Air Force at New Mexico
Sept. 25, 2017

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BROADCAST INFORMATION

Television: CBS Sports Network

Sean Grande (play-by-play), Aaron Murray (analyst), Cassie McKinney (reporter)

 

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

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

 

 

NOTES

  • Air Force leads the New Mexico series 21-13 and has a 17-11 advantage in conference games.
  • Air Force is 12-3 at home, 9-9 at New Mexico and 0-1 in neutral site games.
  • New Mexico has won two straight and three of the last four in the series.
  • Prior to the UNM run, Air Force had won five straight and eight of nine.
  • New Mexico defeated Air Force, 45-40, last season.
  • The Lobos defeated Air Force, 47-35, in 2015 the last time the teams played in Albuquerque.
  • Air Force is 0-1 on the road this season, falling at #7 Michigan, 29-13, Sept. 16.
  • Air Force has scored in a school record 301 consecutive games.
  • The streak is the third longest active streak in the nation.

 

THE SERIES

  • Air Force leads the series 21-13 and has a 17-11 advantage in conference games.
  • Air Force is 12-3 at home, 9-9 at New Mexico and 0-1 in neutral site games.
  • New Mexico has won two straight and three of the last four in the series.
  • Prior to the UNM run, Air Force had won five straight and eight of nine.
  • New Mexico defeated Air Force, 45-40, last season.
  • New Mexico defeated Air Force, 47-35, in 2015, the last time they played in Albuquerque, NM.
  • Air Force’s last win came in 2014 in Falcon Stadium, 35-31.
  • The teams first played in 1957 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Air Force won the game, 31-0.

 

THE LAST MEETING

(Oct. 15, 2016)

New Mexico defeated Air Force, 45-40, in historic Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas. The Lobos scored on seven of their first eight passions and led throughout the game. The Falcons kept the game close throughout, but were never able to overcome New Mexico despite out-gaining them 531-443. Teriyon Gipson rushed for 140 yards and a touchdown and Tyron Owens added 126 yards and a score to lead the Lobos. Lamar Jordan hit three of six passes for 70 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 51 yards. Air Force was led by Jacobi Owens, who rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown. Nate Romine hit 12 of 24 passes for 280 yards and two touchdowns. Jalen Robinette matched a career high with seven catches for 182 yards and a score.

 

THE LAST TIME AT NEW MEXICO

(Nov. 28, 2015)

New Mexico defeated Air Force, 47-35, to close the regular season for both schools. The Lobos raced to a 31-14 halftime lead behind a pair of long touchdown runs by Jhu Pressley. New Mexico extended the lead to 34-14 late in the third quarter before Air Force raced back to make it a one score game, 34-28, behind a pair of touchdowns by Tim McVey. New Mexico answered with a Lamar Jordan touchdown to make it 40-28 late in the fourth quarter. McVey scored his fifth touchdown of the game to make to 40-35 with 3:08 remaining, but the Lobos recovered an onside kick and added a late touchdown to make up the final margin. New Mexico rolled up 512 total yards, including 377 rushing, and held the ball for 34:28 of the game. Pressley finished with 170 yards rushing and three touchdowns to lead the team. Air Force was led by McVey, who became the first player in school history to have 100-plus yards rushing and receiving with 105 yards rushing and two touchdowns and 157 yards and three touchdowns receiving. Claude Alexander had 12 tackles to lead the defense.

 

AIR FORCE - NEW MEXICO CONNECTIONS

  • Air Force Football Recruiting Coordinator Steve Senn is a native of Albuquerque, N.M. and graduated from Cibola High School. He was inducted into the school’s hall of fame in 2011.
  • Senior defensive lineman Santo Coppola is from Santa Fe, N.M., and graduated from Saint Michaels High School.

 

AIR FORCE LAST WEEK

#22/25 San Diego State defeated Air Force, 28-24, in Falcon Stadium in the Mountain West opener for both schools. The win is the seventh straight for the Aztecs in the series. Air Force took a 9-0 lead behind a Ronald Cleveland 29 yard touchdown run and a Luke Strebel 45 yard field goal.   The game was delayed for one hour and 28 minutes due to weather and when play resumed the Aztecs took the lead, 14-9, behind a pair of touchdown runs from Rashaad Penny. Arion Worthman scored for Air Force following a blocked punt to put Air Force back in front. The teams exchanged touchdowns as the Falcons took a 24-21 lead with 6:16 remaining. Penny sealed it with his third touchdown run with 5:39 left to make up the final margin. San Diego State finished with 367 total yards, including 187 rushing. Penny led the way with 128 yards and three TDs on 20 carries. Air Force finished with 253 total yards, including 220 rushing. Parker Wilson led the way with a career-best 99 yards on 20 carries.

 

GAME NOTES FROM LAST WEEK

Team Notes

  • Air Force uses game captains. The captains for the SDSU game were Santo Coppola, Alex Norton and Grant Ross.
  • The official weather delay was 1:28 (one hour and 28 minutes)
  • Air Force extended its school-record consecutive games scoring streak to 301 dating back to a 13-0 loss to Mississippi in the 1992 Liberty Bowl. The streak is the third longest active streak in the nation and the fifth longest in NCAA history.
  • Air Force’s two-point conversion is the first this season and the first since converting against South Alabama in the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl last season.

 

Individual Notes

  • Junior Ronald Cleveland has scored a touchdown in four straight games. He scored on a 14-yard run in the bowl game last season, an 11-yard run against VMI, a 64-yard reception against Michigan and a 29-yard run against SDSU
  • With his second-quarter field goal, senior Luke Strebel earned his 200th career point. He moved into ninth place on the career scoring list with 201 points, moving past QB Tim Jefferson who had 200 points from 2008-11.
  • Junior fullback Parker Wilson set new career highs for rushes (20) and rushing yards (99). His previous highs were eight carries against Michigan and 48 yards vs. VMI.
  • Senior linebacker Grant Ross tied his career high with 11 tackles. He also had 11 vs. Navy in 2016.
  • Sophomore Mosese Fifita had the first sack and first forced fumble of his career and junior Danny Highland had the first fumble recovery of his career.
  • Junior Garrett Kauppila’s blocked punt is the first of his career and the first block by the Falcons this season. Air Force has blocked a kick in each of head coach Troy Calhoun’s 11 seasons.
  • Junior Kyle Floyd had a career high three pass breakups.

 


 

 

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