Air Force Hosts Navy In Service Academy Showdown

    Junior quarterback Tim Jefferson.
    Junior quarterback Tim Jefferson.

    Sept. 27, 2010

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    Air Force vs. Navy
    Saturday, Oct. 2, 12:30 p.m. MT
    Falcon Stadium (46,692), USAF Academy, CO

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    THE BREAKDOWN
    Record: Air Force (3-1, 2-0 MWC), Navy (2-1)
    Streaks: Air Force (W 1), Navy (W 2)
    Next week: Air Force (vs. Colorado State, 10/9), Navy (at Wake Forest, 10/9)
    Last week: Air Force (W 20-14 at Wyoming), Navy (Idle)
    Website: Air Force (goairforcefalcons.com), Navy (navysports.com)

    THE COACHES
    Air Force: Troy Calhoun (Air Force, 1989) is in his fourth season. He has led the Falcons to a 28-15 career record. Calhoun is 18-8 in MWC games, 10-7 in non-conference games, 16-4 in Falcon Stadium, 3-3 in service academy games and 0-3 vs. Navy.
    Navy: Ken Niumatalolo (Hawaii, 1989) is in his third season. He has led the Midshipmen to an 20-11 record, including a 10-4 mark in 2009. Niumatalolo is 2-0 vs. Air Force.

    • This week's game opens the competition for the 2010 Commander-in-Chief's Trophy.
    • Air Force (1st) and Navy (9th) each rank in the top 10 nationally in rushing.
    • The Falcons are concluding a stretch of playing four straight bowl teams from 2009 this week.
    • Air Force is 3-1 overall for the fourth straight year and 2-0 in conference play for the third time in four years under head coach Troy Calhoun.

    THE SERIES
    • Air Force leads the overall series, 25-17. The Falcons are 14-6 at home, 7-8 at Navy and 4-3 in neutral site games.
    • The Falcons hold a 22-16 mark since Commander-in-Chief's Trophy competition began in 1972.
    • Navy has won seven straight games in the series, dating back to 2002, including three straight in Falcon Stadium.
    • Prior to Navy's current streak, Air Force had won six straight and 19 of the last 21 dating back to 1982.
    • The last seven games have been decided by an average of 5.7 points per game.
    • Five of the last six Air Force-Navy games have been decided by a touchdown or less.
    • Air Force has led just 12:57 of the game in the last 16 quarters (240 minutes) vs. Navy.
    • The team's first played in 1960 in Baltimore, Md. The Midshipmen won the game, 35-3.

    Year by Year
    1960 - Navy 35-3 *
    1966 - AFA 15-7 (H)
    1968 - AFA 26-20 **
    1970 - AFA 26-3***
    1972 - Navy 21-17 (H)
    1973 - Navy 42-6 (A)
    1974 - AFA 19-16 (H)
    1975 - Navy 17-0 ***
    1976 - AFA 13-3 (H)
    1977 - Navy 10-7 (A)
    1978 - Navy 37-8 (H)
    1979 - Navy 13-9 (A)
    1980 - AFA 21-20 (H)
    1981 - Navy 30-13 (A)
    1982 - AFA 24-21 (H)
    1983 - AFA 44-17 (A)
    1984 - AFA 29-22 (H)
    1985 - AFA 24-7 (A)
    1986 - AFA 40-6 (H)
    1987 - AFA 23-13 (A)
    1988 - AFA 34-24 (H)
    1989 - AFA 35-7 (A)
    1990 - AFA 24-7 (H)
    1991 - AFA 46-6 (A)
    1992 - AFA 18-16 (H)
    1993 - Navy 28-24 (A)
    1994 - AFA 43-21 (H)
    1995 - AFA 30-20 (A)
    1996 - Navy 20-17 (H)
    1997 - AFA 10-7 (A)
    1998 - AFA 49-7 (H)
    1999 - AFA 19-14#
    2000 - AFA 27-13 (H)
    2001 - AFA 24-18#
    2002 - AFA 48-7 (H)
    2003 - Navy 28-25#
    2004 - Navy 24-21 (H)
    2005 - Navy 27-24 (A)
    2006 - Navy 24-17 (H)
    2007 - Navy 31-20 (A)
    2008 - Navy 33-27 (H)
    2009 - Navy 16-13 (A) OT
    * - Baltimore, MD; ** - Chicago, IL; *** - Washington, DC; # - Landover, MD; Site ( ) is for AFA

    COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF'S TROPHY
    Air Force, Army and Navy compete each year for the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy, which is emblematic of service academy football supremacy. The trophy goes annually to the winning academy with the best record in round-robin competition. The President of the United States presents the trophy to the seniors from the winning team each year at a ceremony at the White House.
    The 2010 season marks the 39th year of trophy competition. Air Force has a 49-27-0 all-time CIC record and has won 16 trophy titles. Air Force's overall record and number of trophy titles is best among the three academies. Navy has won a record seven consecutive CIC trophy titles.

    Team/Record/Pct.
    Air Force/49-27-0/.645
    Navy/39-36-1/.520
    Army/25-50-1/.336

    Air Force outright CIC title years:
    `82, `83, `85, `87, `89, `90, `91, `92, `94, `95, `97, `98, `99, `00, `01, `02

    AIR FORCE VS. OTHER SERVICE ACADEMIES
    Air Force is 55-30-1 all-time against Army and Navy. The Falcons are 32-9 at home, 18-17 on the road and 5-4-1 in nuetral site games. The Falcons are 30-13-1 vs. Army and 25-17 all-time vs. Navy.

    AIR FORCE VS. NON-CONFERENCE FOES UNDER CALHOUN
    • Air Force is 10-7 against non-conference foes under head coach Troy Calhoun.
    • The Falcons are 6-1 at home, 2-4 on the road and 2-2 in neutral site games.
    • Air Force has won three of the last four with the only loss coming at No. 7 Oklahoma.

    CAREER STATISTICS VS. NAVY
    Rushing (Att-Yds-TDs): Tim Jefferson (2g, 13-73-0), Kyle Halderman (1g, 4-32-0), Asher Clark (2g, 7-17-1), Jonathan Warzeka (1g, 4-5-0), Connor Dietz (1g, 1-0-0), Jared Tew (1g, 18-49-0).
    Passing (C-A-Int-Yds-TD): Tim Jefferson (2g, 10-23-1-113-0).
    Receiving (#-Yds-TD): Kyle Halderman (1g, 3-62-1), Kevin Fogler (2g, 4-83-0), Jonathan Warzeka (1g, 2-12-0).
    Tackles (UT-AT-TOT): Rick Ricketts (3g, 7-11-18), Patrick Hennessey (2g, 0-3-3), Ken Lamendola (1g, 5-9-14), Anthony Wright (2g, 4-3-7), Andre Morris, Jr. (2g, 1-5-6), Reggie Rembert (3g, 1-1-2), Caleb Konemann (1g, 0-1-1), Alex Means (1g, 4-8-12), Jon Davis (1g, 3-0-3), Brady Amack (1g, 1-0-1).

    LAST MEETING
    Navy defeated Air Force, 16-13, in overtime in Annapolis to post its seventh straight win in the series. Kicker Joe Buckley kicked three field goals, including a 38-yard boot in overtime, to lead Navy. Quarterback Ricky Dobbs scored on a 13-yard run to give the Midshipmen a 7-0 lead. The Falcons answered when Anthony Wright intercepted a pass and returned it 67 yards to tie the score at 7-7 in the second quarter. Buckley kicked the first of his three field goals in the final seconds of the first half to give Navy a 10-7 halftime lead. Air Force tied it with an Erik Soderberg 27-yard field goal. Soderberg added his second field goal of the game, a 39-yard kick, to tie it as time expired to force overtime. He finally missed from 31 yards in overtime. Air Force had 240 total yards while allowing just 209. John Falgout led the defense with a career-high 13 tackles. Alex Means and Justin Moore each chipped in with career highs in tackles as well with 12 and 11, respectively. Savier Stephens led the offense with a career-best 80 yards rushing.

