Calhoun hosts press conference as Air Force prepares to host CSU
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.
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• Air Force: Troy Calhoun (Air Force, 1989) is in his sixth season. He has led the Falcons to a 42-26 career record. Calhoun is 24-16 in MWC games, 18-10 in non-conference games, 24-8 in Falcon Stadium, 15-15 in road games (11-9 in MW road games) and 2-3 in bowl games.
• Colorado State: Jim McElwain (Eastern Washington, 1984) is in his first season at Colorado State. He has led the Rams to a 1-3 record in his first head coaching assignment.
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.