Falcon Football Opens MW Play At UNLV
Sept. 17, 2012
Air Force (1-1) at UNLV (0-3)
GAME FACTS: Air Force returns to action this Saturday following an open week ... In six years under Troy Calhoun, the Falcons have had just three open weeks, posting a 1-1 mark the week after ... Air Force is 13-4 all-time vs. UNLV and has won five straight and nine of the last 10 ... Air Force is 5-3 at UNLV in the series ... The Falcons are playing for the first time on Altitude Sports ... This week is the Mountain West Conference opener for Air Force ... The Falcons are 11-2 all-time in MW openers and had a conference-record 11-game winning streak snapped last season vs. TCU ... Air Force is 6-0 on the road in MW openers ... The team is opening on the road in MW play for the first time since 2009, a 37-13 win at New Mexico ... Air Force defeated UNLV, 35-20, in the last meeting between the two schools in Las Vegas.
Year by Year
LAST SEASON VS. UNLV: Air Force defeated UNLV, 45-17, in the final home game for 28 senior players. Wes Cobb opened the scoring with a two-yard run to give Air Force a 7-0 lead. UNLV answered with a field goal, then Cobb scored his second touchdown of the game with a seven-yard run to extend the lead to 14-3. Following a UNLV touchdown run by Caleb Herring, Asher Clark scored on a career-long 67 yard run to push the lead to 21-10. Parker Herrington added a field goal to give Air Force a 24-10 halftime lead. Tim Jefferson opened the second half with a touchdown run and later hit Dontae Strickland with a 25 yard touchdown pass to extend the lead to 38-10. Mike DeWitt added a touchdown in the fourth quarter and UNLV scored in the final minutes to make up the final margin. Air Force finished the game with 552 total yards, including 394 rushing. Clark led the way with a career-best 169 rushing yards. Jefferson added 81 yards rushing and hit seven of 12 passes for 128 yards. The defense was led by Brady Amack, who had 10 tackles and two tackles for loss.
THE LAST TIME IN LAS VEGAS: Air Force defeated UNLV, 35-20, to close out the regular season. Tim Jefferson opened the Air Force scoring with a five-yard touchdown pass to Zack Kauth to give the Falcons a 7-0 lead. UNLV recorded 17 unanswered points to take a 17-7 lead in the second quarter before the Falcons closed the half with the first of three Jefferson TD runs to make it 17-14 at halftime. The Falcons out-scored UNLV, 21-3, in the second half while holding the Rebels to just 96 total ayrds, including 18 yards rushing. Jonathan Warzeka scored on a 54 yard run and Jefferson added two more TD runs. Air Force finished with 454 total yards, including 343 rushing. Austin Niklas led the defensive effort with a career-best 14 tackles.
FOLLOWING AN OPEN WEEK: Air Force is playing a game following an open week for just the third time in six seasons under head coach Troy Calhoun. The Falcons are 1-1 in the previous two games, a 33-27 loss vs. Navy in 2008 and a 63-24 victory over Tennessee State last season. Both games were played in Falcon Stadium.
A LOOK AT UNLV: UNLV is opening the season with four consecutive home games for the first time since 1973 ... In addition to Air Force, the Rebels hosted Minnesota, Northern Arizona and Washington State ... UNLV is wearing new uniforms this season ... UNLV coach Bobby Hauck won seven straight Big Sky Conference titles while coaching at Montana ... UNLV had 29 of its 100 players on opening day from the state of Nevada ... The Rebels were picked eighth in the conference during the preseason media day in Las Vegas ... UNLV has four players on active NFL rosters ... UNLV goes by Rebels in all sports but men's basketball.
AIR FORCE'S LAST GAME: Air Force lost at No. 19 Michigan, 31-25, in a non-conference game in front of a record crowd of 112,522. The Wolverines opened the scoring with a Denard Robinson 79 yard run to take a 7-0 lead. Air Force answered with a 22-yard Parker Herrington field goal. Robinson threw the first of two touchdown passes to extend the lead to 14-3 in the second quarter. Cody Getz cut the lead to 14-10 at halftime with the first of three touchdown runs late in the quarter. The teams exchanged scores in the second half with Robinson getting Michigan on the board again with a 58 yard TD run. Getz added his second TD on a fourth-down play to make it 21-17 midway through the third quarter. Devin Gardner caught a seven-yard TD pass from Robinson to extend the lead to 28-17. Getz answered early the fourth with an eight-yard run and a two-point conversion cut the lead to 28-25. Michigan added a 31 yard field goal midway through the fourth to make up the final margin. The Falcons had two more changes following the field goal, but were unable to move into scoring position. Getz finished with 130 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries while Connor Dietz added 61 yards on 14 carries. He also hit 10-of-19 passes for 127 yards. The defense was led by Brian Lindsay's eight tackles and one tackle for loss. Alex Means chipped in with seven tackles, a tackle for loss and three pass breakups. Michigan was led by Robinson, who rushed for 218 yards and threw for 208 yards.
AIR FORCE'S LAST GAME NOTES
CALHOUN TO SHARE WEEKLY TOP 25 VOTE ON-LINE: Head Coach Troy Calhoun is a voter in the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll. Although ballots in the poll generally are not revealed until the final vote of the regular season in December, Calhoun has been providing his weekly ballot to The Gazette of Colorado Springs the last couple of years. He agreed this year to also reveal his vote each week for USA TODAY Sports. He weekly top 25 is available on the USA Today website.
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 HAS FOURTH LONGEST ACTIVE SCORING STREAK IN NCAA HISTORY
AIR FORCE BY THE NUMBERS
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AIR FORCE TAKEAWAYS
TAKING CARE OF THE FOOTBALL: Air Force has not had a turnover in 2012 after two games. The opening two games of the season mark the first time since 2009 vs. TCU and Wyoming that Air Force has gone back-to-back games without a turnover. The Falcons have run 159 plays in two games.
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 VS. NON-CONFERENCE FOES UNDER CALHOUN
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.
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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 has hit 16-of-21 (.762) in his career in field goals and 54-of-57 (.947) on extra points. Herrington ranks fifth in school history in career field goal percentage and 10th in extra point percentage. He needs one more made field goal to break into the top 10 in school history for career fields made.
SENIOR Connor Dietz TAKES OVER AT QB: Senior Connor Dietz follows a pair of four-year starters in Tim Jefferson (2008-11) and Shaun Carney (2004-07), but is making his own history.
GETZ, BASKA EARN HONORS FOR EFFORTS AT MICHIGAN: Senior running back Cody Getz and junior punter David Baska were honored for their performances at Michigan. Getz and Baska each earned collegefootballperformanceawards.com honors as running back and punter of the week, respectively. Getz also picked up collegesportsmadness.com Mountain West Conference player of the week honors.
GETZ RUNNING WILD IN 2012: Senior Cody Getz has waited patiently for his chance and he's making the most of it now as a senior. Getz is second in the conference and fourth nationally in rushing with a 174.0 per-game average. He leads the nation in scoring with an 18.0 average. Getz has rushed for 348 yards and six touchdowns and is averaging 8.1 yards per carry. He opened the season with a career-best 218 yards and three scores vs. Idaho State, then rushed for 130 yards and three more scores at Michigan.
AIR FORCE PLAYER HONORS IN 2012
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