    TURNING AROUND A TREND
    Air Force is 8-5 in the month of October over the last three seasons, including a 8-3 mark in conference games. Prior to the last two seasons, Air Force had not posted a winning record in the month of October since going 4-0 in 1998. In fact, the Falcons had not won more than two games in the month since then. Air Force's three wins in 2007 matched the total from the previous three years combined. Air Force was 12-19 in October from 1999-2006.
    Air Force is 117-102-4 all-time in the month of October. The Falcons are 70-50-3 at home and 47-51-1 on the road. The team is 0-1 in neutral site games. Air Force is 45-28 in conference games in October, including a 27-14 mark at home and a 18-14 road record.

    FOUR BOWL TEAMS IN FOUR WEEKS
    • Air Force is concluding a stretch of four straight games featuring bowl teams from 2009: BYU, Oklahoma, Wyoming and Navy.
    • The four teams combined for a 36-17 (.697) overall record and a 16-9 (.667) conference mark in 2009.
    • Following the four games, Air Force plays two of it's next three on the road.
    • The 2010 schedule features six 2009 bowl teams overall, including TCU and Utah.

    HOME SWEET HOME
    • Air Force is 16-4 at home under head coach Troy Calhoun which is the fifth-best mark in school history over a four-year period.
    • Air Force was 19-4 (.826) from 1982-85 and 1997-00 which ties as the best four-year stretch in AFA history.

    LAST WEEK
    Air Force defeated Wyoming, 20-14, in Laramie. Jared Tew rushed for a season-high 136 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries to lead the offense. Tim Jefferson added 94 yards rushing and a touchdown and hit five of 12 passes for 66 yards. Asher Clark chipped in with 80 yards rushing on 14 carries as the Falcons rolled up 445 total yards, including 379 rushing. The Falcons also held a 35:57 to 24:03 advantage in time of possession and ran 39 more plays than Wyoming. The defense was led by Jon Davis, who had six tackles, an interception, tackle for loss and fumble recovery. P.J. Adeji-Paul chipped in with a career-best six tackles. The defense held Wyoming to just 240 total yards, including just 94 in the second half.

    LAST WEEK'S GAME NOTES
    Team Notes
    • Wyoming's second quarter touchdown ended a streak of seven consecutive quarters that the Falcons had shutout the Cowboys dating back to 2008.
    • Air Force improved to 18-3 under coach Troy Calhoun when a Falcon rushes for 100 or more yards. Jared Tew rushed for 136 vs. Wyoming.
    • AFA has now won five straight in the series against Wyoming. The Falcons have won three straight in Laramie. AFA's five-game winning streak is the longest the series by either team.

    Individual Notes
    Jon Davis had his first tackle for loss and first interception on consecutive plays in the first quarter. The interception was the fourth of his career. In the fourth quarter, he recovered his first fumble of the season. The turnovers were the eighth and ninth of his career (four interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries).
    • Fullback Jared Tew's 136 rushing yards are a season high. It marks the second straight year he has rushed for 100 or more yards vs. Wyoming. His 136 rushing yards are the most since he rushed for 173 yards in the 2009 Armed Forces Bowl vs. Houston. It also marks the first time this year he has led the team in rushing. It was his fifth career 100-yard game.
    • Quarterback Tim Jefferson's 50-yard punt in the first quarter was the longest of his career and the longest by any Falcon this season. All three of his punts season have been downed inside the 20. Jefferson rushed for 94 yards, marking the first time in his career he has rushed for 90 or more yards in back-to-back games.
    • Defensive back P.J. Adeji-Paul's six tackles are a career high. Adeji-Paul's start was his first of the season and third of his career. Adeji-Paul had the first forced fumble of his career.
    • Defensive lineman Zach Payne's five tackles are a career high.
    • Tight end Chaz Demerath tied his career high with two catches. He also had two receptions vs. Nicholls State in 2009.
    • Fullback Nathan Walker's TD in the fourth quarter was his third of the season, the second most of any Falcon.

