Coach Calhoun holds pre-Navy press conference
Oct. 2, 2012
Game 5: Air Force vs. Navy
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.
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.
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.
Home records under head coach Troy Calhoun
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