Air Force Post-Game Notes Vs. TCU (Sept. 13, 2007)
Air Force is using game captains this season. The captains for the TCU
game were seniors Drew Fowler (ILB) and Shaun Carney (QB),
along with junior Ryan Harrison (PK). They were joined by
honorary captains Brock Strom and Scott Thomas. Strom is a 1959 graduate
of the Academy and led Air Force to the 1959 Cotton Bowl vs. TCU. Thomas
is a 1986 Academy graduate and helped lead the Falcons to a 12-1 record in
1985. Both were consensus All-Americans at Air Force.
Air Force extended its consecutive games scoring streak to 171 games with
Ryan Harrison’s second-quarter field goal. The last time Air Force
was shutout was Dec. 31, 1992, vs. Mississippi (13-0) in the Liberty Bowl.
The 170-game streak is the longest in school history and ranks as the eighth-longest
active streak in the nation.
The Air Force defense stopped TCU inside the red zone twice in the third
quarter, blocking a field goal and making an interception.
Air Force improved to 3-8 all-time in Thursday night games. The team has
won two straight on Thursday night, defeated Colorado State, 24-21, last
Air Force has a three-game winning streak, its longest since 2003 when
the team opened the season 5-0.
Head Coach Troy Calhoun has opened his career with a 3-0 mark, which is
the second-best start in Academy history. Only L.T. “Buck” Shaw,
who opened 6-0 in Air Force inaugural season of 1956, has had a better start
Air Force has snapped a four-game losing streak to TCU with its first win
over the Horned Frogs since 1987. The Falcons improved to 2-4-1 all-time
Air Force played its seventh overtime overall and first since 2003. The
Falcons improved to 5-2 all-time in overtime games included a 3-1 mark in
Falcon Stadium. The overtime tilt was the first for Air Force since 2003
and the fifth vs. a conference opponent. Air Force improved to 4-1 all-time
in overtime games vs. conference opponents.
Senior HB Jim Ollismade his first start of the season
and second of his career at halfback. Ollis recorded career highs in rushing
attempts with 16 and yards with 138. Ollis scored a touchdown on a career-long
run of 71 yards. The 71-yard run is the longest by an Air Force player this
season. The 71-yard run is the longest by a Falcon since Blane Morgan ran
for 80 yards vs. New Mexico in 1998. The 100-yard effort is the first of
Senior TE Travis Dekker recorded career highs with four
catches for 83 yards. Dekker also recorded a career-long reception of 50
yards in the fourth quarter to set up a touchdown. Dekker entered the season
with four catches for 40 yards in his career.
Junior PK Ryan Harrison kicked a career-long 57 yard field
goal in the second quarter. The field goal ties the sixth-longest in school
history. He is tied with Dennis Leuthauser vs. Wyoming in 1968 and Sean Pavlich
vs. Notre Dame in 1982. Harrison’s 57-yard field goal is the longest
by a Falcon since Joey Ashcroft kicked a 59-yarder vs. Army in 2003. The
AF school record is held by Dave Lawson, who hit a 62-yarder vs. Iowa State
in 1975. Harrison later added a career-long 61-yard punt in the third quarter.
Sophomore SS Chris Thomas blocked the first kick of his
career in the third quarter on a 20-yard attempt. The block is the first
this season and 100th for the Falcons since 1990. The block is the first
on a field goal attempt since 2003.
Senior WR Mark Root recorded a career high in receptions
with six. His previous high was five vs. Notre Dame last season.
Junior TE Keith Madson scored the first touchdown of his
career in the fourth quarter on a nine-yard pass from Shaun Carney.
Senior QB Shaun Carney recorded a career high in passing
attempts with 28 and tied his career high in completions with 17. His previous
high was 22 attempts last season vs. Utah. Carney also completed 17 passes
vs. Navy in 2004.