Air Force travels to #7/7 Michigan
Sept. 11, 2017

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Television: BigTen Network

Kevin Kugler (play-by-play), Matt Millen (analyst), Michelle McMahon (reporter)


RADIO: KVOR AM 740 in Colorado Springs, CO; The Fan 104.3 in Denver

SIRIUS/XM 83, Internet 964

Jim Arthur (play-by-play), Jesse Kurtz (analyst)



  • This will be the third meeting between Air Force and Michigan...the Wolverines lead, 2-0.
  • Air Force and Michigan are playing for the first time since 2012.
  • Air Force is 5-11-2 against teams from the Big Ten (at the time they played them).
  • Michigan, ranked seventh in both polls, is the highest ranked team Air Force has played since playing at No. 4 Michigan State in 2015.
  • Air Force’s last win over a ranked team was in 2014 vs. Colorado State, 27-24.
  • Air Force has won six straight games vs. non-conference opponents.



Air Force and Michigan are meeting for the third time overall and first since 2012. The Wolverines hold a 2-0 series lead. Michigan defeated Air Force, 24-7, in the first meeting in 1964 in Ann Arbor in front of 68,888. Michigan, ranked 19th, defeated Air Force, 31-25, on Sept. 8, 2012, in the last meeting.

The head coaches for the first meeting 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.


Date            Site                         Result

9/26/64        Ann Arbor, MI         Michigan, 24-7

9/8/12          Ann Arbor, MI         Michigan, 31-25



  • Air Force is 5-11-2 all-time vs. teams in the Big Ten (at the time they played)
  • This week’s game is the first for Air Force vs. a team from the Big Ten since 2015
  • Air Force lost at Michigan State, 35-21, Sept. 19, 2015 in the last meeting vs. a Big Ten team
  • Air Force has lost three straight to Big Ten teams dating back to a 22-21 win at Northwestern on Sept. 6, 2003



Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun and Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh are two of 21 coaches to lead his alma mater in 2017. Calhoun is one of five in the Mountain West, along with Bryan Harsin of Boise State, Nick Rolovich of Hawaii and Jeff Tedford of Fresno State and Utah State’s Matt Wells.



Air Force is 33-19 against non-conference opponents under head coach Troy Calhoun. The Falcons are 21-3 at home, 7-11 on the road and 5-5 in neutral site games. Air Force has won six straight dating back to last season vs. non-conference foes. Air Force was 5-0 last season following a 37-21 win over Abilene Christian in the season opener, a 48-14 win vs. Georgia State Sept. 10, a 28-14 win over Navy Oct. 1, a 31-12 win at Army Nov. 5 and a 45-21 win over South Alabama in the Arizona Bowl Dec. 30.

The Falcons have gone undefeated in regular season non-conference games twice in the last three years (2014). Air Force is 11-2 in regular season non-conference games the last four years with the only losses coming at No. 4 Michigan State and at Navy in 2015.



Michigan, ranked seventh in the Associated Press and Coaches Poll, is the first ranked team Air Force has faced since 2015 when the Falcons played at No. 4 Michigan State, resulting in a 35-21 loss. Air Force is 18-75-3 all-time vs. ranked teams, including a 4-14 mark under head coach Troy Calhoun. Air Force’s last win over a ranked team came in 2014 at home against No. 21 Colorado State, 27-24. The last time the Falcons beat a ranked team away from Colorado Springs was in the 2009 Armed Forces Bowl vs. #25 Houston, 47-20. Air Force’s last win over a ranked team on the road came at No. 23 California, 23-21, Sept. 21, 2002. The Falcons have lost 11 straight on the road to ranked teams since.


Highest ranked team ever played

1/1 Notre Dame (Oct. 14, 1989) L 27-41


Highest ranked team Air Force has ever beaten

6/6 Stanford (Nov. 14, 1970) W 31-14 at AFA

6/9 Missouri (Sept. 26, 1970) W 37-14 N

9/8 Notre Dame (Nov. 18, 1995) W 20-17 at N.D.

10 Washington (Sept. 21, 1963) W 10-7 at AFA

10 Nebraska (Oct. 12, 1963) W 17-13 at Nebraska



Michigan’s offensive line averages 6-foot-4 and 309 pounds while the defensive line averages 6-4 and 285 pounds. Air Force’s offensive line averages 6-2 and 282 pounds while the defensive line comes in at 6-2 and 272 pounds. While the Woverines have the ball they will enjoy a one inch and 37 pound-per-man advantage. Defensively, Michigan will have a two inch and two pound per-man advantage.



Michigan’s first year of football was in 1879 ... The program has an all-time record of 936-334-36 ... Michigan was won 11 national championships, 42 conference championships and gone to 45 bowl games ... The Wolverines have had 23 undefeated seasons and 28 seasons with 10-plus wins ... There have been 129 first-team All-Americans play at Michigan ... The Wolverines lead the Big Ten with 412 first-team all-Big Ten selections ... The school has had three Heisman Trophy winners ... Michigan has 33 players in the College Football Hall of Fame ... Michigan has had 367 NFL draft picks, including 49 in the first round.



Air Force has three players from the state of Michigan. Sophomore RB Nolan Erickson is from Clarkston, Mich., and Clarkston High School. Junior offensive lineman Stone Miller is a native of Mason, Mich., and attended Mason High School. Sophomore receiver Adam Farah is from Ada, Mich., and attended Forest Hills, HS.



Air Force is 4-5 overall and 2-2 in conference games under head coach Troy Calhoun following an open week. The Falcons are 2-3 at home and 2-2 on the road. Air Force won at Utah State, 27-20, following last season’s lone open week.



Air Force defeated VMI, 62-0, to open the 2017 season. Air Force scored on the game’s opening drive to take a 7-0 lead on a Tim McVey 27 yard touchdown run. The Falcons raced out to a 35-0 halftime lead on their way to the second-largest victory margin in school history. Air Force recorded its first shutout since a 42-0 win at New Mexico in 2011 and first opening day shutout since a 72-0 win over Nicholls State in 2009. McVey led the offense with 98 yards rushing as the team rolled up 473 rushing yards and 663 total yards. Quarterback Arion Worthman hit 8-12 passes for 172 yards and two scores while rushing for 33 yards and TD. Air Force had 17 players carry the ball in the game. The defense was led by Jack Flor, who had a team-best eight tackles. The Falcons held VMI to just 95 total yards which is the second fewest in school history. Air Force allowed just six first downs, which is the fourth fewest in school history.




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