Air Force hosts Navy in Service Academy Game
Oct. 1, 2012
Saturday. Oct. 6 9:30 a.m. MT
Falcon Stadium (46,692) USAFA, CO
GAME FACTS: Air Force and Navy are playing on CBS network television for the second straight year ... This week's game is the first in the 2012 Commander-in-Chief's Trophy race ... The Falcons have a 53-27 all-time record in CIC games and have won the trophy outright a record 18 times ... Air Force leads the overall series, 27-17, including a 24-16 mark in CIC games since 1972 ... This week's game is the second in a stretch where Air Force plays four of five games at home ... The Falcons defeated Colorado State, 42-21, last week in Falcon Stadium to secure the Ram-Falcon Trophy for a series-best 20th time ... Air Force is 25-8 at home under head coach Troy Calhoun, including a 2-0 mark this season ... Air Force is 11-1 at home under Calhoun in non-conference games with the only loss coming vs. Navy, 33-27, in 2008 ... This week's kickoff time of 9:30 a.m. is the earliest in the history of Falcon Stadium, breaking the mark of 10 a.m. set several times ... Air Force is back in the top spot in the nation in rushing offense with an average of 396.3 yards per game ... This week marks the fourth time in five weeks the team has led the nation in rushing.
COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF'S TROPHY: The 2012 season marks the 41st year of trophy competition. 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. Air Force won its second straight and record 18th Commander-in-Chief's Trophy in 2011. The Falcons defeated Navy, 35-34, in overtime in Annapolis Oct. 1 and Army, 24-14, in Falcon Stadium Nov. 5. Air Force's back-to-back CIC Trophy titles are its first since 2001-02. Air Force has a 53-27-0 all-time CIC record. Air Force and Navy have combined to win the last 15 trophy titles with Air Force winning eight (1997, 98, 00, 01, 02, 10, 11) and Navy seven (2003-09).
Air Force outright CIC title years:
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(H/A) is for AFA
LAST SEASON VS. NAVY: Air Force defeated Navy, 35-34, in overtime in Annapolis to record its second straight win in the series. The Falcons jumped to a 14-0 first-quarter lead behind a touchdown pass and run from quarterback Tim Jefferson. Following a Navy field goal late in the quarter, the Falcons added a touchdown run from Asher Clark to take a 21-3 halftime lead. Following a touchdown run from Navy's Kriss Proctor, Clark added another TD run to extend the lead to 28-10 early in the fourth quarter. The Midshipmen stormed back behind a TD run from Proctor and a field goal from Jon Teague. After recovering an onside kick, Gee Gee Green caught a five-yard TD pass from Proctor and Alexander Teich scored on a two-point conversion to tie the score at 28-all with 19 seconds left to force overtime. Proctor scored his third touchdown of the game on Navy's overtime possession, but an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on him after the play forced a 35-yard PAT. Alex Means blocked the attempt to keep it 34-28. Jefferson hit Zack Kauth on a 16-yard strike on Air Force's first play in overtime and later scored on a one-yard run. Parker Herrington's PAT gave the Falcons the victory. Jefferson finished the game hitting nine-of-10 passes for 136 yards and a score while rushing for 60 yards and two scores. Clark added 91 yards and two scores as Air Force rushed for 223 yards and had 359 total yards. Navy had 466 total yards and ran 105 plays in the game using 40:46 in time of possession. Brady Amack led four players in double figure tackles with a career-best 23. Harry Kehs added a career-high 15 while Jordan Waiwaiole and Means chipped in with 12 each.
THE LAST TIME IN FALCON STADIUM: Air Force defeated Navy, 14-6, to snap a seven-game losing streak to the Midshipmen. Tim Jefferson rushed for 62 yards and two touchdowns while hitting five-of-seven passes for 83 yards. Jared Tew added a game-high 111 yards on 17 carries. The defense was led by Jordan Waiwaiole, who had a career-high 15 tackles, his first-career interception and a quarterback sack. Air Force opened the scoring with a 50-yard run by Jefferson in the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead. Navy added a field goal in the second quarter and another in the third to make it 7-6. Air Force blocked a punt to set up a one-yard TD run by Jefferson early in the fourth quarter. The defense ended Navy's last drive with Waiwaiole's interception. Air Force had 375 total yards, including 292 rushing. Navy had 312 total yards.
AIR FORCE VS. NON-CONFERENCE FOES UNDER CALHOUN
LAST WEEK: Air Force jumped out to a 21-0 first-quarter lead on its way to a 42-21 victory over Colorado State in Falcon Stadium. Three different Falcons scored in the quarter as the Falcons out-gained CSU 220-35. The Falcons took a 35-14 halftime lead behind a Connor Dietz to Marcus Hendricks touchdown pass in the final minute. The score was set up by an Austin Niklas forced fumble and recovery by Steffon Batts near midfield with under two minutes remaining. The Air Force defense allowed just one score in the second half and Ty MacArthur scored on a 34-yard run to make up the final margin. Air Force had 516 total yards, including 459 rushing. Cody Getz led the way with a career-high 222 yards rushing. MacArthur added 75 yards rushing on seven carries. Dietz hit two-of-five passes for 57 yards and a career-high two touchdowns. Niklas led the Falcons with eight tackles and two forced fumbles while Christian Spears chipped in with a career-high eight tackles. Colorado State finished with 441 total yards. Quarterback M.J. McPeek led the Rams, hitting 22-of-34 passes for 292 yards and two touchdowns.
