Television: CBS Sports Network
Carter Blackburn (play-by-play), Aaron Taylor (analyst), Jenny Dell (reporter)
RADIO: KVOR AM 740 in Colorado Springs, CO; The Fan 104.3 in Denver
SIRIUS 108, XM 202, Internet 962
Jim Arthur (play-by-play), Jesse Kurtz (analyst)
Category Air Force Navy
Overall Record: 1-3 4-0
Conference Record: 0-2 3-0
Streak: L 3 W 4
Ranking: NR RV/RV
Last Week: L 38-56 at New Mexico W 31-21 at Tulsa
Next Week: UNLV (10/14) at Memphis (10/14)
Conference: Mountain West American Athletic Conference
Nickname: Falcons Midshipmen
Location: Colorado Springs, CO Annapolis, MD
Website: GoAirForceFalcons.com NavySports,com
Head Coach: Troy Calhoun Ken Niumatalolo
Alma Mater (Year): Air Force, 1989 Hawaii, 1989
Career Record: 78-56 (11th year) 81-42 (10th year)
Record at School: Same Same
Record vs. Opponent: 4-6 5-4
- This week’s game opens the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy series between the nation’s three service academies: Army, Navy and Air Force.
- The 2017 season marks the 46th years of Commander-in-Chief’s trophy competition.
- Air Force leads the overall series vs. Navy, 29-20, and is 8-10 at Navy.
- Air Force defeated Navy, 28-14, last season in Falcon Stadium. Navy defeated Air Force, 33-11, in 2015 the last time the two played in Annapolis, MD.
- Air Force leads the overall series, 29-20.
- Air Force is 17-7 at home, 8-10 at Navy and 4-3 in neutral site games.
- Air Force defeated Navy, 28-14, last season in Falcon Stadium.
- Navy defeated Air Force, 33-11, in 2015 the last time the two played in Annapolis, MD.
- The Falcons hold a 26-19 mark in Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy competition (started in 1972).
- The winner of this game has gone on to win the last 20 CIC Trophies.
- The teams have split the last eight meetings dating back to 2009.
- Navy has won two straight in Annapolis dating back to a 35-34 OT win in 2011 by Air Force.
- The team’s first played in 1960 in Baltimore, Md., resulting in a 35-3 Navy win.
THE LAST MEETING
(Oct. 1, 2017) Air Force defeated Navy, 28-14, to extend its school-record home winning streak to 15 games and take the first leg of the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy race. Brodie Hicks blocked a punt to set up a Luke Strebel field goal to give the Falcons a 3-0 halftime lead. Air Force broke it open in the second half, extending the lead to 20-0 early in the fourth quarter. Tim McVey scored a rushing touchdown, Nate Romine and Jalen Robinette connected on a 75 yard scoring toss and Strebel added his second field goal to make up the scoring. Following a Shawn White TD run for Navy, the Falcons extended the lead to 28-7 when Romine hit McVey for a 62-yard score. The Midshipmen scored a touchdown in the final seconds to make up the final margin. Air Force had 430 total yards, including a career-best 257 yards passing by Romine. Navy was held to 317 total yards, including 57 rushing. Air Force’s defense was led by Grant Ross, who had 11 tackles. Haji Dunn, Jr., added seven tackles and 2.5 sacks while Ryan Watson chipped in with 2.0 sacks. Air Force had six sacks and eight tackles for loss.
THE LAST TIME AT NAVY
(Oct. 3, 2015) Navy defeated Air Force, 33-11, in Annapolis. The Midshipmen took advantage of four Air Force turnovers in Navy territory to jump out to a 27-0 lead in the third quarter. Air Force answered with 11 straight points to cut the lead to 27-11 early in the fourth quarter, but Navy added a pair of late field goals to make up the final margin. Keenan Reynolds rushed for 183 yards and Chris Swain added 54 yards and two touchdowns to lead Navy. Reynolds also hit four of 10 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown. Air Force was led by Garrett Brown, who rushed for 45 yards on nine carries. Karson Roberts added 28 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and hit five of 12 passes for 73 yards. Alex Hansen had a career-best 12 tackles to lead the defense. Navy finished the game with 387 total yards, including 270 rushing. Air Force had 277 total yards, including 204 rushing.
