Sept. 28, 2009
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Air Force (3-1) at Navy (2-2)
Saturday, Oct. 3, 3:30 p.m. Eastern
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000), USNA, MD
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Craig Bolerjack (play-by-play), Randy Cross (analyst)
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Jim Arthur (play-by-play), Lee Douglas (analyst), Jay Ritchie (pre- and post-game)
Record: Air Force (3-1, 2-0 MWC), Navy (2-2)
Rankings: Neither team is ranked.
Streaks: Air Force (W 2), Navy (W 1)
Next week: Air Force (vs. TCU, 10-10), Navy (at Rice, 10-10)
Last week: Air Force (W 26-14 vs. San Diego State), Navy (W 38-22 vs. Western Kentucky)
Website: Air Force (goairforcefalcons.com), Navy (navysports.com)
Air Force: Troy Calhoun (Air Force, 1989) has a 20-10 record in his third season at Air Force. Calhoun is 13-5 vs. the Mountain West, 11-3 at home, 8-5 in road games, 1-2 in neutral site games, 7-5 in non-conference games and 0-2 vs. Navy.
Navy: Ken Niumatalolo (Hawaii, 1989) is in his second season at Navy. Niumatalolo has a 10-8 career record.
- Air Force finishes a string of three of four games on the road at Navy this week. The Falcons have also played at Minnesota, at New Mexico and vs. San Diego State during the span.
- Air Force and Navy each won last week. The Falcons defeated San Diego State, 26-14, in Falcon Stadium. Navy defeated Western Kentucky, 38-22, in Annapolis.
- Air Force has opened the season 3-1 for the third straight time under head coach Troy Calhoun. The team enters the Navy game with a 3-1 mark for the third consecutive season.
- Two of the nation's top rushing teams clash this week when Air Force and Navy play. The Falcons lead the nation in rushing with a 319.0 per-game average. Navy is sixth with a 244.50 average.
- Navy has won six straight games in the series dating back to 2003. The six-game streak is the second-longest in the rivalry (Air Force 11, 1892-92). The Midshipmen have won two straight at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Air Force leads the overall series, 25-16.
THIS IS AIR FORCE FOOTBALL
- Air Force is playing its 54th season of varsity football. The Falcons played their first season of varsity football in 1956.
- Air Force has an all-time record of 323-270-13. The Falcons are 174-112-3 at home and 149-158-10 on the road and in neutral site games. AFA has played in 19 bowl games and has an 8-10-1 all-time record.
- This season marks the third under head coach Troy Calhoun, who is a 1989 graduate of the Air Force Academy. He is the sixth head coach in school history and first graduate to hold the position.
- Air Force is playing in its 30th year in a conference. This season marks the school's 11th 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 39-37 as a member of the Mountain West Conference. The team is 23-15 at home and 16-22 on the road. The Falcons are 69-55 overall since joining the MWC in 1999, including marks of 39-23 at home, 26-28 on the road, 4-4 in neutral site games and 2-2 in bowls.
Air Force and Navy are meeting for the 42nd time. Air Force holds a 25-16 all-time lead. The Falcons are 14-6 at home, 7-7 at Navy and 4-3 in neutral site games. Air Force holds a 22-15 mark since Commander-in-Chief's Trophy competition began in 1972.
Navy has won six consecutive games in the series, including two straight at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Prior to Navy's six-game streak, the Falcons had won six straight and 19 of the last 21 games dating back to 1982. Eight of the last 12 games in the series have been decided by a touchdown or less dating back to 1995. The teams 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)
* - Baltimore, MD; ** - Chicago, IL; *** - Washington, DC; # - Landover, MD; Site ( ) is for AFA
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 2009 season marks the 38th year of trophy competition. Air Force has a 48-26-0 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.
Team Record Pct.
Air Force 48-26-0 .649
Navy 37-36-1 .507
Army 25-48-1 .345
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 54-29-1 all-time against Army and Navy. The Falcons are 31-9 at home, 18-16 on the road and 5-4-1 in nuetral site games. The Falcons are 29-13-1 vs. Army and 25-16 all-time vs. Navy.
TIES TO NAVY
Air Force defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter coached at Navy from 1999-2001 as the secondary coach. DeRuyter, a 1985 Air Force graduate, coached under head coach Charlie Weatherbie, who coached quarterbacks and fullbacks at Air Force from 1984-89.
