Air Force Football Travels To Wyoming

    Senior wide receiver Drew Coleman.

    Senior wide receiver Drew Coleman.

    Oct. 8, 2012

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    Air Force (2-3, 1-1) at Wyoming (1-4, 0-1)
    Saturday. • Oct. 13 • 5 p.m. MT
    War Memorial Stadium (29,181) • Laramie, WY

    The Last Meeting
    Wyoming25
    Air Force17
    November 12, 2011
    USAFA
    Air Force Falls To Wyoming 25-17
    Connor Dietz rushes for 85 yards and Asher Clark adds 84 yards rushing in 25-17 loss to Wyoming Saturday.

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    GAME FACTS: Air Force and Wyoming are playing for the 51st time overall and 32nd time as conference foes ... The Falcons lead the overall series, 26-21-3, and have a 17-14 mark in conference games ... Wyoming defeated Air Force, 25-17, last season in Falcon Stadium to snap a series-best five-game winning streak by the Falcons ... Air Force has won three straight in Laramie dating back to 2006 ... This week's game is the lone road game in October for Air Force, as the Falcons were at home last week and play Oct. 20 and 26 in Falcon Stadium ... Senior running back Cody Getz is leading the nation in rushing with a 177.4 per-game average ... The team is second nationally in rushing with a 389.60 average.

    COACHES
    • Air Force: Troy Calhoun (Air Force, 1989) is in his sixth season. He has led the Falcons to a 43-27 career record. Calhoun is 25-16 in MWC games, 18-11 in non-conference games, 25-9 in Falcon Stadium, 15-15 in road games (11-9 in MW road games) and 2-3 in bowl games.
    • Wyoming: Dave Christensen (Western Washington, 1985) is in his fourth season at Wyoming. He has led the Cowboys to a 19-24 overall record.

    THE SERIES
    • Air Force leads the overall series 26-21-3, including a 17-14 mark in conference games.
    • The Falcons are 10-11-2 in Laramie, 15-10-1 at home and 1-0 in neutral site games.
    • Air Force has won three straight and five of seven in Laramie.
    • Wyoming snapped a series-best five-game Air Force winning streak with last year's 25-17 win in Falcon Stadium.
    • Prior to Air Force's five-game streak, no team had won more than three straight in the series.
    • Air Force defeated Wyoming, 20-14, in 2010 the last time the two played in Laramie.
    • Five of the last seven games in the series have been decided by one possession.
    • The teams first played Nov. 2, 1957, to a 7-7 tie in Laramie.

    Series History
    1957 - Tied 7-7 (A)
    1958 - AFA 21-6*
    1959 - AFA 20-7 (A)
    1960 - Wyo 15-0 (A)
    1962 - AFA 35-14 (H)
    1964 - Tied 7-7 (H)
    1965 - Wyo 31-14 (A)
    1966 - Wyo 13-0 (H)
    1967 - Wyo 37-10 (A)
    1968 - AFA 10-3 (H)
    1969 - Wyo 27-25 (H)
    1970 - AFA 41-17 (A)
    1971 - AFA 23-19 (H)
    1972 - AFA 45-14 (H)
    1974 - Wyo 20-16 (A)
    1975 - Wyo 24-10 (H)
    1976 - AFA 41-12 (H)
    1977 - Tied 0-0 (A)
    1980 - AFA 25-7 (H)
    1981 - Wyo 17-10 (H)
    1982 - AFA 44-34 (H)
    1983 - Wyo 14-7 (A)
    1984 - Wyo 26-20 (A)
    1985 - AFA 49-7 (A)
    1986 - Wyo 23-17 (H)
    1987 - Wyo 27-13 (A)
    1988 - Wyo 48-45 (H)
    1989 - AFA 45-7 (H)
    1990 - Wyo 24-12 (A)
    1991 - AFA 51-28 (H)
    1992 - AFA 42-28 (A)
    1993 - Wyo 31-18 (H)
    1994 - AFA 34-17 (A)
    1995 - AFA 34-10 (H)
    1996 - Wyo 22-19 (A)
    1997 - AFA 14-3 (H)
    1998 - AFA 10-3 (A)
    1999 - Wyo 10-7 (H)
    2000 - AFA 51-34 (A)
    2001 - AFA 24-13 (H)
    2002 - Wyo 34-26 (A)
    2003 - AFA 35-29 (H)
    2004 - Wyo 43-26 (A)
    2005 - Wyo 29-28 (H)
    2006 - AFA 31-24 (A)
    2007 - AFA 20-12 (H)
    2008 - AFA 23-3 (A)
    2009 - AFA 10-0 (H)
    2010 - AFA 20-14 (A)
    2011 - Wyo 25-17 (H)
    (H/A) is for AFA
    * Washburn Field,Colo. Springs

