Oct. 17, 2011
Air Force (3-3, 0-2) at #5/7 Boise State (6-0, 1-0)
Saturday Oct. 22 1:30 p.m. MT
Bronco Stadium (33,500) Boise, ID
Paul Burmeister (play-by-play); Shaun King (analyst); Anthony Herron (sidelines)
KVOR AM 740 in Colorado Springs; KCKK 1510 AM in Denver; Goairforcefalcons.com Jim Arthur (play-by-play); Lee Douglas (analyst); Jay Ritchie/Bob Ihle (pre- and post-game)
GAME FACTS: Air Force is facing its second ranked team this season ... The Falcons are 0-1 vs. ranked teams, falling at home to No. 25 TCU, 35-19, on Sept. 10 ... This week's game marks the first Mountain West Conference home game ever for Boise State, who joined the league beginning this season ... Boise State is 2-0 at home this season ... The Broncos have an open date following this week's game ... Two of the nation's winningest quarterbacks battle this week in Tim Jefferson of Air Force and Kellen Moore of Boise State ... Moore leads the nation among active players with 44 career wins while Jefferson is fourth with 24 ... Boise State has not lost a regular season home game since falling to Washington State on Sept. 8, 2001, a streak of 64 straight wins ... BSU has won 34 straight at home overall with the last loss coming to Boston College on Dec. 28, 2005 ... The Broncos have won 46 straight conference home games with the last loss to Idaho on Nov. 21, 1998 ... Air Force is 0-2 in Mountain West play for the first time ... The Falcons are 0-2 in conference play for the first time since 1994 in the Western Athletic Conference ... Air Force and Boise State are the top ranked teams in total offense in the conference ... The Falcons lead the MW and rank 10th nationally with a 506.33 per-game average ... Boise State is second in the MW and 12th nationally with an average of 498.8 yards per game ... The two teams are at the top of the conference in first downs as well ... Boise State leads the MW and ranks ninth in the nation with 155 while Air Force is second in the MW and 13th nationally with 151.
Air Force: Troy Calhoun (Air Force, 1989) is in his fifth season. He has led the Falcons to a 37-21 career record. Calhoun is 21-13 in MWC games, 16-8 in non-conference games, 21-7 in Falcon Stadium, 12-11 in road games (9-6 in MW road games) and 2-2 in bowl games.
Boise State: Chris Petersen (UC Davis, 1988) is in his sixth season at Boise State. He has led the Broncos to a 67-5 career record. Petersen is 1-0 in Mountain West games, coaching his first conference game last week at Colorado State.
THE SERIES: Air Force and Boise State are meeting for the first time.
AIR FORCE VS. RANKED TEAMS
Air Force is 0-1 vs. ranked teams this season, losing to No. 25 TCU, 35-19, Sept. 10 in Falcon Stadium.
Air Force is 16-70-4 all-time vs. nationally ranked teams.
#5/7 Boise State is the highest ranked team Air Force has played since playing No. 4 TCU last season.
The Falcons were 1-3 vs. ranked teams in 2010 with the lone win coming vs. No. 24 BYU, 31-14, in Falcon Stadium.
Air Force has posted consecutive seasons with wins over ranked teams, defeating No. 24 BYU, 31-14, last season and 25th-ranked Houston, 47-20, in the 2009 Armed Forced Bowl.
Air Force's last win over a ranked team on the road came at No. 23 California, 23-21, in 2002.
The highest ranked team Air Force has defeated on the road is No. 8 Notre Dame, 20-17, in overtime on Nov. 19, 1995 in South Bend.
Air Force has played two or more ranked teams ever year since 2008.
BOISE STATE CONNECTIONS
Air Force doesn't have any players on its roster from Idaho.
Boise State has four Coloradoans on its roster --- Chuck Hayes from Aurora (Eaglecrest HS); Tyler Jackson from Castle Rock (Douglas County HS); Beau Martin from Denver (Mullen HS); Hazen Moss from Rifle (Rifle HS).
OCTOBER CONFERENCE GAMES: Despite a 1-3 record last season, Air Force has a 9-7 mark in conference games in the month of October since 2007. Prior to the last five seasons, Air Force had not posted a winning record in the month of October since going 4-0 in 1998. In fact, the Falcons had not won more than two games in the month since then. Air Force's three wins in 2007 matched the total from the previous three years combined. Air Force was 12-19 in October from 1999-2006.