CAREER STATISTICS VS. NAVY
Rushing (Att-Yds-TDs): Tim Jefferson (1g, 6-35-0), Kyle Halderman (1g, 4-32-0), Savier Stephens (1g, 7-24-0), Asher Clark (1g, 1-2-1).
Passing (C-A-Int-Yds-TD): Tim Jefferson (1g, 4-9-0-56-0).
Receiving (#-Yds-TD): Kyle Halderman (1g, 3-62-1), Josh Cousins (1g, 3-26-0), Kevin Fogler (1g, 1-53-0), Sean Quintana (2g, 3-24-0).
Tackles (UT-AT-TOT): Chris Thomas (3g, 7-8-15), Rick Ricketts (2g, 4-5-9), Ben Garland (2g, 2-1-3), Patrick Hennessey (2g, 0-3-3), Luke Hyder (1g, 0-1-1), Ken Lamendola (1g, 5-9-14), Justin Moore (1g, 1-4-5), Anthony Wright (1g, 2-1-3), Andre Morris, Jr. (1g, 0-3-3), Reggie Rembert (2g, 1-0-1), Caleb Konemann (1g, 0-1-1).
AIR FORCE VS. NON-CONFERENCE FOES UNDER CALHOUN
Air Force is 7-5 against non-conference foes under head coach Troy Calhoun. The Falcons are 4-1 at home, 2-2 on the road and 1-2 in neutral site games.
Navy defeated Air Force, 33-27, to notch its sixth consecutive victory in the series. Air Force allowed two blocked punts for touchdowns and lost two fumbles inside its own 20 yard line, but somehow still hung in until the final minute.
Navy opened the scoring with a Matt Harmon 35-yard field goal on the opening drive of the game. The Midshipmen added a touchdown on their first blocked punt when Blake Carter returned it 25 yards to make it 10-0. The Falcons got on the board with a Ryan Harrison 23-yard field goal and later tied the score on a Shea Smith two-yard run. Harrison gave the Falcons their first lead of the game, 13-10, with a 23-yard field goal with 2:43 remaining in the half, but Harmon hit a 48-yarder as time expired to tie the game at halftime.
Jarod Bryant scored on a three-yard run to open the second half scoring after Navy recovered an Air Force fumble on the opening play of the half at its own 10. The Falcons tied it at 20 when Smith hit Kyle Halderman with a 19-yard TD pass. Harmon then added two more field goals, the second coming early in the fourth quarter to give the Midshipmen a 26-20 lead. Bobby Doyle then recovered Navy's second blocked punt of the game in the end zone to push the lead to 33-20 with 10:02 remaining. The second field goal came following a fumble recovery at the Air Force 18 yard line.
Air Force made up the final margin when Asher Clark scored on a two-yard run with 2:32 remaining. The touchdown capped a 13-play, 84-yard drive that was engineered by backup quarterback Tim Jefferson, who came on in relief of Smith, who became ill during the second half. Air Force's final hopes were dashed when Navy recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock with one first down.
Air Force finished the game with 411 total yards, including a season-best 184 passing. Smith finished the game hitting eight of 12 passes for 128 yards while Jefferson hit four of nine for 56 yards. Todd Newell led the rushing attack with 50 yards on 15 carries. Kyle Lumpkin added 42 on 10 carries. The defense was led by Ken Lamendola, who had a career-high 14 tackles, and Hunter Altman, who had a career-best 13.
Navy was held to a season low 206 rushing yards and had 244 total yards. Bryant led the Midshipmen with 101 yards on 24 carries while fullback Eric Kettani added 75 yards on 22 carries.
TURNING AROUND A TREND
Air Force is 6-2 in the month of October over the last two seasons, including a 6-1 mark in conference games. Air Force has finished 3-1 in the month of October in each of the last two seasons.
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 is 115-99-4 all-time in the month of October. The Falcons are 69-49-3 at home and 46-49-1 on the road. The team is 0-1 in neutral site games. Air Force is 43-26 in conference games in October, including a 26-13 mark at home and a 17-13 road record.
Air Force defeated San Diego State, 26-14, in Falcon Stadium. The Falcons used two defensive touchdowns, one by Reggie Rembert on a fumble return and one from Anthony Wright on an interception return, and six total turnovers to improve to 2-0 in the conference.
Savier Stephens led the Falcons with 71 yards on 11 carries while Jared Tew added 68 yards on 23 carries. Quarterback Connor Dietz, who made his first-career start, rushed for 64 yards on nine carries and hit three of six passes for 51 yards.