    THIS IS AIR FORCE FOOTBALL
    • Air Force has an all-time record of 331-275-13 in its 55th season of varsity football. The Falcons are 179-113-3 at home and 152-162-10 on the road and in neutral site games. AFA has played in 20 bowl games and has a 9-10-1 all-time record.
    • Air Force is playing in its 31st year in a conference. This season marks the school's 12th year in the Mountain West Conference. Prior to 1999, Air Force was a member of the Western Athletic Conference from 1980-98. The school was an independent prior to 1980.
    • Air Force is 44-40 as a member of the Mountain West Conference. The team is 26-16 at home and 18-24 on the road. The Falcons are 77-60 overall since joining the MWC in 1999, including marks of 44-24 at home, 28-32 on the road, 5-4 in neutral site games and 3-2 in bowls.

    ACADEMICS AND FOOTBALL
    The Air Force football team has the second-highest multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) of any team in the Football Bowl Subdivision, according to a report issued by the NCAA. The program's 988 ranks second only to Rutgers, who had a 992, among the 120 FBS football playing schools. Rounding out the top five were Rice (987), Northwestern (986) and Duke (983). The multi-year APR is for the 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-89 academic years.
    Air Force's number is easily the best within the Mountain West Conference. TCU is second with a 968 while Utah is third at 949. Colorado State is fourth with a 945 followed by BYU (940), New Mexico and UNLV (934), San Diego State (931) and Wyoming (928). The Academy is also the highest ranking service academy, as Navy posted a 973 and Army a 964.
    In addition, the Air Force football team once again had the top Graduation Success Rate (GSR) in the Mountain West Conference in the recently released report for 1999-2002. Air Force's 87 percent is followed by Colorado State and TCU with 65. The national average for FBS schools was 64 percent.

    CALHOUN LEADS THE NATION IN COACHES APR
    Air Force football coach Troy Calhoun led the nation in Academic Progress Rates for Division I head coaches released by the NCAA. Calhoun has a three-year average of 986, posting a 981 in 2006-07, a 989 in 2007-08 and a 987 for 2008-09. Ken Niumatalolo of Navy (978) ranked second nationally followed by Randy Shannon of Miami (977).
    The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.

    DEFENSIVE NOTES
    • Air Force has not allowed a point in the fourth quarter this season, while the offense has scored 47.
    • Air Force is allowing just 6.0 points per game (24 total) in the second half this season.
    • Air Force has allowed just 44 percent of the opponent's third-down conversions. • The team has five players (Amack, Davis, Waiwaiole, Ricketts, Lindsay) with 20 or more tackles.
    • Air Force has 22 tackles for loss and eight sacks.
    • The Falcons held Oklahoma to just 3.3 yards per rush and Northwestern State to just 1.9.

    AIR FORCE DEFENSE BIG IN SECOND HALF
    • Air Force's defense has been outstanding in the second half this season.
    • Some specific notes in the second half of game this season follows.
    Northwestern State -- scoreless ... just three first downs, 20 rushing yards, 34 passing yards, 54 total yards and one possession in Air Force territory.
    BYU -- scoreless ... five first downs, 62 rushing yards, 41 passing yards and 103 total yards.
    Wyoming -- seven points scored ... four first downs, 34 rushing yards, 60 passing yards, 94 total yards ... Alvester Alexander, who had 16 carries for 110 yards in the first half, held to just 13 yards on six carries in the second half.