LOOKING AT BOISE STATE: Boise State completed its fourth-straight undefeated regular season non-conference slate this season, going 5-0 ... The undefeated non-conference mark is the fifth in head coach Chris Petersen's six seasons ... Boise State has lost just one regular season non-conference game since 2006 (Washington, 2007) ... Head coach Chris Petersen's 67-5 (.931) record is the best among active coaches in all of the FBS ... Petersen's 61 wins from 2006-10 are the third-most ever by a head coach in his first five seasons in NCAA history ... Boise State has been ranked in the top 25 for 53 consecutive weeks, including 39 straight weeks in the top 10 ... Boise State's current eight-game winning streak is the third longest active streak in the nation ... Only Stanford (14) and Oklahoma (11) have longer streaks ... This season's senior class at BSU is the 10th straight to win at least 40 games in their careers ... Boise State is 151-32 (.825) since 1997 which is the best winning percentage in the nation over that time ... The Broncos have posted five straight 10-win seasons ... Boise State has won 64 straight regular season home games with its last loss coming to Washington State on Sept. 8, 2001.
OCTOBER MARKS BRUTAL STRETCH FOR FALCONS: Air Force plays four of five games in October away from home. The Falcons played at Navy Oct. 1, defeating the Midshipmen, 35-34, in overtime and at Notre Dame Oct. 8 (ND 59-33). The one home game was a Thursday night tilt with San Diego State Oct. 13, a 41-27 Aztec win. Following this week's game at No. 5/7 nationally-ranked Boise State (Oct. 22), the team closes the month at New Mexico (Oct. 29). The stretch is widely considered one of the toughest in school history. Following the October stretch, the Falcons close out the year with three of its final four games at home.
LAST WEEK: San Diego State defeated Air Force, 41-27, in a Thursday night game in Falcon Stadium. Ronnie Hillman scored a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns to break open a close game and propell the Aztecs. Parker Herrington broke a 17-all halftime tie with a field goal in the third quarter to give Air Force a 20-17 lead. The Aztecs tied the score with a field goal, then took the lead for good, 27-20, on a 28-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Lindley to Colin Lockett. The two scores came off Air Force turnovers. Hillman, who finished the game with 172 yards rushing on 27 carries, extended the lead to 41-20 with his two scores. The Falcons closed with a Tim Jefferson to Jonathan Warzeka touchdown pass to make up the final margin. San Diego State gained 410 yards in the game, including 209 yards on 15-of-21 passing from Lindley. Air Force gained 419 total yards and was led by Asher Clark, who rushed for 72 yards on 16 carries. Jefferson recorded career highs in attempts, completions and yards going 22-of-36 for 224 yards and two touchdowns. Jonathan Warzeka had a career-best seven catches for 96 yards and two touchdowns. The defense was led by Brady Amack and Jon Davis, who had 11 and 10 tackles, respectively.
LAST WEEK'S NOTES
Air Force has now scored a rushing touchdown in 27 straight games, dating back to Navy in 2009.
Air Force falls to 4-2 overall in Thursday night games under head coach Troy Calhoun.
Senior QB Tim Jefferson moved into third place on the career touchdown passes list at Air Force with 28. He moved passed Dave Ziebart (1976-79), who had 27. Jefferson 22 completions, 36 attempts and 224 yards passing are all career highs.
Senior WR Jonathan Warzeka recorded a career-best seven receptions for a season-high 96 yards. Warzeka also matched his career high with two touchdown catches. Warzeka now has accounted for 18 career touchdowns, seven rushing, seven receiving, two kickoff returns and two passing.
Sophomore TE Devin Durdin's reception in the second quarter was the first catch of his career.
Sophomore SPC David Baska's four-yard touchdown run in the second quarter is the first touchdown of his career.
Senior RB Asher Clark became just the third player in Air Force history to rush for 3,000 career yards. He stands in third place on the career rushing list with 3,040 career rushing yards. Clark led the Falcons with 72 yards on 16 carries in the game. Clark added a career-high four catches for 28 yards.
Junior SPC Parker Herrington kicked two field goals to mark the third time this season he's kicked two in a game. (Navy and Tennessee State).
Junior WR Mikel Hunter's three catches are a career high. His previous best was two several times.
Senior TE Daniel Pickett had the first reception of his career, a 20-yard catch in the fourth quarter.
Senior DB Josh Hall's eight tackles are a career high. His previous best was seven vs. Navy and Notre Dame in the previous two weeks.