The 2017 season marks the 46th year of Commander-in-Chief’s trophy competition. The trophy goes annually to the winning academy with the best record in the round-robin competition. The winning team goes to the White House to receive the trophy from the President of the United States.
Air Force secured its record 20th Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy last season with a 31-12 win at Army Nov. 5. The Falcons defeated Navy, 28-14, Oct. 1 in Falcon Stadium to post a 2-0 mark in the trophy competition. The Falcons have a series-best 59-31 overall record and 20 titles.
Team Record Titles
Air Force 59-31-0 20
Navy 48-41-1 15
Army 27-62-1 6
Air Force outright CIC title years:
‘82, ‘83, ‘85, ‘87, ‘89, ‘90, ‘91, ‘92, ‘94, ‘95, ‘97, ‘98, ‘99, ‘00, ‘01, ‘02, ‘10, ‘11, ‘14, ‘16
ALL-TIME CIC RESULTS
AIR FORCE VS. NON-CONFERENCE FOES UNDER CALHOUN
Air Force is 33-20 against non-conference opponents under head coach Troy Calhoun. The Falcons are 21-3 at home, 7-12 on the road and 5-5 in neutral site games. Air Force has won six of the last seven dating back to last season with the lone loss coming at #7 Michigan, 29-13, earlier this season. Air Force is 11-3 in regular season non-conference games the last four years with the only losses coming at #4 Michigan State and at Navy in 2015 and at #7 Michigan this season.
TWO OF THE NATION’S TOP RURSHING TEAMS MEET THIS WEEK
Air Force and Navy each rank in the top 10 nationally in rushing. Navy leads the nation with a 400.0 average while Air Force is 10th with a 274.8 norm.
AIR FORCE LAST WEEK
New Mexico defeated Air Force, 56-38, in Albuquerque, N.M., to record its third straight win in the series and fourth in the last five meetings. The game featured a one-hour, one-minute weather delay, the second straight week for Air Force to experience one in a game. The Lobos rolled up 509 total yards, including 363 rushing to race past the Falcons. Richard McQuarley led the rushing attack with 179 yards and five touchdowns on 11 carries. Air Force scored 21 points in the second quarter to take a 21-14 halftime lead. The Lobos answered with 21 third-quarter points to race out to a 35-24 lead on their way to the win. Air Force finished with 396 total yards, including 238 rushing and 158 passing. Arion Worthman rushed for 90 yards and a TD on 30 carries and hit 9-17 passes for a season-high 158 yards and a career-best three touchdowns. Tim McVey added 74 yards and a TD on 14 carries.
GAME NOTES FROM LAST WEEK
- Air Force uses game captains. The captains for the New Mexico game were seniors Santo Coppola (DE) and Grant Ross (ILB).
- Air Force improved its school-record consecutive games scoring streak to 302 games dating back to the 1992 Liberty Bowl. The streak is the third-longest active streak in the nation and the fifth-longest in the history of the NCAA.
- Junior Micah Capra and sophomore James Jones IV each started the first game of their career.
- Senior Tim McVey rushed for 74 yards. McVey went over the 1,400-yard mark for his career and now ranks 30th in Air Force history in career rushing yards with 1,427.
- Junior Arion Worthman set a career high with 30 rushes and set a season-high with 90 yards rushing. He recorded a season-long run of 36 yards in the second quarter. His previous rushing high this season was 62 yards last week vs. San Diego State. His previous long run was 34 yards at Michigan.
- Worthman also set a career-high with three touchdown passes.
- Junior Geraud Sanders caught four passes for 54 yards. He leads the Falcons in catches (7), receiving yards (147) and receiving touchdowns (3).
- Sophomore Charlie Scott recorded a 55 yard punt in the third quarter. Scott has had at least one 50-plus yard punt in each game this season.
- Sophomore Taven Birdow recorded career highs in carries and yards, finishing with 50 yards on 12 carries. He entered the game with one carry for three yards on the season.
- Junior WR Ronald Cleveland has scored a touchdown in five consecutive games (3 rushing, 2 receiving).
- Senior TE Ryan Reffitt had his first touchdown reception of his career.