Air Force hosts Navy in Service Academy Game

    Senior WR Dontae Strickland.
    Senior WR Dontae Strickland.

    Oct. 1, 2012

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    Air Force (2-2) vs. Navy (1-3)
    Saturday. • Oct. 6 • 9:30 a.m. MT
    Falcon Stadium (46,692) • USAFA, CO

    TELEVISION
    • CBS
    • Spero Dedes (play-by-play) and Steve Beuerlein (color)

    RADIO
    • KVOR AM 740 in Colorado Springs; The Fan 104.3 in Denver; Goairforcefalcons.com
    • Jim Arthur (play-by-play); Jesse Kurtz (analyst); Jay Ritchie/Bob Ihle (pre- and post-game)

    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.

    COACHES
    • Air Force: Troy Calhoun (Air Force, 1989) is in his sixth season. He has led the Falcons to a 43-26 career record. Calhoun is 25-16 in MWC games, 18-10 in non-conference games, 25-8 in Falcon Stadium, 15-15 in road games (11-9 in MW road games) and 2-3 in bowl games.
    • Navy: Ken Niumatalolo (Hawaii, 1989) is in his fifth year. He has guided Navy to a 33-24 record in his first collegiate head coaching position.

    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:
    `82, `83, `85, `87, `89, `90, `91, `92, `94, `95, `97, `98, `99, `00, `01, `02, `10, `11

    THE SERIES
    • Air Force leads the overall series, 27-17.
    • The Falcons have won two straight following a seven-game Navy winning streak from 2003-09.
    • Air Force is 15-6 at home, 8-8 at Navy and 4-3 in neutral site games.
    • The Falcons hold a 24-16 mark since Commander-in-Chief's Trophy competition started in 1972.
    • Prior to Navy's seven-game winning streak, Air Force had won six straight and 19 of 21 from 1982-2002.
    • The last nine games in the series have been decided by an average of 5.0 points per game.
    • The team's first played in 1960 in Baltimore, Md., resulting in a 35-3 Navy win.

    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 23-16 (A) OT
    2010 - AFA 14-6 (H)
    2011 - AFA 35-34 (A) OT

    (H/A) is for AFA
    * - Baltimore, MD
    ** - Chicago, IL
    *** - Washington, DC

    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.
    HOME SWEET HOME: Air Force is 25-8 at home under head coach Troy Calhoun since 2007. The Falcons posted just the third undefeated home mark (6-0) in 2007. Air Force combined for 10 wins at home in 2009 and 2010 which is the third most in two seasons in school history.

    AIR FORCE VS. NON-CONFERENCE FOES UNDER CALHOUN
    • Air Force is 1-1 this season vs. non-conference opponents.
    • Air Force is 18-10 against non-conference foes under head coach Troy Calhoun.
    • The Falcons are 11-1 at home, 4-6 on the road and 3-3 in neutral site games.

    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
    Team Notes
    • Air Force has scored a touchdown on its opening drive in back-to-back games after not scoring on the first drive in the first two games.
    • Air Force leads the overall series with CSU, 31-19-1, including a 20-13 mark in conference games.
    • AFA has now won seven straight in the CSU series and eight of the last nine
    • AFA has won five straight at home dating back to 2002.

