Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun addressed the media at his weekly teleconference Tuesday. The Falcons take on service academy rival Navy Saturday, Oct. 7, at 1:30 p.m. MT in Navy-Marine Crops Memorial Stadium.
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 defeated Navy, 28-14, last season at Air Force. 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.
Navy defeated Air Force, 33-11, in 2015 the last time the two played 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.