Falcon Football Travels To #8 Michigan
Sept. 3, 2012
Game 2: Air Force (1-0) at #8/8 Michigan (0-1)
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 VS. RANKED TEAMS
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
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.
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
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 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
AIR FORCE BY THE NUMBERS
TEAM DEFENSIVE NOTES
TEAM OFFENSIVE NOTES
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AIR FORCE TAKEAWAYS
Air Force has a +1 turnover margin after one game this season.
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.
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.
Air Force outright CIC title years:
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.
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.
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.
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