdown: 8 FGs, 6 PATs, 2 Punts
LB Alex Means had three blocks in 2011 (FG vs. Tenn. State, PAT at Navy, PAT at Boise State)
Means is the first player since Ryan Carter in 2003 to block a kick in back-to-back games (Tenn St., Navy).
COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF'S TROPHY: Air Force won its second straight and record 18th Commander-in-Chief's Trophy in 2011. The Falcons defeated Navy, 35-34, in overtime in Annapolis Oct. 1 and Army, 24-14, in Falcon Stadium Nov. 5. Air Force's back-to-back CIC Trophy titles are its first since 2001-02.
The 2012 season marks the 41st year of trophy competition. The trophy goes annually to the winning academy with the best record in round-robin competition. The President of the United States presents the trophy to the seniors from the winning team each year at a ceremony at the White House. Air Force has a 53-27-0 all-time CIC record.
Air Force outright CIC title years:
`82, `83, `85, `87, `89, `90, `91, `92, `94, `95, `97, `98, `99, `00, `01, `02, `10, `11
HERRINGTON ON GROZA WATCH LIST: Air Force senior Parker Herrington is one of 30 players named to the Watch List for the 2012 Lou Groza College Place-Kicker Award, presented by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.
Kickers on the Lou Groza Award Watch List were chosen based on statistics from the 2011 season and 2012 expectations. Accomplishments are tabulated throughout the season and the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award announces its 20 semifinalists on Monday, November 5th. From this list, a panel of more than 300 experts selects the top three finalists for the award by Monday, November 19th. That same group then selects the national winner, who will be announced on Thursday, December 6th during the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Award Show, broadcast live from Orlando, Fla.
A first team member of the All-Mountain West Conference squad, Herrington topped all MWC kickers in field goal percentage and field goals per game. A model of consistency, Herrington tallied his 90 points by scoring between five and 10 points in each game of the season. Season-high three field goals in Air Force's win over Army, while his extra point in overtime gave the Falcons a 35-34 win over Navy.
HERRINGTON AMONG THE BEST: Senior kicker Parker Herrington missed his first field goal attempt of the season (43 yards), but hit all seven extra points in Air Force's win over Idaho State to open 2012. Herrington led the Mountain West in field goals with a 1.15 average and in field goal percentage with an 83.3 mark last season. He is 15-19 (.789) in his career in field goals and 52-55 (.945) on extra points. Herrington ranks third in school history in career field goal percentage with is .789 mark, trailing Jackson Whiting (19-23, .826 from 1998-99) and Joe Wood (39-49, .796 from 1989-91).
SENIOR Connor Dietz TAKES OVER AT QB: Senior Connor Dietz had a successful opening to the 2012 season. Dietz rushed for 74 yards on seven carries and scored on a 49-yard run, the second-longest of his career. He also hit 8-of-11 passes for 142 yards in his fourth career start (2-2 record). He follows a pair of four-year starters in Tim Jefferson (2008-11) and Shaun Carney (2004-07), but is making his own history. Dietz is on pace to become the Air Force career leader in pass interception avoidance with a .014 mark with just one career INT in 71 attempts, but needs 100 attempts to qualify. Dietz has a career pass efficiency rating of 130.64 which would rank as the fifth-best mark in school history, but he needs 29 more attempts to be eligible. He has hit 40-of-71 passes for 534 yards with three touchdowns and one interception in his career. Dietz has also rushed for 752 yards and five touchdowns with a 5.6 average per rush in 22 career games.
AIR FORCE TAILBACKS HAVE GREAT OPENING TO 2012: Air Force's depth chart entering the Idaho State game listed three co-starters in seniors Cody Getz and Wes Cobb and sophomore Jon Lee. While Getz had a career day with 218 yards and three touchdowns, Cobb and Lee did well with their attempts. Lee rushed for 69 yards and a touchdown while Cobb had 16 yards on three carries. The three combined for 29 carries , 303 yards, a 10.4 average per carry and four touchdowns.
BATTS, JONES HAVE CAREER DAYS IN FIRST STARTS: Junior DB Steffon Batts and sophomore LB Jared Jones had big days in their first-career starts in Air Force's win over Idaho State. Batts led the Falcons with a game-high 11 total tackles, including eight unassisted, and notched the first interception of his career. Jones responded with nine total tackles, including six unassisted, and had the first quarterback sack of his career.
HONORS: Honors won by Air Force returning players in 2012 follow.
SPC Parker Herrington: Preseason first-team all-MW ... one of 30 players named to the Watch List for the 2012 Lou Groza College Place-Kicker Award, presented by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.
LB Alex Means: Preseason first-team all-MW.
RB Cody Getz: Collegefootballperformance.com honorable mention running back of the week vs. Idaho State.
DID YOU KNOW?
Air Force student-athletes carry an average of 19 semester hours of academics each semester.
Air Force doesn't redshirt student-athletes. Cadets attend for a total of eight semesters, so student-athletes only have those eight semesters to complete their athletic eligibility.
Air Force is a non-scholarship school. Student-athletes, like other cadets, must earn a nomination to attend the Academy. Air Force student-athletes do not sign a National Letter of Intent on signing days.
Air Force student-athletes may leave the Academy without penalty during their freshman or sophomore years. Once their junior year begins, they are committed to the Air Force.
The post-graduate commitment for Air Force graduates is five years following graduation. For graduates that enter pilot training, it's eight years after pilot training for roughly a 10-year commitment.
The Air Force Academy Prep School is located on the grounds of the Air Force Academy. The Prep School is simply that, a prep school for entrance to the Air Force Academy. Student-athletes that attend are still able to be recruited by other schools and must qualify to attend the Academy following that year. A student-athletes NCAA clock doesn't start while attending the Prep School.
Air Force student-athletes have busy summers, which are broke into three three-week periods. Typically upperclassmen receive a period of leave, while the other two are filled with military training, academics or various other opportunities related to the Academy.