Air Force Football Travels To Wyoming
Oct. 8, 2012
Saturday. Oct. 13 5 p.m. MT
War Memorial Stadium (29,181) Laramie, WY
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.
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
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 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
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.
AIR FORCE BY THE NUMBERS
TEAM DEFENSIVE NOTES
TEAM OFFENSIVE NOTES
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
OFFENSIVE LINE TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS: Air Force's offensive line has done a great job this season.
AIR FORCE TAKEAWAYS
AIR FORCE HAS FOURTH LONGEST ACTIVE SCORING STREAK IN NATION
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 outright CIC title years:
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
INSIDE AIR FORCE FOOTBALL
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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