    LAST SEASON VS. WYOMING: Wyoming defeated Air Force, 25-17, to snap a series-long five-game losing streak. Quarterback Brett Smith rushed for 75 yards and two touchdowns and hit 17-of-30 passes for 139 yards and another score to lead the Cowboys. Smith opened the scoring with a one-yard run on Wyoming's opening drive for a 6-0 lead. Air Force answered with the first of two Mike DeWitt touchdowns run to take a 7-6 lead. The Cowboys took a 12-7 halftime lead when Smith hit Chris McNeill with a six-yard toss. Parker Herrington opened the scoring in the second half with a 35 yard field goal to cut the lead to 12-10. DeWitt added a one-yard TD run to give Air Force the lead, 17-12, late in the third. Smith added a two-yard TD run to make it 18-17. The Falcons were driving late in the fourth quarter when a fumble ended a drive deep in Wyoming territory. Marqueston Huff returned another fumble on a desperation lateral play in the final seconds to make up the final margin. Air Force was out-gained by Wyoming, 351-311. Air Force rushed for 312 yards behind a game-high 85 from Connor Dietz. Brady Amack led the defense with a game-high 13 tackles and a forced fumble.

    THE LAST TIME IN LARAMIE: Air Force defeated Wyoming, 20-14. Jared Tew rushed for 136 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries to lead the offense. Tim Jefferson added 94 yards rushing and a touchdown and hit five-of-12 passes for 66 yards. The offense had 445 total yards, including 379 rushing and held a 35:57 to 24:03 advantage in time of possession and ran 39 more plays. The defense was led by Jon Davis, who had six tackles, an interception, a tackle for loss and a fumble recovery. The defense held Wyoming to 240 total yards, including just 94 in the second half.

    LAST WEEK: Navy defeated Air Force, 28-21, in overtime in Falcon Stadium. Navy overcame a 21-13 deficit with a touchdown run by backup quarterback Keenan Reynolds and Noah Copeland two-point conversion run with 6:35 left to force overtime. The Midshipmen scored on a recovered fumble in the end zone by Jake Zuzek to take a 28-21 lead, then held Air Force on downs to snap a two-game losing streak to the Falcons. Air Force, who lost three fumbles in the first half, overcame a 10-7 halftime deficit with a Cody Getz 21-yard run to take a 14-10 lead. Following a field goal by Navy, Dontae Strickland hit Drew Coleman on a 54-yard touchdown pass to take a 21-13 lead. The Falcons finished the game with 507 total yards, including 363 rushing. Cody Getz led the way with 204 yards rushing. Connor Dietz added 52 yards rushing and hit eight-of-12 passes for 90 yards and a touchdown. Navy finished with 359 total yards, including 285 rushing. Austin Niklas led the Air Force defense with 13 tackles while Christian Spears chipped in with a career-high 12 and Alex Means had 10.

    LAST WEEK'S GAME NOTES Team Notes
    • The Air Force defense has forced a punt on the opponent's opening drive in three straight games.
    • Air Force has scored a rushing touchdown in 39 straight games.
    • Air Force is now 6-5 all-time in overtime games. The overtime game was the first for Air Force since last season's overtime game at Navy (a 35-34 win). It was the first overtime loss since a 23-16 loss at Utah in 2009. It was the first overtime game at Falcon Stadium since a 20-17 win over TCU in 2007. The overtime loss was just the second ever at Falcon Stadium (45-43 loss to Utah in triple overtime in 2003). AFA is now 3-2 in overtime games at Falcon Stadium.