Sophomore LB Jamil Cooks' blocked field goal in the fourth quarter is the fourth block by a Falcon this season and the 15th block in five seasons under coach Troy Calhoun. The block is the fourth career block for Cooks. He had three last season with a field goal and punt vs. Navy and a PAT vs. CSU.
Air Force's 2011 schedule features six teams that played in bowl games in 2010.
Six opponents posted winning records in 2010.
Air Force has its first open date since 2008 in the schedule. The Falcons have played 12 straight weeks in three of head coach Troy Calhoun's five seasons at the helm.
AIR FORCE ONE WIN AWAY FROM COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF'S TROPHY: Air Force defeated Navy, 35-34, in overtime in Annapolis Oct. 1 in the first Commander-in-Chief's Trophy game of the season. The Falcons can win a record 18th CIC trophy with a victory over Army Nov. 5 in Falcon Stadium.
The 2011 season marks the 40th year of trophy competition. Air Force defeated both Army (42-22) and Navy (14-6) last season to win the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy for the first time since 2002. The title is the 17th in Air Force history, which is more than any other service academy. The trophy goes annually to the winning academy with the best record in round-robin competition. The President of the United States presents the trophy to the seniors from the winning team each year at a ceremony at the White House. Air Force has a 52-27-0 all-time CIC record.
Air Force outright CIC title years:
`82, `83, `85, `87, `89, `90, `91, `92, `94, `95, `97, `98, `99, `00, `01, `02, `10
AIR FORCE BY THE NUMBERS
2 - 100-yard kickoff returns for a touchdown by Jonathan Warzeka, a school and Mountain West record.
8 - career games with 10 or more tackles by Jon Davis which is tied for sixth among active MW players.
8 - number of starters returning that started all 13 games last season.
9 - career 100-yard rushing games by Asher Clark which is the second most among active MW players.
11 - different categories that senior quarterback Tim Jefferson ranks in the top 10 in Air Force history.
12 - consecutive years Air Force has won the Mountain West rushing title.
13 - total number of starters returning from 2010.
21 - wins in 28 games in Falcon Stadium for Air Force under head coach Troy Calhoun.
23 - tackles by Brady Amack vs. Navy, the sixth most in AF history and most by an FBS player this season.
24 - number of wins for senior starting quarterback Tim Jefferson, the most in school history.
27 - games under head coach Troy Calhoun with a 100-yard rusher. Team is 22-5 in these games.
AIR FORCE OFFENSE POSTING BIG NUMBERS: Air Force ranks among the nation's best in several offensive categories this season. The Falcons lead the Mountain West in rushing and total offense. The team is averaging 336.0 yards rushing per game which is third nationally and 506.33 yards of total offense which is 10th nationally.
TEAM SEASON OFFENSIVE NOTES
Air Force leads the MW and ranks 10th nationally in total offense with a 506.33 average.
The team is second in the MW and 22nd nationally in third-down conversions with a 48.8 mark.
Air Force is averaging 170.3 yards passing per game which is the best in the Troy Calhoun era (2007-)
Air Force set a school record with 792 total yards vs. Tennessee State.
The team rushed for 595 yards vs. Tennessee State which is the third most in school history and most since 1988.
Air Force's 9.0 yards per rush vs. Tennessee State is the third most in school history and most since 1989.
Air Force's 37 first downs vs. Tennessee State is the third most in school history and most since 2000.
The team's 26 rushing first downs vs. Tennessee State is the seventh most in school history.
Air Force's 63 points vs. Tennessee State is tied as the eighth most in school history.
TEAM SEASON DEFENSIVE NOTES
Air Force has had three different players lead the team in tackles in four games (Miller, Davis, Amack).
Air Force failed to force a turnover for the first time in 15 games, snapping a streak of 14 games dating back to the Oklahoma game on Sept. 11, 2010.
Air Force had four players with double figure tackles at Navy (Brady Amack, 23; Harry Kehs, 15; Jordan Waiwaiole and Alex Means, 12 each).
SEASON SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
Air Force has blocked four kicks this season (see below).
Air Force is third in the MW and 21st nationally in punt returns with a 12.5 average.
The Falcons lead the conference in field goal percentage with a 87.5 mark.
Air Force has blocked four kicks this season.