    OFFENSIVE NOTES
    • Air Force's 33:47 time of possession ranks second in the MWC and eighth nationally.
    • Air Force held a 21:07 to 8:53 TOP advantage in the second half at Wyoming, including a 12:16 to 2:44 mark in fourth quarter.
    • The Falcons are averaging 6.1 yards per carry and 6.4 yards per play as a team.
    • Air Force is second in the MWC and 11th nationally in total offense with a 499.0 per-game average.
    • Air Force has a 88.9 mark on fourth downs, going 8-9 this season.
    • The Falcons have a 87.5 mark (14-16) in the red zone, including a 75.0 (12-16) mark in scoring TDs.
    • Air Force has had 70 or more offensive plays in each game this season. The Falcons have run 63 more plays then the opponent this season, including 39 more at Wyoming.
    • Air Force has 104 first downs which leads the MWC and ranks sixth nationally.
    • Air Force is 54 percent (34-63) on third downs which ranks second in the MWC and ninth nationally.
    • Air Force has scored in 13 of 16 quarters this season.

    AIR FORCE FOURTH NATIONALLY WITH 211-GAME SCORING STREAK
    • Air Force has scored in 211 consecutive games dating back to 1992.
    • The Falcons were last shutout by Mississippi, 13-0, in the 1992 Liberty Bowl.
    • Air Force's streak is the fourth longest active in the country.
    • Air Force's 211-game scoring streak is the 15th longest in Division I-A college history

    BLOCKED KICKS
    • Air Force has blocked 105 kicks since 1990 when the team began tracking them.
    • The breakdown: 51 punts, 32 field goals and 22 PATs
    • Air Force set a school record with 11 blocks in 1997 (7 punts, 3 FGs, 1 punt)
    • Single season records for each category: Punts (7, 1997), FGs (3, 6 times, 2003), PATs (5, 2006)
    • The Falcons have blocked six kicks under head coach Troy Calhoun
    • Air Force ranks 14th nationally since 2002 with 27 blocked kicks (Fresno State leads with 48)

    100 YARDS RUSHING UNDER CALHOUN
    • Air Force is 18-3 when it has a 100-yard rusher with Troy Calhoun at the helm (since 2007).
    • The team's only losses came in the 2007 Armed Forces Bowl vs. California, vs. No. 16/14 BYU in 2008 and vs. Houston in the 2008 Armed Forces Bowl.
    • Air Force has had two or more players top the 100-yard mark in a game three times, the most recent vs. Houston in the 2009 Armed Forces Bowl (Jared Tew 173, Asher Clark 129).
    Asher Clark has rushed for 100-plus yards five times, including vs. BYU with 121 yards.
    Jared Tew has rushed for 100 yards five times, including at Wyoming with 136 yards.

    ACTIVE AIR FORCE STREAKS
    • Air Force has out-rushed seven straight opponents dating back to Army in 2009.
    • Air Force has run 70 or more plays in seven straight games dating back to Army in 2009.
    • Air Force has had more total yards than its opponent in five straight games.
    • Fullback Jared Tew has rushed for a touchdown in two straight games.
    • Safety Brian Lindsay has had a tackle for loss in four straight games.

    AIR FORCE TAKEAWAYS
    • Air Force is second in the conference with a +.50 turnover margin, which ranks 33rd nationally.
    • Air Force is a combined +48 in turnover margin the last four seasons.
    • Air Force had an interception and a fumble recovery vs. Wyoming.
    • Air Force didn't force a turnover for the first time in five games at Oklahoma.
    • The Falcons had an interception and recovered two fumbles vs. BYU.
    • Air Force led the nation in turnover margin with a 1.69 per-game mark in 2009.
    • Air Force was +22 in turnover margin in 2009, forcing a season-high six turnovers vs. San Diego State and Houston and four vs. Nicholls State and New Mexico.