    Individual Notes
    • FB Broam Hart made his first career start.
    • Air Force's game captains were Connor Dietz, Alex Means and Cody Getz
    Drew Coleman's 53-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter is the longest of his career.
    • Alex Hansen earned his first career sack in the first quarter.
    Cody Getz rushed for a career-high 222 yards. His previous best was 218 yards vs. Idaho State in the season opener.
    • With his 222 yards, Getz becomes the first Falcon to rush for more than 100 yards in four straight games since Beau Morgan in 1996 vs. Navy, Notre Dame, Hawaii and CSU. Getz is the only player in school history to open the season with four straight 100-yard games.
    • Getz becomes the first player since 2007 and the fourth in school history to have two games with 200 or more rushing yards in the same season. Getz had 218 rushing yards vs. Idaho State in the season opener.
    • Getz's 683 yards in the last four games are the most since Chad Hall went for 795 yards in a four-game stretch in 2007. Getz had 218 yards vs. Idaho State, 133 vs. Michigan, 113 vs. UNLV and 222 vs. CSU. In 2007, Hall had 256 vs. CSU, 167 vs. Wyoming, 97 vs. New Mexico and a school-record 275 vs. Army.
    Connor Dietz is the career leader in pass interception avoidance at the Academy. He has thrown just one interception in 104 career attempts for a pass interception avoidance percentage of .009.
    • Dietz's two touchdown passes are the most of his career.
    • Marcus Hendricks' touchdown catch in the second quarter is the first of his career.
    Dontae Strickland's 27-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was the first rushing touchdown (second overall touchdown) of his career. It was also the longest score of his career.
    Anthony LaCoste's interception in the third quarter was the first of his career.
    • LB Austin Niklas had a career-high two forced fumbles.
    Ty MacArthur scored the first two touchdowns of his career.
    • MacArthur rushed for a career high 75 yards.
    • RB Scott Day had the first carries of his career.
    • Steffon Batts' interception in the fourth quarter was his team-leading second of the season.

    Team 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 is one of just two in the Mountain West Conference (Boise State) and was the only service academy recognized. This year marks the sixth straight the football program and the team's score of 980 ranks 10th nationally. Northwestern has the highest ranking of 995, followed by Boise State and Duke at 989. Each year the NCAA honors selects Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear APR. This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams who demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports. Specifically, these teams posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport.
    The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.

    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
    Troy Calhoun (Air Force, 1989), head coach
    Jake Campbell (Air Force, 1996), assistant offensive backfield
    Maj. Eldrick Hill (Air Force, 1993), varsity/JV assistant
    Ben Miller (Air Force, 2002), RBs/special teams coordinator
    Blane Morgan (Air Force, 1999), offensive coordinator/QBs
    Maj. Steve Pipes (Air Force, 1998), JV head coach/varsity assistant
    Capt. John Rudzinski (Air Force, 2005), OLBs/recruiting coordinator
    Steve Russ (Air Force, 1995), asst. head coach/co-def. coord./secondary
    Mike Thiessen (Air Force, 2001), asst. head coach/offensive coord./WRs
    Charlton Warren (Air Force, 1999), assoc. head coach/defensive coordinator

    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
    1 - number of punt returns by Air Force this season, a 15-yard effort coming vs. Colorado State.
    2 - straight games that Air Force has scored a touchdown on its opening drive of the game.
    3 - number of Air Force turnovers this season.
    4 - Air Force scored touchdowns on its first four drives of the game vs. Colorado State.
    5 - Air Force has played in a bowl game for a school-record five straight years.
    7 - Air Force has won seven straight non-conference home openers.
    13 - consecutive years Air Force has won the Mountain West rushing title.
    14 - quarters out of 16 Air Force has scored points in this season.
    15 - AFA has won 15 straight home openers against unranked teams dating back to 1994
    18 - players that have made the first start of their career for Air Force this season.
    25 - wins in 33 games in Falcon Stadium for Air Force under head coach Troy Calhoun.
    34 - games under head coach Troy Calhoun with a 100-yard rusher (26-8 record).
    38 - straight games Air Force has rushed for a touchdown dating back to Navy Oct. 3, 2009.
    38,562 - attendance in the Colorado State game which is a season high.

    TEAM DEFENSIVE NOTES
    • Air Force shutout Idaho State in the first half.
    • After allowing touchdowns in the first two games on the opponent's opening drive of the season half, Air Force has forced turnovers the last two games.
    • Air Force ranks fourth in the MW in scoring defense with a 27.8 average.
    • Air Force held Colorado State to just seven points in the second half.
    • Air Force had two players with 11 tackles each vs. Idaho State (Austin Niklas, Steffon Batts)
    • Air Force held Idaho State to just three-of-five in the red zone.
    • LB Austin Niklas recorded a career-high 16 tackles, the most by a Falcon this season, at UNLV.