    Individual Notes
    • Air Force's game captains were Connor Dietz, Cody Getz, Jason Kons and Alex Means.
    Drew Coleman and Connor Dietz connected for a touchdown pass for the second straight game. The pair hooked up for a 53-yard touchdown vs. Colorado State.
    Cody Getz is the first player in school history and the second player in the Mountain West to have three 200-yard rushing games in the same season. Getz rushed for 218 yards vs. Idaho State, 222 vs. CSU and 204 vs. Navy. San Diego State's Larry Ned (2001) is the only other Mountain West player with three 200-yard games in the same season.
    Cody Getz is the first Falcon to rush for 100 or more yards in five straight games since Beau Morgan did it in 1995 (five straight as well). His five games with 100+ rushing yards ties as the seventh-most in a single season in school history.
    • Getz has 887 rushing yards in five games this season, the most in a five-game span since Chad Hall had 964 in 2007.
    • Getz is the 38th player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in his career. He currently ranks 34th on the career rushing list with 1,173 career yards.
    Anthony LaCoste's 42-yard kickoff return in the second quarter is a career best and the longest by any Falcon this season. LaCoste's previous career long was a 38-yard return vs. UNLV earlier this season.
    Drew Coleman's four catches, 106 receiving yards and two touchdowns are all career highs. His previous highs of two catches, 53 yards and one TD all came against CSU last week.
    • Coleman is the first Falcon to have two receiving touchdowns and more than 100 receiving yards since Zack Kauth had 123 receiving yards and three touchdowns vs. CSU in 2011.
    • Safety Christian Spears had a career-high 12 tackles.
    • Linebacker James Chambers had a career-high nine tackles in his first-career start.

    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 SHARING 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 HIGHEST RANKING MW SCHOOL/SERVICE ACADEMY IN RECENT POLL: The Air Force Academy ranks 31st nationally among Division I schools in the 10th Annual NCSA Collegiate Power Rankings.

    NCSA Athletic Recruiting's Collegiate 2012 Power Rankings assess the academic and athletics standards of all NCAA athletic programs across the country. The Power Rankings were developed to help prospective student athletes and their families evaluate the particular strengths of the top colleges and universities at the Division I, II and III levels. Fewer than six percent of colleges and universities earn a spot in NCSA Athletic Recruiting's Top 100 for 2012, and the United States Air Force Academy is in this elite class.
    The Collegiate Power Rankings from NCSA Athletic Recruiting are calculated for each Division I, II and III college and university by averaging student-athlete graduation rates, academic rankings provided by U.S. News & World Report, and the strength of athletic departments as determined by the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup.
    These Power Rankings are only one example of NCSA Athletic Recruiting's commitment to redefining collegiate recruiting. As the leading athletic recruiting network, NCSA connects more than 42,000 college coaches with student-athletes who hope to pursue both higher education and the chance to compete in athletics at the college level.
    A comprehensive list of the rankings, both overall and by division, is available at: http://www.ncsasports.org/about-ncsa/power-rankings.

    AIR FORCE BY THE NUMBERS
    3 - straight games that Air Force has scored a touchdown on its opening drive of the game.
    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.
    15 - AFA has won 15 straight home openers against unranked teams dating back to 1994
    17 - quarters out of 20 Air Force has scored points in this season.
    19 - players that have made the first start of their career for Air Force this season.
    25 - wins in 34 games in Falcon Stadium for Air Force under head coach Troy Calhoun.
    35 - games under head coach Troy Calhoun with a 100-yard rusher (26-9 record).
    39 - straight games Air Force has rushed for a touchdown dating back to Navy Oct. 3, 2009.
    38,927 - attendance in the Navy game which is a season high.

    TEAM DEFENSIVE NOTES
    • Air Force has forced a punt on the opponent's opening drive in three straight games.
    • Air Force ranks fourth in the MW in scoring defense with a 27.8 average.
    • After allowing touchdowns in the first two games on the opponent's opening drive of the season half, Air Force has forced two turnovers and a punt the last three games.
    • Air Force held Colorado State to just seven points in the second half.
    • Air Force shutout Idaho State in the first 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.
    • Air Force is second in the MW since 1999 in shutouts with six (Boise State 11)

    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 second in the MW and 18th nationally in total offense with a 501.6 per-game average.
    • Air Force is second in the nation in rushing with a 389.6 per-game average.
    • Air Force leads the MW and ranks sixth nationally in third-down percentage with a 55.6 mark.
    • The Falcons are averaging 34.4 points per game which ranks fourth in the MW and 34th nationally.

    SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
    • Air Force is second in the MW and 13th nationally in kickoff returns with a 27.2 average.
    Anthony LaCoste ranks third in MW and 17th nationally in KOR with a 29.2 average.
    • Kicker Parker Herrington has hit 40 straight extra points dating back to 2011.
    • Air Force leads the MW and ranks second nationally in net punting with a 43.7 average.
    • Punter David Baska would rank second in the MW and 10th nationally in punting with a 46.0 average, but lacks enough attempts to qualify.

    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 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 five games. Despite the changes and injuries, the offensive line has paved the way for Air Force to rank second in the nation in rushing with a 389.6 per-game average. The Falcons are second in the conference and 18th nationally in total offense with a 501.6 norm.

    AIR FORCE TAKEAWAYS
    • Air Force is sixth in the MW and tied for 62nd nationally in turnover margin with a 0.00 mark.
    • Air Force had one turnover in the first three games of the season, but has had five the last two games.
    • Air Force is a combined +50 in TO margin overall the last six seasons, but just +5 the last three seasons.
    • The Falcons have forced 145 turnovers since 2007, 76 interceptions and 69 fumbles.
    • Air Force posted a 0.00 margin last season and are 0.00 this season.
    • 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 238-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 SECOND NATIONALLY WITH FIVE STRAIGHT 100-YARD RUSHING GAMES: Air Force has had a player rush for 100 or more yards in five straight games. Cody Getz has done the honors each week. The team's five-game stretch is the second-longest active streak in the country. Rutgers leads the nation with six straight.

    FALCONS LEAD MOUNTAIN WEST, RANK FOURTH NATIONALLY IN FEWEST PENALTIES: Air Force leads the Mountain West and ranks fourth nationally in penalties with an average of just 29.2 yards per game. The Falcons have been penalized 21 times for 146 yards in five games. The team is averaging just over four penalties per game. New Mexico is second in the conference with a 37.2 average per game with 29 penalties for 223 yards.

    AIR FORCE PLAYING 10 STRAIGHT WEEKS: Air Force is playing 10 consecutive weeks this season, starting with the UNLV game on Sept. 22 and ending with Fresno State Nov. 24. The Falcons are one of 16 teams nationally to play 10 or more straight weeks this season. The complete list of teams playing 10 or more follows. AIR FORCE LEADS THE NATION IN FIRST-TIME STARTERS IN 2012: Air Force has had 19 players start a game for the first time in their careers this season, which leads the nation. The Falcons have had at least one player make their first-career start in every game. 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. Navy: James Chambers.

    CALHOUN ERA INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Air Force's average numbers in several key categories under head coach Troy Calhoun follow below. Air Force's season averages in 2011 of 314.8 rushing yards, 140.1 passing yards, 454.8 total yards and 34.9 points per game are all the best in the Troy Calhoun era (2007-present).

    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.

    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.
    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 was beaten by Navy, 28-21, in overtime Oct. 6 in Falcon Stadium. The loss drops Air Force all-time CIC record to a series-best 53-28-0. The Falcons cannot win the trophy out-right this season. Air Force will retain the trophy, which doesn't count as a title, with a victory over Army Nov. 3 and an Army win over Navy Dec. 8.

    Air Force outright CIC title years:
    `82, `83, `85, `87, `89, `90, `91, `92, `94, `95, `97, `98, `99, `00, `01, `02, `10, `11.

    HOME SWEET HOME: Air Force is 25-9 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 18-11 against non-conference foes under head coach Troy Calhoun.
    • The Falcons are 11-2 at home, 4-6 on the road and 3-3 in neutral site games.
    • Air Force is 1-2 this season vs. non-conference opponents.

    INSIDE AIR FORCE FOOTBALL
    • Air Force has an all-time record of 346-287-13 in its 56th season of varsity football. The Falcons are 188-118-3 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 92-72 overall since joining the MWC in 1999, including marks of 53-29 at home, 33-38 on the road, 6-4 in neutral site games and 4-3 in bowls.