    AIR FORCE FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBERS
    1 - Falcon Stadium was voted as the most difficult tunnel to enter into a stadium in the Mountain West Conference in an ESPN The Magazine player poll. "All the cadets line up screaming about the altitude. Signs on the wall have the elevation too." The sign referenced says WARNING: Lack of Oxygen, Elevation: 6,621 feet above sea level.
    5 - Air Force has won five straight home games
    6 - Air Force scored on six straight possessions in the second half vs. Northwestern State
    11 - Air Force is 11-1 all-time in MWC openers and has won a conference-record 11 straight
    13 - Air Force has won 13 consecutive home openers
    15 - Air Force is 15-0 all-time vs. teams from the Football Championship Subdivision with its 65-21 win over Northwestern State.
    17 - Air Force has played 17 true freshmen this season which is the most in the nation. Florida is second with 15.
    18 - The team had 18 players carry the ball for Air Force in the victory over Northwestern State
    36 - Air Force's win over BYU marked the first win by a conference team outside of the media-tagged Big Three (TCU, Utah, BYU) in the Mountain West Conference in the last three years. The Falcons snapped a 0-36 string by the rest of the conference from 2008-present with the victory.
    41 - Air Force scored 41 points in the second half vs. Northwestern State which is the most in the second half by a MWC team this season.
    80 - The team had 80 players participate in the game vs. Northwestern State.
    88 - Air Force held BYU to just 88 yards passing which is the first time since 2003 the Cougars have been held below 100 yards.

    WATCH LISTS / HONORS
    • Junior placekicker Erik Soderberg was named to the Watch List for the 2010 Lou Groza Collegiate Placekicker Award, released by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.
    • Senior defensive back Reggie Rembert was named to the 2010 Paul Hornung Award watch list. Rembert was one of 48 players on the watch list for the award, given annually to the most versatile player in major college football.
    • Rembert is also one of 30 NCAA® football bowl subdivision student-athletes who excel both on and off the field and were selected as candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in football. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.
    • Junior defensive back Anthony Wright has been named to the 2010 Lott Trophy Watch List announced by Ronnie Lott and the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation.

    JEFFERSON WINNING GAMES
    • Junior QB Tim Jefferson has a 15-7 career record as a starter.
    • Jefferson ranks sixth in Air Force history in career wins by a quarterback with 15.
    • His 12 wins entering the season ranked second in the MWC and 13th nationally among active quarterbacks. TCU's Andy Dalton entered the season with the conference and national lead with 29 wins.

    CALHOUN TO VISIT TROOPS IN 2011
    Air Force football coach Troy Calhoun will once again visit military troops overseas in 2011. This will be the coach's second trip to visit troops, as he visited the Middle East during the summer of 2009.
    This year's visit will take place from Feb. 12-20 and locations and additional details are still being determined. Calhoun will be joined by other service academy head coaches Rich Ellerson of Army and Ken Niumatalolo of Navy, along with Bill George of the Coast Guard Academy and Mike Toop of the Merchant Marine Academy. Calhoun was joined by Mack Brown of Texas, Jim Tressel of Ohio State, UCLA's Rick Neuheisel and Houston Nutt of Mississippi, along with former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville on the 2009 tour.
    The trip is coordinated through Armed Forces Entertainment, a Department of Defense agency, and Morale Entertainment.

    DAVIS NAMED MWC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
    Junior safety Jon Davis was named MWC defensive player of the week for his performance at Wyoming last week. Davis recorded a team-high six tackles (five solo stops), one tackle for loss (-6 yards), an interception and a fumble recovery in Air Force's 20-14 win at Wyoming. With the Cowboys driving deep into Falcon territory on their opening possession of the game, Davis recorded a tackle for loss, then on the next play picked off quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels' pass in the end zone. Later, with 3:41 remaining in the fourth quarter, Davis recovered a Wyoming fumble, allowing Air Force to run out the clock and preserve a six-point road victory. The award is the first of Davis' career and the first won by a Falcon this season.

    HONORS IN 2010
    Honors won by Air Force players in 2010 follow below.
    Reggie Rembert: Preseason first-team all-MWC ... Hornung "Watch List" ... LOWES Senior Class award nominee.
    Jared Tew: Preseason first-team all-MWC.
    Anthony Wright: Lott Trophy "Watch List" ... Nagurski Award "Watch List" ... Preseason first-team all-MWC.
    Erik Soderberg: Lou Groza "Watch List."
    Jon Davis: MWC defensive player of the week at Wyoming.