    TEAM OFFENSIVE NOTES
    • Air Force averaged 9.1 yards per play and 8.3 yards per rush vs. Idaho State.
    • Air Force's 626 total yards vs. Idaho State is the ninth most in school history.
    • Air Force's 8.3 yards per rush average vs. Idaho State ties as the seventh most in school history.
    • Air Force's 90 plays at Michigan is the second-most in the Troy Calhoun era and most since running 92 vs. SDSU in 2010.
    • Air Force is third in the MW and 20th nationally in total offense with a 500.2 per-game average.
    • Air Force leads the nation in rushing with a 396.3 per-game average.
    • Air Force leads the MW and ranks eighth nationally in third-down percentage with a 55.2 mark.
    • The Falcons are averaging 37.8 points per game which ranks third in the MW and 27th nationally.

    SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
    • Air Force leads the MW and is 17th nationally in kickoff returns with a 26.8 average.
    Anthony LaCoste ranks third in MW and 14th nationally in KOR with a 29.7 average.
    • Kicker Parker Herrington has hit 37 straight extra points dating back to 2011.
    • Air Force leads the MW and ranks second nationally in net punting with a 44.6 average.
    • Punter David Baska would lead the MW and rank fourth nationally in punting with a 47.2 average, but lacks enough attempts to qualify.

    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 is third in the MW and tied for 34th nationally in turnover margin with a +.75 mark.
    • Air Force is +3 in turnover margin this season.
    • Air Force is a combined +53 in turnover margin the last six seasons.
    • Air Force forced 19 TOs, at least two each game, with a +6 TO margin the last seven games of 2011.
    • The Falcons forced just seven turnovers and were -6 in TO margin in the first six games of last season.
    • Air Force finished sixth in the Mountain West in turnover margin last season with a 0.00 mark.

    AIR FORCE HAS FOURTH LONGEST ACTIVE SCORING STREAK IN NATION
    • Air Force has a school-record 237-consecutive game scoring streak.
    • The streak is the fourth longest active streak in the nation.
    • The Falcons were last shutout by Mississippi, 13-0, in the 1992 Liberty Bowl.
    • Air Force's streak is the 11th longest in Division I-A history.

    BLOCKED KICKS
    • Air Force has blocked 114 kicks since 1990 when the program began tracking them.
    • The breakdown: 53 punts, 35 field goals and 26 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, 2009), PATs (5, 2006).
    • Air Force blocked five kicks last season, the most in a season since 2006 and most in the Calhoun era.
    • Air Force has blocked 16 kicks since 2007 under head coach Troy Calhoun
    • The breakdown: 8 FGs, 6 PATs, 2 Punts
    • LB Alex Means had three blocks in 2011 (FG vs. Tenn. State, PAT at Navy, PAT at Boise State)
    • Means is the first player since Ryan Carter in 2003 to block a kick in back-to-back games (Tenn St., Navy).

    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.
    Air Force players making their first career start this season are: Idaho State: WR Ty MacArthur, TE Austin Briehl, OL Drew Kerber, OL Michael Husar, Jr., RB Cody Getz, WR Chris Jordan, TE Nate Dreslinkski, DL Joseph Champaign, DL Cody Miller, LB Jared Jones, LB Josh Kusan, DB Christian Spears and DB Steffon Batts. Michigan: C Austin Hayes, WR Drew Coleman and WR Christian Gann. UNLV: OLB Stephan Atrice. Colorado State: Broam Hart.

