Calhoun talks about Wyoming in Tuesday's press conference

Oct. 9, 2012

Calhoun and player press conference

• Root Sports
Tim Neveritt (play-by-play), Sed Bonner (color) and Jenny Cavnar (sidelines)

• KVOR AM 740 in Colorado Springs; The Fan 104.3 in Denver;
Jim Arthur (play-by-play); Jesse Kurtz (analyst); Jay Ritchie/Bob Ihle (pre- and post-game)

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.

Category                             Air Force                                                  Wyoming
2012 Record                      2-3 (1-1 MW)                                          1-4 (0-1 MW)
Streaks                                L 1                                                             L 1
Last week                           L 21-28 OT vs. Navy, 10/6                     L 28-35 OT at Nevada, 10/6
Next week                         vs. New Mexico, 10/20                         at Fresno State, 10/20

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.

• 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.

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.

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.







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