The blocks: (PAT vs. South Dakota; FG vs. Tennessee State; PAT at Navy; FG vs. San Diego State)
Air Force has blocked 15 kicks since 2007 under head coach Troy Calhoun
The breakdown (8 FGs, 5 PATs, 2 Punts)
Senior DL Ben Kopacka recorded the first block of his career with a blocked PAT vs. South Dakota.
Junior LB Alex Means recorded the first block of his career with a blocked FG vs. Tennessee State.
Means added his second block in as many weeks with a blocked PAT in overtime at Navy.
Means is the first player since Ryan Harrison in 2003 to block a kick in back-to-back games.
Sophomore LB Jamil Cooks recorded his fourth-career block with a field goal vs. San Diego State.
Air Force blocked four kicks in 2010.
Jamil Cooks had three blocks, a field goal and a punt vs. Navy and a PAT vs. Colorado State.
Cooks' three blocks are the most by a Falcon since Robert Kraay had three in 2006.
Anthony Wooding, Jr., had the other block, a punt vs. Colorado State.
Air Force has blocked 113 kicks since 1990 when the team began tracking them.
The breakdown: 53 punts, 35 field goals and 25 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).
COOKS MOVING UP CAREER BLOCKED KICKS CHART: Sophomore LB Jamil Cooks is tied for fourth in Air Force history with four blocks kicks. Cooks recorded his fourth career kick this season with a blocked field goal vs. San Diego State. Last year, Cooks blocked three kicks, a punt and a field goal vs. Navy and a PAT vs. Colorado State. His four blocks are the most by a Falcon since Robert Kraay, who had four from 2004-06.
FALCONS AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS IN APR: The Air Force Academy football team's APR score of 978 for the 2009-10 academic year ranks 10th nationally, according to data released by the NCAA. The Air Force football program, along with women's cross country, wrestling and women's track were recognized by the NCAA with Division I Academic Performance Public Recognition Awards. The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.
AIR FORCE FOURTH NATIONALLY WITH 226-GAME SCORING STREAK
The Falcons were last shutout by Mississippi, 13-0, in the 1992 Liberty Bowl.
Air Force's streak is the fourth longest active in the country.
Air Force's streak is the 13th longest in Division I-A college history
AIR FORCE LEADS THE WAY WITH ALUMNI COACHES: Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun is one of 18 FBS head coaches that is leading his alma mater. Calhoun, 1989 Academy graduate, is in his fifth year. The Falcons have eight Academy graduates as coaches on the staff which is more than any other school in the nation.
Academy graduates on coaching staff
Troy Calhoun (`89), head coach
Ben Miller (`02), tight ends/special teams coordinator
Blane Morgan (`99), offensive coordinator/QBs
Lt. Col. Bill Price (`91), varsity/JV assistant
Capt. John Rudzinksi (`05), defensive assistant
Lt. Col. Darryl Sumrall (`89), junior varsity head coach/varsity assistant
Mike Thiessen (`01), asst. head coach/offensive coordinator/WRs
Carlton Warren (`99), asst head coach/co-defensive coordinator/secondary/recruiting
Troy Calhoun, Air Force (`89); Jon Embree, Colorado (`88); Steve Fairchild, Colorado State (`81); Ruffin McNeill, East Carolina (`80); Joker Phillips, Kentucky (`85); Don Treadwell, Miami-Ohio (`82); Larry Porter, Memphis (`96); Chris Ault, Nevada (`69,'73); Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern (`97); Luke Fickell, Ohio State (`97); Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State (`90); David Shaw, Stanford (`95); Doug Marrone, Syracuse (`91); Bill Blankenship, Tulsa (`79); Rick Neuheisel, UCLA (`84); Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech (`69); Paul Wulff, Washington State (`90); Willie Taggart, Western Kentucky (`98).
SECONDARY RANKED NINTH NATIONALLY: The Air Force defensive secondary is ranked as the ninth best unit in the nation, according to a ranking by Rivals.com. The unit returns three starters, including preseason first-team all-conference selections Anthony Wright and Jon Davis. Alabama is ranked first, followed by Penn State, LSU, Florida State, Stanford, Oregon, Nebraska, Virginia Tech, Air Force and Oklahoma.
AIR FORCE TAKEAWAYS
Air Force is eighth in the Mountain West in turnover margin with a -1.00 mark this season.
The Falcons have forced seven turnovers, five interceptions and two fumbles.
Air Force is a combined +44 in turnover margin the last five seasons, despite a -6 mark in 2011.