LAST WEEK'S GAME NOTES
FALCONS AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS IN APR: The Air Force football program was among 12 nationally recognized Football Bowl Series programs recognized with the NCAA Division I Academic Performance Public Recognition Award, announced by the NCAA.
AIR FORCE LEADS THE WAY WITH ALUMNI COACHES: Air Force has 10 Academy graduates as coaches on the staff which is more than any other school in the nation.
Academy graduates on coaching staff
CALHOUN TO SHARE WEEKLY TOP 25 VOTE ON-LINE: Head Coach Troy Calhoun is a voter in the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll. Although ballots in the poll generally are not revealed until the final vote of the regular season in December, Calhoun has been providing his weekly ballot to The Gazette of Colorado Springs the last couple of years. He agreed this year to also reveal his vote each week for USA TODAY Sports. His weekly top 25 is available on the USA Today website.
AIR FORCE BY THE NUMBERS
TEAM DEFENSIVE NOTES
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TAKING CARE OF THE FOOTBALL: Air Force has just three turnovers in four games this season while running 305 total plays. Air Force's first turnover was a fumble against UNLV. The team had 208 plays without a turnover prior to the fumble. The opening two games of the season mark the first time since 2009 vs. TCU and Wyoming that Air Force has gone back-to-back games without a turnover.
OFFENSIVE LINE TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS: Air Force's offensive line has done a great job this season. Despite losing starting center Michael Husar, Jr., in the season opener and having just two returning starters, Air Force has not allowed a sack this season which leads the nation. In addition, the Falcons have played the last two games without one of those returning starters, preseason all-conference tackle Jason Kons. Because of the injuries the Falcons have started three different combinations in four games. Despite the changes and injuries, the offensive line has also paved the way for Air Force to lead the nation in rushing with a 396.3 per-game average.
AIR FORCE TAKEAWAYS
AIR FORCE HAS FOURTH LONGEST ACTIVE SCORING STREAK IN NATION
AIR FORCE LEADS THE NATION WITH FIRST-TIME STARTERS IN 2012: Air Force has had 18 players start a game for the first time in their careers this season, which leads the nation.
THE RAM-FALCON TROPHY: Air Force defeated Colorado State, 42-21, Sept. 29 to win its 20th Ram-Falcon Trophy. This season marks the 33rd year of the trophy competetion with Air Force holding a 20-13 lead. The trophy's origin is tracked back to Shelly Godkin, a former ROTC commander at Colorado State. He watched the teams play in 1978 and sought to translate his impressions into a trophy symbolic of an annual game. The first Ram-Falcon trophy game was in 1980.
INSIDE AIR FORCE FOOTBALL
HERRINGTON ON GROZA WATCH LIST: Air Force senior Parker Herrington is one of 30 players named to the Watch List for the 2012 Lou Groza College Place-Kicker Award, presented by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.
HERRINGTON AMONG THE BEST: Senior kicker Parker Herrington has hit 16-of-22 (.727) field goals and 65-of-68 (.956) extra points in his career. Herrington ranks seventh in school history in career field goal percentage and 10th in extra point percentage. He needs one more made field goal to break into the top 10 in school history for career fields made.
Tim Jefferson (2008-11) and Shaun Carney (2004-07), but is making his own history. Dietz has rushed for 935 yards and scored seven touchdowns in his career. He has hit 55-of-104 passes for 808 yards and five touchdowns with just one interception. Dietz is the Air Force career leader in pass interception avoidance with a .0096 mark with just one career INT in 104 attempts. His lone interception came in 2011 vs. Wyoming and he has gone 44 attempts without a pick since. Dietz has a career pass efficiency rating of 132.09 which is the fifth-best mark in school history.
GETZ RUNNING WILD IN 2012: Senior Cody Getz has waited patiently for his chance and he's making the most of it now as a senior. Getz is second in the conference and nation in rushing with a 170.8 per-game average. Getz ranks third in the conference and is tied for 13th nationally in scoring with a 10.5 average. He has scored seven touchdowns in four games.
GETZ, DIETZ EACH NEARING 1,000-YARD MARK IN CAREERS: Senior quarterback Connor Dietz and senior running back Cody Getz are each nearing the 1,000-yard rushing mark for their careers. Getz has rushed for 969 yards on 145 carries while Dietz has 935 yards on 173 carries.There have been 37 players in Air Force history rush for 1,000 yards or more in their careers.
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