Kicker Erik Soderberg tied a school record with four field goals, including a career-long 48-yard boot. The defense dominated and was led by Rembert, who had seven tackles, two interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Jon Davis added six tackles, while Andre Morris chipped in with six stops, a tackle for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
LAST WEEK'S GAME NOTES
Air Force scored its third and fourth non-offensive touchdowns of the season vs. San Diego State. Reggie Rembert returned a fumble that was forced by Andre Morris, Jr., 47 yards for a touchdown. Anthony Wright returned an interception 47 yards for a touchdown. This is the first time the Falcons have posted two non-offensive scores since Army in 2006 when the team scored on a fumble return and a safety. The other scores this season have been by freshman linebacker Wale Lawal with a 10-yard fumble return for a score vs. Nicholls State and sophomore Jon Davis with a 38-yard interception return for a score vs. New Mexico.
Air Force recorded four interceptions vs. San Diego State which ties as the fifth most in school history and is the most since intercepting four at Army in 2006.
Air Force forced six turnovers (4 INT, 2 Fumbles) vs. San Diego State. The Falcons have forced two or more turnovers in 16 of its last 20 games.
Sophomore QB Connor Dietz and junior TE Chaz Demerath each made the first start of their career.
Junior DB Reggie Rembert scored the first touchdown of his career on a 47-yard fumble return in the first quarter. The fumble recovery is his first this season and third of his career. Rembert later added his first two interceptions of the season and now has five in his career. He also forced a fumble in the third quarter which is his first this season and third of his career. Rembert has 11 (5 INT, 3 FR, 3 FF) career turnovers and is the active career leader for the Falcons with his five interceptions. Rembert also finished the game with a team-high seven tackles.
Junior LB Andre Morris, Jr., recorded his first-career forced fumble, which resulted in a touchdown in the first quarter. Morris, Jr. later recovered the first fumble of his career. The turnovers give him four (INT, 2 FF, FR) in his career.
Sophomore WR Jonathan Warzeka recorded a career-long 44-yard reception in the first quarter. The reception led to a field goal to give Air Force a 10-0 lead.
Sophomore SPC Erik Soderberg tied a school record with four field goals. Soderberg hit from 48, 41, 21 and 20 yards. He is the eighth player in school history to hit four field goals in a game and the first since Joey Ashcroft hit four vs. Army in 2002. Soderberg attempted a school-record six field goals. The previous record of five was set by five other players, most recently by Ashcroft vs. Army in 2003. Soderberg's 48-yard field goal is the longest of his career. He has hit at least one field goal in every game this season and has now kicked seven in the last two games.
Senior DB Chris Thomas recorded his first interception of the season and fourth of his career. The turnover is his second this season and 13th (4 INT, 6 FR, 3 FF) of his career.
Freshman LB Alex Means recorded the first quarterback sack of his career. He added his first-career pass breakup on the very next play in the second quarter.
Sophomore DB Anthony Wright recorded his first-career touchdown with a 47-yard interception return in the third quarter. The interception is his second this season and third of his career.
Junior RB Savier Stephens rushed for a career-high 71 yards to lead the Falcons. Stephens also recorded a career-long run of 26 yards.
Junior RB Jared Tew recorded season highs with 23 rushes and 68 yards.
AIR FORCE FEATURES YOUNG TEAM IN 2009
Air Force is a young team. The Falcons have just 15 seniors on its 95-man roster. The team has 58 freshmen and sophomores which make up 60 percent of the roster. There are 42 sophomores and 16 freshmen on the roster.
AIR FORCE FOURTH NATIONALLY WITH 198-GAME SCORING STREAK
- Air Force has scored in 198 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 second-longest active streak of teams in the Mountain West Conference and the fourth longest in the country.
- Air Force's 198-game scoring streak is the 15th longest in Division I-A college history.
- Of the top 15 all-time, nine were started in the 1980s while the other five began in the 1970s.
100 YARD RUSHERS UNDER CALHOUN
- Air Force is tough to beat when it has had a 100-yard rusher under head coach Troy Calhoun. The Falcons are 12-3 in games when they have a player rush for 100 or more yards.
- The team's only losses came in the 2007 Armed Forces Bowl vs. California, vs. No. 16/14 BYU and vs. Houston in the 2008 Armed Forces Bowl.