Air Force was second in the conference with a +.38 turnover margin in 2010.
Air Force led the nation in turnover margin with a 1.69 per-game mark in 2009.
Air Force has rushed for a touchdown in 27 straight games dating back to Navy Oct. 3, 2009.
DB Anthony Wright has started 42 consecutive games, the most on the team.
The O-line duo of A.J. Wallerstein and Jason Kons has combined for 38 straight starts.
WR Mikel Hunter has caught a pass in six straight games.
WR Jonathan Warzeka has caught a pass in eight straight games.
WR Zack Kauth has caught a pass in nine straight games.
QB Tim Jefferson has thrown a TD pass in four straight games.
QB Tim Jefferson has completed nine or more passes in five straight games.
RB Asher Clark has led the team in rushing in four straight games.
DB Josh Hall has recorded a career high in tackles in three straight games.
START CHART: Several Falcons have significant streaks going in terms of consecutive games started. Senior DB Anthony Wright leads the way with 42 straight dating back to 2009. Senior DB Jon Davis has the second-longest streak with 32. Senior RB Asher Clark is third at 25 followed by senior QB Tim Jefferson with 24. Wright leads the way in overall games started as well with 42. Jefferson is second with 37, Clark is third with 33 and Davis is fourth with 32. A look at both lists follows.
AMACK ON BRONKO NAGURSKI WATCH LIST: Senior LB Brady Amack leads the Mountain West and ranks 24th nationally in tackles with an average of 9.7 per game. Amack is tied for sixth in the conference with .33 fumbles forced per outing.
Amack amassed a career-high 23 tackles, including 11 solo stops, a quarterback sack and two tackles for loss in Air Force's win over Navy. Amack's 23 tackles are a Mountain West single game record, the most by an FBS player this season and the sixth-most in school history and most since Brian Hill had 23 vs. Colorado State in 1988.
Amack earned several weekly honors. He was named Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week, FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week, Mountain West defensive player of the week and National Football Foundation, Colorado Chapter player of the week.
Amack recorded a team-best 11 tackles vs. San Diego State last week. He has led the team in tackles in three of six games this season.
Amack has been added to the 2011 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy will be presented to the best defensive player in college football on Dec. 12 by the FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, N.C. The keynote address will be given by Georgia head coach Mark Richt and Florida's Jack Youngblood from the Class of 1970 will receive this year's Bronko Nagurski Legends Award. Five finalists for the Nagurski Trophy will be announced on Nov. 17.
BASKA BANGING IT: Sophomore SPC David Baska has a 44.4 punting average with three punts downed inside the opponent's 20. He has three punts of 50 yards or more, including a career long of 65 yards at Navy while punting deep in Air Force territory. Baska's 44.4 average is the fifth best in school history for a single season and best since Chris MacInnis averaged 47.0 in 1993. Baska's mark would lead the MW and rank 14th nationally, but he lacks enough attempts to qualify. Baska scored his first-career touchdown last week against San Diego State on a four-yard run to give Air Force a 14-10 lead. Baska has three carreis for 57 yards this season with a long run of 34 yards.
WARZEKA HAS CAREER NIGHT VS. AZTECS: Senior WR Jonathan Warzeka recorded a career-high seven catches for a season-high 96 yards vs. San Diego State. Warzeka also matched his career high with two touchdown catches. The San Diego State game marked the second straight that Warzeka has set a career best for catches, as he had six for 71 yards at Notre Dame. Over the last two games, the senior has recored 13 catches for 167 yards which is an average of 6.5 catches for 83.5 yards per game. Warzeka now has accounted for 18 career touchdowns, seven rushing, seven receiving, two kickoff returns and two passing.
WARZEKA ON HORNUNG WATCH LIST: Air Force senior WR/KR Jonathan Warzeka is one of 50 players on the 2011 Watch List for the Paul Hurnung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse, announced by the Louisville Sports Commission and football legend Paul Hornung.
Warzeka is a preseason all-Mountain West Conference selection and was named the conference's preseason special teams player of the year. He led the MWC in kickoff returns last season with a 28.7 average. Warzeka has two career 100-yard kickoff returns touchdowns, vs. Houston in the 2009 Armed Forces Bowl and last season vs. Colorado State.
The 2011 Watch List was compiled by a panel of college football experts based on 2010 statistics and expectations heading into the 2011 season. There are 20 seniors, 20 juniors and 10 sophomores representing 46 universities and all 11 conferences that are part of the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). For the complete watch list visit paulhornungaward.com.