    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
    • Air Force has an all-time record of 346-286-13 in its 56th season of varsity football. The Falcons are 188-117-3 at home and 157-170-10 on the road and in neutral site games. AFA has played in 22 bowl games and has a 10-11-1 all-time record.
    • Air Force is playing in 33rd year in a conference. This season marks the school's 13th 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 51-48 as a member of the Mountain West Conference. The team is 30-20 at home and 21-28 on the road. The Falcons are 92-71 overall since joining the MWC in 1999, including marks of 53-28 at home, 33-38 on the road, 6-4 in neutral site games and 4-3 in bowls.
    • Air Force is 6-4 overall and 4-2 in conference overtime games (results below).

    Individual Notes

    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.
    Kickers on the Lou Groza Award Watch List were chosen based on statistics from the 2011 season and 2012 expectations. Accomplishments are tabulated throughout the season and the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award announces its 20 semifinalists on Monday, November 5th. From this list, a panel of more than 300 experts selects the top three finalists for the award by Monday, November 19th. That same group then selects the national winner, who will be announced on Thursday, December 6th during the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Award Show, broadcast live from Orlando, Fla.

    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 has rushed for 683 yards and seven touchdowns and is averaging 8.2 yards per carry, which is the second-best single-season effort in Air Force history. He opened the season with 218 yards and three scores vs. Idaho State, then rushed for 130 yards and three more scores at Michigan. He added 113 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries at UNLV and a career-high 222 yards against Colorado State.
    His 683 yards in four consecutive games is the most by a Falcon since Chad Hall had 795 yards vs. Colorado State (256), Wyoming (167), New Mexico (97) and Army (275) in 2007. Getz is the first Falcon since Beau Morgan in 1996 with four straight 100-yard games and is the only Falcon ever to open a season with four straight 100-yard games. No other Falcon has opened a season with more than two straight. His two 200-plus yard games this season makes him just the fourth player in school history with multiple 200-yard games in a season. He joins Chad Hall (2007: 256 vs. Colorado State; 275 vs. Army), Beau Morgan (1996: 243 vs. Colorado State; 217 vs. Fresno State) and Dee Dowis (1989: 249 vs. San Diego State; 208 vs. Wyoming).

    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.

    AIR FORCE PLAYER HONORS IN 2012
    • SPC Parker Herrington: Preseason first-team all-MW ... 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.
    • LB Alex Means: Preseason first-team all-MW.
    • RB Cody Getz: College Football Performance Awards honorable mention running back of the week vs. Idaho State ... National Football Foundation, Colorado Chapter player of the week vs. Idaho State ... collegefootballperformance.com runningback of the week vs. Michigan ... collegesportsmadness.com Mountain West Conference player of the week vs. Michigan ... College Football Performance Awards honorable mention running back of the week vs. Colorado State.
    • SPC David Baska: Collegefootballperformance.com punter of the week vs. Michigan

    DID YOU KNOW?
    • Air Force student-athletes carry an average of 19 semester hours of academics each semester.
    • Air Force doesn't redshirt student-athletes. Cadets attend for a total of eight semesters, so student-athletes only have those eight semesters to complete their athletic eligibility.
    • Air Force is a non-scholarship school. Student-athletes, like other cadets, must earn a nomination to attend the Academy. Air Force student-athletes do not sign a National Letter of Intent on signing days.
    • Air Force student-athletes may leave the Academy without penalty during their freshman or sophomore.
    years. Once their junior year begins, they are committed to the Air Force. • The post-graduate commitment for Air Force graduates is five years following graduation. For graduates that enter pilot training, it's eight years after pilot training for roughly a 10-year commitment.
    • The Air Force Academy Prep School is located on the grounds of the Air Force Academy. The Prep School is simply that, a prep school for entrance to the Air Force Academy. Student-athletes that attend are still able to be recruited by other schools and must qualify to attend the Academy following that year. A student-athletes NCAA clock doesn't start while attending the Prep School.
    • Air Force student-athletes have busy summers, which are broke into three three-week periods. Typically upperclassmen receive a period of leave, while the other two are filled with military training, academics or various other opportunities related to the Academy.
    • U.S. News & World Report released its 2013 Best Colleges rankings, listing the Air Force Academy among the best in the nation in several categories.

     

     

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