South Carolina State, W 34-3 (Kip McCarthy, 129); Utah, W 20-12 (Shaun Carney, 113); TCU, W 20-17 OT (Jim Ollis, 138); UNLV, W 31-14 (Chad Hall, 169); Colorado State, W 45-21 (Chad Hall, 256); Wyoming, W 20-12 (Chad Hall, 167); Army, W 30-10 (Chad Hall, 275); Notre Dame, W 41-24 (Chad Hall, 142); San Diego State, W 55-23 (Jim Ollis, 163; Chad Hall, 151; Ty Paffett, 105); California, L 36-42 (Shaun Carney, 108; Jim Ollis, 101).
San Diego State, W 35-10 (Asher Clark, 109); UNLV, W 29-28 (Todd Newell, 134); Colorado State, W 38-17 (Asher Clark, 136); BYU, L 24-38 (Todd Newell, 116); Houston, L 28-34 (Jared Tew, 149).
NOTES ON THE DEFENSE
The Falcons lead the conference and rank ninth nationally in scoring defense with an 11.8 average. Air Force is second in the conference and 20th nationally in total defense with a 272.8 average. The Falcons are third in the MWC in both rushing and passing defense with averages of 106.2 and 166.5, respectively. Air Force has forced 15 turnovers this season, including seven interceptions and eight fumble recoveries. The unit has also allowed just 11-51 (.220) third down conversions, including just three in the second half this season.
The defense has scored four touchdowns this season. Wale Lawal scored on a 10-yard fumble return vs. Nicholls State while Jon Davis took an interception back 38 yards at New Mexico. Reggie Rembert and Anthony Wright each scored vs. San Diego State. Rembert scored on a 47-yard fumble return while Wright took an interception back 47 yards for a score.
Air Force leads the nation in non-offensive touchdowns. The list of national leaders follows:
2009 LEADERS: Air Force 4, Clemson 3, Florida State 3, Ohio 3, Oregon 3, Rutgers 3, Stanford 3, Texas 3, Virginia Tech 3, Washington State 3, 17 schools with 2.
ADDITIONAL DEFENSIVE NOTES
The unit recorded a shutout in the season opener vs. Nicholls State which is the first for Air Force since beating Wofford, 49-0, in 2003.
Air Force held Nicholls State to just seven first downs which is the seventh fewest in school history and fewest since holding Southern Methodist to six in 1971.
Air Force held Nicholls State to just 151 total yards which is the eighth fewest in school history and fewest since holding Army to 100 in 1999.
Air Force held San Diego State's offense scoreless and to just 187 total yards until the Aztecs scored twice in the final minutes, including a score on the game's final play, against reserves.
Air Force has not allowed a point on the opponent's opening drive of the second half this season. The Falcons have forced a three-and-out on the drive in three of four games this season, including vs. San Diego State.
AIR FORCE TAKEAWAYS
- Air Force is a combined +36 in two-plus seasons under head coach Troy Calhoun and defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter.
- Air Force stands at +13 this season. The Falcons forced a season-high six turnovers vs. San Diego State and four vs. Nicholls State and New Mexico.
- The team's +3.25 turnover margin average this season leads the conference and ranks second in the nation.
- Air Force's 1.00 per-game turnover margin average last season ranked second in the conference and 11th nationally.
AIR FORCE RETURN GAME SHINING
The Falcons lead the conference and rank ninth nationally in kickoff returns with a 31.1 average. Reggie Rembert is leading the way, averaging 42.7 yards per return. He recorded a career-long return of 60 yards vs. New Mexico. Jared Tew is averaging 30.0 yards per return.
Air Force is second in the MWC and 21st nationally in punt returns with an 18.0 average. Anthony Wright leads the conference and ranks 15th nationally with a 16.0 per-return average. Rembert is averaging 15.3 yards per return, but doesn't have enough returns to appear in the national rankings.
Air Force leads the conference and ranks 19th nationally in scoring with a 37.0 average. The Falcons lead the nation in rushing with a 319.0 per-game average and rank fourth in the conference and 40th nationally in total offense with a 406.8 average. The Falcons also lead the MWC and rank 13th nationally in passing efficiency with a 161.5 mark. Air Force has run 74 more plays than its opponents and holds a 33:50 average in time of possession.
ADDITIONAL OFFENSIVE NOTES
Air Force has out-rushed all four opponents this season.
The Falcons have scored in 13 of 16 quarters this season and have twice scored 17 points in the first quarter (Nicholls State and New Mexico).
Air Force tied a Mountain West Conference record with 72 points vs. Nicholls State. The 72 points are the third-most in school history.
17 different Falcons have carried the ball this season. The team has rushed the ball 264 times this season and all of them have come by players that return next season.
INDIVIDUAL QUICK HITS
QB Tim Jefferson - rushed for a career-best two TDs and threw for one vs. Nicholls State ... has a 174.8 mark passing efficiency this season and a 146.19 career mark ... did not play vs. San Diego State ... has a 7-4 career mark as a starter.
RB Asher Clark - has led the team in rushing twice this season -- game-high 90 yards on 12 carries at Minnesota and 86 yards on 20 carries at New Mexico ... ranks fifth in the MWC in rushing with an average of 65.5 yards per game ... averages 6.1 yards per carry.
SPC Brandon Geyer - fifth in the MWC in punting with a 43.4 average ... averaged 45.6 yards on seven punts vs. San Diego State.
SPC Erik Soderberg - tied a school record with four field goals vs. San Diego State ... hit a career-long 48 yard field goal vs. SDSU ... leads the conference and ranks third nationally in field goals with a 2.50 per-game average ... has hit 10 of 14 field goals this season, a 71.4 percentage ... perfect in 14 PAT attempts this season ... has hit seven field goals his last two games ... also handles kickoff duties.
LB Ken Lamendola - second on the team in tackles with 21 ... season- and team-high eight tackles at New Mexico ... led the team and was among the league leaders with 118 tackles last year.
DB Chris Thomas - missed the New Mexico game due to injury ... Air Force's active career leader in tackles with 247, tackles for loss with 18.5 and pass breakups with 17 ... preseason first-team all-conference selection ... involved in 13 career turnovers (4 INT, 6 FF, 3 FR).
FB Jared Tew - ranks eighth in the conference in rushing with a 60.5 average ... is eighth in the MWC in all-purpose yards with an 88.0 average ... career-best three kickoff returns for a career-high 90 yards at Minnesota ... season bests of 23 carries and 68 yards rushing vs. San Diego State ... his 23 carries are the most by a Falcon this season.
DB Anthony Wright - leads the MWC and ranks 15th nationally in punt returns with a 16.0 average ... returned two punts for 46 yards, including a career-long 34-yard return vs. Nicholls State ... career-best seven tackles at Minnesota ... first interception of the season vs. New Mexico ... returned an interception 47 yards for his first-career touchdown vs. San Diego State ... fifth in the conference and 33rd nationally in interceptions with a .50 average.
DL Ben Garland - tied for seventh in the MWC in sacks with a .62 average ... has had at least a half sack in five of the last six games ... has 10 tackles this season and is second on the team in tackles for loss with 3.5 ... blocked the first kick of his career, a PAT vs. New Mexico.
WR Jonathan Warzeka - leads the team in receptions with seven ... recorded a career-long 44-yard reception vs. San Diego State ... also had 34 yards on three carries vs. SDSU ... rushed for 26 yards on five carries and scored his first rushing touchdown of the season at New Mexico ... career highs in rushing with 10 carries for 42 yards and receiving with three catches for 44 yards at Minnesota.
WR Kevin Fogler - second on the team in receptions with five and leads the team in receiving yards with 155 ... three straight games with a touchdown catch earlier this season.
LB Andre Morris, Jr - leads the team in tackles with 24, including 13 unassisted ... leads the team in tackles for loss with 4.0 ... named MWC player of the week vs. New Mexico with seven tackles and two sacks ... career-highs of nine total tackles and six solo tackles at Minnesota.
QB Connor Dietz - has played in three games, leading the Falcons in rushing with 85 yards on seven carries vs. Nicholls State ... rushed for 23 yards on five carries and hit two of four passes for 40 yards and his first-career touchdown pass at New Mexico ... first-career start vs. San Diego State, finishing with 64 yards on nine carries and hitting three of six passes for 51 yards ... fourth on the team in rushing with 170 yards ... averages 8.1 yards per carry.
Jon Davis, DB - tied for the team lead in interceptions with two ... recorded the first two interceptions of his career vs. New Mexico and returned one 38 yards for his first-career touchdown ... is the first Falcon since Carson Bird in 2007 with two interceptions in a game.