The Louisville Sports Commission successfully launched the Paul Hornung Award in 2010 to honor its namesake and native son and to promote outstanding performances by versatile college football players that often go unnoticed. Owen Marecic of Stanford, a two-way starter and All Pac-10 performer at fullback and linebacker, won the inaugural Paul Hornung Award in 2010.
JEFFERSON HAS CAREER NIGHT VS. SDSU, CONTINUES HOT STREAK: Senior QB Tim Jefferson recorded career highs in completions, attempts and yards against San Diego State, hitting 22-of-36 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns. Over his last four games, Jefferson has hit 54-of-83 passes (.650) for 675 yards with seven touchdowns with three interceptions. One of his picks was on a Hail-Mary in the endzone.
Jefferson had record-setting performances over a two week stretch. He hit 20 of 23 passes (.870) for 314 yards and four touchdowns without any interceptions combined against Tennessee State and Navy. His .870 completion percentage is the best two-game mark in school history. Jefferson hit 11 of 13 passes for 178 yards and a career-best three touchdowns vs. Tennessee State. He hit nine of 10 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown at Navy. His .900 completion percentage vs. the Midshipmen is the third-best single-game mark in school history while his .846 percentage vs. Tennessee State is the sixth best. Jefferson was 12-of-24 for 137 yards and a TD with one interception at Notre Dame.
Jefferson has hit 67-of-107 passes for 854 yards on the season with eight touchdowns and five interceptions. His .626 completion percentage is third best for a single season at Air Force and best since Shaun Carney had a .642 mark in 2007. Jefferson's 142.81 career QB rating is the second best in school history.
JEFFERSON WINNINGEST QUARTERBACK IN SCHOOL HISTORY: QB Tim Jefferson set a new school record for most wins by a starting quarterback in Air Force's win over Tennessee State. He passed the record of 22 set by Dee Dowis (1985-89), who was 22-13-1. Jefferson has a 24-13 career record as a starter. His 24 wins ranks fourth all-time in the Mountain West. Jefferson is 5-1 in his career against service academies, posting a 3-0 mark vs. Army and a 2-1 mark against Navy.
JEFFERSON HAS FOURTH MOST WINS NATIONALLY: Air Force quarterback Tim Jefferson has the fourth most wins nationally as a starter. Jefferson's .649 winning percentage is the eighth-best nationally. Boise State's Kellen Moore is the leader in each category with a 44-2 (.957) career record.
FULLBACK FORCE: Air Force fullbacks Wes Cobb and Mike DeWitt have big shoes to fill. The Falcons lost their top three fullbacks last season to graduation -- Jared Tew, Nathan Walker, Ryan Southworth. Gone with the trio went 1,117 yards and an 85.9 per-game average. Cobb and DeWitt proved they are up to the challenge providing the kind of tough running that the Air Force fullback position is known for.
DeWitt is third on the team in rushing with 238 yards and two touchdowns while Cobb is sixth with 131 yards and two touchdowns. Freshman Broam Hart has chipped in with 26 yards in three games. The trio has combined for 395 yards and four touchdowns which is an average of 65.8 yards per game.
The pair of DeWitt and Cobb combined for 109 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries in Air Force opening win over South Dakota. Cobb rushed for 60 yards and a score on 15 carries in his first-career start. DeWitt added 49 yards on 12 carries. DeWitt led the Falcons in rushing for the first time of his career with 48 yards vs. TCU. He recorded a career-long run of 44 yards in the game.
WALLERSTEIN SEMIFINALIST FOR CAMPBELL TROPHY: Air Force senior offensive lineman A.J. Wallerstein is among the 127 semifinalists for the 2011 William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, and announced by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF). Each of the 127 individuals is also a candidate for the 2011 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award, presented by Fidelity Investments.
Nominated by their institutions, each candidate must be a senior or graduate student in his final year of eligibility, have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first-team player or significant contributor, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. Renamed in 2009 in honor of Bill Campbell, the chairman of Intuit, former player and head coach at Columbia University and the 2004 recipient of the NFF's Gold Medal, the award comes with a 25-pound bronze trophy and a $25,000 post-graduate scholarship.
The NFF Awards Committee will select and announce up to 16 finalists on Wednesday, October 26. Each finalist will be recognized as part of the 2011 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, receiving an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship. The Campbell Trophy winner, who will have his scholarship increased to $25,000, will be announced at the NFF's Annual Awards Dinner on Tuesday, December 6, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.