    PLAYER NOTES

    Quarterbacks
    #7 - Tim Jefferson -- has averaged 95 yards rushing and a touchdown on 13.5 carries in his last two games ... season-best 96 yards rushing, including a season-long run of 38 yards for a TD, at Oklahoma ... 94 yards rushing and a game-winning TD in the fourth quarter at Wyoming ... career-best 179 yards passing vs. Northwestern State ... matched his career-high in rushing and passing touchdowns with two each ... 139.48 career QB efficiency rating ranks second in Air Force history ... .545 career completion percentage is third in school history ... has rushed and passed for a touchdown four times in his career, including twice this season ... ranks sixth in Air Force history with 15 career wins as a starting quarterback ... is 15-7 in his career as a starter.

    Running Backs
    #42 - Jared Tew -- ranks third in the MWC in rushing with a 92.8 per-game average ... rushing yards have increased each game this season (65-77-93-136) ... has not been thrown for a loss this season ... season-high 136 yards rushing and a TD at Wyoming ... matched his career high with 27 carries ... 12 of his carries went for first downs, including five on third down and two on fourth down ... fifth-career 100-yard rushing performance (first this season) ... 93 yards rushing at Oklahoma ... 17 carries for 77 yards vs. BYU ... 17th in school history in rushing with 1,669 yards ... ranks sixth all-time at AFA among fullbacks.
    #17 - Asher Clark -- ranks fourth in the MWC in rushing with a 88.2 per-game average ... 80 yards on 14 carries at Wyoming ... rushed for a game-high 121 yards on 18 carries vs. BYU to record his fifth-career 100-yard rushing performance (first this season) ... is averaging 6.4 yards per carry this season ... ranks 11th in school history with 1,806 career rushing yards.
    #39 - Nathan Walker -- has rushed for a touchdown in three of four games this season ... six carries for 24 yards and the game-tying touchdown run in the fourth quarter at Wyoming.

    Receivers
    #83 - Kevin Fogler -- led the team with two catches for 67 yards vs. Northwestern State ... had a long reception of 37 yards ... both catches went for first downs ... 22 of his last 27 catches have been for first downs of touchdowns ... ranks second in school history with a 22.3 yards per catch average.
    #15 - Jonathan Warzeka -- has at least one reception in three of four games this season ... scored a rushing and receiving touchdown in the same game for the first time in his career in the win over Northwestern State ... caught a 37-yard TD and rushed for an 11-yard TD ... rushed for 68 yards on six carries and had a 46 yard touchdown run on a fourth-down play vs. BYU ... career-high 48 yards receiving at Oklahoma ... matched his career high with three catches, which ties as the most by a Falcon this season ... second on the team with five catches for a team-best 107 yards this season.
    #4 - Kyle Halderman -- tied for the team lead with two catches for 43 yards and a touchdown vs. Northwestern State ... scored on a 29-yard reception ... rushed for 29 yards on four carries at Oklahoma, scoring a touchdown on a 15-yard run.
    #10 - Mikel Hunter -- two carries for 53 yards and a touchdown vs. BYU ... also caught a 37-yard touchdown pass vs. BYU to mark his first-career game with a rushing and receiving touchdown.
    #85 - Zach Kauth -- leads the team with six catches ... second on the team with 79 receiving yards ... career highs of three catches for 45 yards at Oklahoma ... OU game marked his first-career game with multiple catches ... three catches at OU tie as the most by a Falcon this season.
    #82 - Chaz Demerath -- third on the team with four catches for 47 yards ... has at least one reception in three of four games ... two catches for 24 yards at Wyoming to record his first multi-catch game of the season ... season-long 18-yard reception vs. Northwestern State.

    Defensive Line
    #90 - Rick Ricketts -- leads all defensive lineman on the team with 24 tackles ... led the team with eight tackles vs. Northwestern State, all coming in the first half ... had a sack and a pass breakup ... second among active players with 124 career tackles.
    #86 - Ryan Gardner -- had four tackles in his first-career start in the Northwestern State game ... one tackle and a fumble recovery vs. BYU.
    #51 - Zach Payne -- had two tackles in his first-career start in the Northwestern State game ... three tackles and a tackle for loss vs. BYU ... three tackles and a sack for 18 yards at Oklahoma ... career-best five tackles at Wyoming.

