Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun addressed the media at his weekly teleconference Tuesday. The Falcons take on New Mexico Saturday, Sept. 30, at 5 p.m. MT in University Stadium.
Air Force leads the New Mexico series 21-13 and has a 17-11 advantage in conference games. The Falcons are 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, including last season’s 45-40 win at historic Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas.
New Mexico defeated Air Force, 47-35, in 2015 the last time the two played in Albuquerque, N.M. 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 has two connections with New Mexico. 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.