WALLERSTEIN ON AFCA GOOD WORKS LIST: Air Force senior offensive lineman A.J. Wallerstein is one of a record 132 nominees for the AFCA Good Works Team, announced by the AllState Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association.
Wallerstein has been active in his Academy cadet squadron in leadership positions of element leader and academic officer and was on the cadet leadership team during Basic Cadet Training this summer where he was responsible for leading basic cadets in various areas of military training. He was also active in a community service project that donated over 50 man-hours to the Black Forest Animal Sanctuary in Colorado Springs.
This year marks the program's 20th year honoring college football players at all levels of competition who stand out for their "good works" in the community. Since 1992, selection to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has become the gold standard for off-the-field character and leadership for college football players. The honor is widely considered the sport's pre-eminent community service award. In order to meet the criteria set forth by Allstate and the AFCA, each player must be actively involved and committed to working with a charitable organization, service group or community service while maintaining good academic standing.
CLARK ON DOAK WALKER LIST: Air Force senior running back Asher Clark is one of 51 candidates for the 2011 Doak Walker Award, according to an announcement by the PwC SMC Athletic Forum. Ten semifinalists will be announced on Nov. 11 and the recipient will be named live on ESPN on Dec. 8. Clark was a second-team all-Mountain West selection last season after rushing for 1,031 yards, becoming just the 13th player overall and fourth tailback in Air Force history to hit the 1,000-yard mark in a season. Clark was third in the conference in rushing with a 79.3 per-game average. A native of Lawrenceville, Ga., Clark became the ninth player in Air Force history to hit the 2,000-yard mark for his career.
CLARK ROLLING ALONG: Senior RB Asher Clark has rushed for 413 yards and three touchdowns on just 48 carries the last four games. Clark has averaged 113.25 yards per game and an impressive 8.6 yards per carry. He rushed for 148 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries vs. Tennessee State and 91 yards and two scores on eight carries at Navy. He recorded his ninth-career 100-yard game with 102 yards on 11 carries at Notre Dame. Clark added a team-best 72 yards on 16 carries vs. San Diego State to mark the fourth straight game he's led the team in rushing. Clark is third in the Mountain West in rushing this season with a 92.7 per-game average. He is averaging 8.2 yards per carry which is the best in the league. Clark's 8.2 average is the second best in school history, trailing only Mike Brown, who set the school record of 8.5 yards in 1983.
CLARK CAREER RUSHING NUMBERS: Senior tailback Asher Clark ranks third in career rushing yards in Air Force history with 3,040. Clark passed Chad Hall (2005-07), who had 2,606 career rushing yards, against TCU to become the school's career leader for a tailback. Clark recorded his eighth-career 100-yard game with 148 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries vs. Tennessee State to move past fullback John Kershner (1980-83), who had 2,726 career yards, to become the all-time leader for a non-quarterback. Clark added his ninth-career 100-yard game with 102 yards on 11 carries at Notre Dame to become just the third Falcon player to surpass the 3,000-yard mark for his career.
LEE CONTINUES IMPRESSIVE DEBUT: Freshman tailback Jon Lee had a great start to his career in Air Force's 63-24 win over Tennessee State. Lee ran 49 yards for a touchdown on his first-career carry. He finished the game with 65 yards rushing on two carries which was third on the team. He also had a 33-yard kickoff return which ties as the second-longest by a Falcon this season. Lee saw action for the second time in his career at Notre Dame and responded with 25 yards on three carries and scored a touchdown on an eight-yard run. He has rushed for 90 yards on five carries with two touchdowns and an 18.0 per-carry average this season in two appearances.
CALHOUN EARNS HERBIE AWARD: ESPN/ABC Analyst Kirk Herbstreit ranked Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun second in his top five underrated coaches in college football. Herbstreit listed Utah's Kyle Whittingham first, Les Miles of LSU third, Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald fourth and Bret Bielema or Wisconsin fifth.
HALL SETS CAREER HIGH IN THIRD STRAIGHT GAME: Senior Josh Hall is making the most of his opportunity to start the last three games. Hall recorded a career-best seven tackles against Navy, then matched that output with seven more against Notre Dame. Hall set a new career high with eight last week vs. San Diego State. Hall has recorded 23 tackles this season, including one for a loss of one yard.