    ALL-TIME AIR FORCE OVERTIME RESULTS: Air Force is 6-5 overall and 4-2 in conference overtime games. The Falcons are 3-2 at home and 3-3 on the road. Air Force has played at least one overtime in each of the last two seasons, both against Navy.

    Individual Notes

    SENIOR Connor Dietz TAKES OVER AT QB: Senior Connor Dietz follows a pair of four-year starters in Tim Jefferson (2008-11) and Shaun Carney (2004-07), but is making his own history.
    Dietz has rushed for 987 yards and scored seven touchdowns in his career. He has hit 63-of-116 passes for 898 yards and six touchdowns with just one interception. Dietz is the Air Force career leader in pass interception avoidance with a .0086 mark with just one career INT in 116 attempts. His lone interception came in 2011 vs. Wyoming and he has gone 56 attempts without a pick since. Dietz has a career pass efficiency rating of 134.68 which is the fifth-best mark in school history.

    CODY AS GOOD AS IT GETZ: Senior Cody Getz waited patiently for his chance and he's making the most of it now as a senior. Getz, who is 5-foot-7 and 175 pounds, is starting for the first time in his career and entered the season with 286 career yards rushing. He leads the nation in rushing with a 177.4 per-game average and has rushed for 100 or more yards in each game this season. Getz rushed for 204 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries last week vs. Navy to become the first player in school history with three 200-yard games in a season. Getz had 218 yards vs. Idaho State and 222 vs. Colorado State. He is just the second player in Mountain West history and first since Larry Ned in 2001 to have three 200-plus games in a season. He is just the second Air Force player ever and first since Dee Dowis in 1989 to have back-to-back 200-plus rushing games. A breakdown of his outstanding season follows.

    Cody Getz 2012 Breakdown
    • Leads the nation in rushing with a 177.4 per-game average.
    • First player in Air Force history to open a season with five straight 100-yard rushing games (no other player has more than two).
    • First player in school history and second in MW history with three 200-yard rushing games in a season. Other Falcons with 200-yard rushing games: 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).
    • Five straight 100-yard rushing games ties as the seventh longest streak in school history.
    • First Air Force player since All-American Beau Morgan in 1995 with five straight 100-yard rushing games.
    • Has rushed for 887 yards in five games this season, the most in a five-game stretch since All-American Chad Hall had 964 in 2007.
    • Became the 38th player in Air Force history to top the 1,000-yard mark in his career and ranks 34th with 1,173 career yards.
    • He is averaging 7.9 yards per carry in 2012 which is the third-best mark in school history and best since Andre Johnson averaged 8.0 in 1996.
    • Averaging 6.7 yards per carry for his career which is the third-best in school history and best since 1992.

    GETZ HITS 1,000-YARD MARK, DIETZ 13 YARDS AWAY: Senior running back Cody Getz became the 38th player in Air Force history to hit the 1,000-yard mark for his career last week vs. Navy. Getz ranks 34th in school history with 1,173 career rushing yards. Quarterback Connor Dietz has 987 yards in his career and needs just 13 more to become the 39th 1,000-yard career rusher.

    MEANS, NIKLAS LEAD DEFENSE: Senior linebackers Alex Means (OLB) and Austin Niklas (ILB) lead the defense. Niklas leads the conference in tackles with a 9.6 per-game average. He has led the team in tackles in four games this season and notched a career-best 16 tackles vs. UNLV. He leads the Mountain West and is tied for 25th nationally with a 9.6 per-game average. He is also second the conference and tied for sixth nationally with .60 forced fumbles this season. He's forced three fumbles in five games.
    Means is third on the team in tackles with 36 total and leads the team in tackles for loss with 4.0 for 16 yards. He also has an interception and a team-best four pass breakups. Means recorded a season-best 10 tackles against Navy. He is tied for eighth in the confernece in pass breakups with a 1.00 per-game average and eighth among linebackers in the conference in tackles with a 7.2 average per game.

    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 ... College Football Performance Awards honorable mention running back of the week vs. Navy. • SPC David Baska: College Football Performance.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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