    Linebackers
    #41 - Brady Amack -- leads the team in tackles with 28 ... career-high 10 tackles at Oklahoma to mark his first-career game with double figures in tackles ... the 10 tackles are the most by a Falcon this season ... had six tackles and a pass breakup vs. BYU ... had seven tackles in his first-career start vs. Northwestern ... also had 1.5 sacks and his first-career interception, returning it 50 yards.
    #41 - Jordan Waiwaiole -- third on the team in tackles with 25 ... tied for team lead in tackles for loss with 3.5 ... has had a tackle for loss in three of four games this season ... career-best nine tackles at Oklahoma ... also had a TFL at OU ... led the team with seven tackles and a tackle for loss vs. BYU ... recorded six total tackles in his first-career start in the Northwestern State game ... also had a sack for two yards ... moved from outside to inside linebacker this season.
    #36 - Andre Morris, Jr. -- had four tackles and a pass breakup vs. Northwestern State ... four tackles and two forced fumbles vs. BYU ... also had a pass breakup ... second in the MWC in forced fumbles with two ... has 110 career tackles.
    #44 - Patrick Hennessey -- returned to the lineup vs. BYU after missing the opener with an injury ... had five tackles and a fumble recovery in the end zone for a touchback vs. BYU ... season-best eight tackles, his first sack of the season, and a TFL at Oklahoma ... four tackles and a TFL at Wyoming.

    Secondary
    #8 - Reggie Rembert, Jr. -- had two tackles and a TFL before being injured and leaving the Northwestern State game in the first quarter ... returned to action vs. BYU and had five tackles and an interception ... four tackles at Oklahoma ... leads all active players with 144 career tackles ... second among active players with seven interceptions ... has been involved in 16 career turnovers (7 INT, 5 FF 4 FR).
    #5 - Anthony Wright, Jr. -- had four tackles and a TFL vs. Northwestern State ... returned a punt for a touchdown, but had it called back ... had three tackles vs. BYU ... career-high eight tackles and a pass breakup at Oklahoma ... leads all active players with eight career interceptions ... ranked third nationally in 2009 with seven interceptions ... 12 career turnovers (8 INT, 3 FF, 1 FR).
    #6 - Jon Davis -- second on the team in tackles with 26 ... six tackles, five unassisted, a tackle for loss, an interception in the end zone and a fumble recovery at Wyoming ... his TFL and INT came on back-to-back plays ... the fumble recovery allowed AF to run out the clock in the fourth quarter ... named MWC defensive player of the week for his efforts ... season-high nine tackles, including a career-best six unassisted stops, at Oklahoma ... also had a pass breakup ... five tackles and a forced fumble vs. BYU ... his forced fumble was recovered in the end zone by AFA for a touchback ... four career interceptions and nine career turnovers (4 INT, 3 FF, 2 FR).
    #31 - Brian Lindsay -- fifth on the team in total tackles with 20 ... tied for the team lead with 3.5 tackles for loss for a team-best 20 yards ... has had at least one TFL in all four games this season ... career-high six tackles at Oklahoma ... four tackles, a pass break up and a tackle for loss vs. BYU ... had five tackles and a TFL in his first-career start in win over Northwestern State.
    #24 - P.J. Adeji-Paul -- started for the first time this season at Wyoming ... had a career-best six tackles, which tied for the team lead ... also forced a fumble.

    Specialists
    #99 - Erik Soderberg -- hit a 29-yard field goal and all eight PATs vs. Northwestern State ... has 24 career field goals which ranks ninth in Air Force history ... .686 career field goal percentage (24-35) ranks seventh in school history.
    #97 - Keil Bartholomew -- had two punts for a 45.0 average in his first-career start in the win over Northwestern State ... had a net average of 45.0 on his two punts ... four punts for a 41.5 average vs. BYU ... had one punt inside the 20 ... ranks fourth in the MWC in punting with a 41.9 average.

     

     

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