Falcons Host Colorado State
Sept. 24, 2012
Saturday. Sept. 29 12 p.m. MT
Falcon Stadium (46,692) USAFA, CO
GAME FACTS: Air Force returns home for the first time since defeating Idaho State Sept. 1 to open the season ... Air Force has played on the road twice and had an open week the last three weeks ... This weekend's game will be Hero's Day, as the Academy will recognize first responders and honor those who fought the Waldo Canyon fire this summer ... Air Force has won six straight and seven of the last eight games vs. Colorado State ... The Falcons lost at UNLV, 38-35, last week ... The Falcons and Rams play annually for the Ram-Falcon Trophy ... Air Force and Colorado State played in November last season ... This week begins a stretch of two straight and four of five games at home for Air Force ... The Falcons are 24-8 in Falcon Stadium under head coach Troy Calhoun.
Year by Year
LAST SEASON VS. COLORADO STATE: Air Force defeated Colorado State, 45-21, to close the regular season and post its sixth straight win in the series. Colorado State opened the scoring with a Garret Grayson touchdown pass on its opening drive to give the Rams a 7-0 first-quarter lead. Air Force exploded for 31 unanswered points in the second quarter to take a 31-7 halftime lead. Quarterback Tim Jefferson hit three-of-six passes for 131 yards and three touchdowns in the quarter. All three touchdown passes went to Zack Kauth, who finished the game with three catches and career highs of 123 yards and three touchdowns. Cody Getz added a 12-yard touchdown run and Parker Herrington a 22 yard field goal to make up the other scoring. The Rams answered with a Chris Nwoke 62 yard run to cut the lead to 31-14 in the third, but the Falcons responded with touchdown runs from Mike DeWitt and Asher Clark to push the lead to 45-14 early in the fourth. Nwoke, who finished with 269 rushing yards, made up the final margin with his second touchdown run. Air Force finished with 565 total yards, including 344 rushing. Clark led the way with 111 yards on 13 carries, while Wes Cobb chipped in with a career-best 83 yards. Jefferson finished the game hitting nine-of-12 passes for 221 yards, the second most of his career. Patrick Hennessey and Jon Davis led the defense with 10 tackles each, while Alex Means added five tackles, two quarterback sacks and two forced fumbles.
THE LAST TIME IN FALCON STADIUM: Air Force defeated Colorado State, 49-27. Asher Clark rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown and Tim Jefferson hit five-of-nine passes for 160 yards and two TDs. The defense was led by Jon Davis, who had 12 tackles. The Falcons jumped to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter with touchdowns by Jared Tew and Clark and led 28-7 at halftime. Jonathan Warzeka highlighted the second half with a 100-yard kickoff return for a score. The Falcons took a 49-13 lead into the fourth quarter before CSU scored twice to make up the final margin.
THE RAM-FALCON TROPHY: Air Force and Colorado State compete each year for the Ram-Falcon Trophy. This season marks the 34th year of the trophy competetion with Air Force holding a 19-13 lead. The trophy's origin is tracked back to Shelly Godkin, a former ROTC commander at Colorado State. He watched the teams play in 1978 and sought to translate his impressions into a trophy symbolic of an annual game. The first Ram-Falcon trophy game was in 1980.
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.
AFCA COACH TO CURE MD: The AFCA will hold its fifth annual Coach to Cure MD effort with the games of September 29. More than 100 FBS schools will be wearing a Coach to Cure MD patch to raise awareness and funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research.
LAST WEEK: UNLV came from behind to defeat Air Force, 38-35, in Las Vegas, Nev. The Falcons opened the game with a Mike DeWitt one-yard run to take a 7-0 lead. Following a Tim Cornett touchdown run to tie the score, Cody Getz scored on a 12-yard run to give the Falcons a 14-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. UNLV added a field goal before Broam Hart scored his first-career touchdown on a two-yard run to make it 21-10. Bradley Randle added a score for UNLV before Ty MacArthur set up a late second-quarter touchdown with a 58-yard catch. Connor Dietz scored on the next play with just 10 seconds left before halftime to push the lead to 28-17. UNLV outscored Air Force, 21-7, in the second half and took the lead for good on another Randle touchdown run late in the third quarter. UNLV pushed its lead to 38-28 when Nick Sherry hit William Vea with a touchdown pass with 6:56 left. Dietz added a touchdown run with 4:41 left to make up the final margin. The Falcons got the ball back with just under a minute remaining, but were unable to drive into scoring range.
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
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. His weekly top 25 is available on the USA Today website.
AIR FORCE BY THE NUMBERS
TEAM DEFENSIVE NOTES
TEAM OFFENSIVE NOTES
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
TAKING CARE OF THE FOOTBALL: Air Force has just one turnover in three games this season while running 233 total plays. Air Force's lone turnover is a fumble against UNLV last week. The team had 208 plays without a turnover prior to the fumble.
AIR FORCE TAKEAWAYS
AIR FORCE HAS FOURTH LONGEST ACTIVE SCORING STREAK IN NCAA
AIR FORCE LEADS THE NATION WITH FIRST-TIME STARTERS IN 2012: Air Force has had 17 players start a game for the first time in their careers this season, which leads the nation. Arizona State is second with 14 and Northern Illinois third with 13.
CALHOUN ERA INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Air Force's average numbers in several key categories under head coach Troy Calhoun follow below. Air Force's season averages in 2011 of 314.8 rushing yards, 140.1 passing yards, 454.8 total yards and 34.9 points per game are all the best in the Troy Calhoun era (2007-present).
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:
AIR FORCE VS. NON-CONFERENCE FOES UNDER CALHOUN
INSIDE AIR FORCE FOOTBALL
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 59-of-62 (.952) 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 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 nation in rushing and scoring with per-game averages of 153.7 yards rushing and 14.0 points.
GETZ FIRST FALCON EVER TO OPEN SEASON WITH THREE STRAIGHT 100-YARD GAMES: Senior running back Cody Getz is the first player in Air Force history to open a season with three straight 100-yard rushing games.
AIR FORCE PLAYER HONORS IN 2012
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