WALLERSTEIN, AMACK EARN MID-SEASON HONORS: Senior OL A.J. Wallerstein and senior LB Brady Amack were each named Midseason All-American honorable mention by Phil Steele's Magazine.
The pair, along with junior OL Jason Kons and sophomore SPC David Baska were named midseason first-team all-Mountain West Conference by the magazine. Senior RB Asher Clark, senior DB Jon Davis, senior OL Michael Hester and junior LB Alex Means were all named second-team all-conference. Junior SPC Parker Herrington was named to the third-team.
HOME SWEET HOME: Air Force is 21-7 at home under head coach Troy Calhoun since 2007. The Falcons tied a school record for wins over a four-year period with 19 from 2007-10. Air Force also won 19 games from 1982-85 (19-4, .826) and from 1997-00 (19-4, .826). The school record for wins over a five-year period is 23, set from 1997-2001.
HONORS: Honors won by Air Force players in 2011 follow.
A.J. Wallerstein: American Football Coaches Association Good Works watch list ... Preseason first-team all-MW by MW media ... Preseason first-team all-MW by Phill Steele's Magazine ... Preseason first-team all-MW by Athlon Magazine ... Preseason first-team all-MW by Blue Ribbon Magazine ... Semifinalist for Campbell Trophy as college football's top student-athlete ... Midseason honorable mention All-American by Phil Steele's Magazine ... Midseason first-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine.
Jonathan Warzeka: Paul Hornung Award watch list ... Preseason Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year by MW media ... Preseason first-team all-MW by MWC media ... Preseason first-team all-MW by Phill Steele's Magazine ... College Football Performance Awards preseason kickoff return specialist watch list ... Preseason second-team all-MW by Athlon Magazine ... Preseason first-team all-MW by Blue Ribbon Magazine.
Tim Jefferson: College Sports Madness Mountain West Conference offensive player of the week vs. Tennessee State ... Mountain West offensive player of the week vs. Navy ... College Football Madness Mountain West offensive player of the week vs. Navy ... Rivals.com Mountain West offensive player of the week vs. Navy.
Jon Davis: Preseason first-team all-MW by MWC media ... Preseason first-team all-MW by Phill Steele's Magazine ... College Football Performance Awards preseason defensive back watch list ... Preseason first-team all-MW by Athlon Magazine ... Preseason first-team all-MW by Blue Ribbon Magazine ... Midseason second-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine.
Asher Clark: Doak Walker National Running Back Award watch list ... Preseason second-team all-MW by Phill Steele's Magazine ... Preseason second-team all-MW by Athlon Magazine ... Midseason second-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine.
Jason Kons: Preseason second-team all-MW by Phill Steele's Magazine ... Preseason second-team all-MW by Athlon Magazine ... Midseason first-team all-MW by Phill Steele's Magazine.
Jordan Waiwaiole: Preseason second-team all-MW by Phill Steele's Magazine.
Brady Amack: Preseason second-team all-MW by Phill Steele's Magazine ... College Sports Madness Mountain West Conference defensive player of the week vs. TCU ... Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week vs. Navy ... College Football Performance Awards honorable mention linebacker of the week vs. Navy ... Mountain West defensive player of the week vs. Navy ... National Football Foundation, Colorado Chapter player of the week vs. Navy ... Football Writers Association of America/Bronco Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week vs. Navy ... CollegeFootballInsiders.com national defensive player of the week vs. Navy ... ESPN Helmet Sticker vs. Navy ... Midseason honorable mention All-American by Phil Steele's Magazine ... Midseason first-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine.
Anthony Wright: Preseason first-team all-MW by MWC media ... Preseason second-team all-MW by Phill Steele's Magazine ... College Football Performance Awards preseason punt return specialist watch list ... Preseason second-team all-MW by Athlon Magazine.
Erik Soderberg: College Football Performance Awards preseason kickoff specialist watch list.
David Baska: College Football Performance Awards honorable mention punter of the week vs. Navy ... Midseason first-team all-MW by Phill Steele's Magazine.
Alex Means: Mountain West special teams player of the week vs. Navy ... CollegeFootballInsiders.com national special teams player of the week vs. Navy ... Midseason second-team all-MW by Phill Steele's Magazine.
Jamil Coooks: ESPN Helmet Sticker vs. TCU.
Michael Hester: Midseason second-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine.
Parker Herrington: Midseason third-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine.