Sept. 30, 2013
Air Force (1-4, 0-4 MW) at Navy (2-1)
Saturday, Oct. 5 - 9:30 am (MT)
Annapolis, MD - Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000)
Spero Dedes (Play-by-play), Steve Beuerlein (Analyst), Evan Washburn (Sidelines)
RADIO: KVOR AM 740 in Colorado Springs; The Fan 104.3 in Denver;
Jim Arthur (play-by-play); Jesse Kurtz (analyst); Jay Ritchie/Bob Ihle (pre- and post-game shows)
GAME FACTS: Air Force is completing a stretch of playing three of four games on the road by traveling to Navy this week ... Air Force also played at Boise State and Nevada and hosted Wyoming during the stretch ... This week marks the first day game following three consecutive night games ... Air Force is 19-13 in non-conference games, including a 1-0 mark this season, under head coach Troy Calhoun ... This week opens competition for the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy ... The Falcons leads the round-robin competition with a 53-29 record ... This week begins a stretch of playing three of four games vs. non-conference opponents ... Following next week's Mountain West tilt vs. San Diego State, the Falcons host Notre Dame and Army to close out the non-conference schedule ... This week's game features two of the top 10 rushing teams in the country with Navy ranking sixth (301.0) and Air Force eighth (296.0).
COACHES: Air Force is coached by Troy Calhoun (Air Force, 1989), who is in his seventh season. He has led the Falcons to 48-35 career record. Calhoun is 29-22 in MW games, 19-13 in non-conference games, 29-11 in Falcon Stadium, 15-19 in road games (12-12 in MW road games) and 2-4 in bowl games. Calhoun is 2-4 vs. Navy.
Navy is coached by Ken Niumatalolo (Hawai'i, 1989), who is in his sixth season. He has led the Midshipmen to a 42-27 record. Niumatalolo was the assistant head coach at Navy from 2002-07 before taking over as head coach in 2008. He has a 3-2 record vs. Air Force.
Air Force leads the overall series, 27-18.
Air Force is 15-7 at home, 8-8 at Navy and 4-3 in neutral site games.
Navy snapped a two-game Air Force win streak with last season's 28-21 overtime win at AFA.
Navy won seven straight from 2003-09 prior to Air Force's streak.
Prior to Navy's winning streak, Air Force had won six straight and 19 of 21 from 1982-2002.
The Falcons hold a 24-17 mark in Commander-in-Chief's Trophy competition (started in 1972).
The last 10 games in the series have been decided by an average of 5.2 points per game.
The last two and three of the last four games in the series have gone to overtime.
The winner of this game has gone on to win the last 16 CIC Trophies.
The team's first played in 1960 in Baltimore, Md., resulting in a 35-3 Navy win.
COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF'S TROPHY: The 2013 season marks the 42nd year of trophy competition. The trophy goes annually to the winning academy with the best record in round-robin competition. Air Force won its second straight and record 18th Commander-in-Chief's Trophy in 2011. Air Force's back-to-back CIC Trophy titles are its first since 2001-02. Air Force was 0-2 in 2012 in CIC competition, which was won by Navy. The Falcons lost 28-21 in overtime at home vs. Navy Oct. 6 and were beaten by Army, 41-21, in West Point Nov. 3.
Air Force outright CIC title years:
`82, `83, `85, `87, `89, `90, `91, `92, `94, `95, `97, `98, `99, `00, `01, `02, `10, `11
UP NEXT: Air Force takes on San Diego State on Thursday, Oct. 10. Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Falcon Stadium. The game will be televised by CBS Sports.