Reggie Rembert, DB - Air Force's all-time leader in kickoff returns and KOR yards with 54 for 1,165 yards ... Rembert broke the records of All-American Ernie Jennings (1868-70), who had 43 returns for 1,037 yards ... two returns for 96 yards, including a career-best 60-yard effort, at New Mexico ... named MWC defensive player of the week vs. San Diego State with a team-best seven tackles, two interceptions, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble ... returned the fumble recovery 47 yards for his first-career touchdown ... leads the MWC in interceptions with a 1.00 average.
Senior safety Chris Thomas and junior linebacker Ken Lamendola are after two impressive career milestones this season. Thomas could become the fourth player in school history to record three 100-plus tackle seasons. Thomas, who had 107 tackles last year and 110 as a sophomore in 2007, would join Terry Maki (1984-86), Tom Foertsch (1976-78), Brian Hill (1988-90).
Lamendola was just the second sophomore with 100-plus tackles in a season since All-American Anthony Schlegel in 2002 with his 118-tackle effort last year. Lamendola could become the 15th Falcon with back-to-back 100-plus tackle seasons if he hits the century mark in 2009.
REMBERT WINS FOUR AWARDS FOR EFFORTS VS. SDSU
Reggie Rembert was awarded four player of the week honors for his efforts vs. San Diego State. Rembert was named Mountain West Conference defensive player of the week, National Football Foundation Colorado Chapter player of the week and was the national player of the week and national defensive back of the week by College Football Performance Awards.
Rembert recorded a team-high seven tackles (five solo stops), a career-best two interceptions, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble in Air Force's 26-14 win over San Diego State. Midway through the first quarter, the junior defensive back from Flower Mound, Texas, recovered a fumble and returned it 47 yards for his first career touchdown to put the Falcons up 7-0. Rembert had a hand in four of the Falcons' six forced turnovers in the game, leading to 13 of Air Force's 26 points.
AIR FORCE INDIVIDUAL HONORS
- Chris Thomas , Sr., DB - First-team preseason all-MWC.
- Nick Charles, Sr., OL - First-team preseason all-MWC ... Outland Trophy Watch List ... Allstate/AFCA Coaches Association Good Works Team nominee ... 2009 Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List.
- Andre Morris, Jr., Jr., LB - Named Mountain West Conference defensive player of the week vs. New Mexico ... College Football Insider (CFI) honorable mention defensive player of the week vs. New Mexico.
- Jon Davis, So., DB - Named honorable mention defensive back performer of the week by College Football Performance Awards vs. New Mexico.
- Reggie Rembert, Jr., - Named MWC defensive player of the week vs. San Diego State ... named national defensive player of the week and defensive back of the week by College Football Performance vs. San Diego State ... named National Football Foundation Colorado Chapter player of the week vs. San Diego State.
- Erik Soderberg, So., SPC - Named honorable mention kicker of the week by College Football Performance Awards vs. San Diego State.
THIS AND THAT
- Falcon Stadium was ranked 24th by The Sporting News in a poll this summer on college football most unique stadiums. The poll measured everything from pregame tailgate parties to the roar of the crowd. Air Force was the only school from the Mountain West Conference in the top 25. Notre Dame Stadium was No. 1, followed by Ohio State's Ohio Stadium and Florida's Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
- Air Force is one of just 27 schools that didn't have a coaching staff change in 2009. Every position coach and coordinator returned from the 2008 season. Other schools without changes: UAB, Baylor, Colorado State, Duke, East Carolina, Georgia Tech, Houston, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan State, Navy, Nebraska, Nevada, NC State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Texas A&M, Troy, UTEP, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Washington State, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
- Air Force's 72 points vs. Nicholls State is the third most in school history and most since scoring 73 vs. New Mexico in 1987. The 72 points tie a Mountain West Conference record with New Mexico, who scored 72 points vs. Texas State in Aug. 30, 2003. The victory margin of 72 points (72-0) is a school record, breaking the previous mark of 69 (69-0) vs. Northern Colorado in 1984.
- Freshman linebacker Wale Lawal made the most of his first-ever college football play. Lawal entered the Nicholls State game in the fourth quarter and his first play resulted in tackle for loss for 10 yards, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a 10-yard fumble recovery return for a touchdown.
- Air Force improved to 10-1 all-time in Mountain West Conference openers dating back to 1999. Air Force is 4-1 at home and 6-0 on the road.
- LB Alex Means - became the first Air Force freshman defensive player to start opening day since A.J. Scott vs. BYU in 1981.