Air Force vs. Wyoming (Oct. 20, 2007)
Air Force Head Coach Troy Calhoun
“This was a huge win against a darn good football team. I just thought
that our defense was amazing. We’ve taken a little bit of guff and a
little bit of heat recently for relinquishing some yards, but today… What
was it five turnovers? That’s sensational. And the resolve that we showed
today … there were some gigantic plays.”
“That (play) proves that no play is ever dead. Just as far as the mechanics
go, from an officiating standpoint, they try to keep instant replay in the
picture to try and get it correct. It’s not easy to do. You think of
the officials, and that it’s easy to blow the whistle, but it’s
Wyoming Head Coach Joe Glenn
“The kids have to protect the football, that’s all there is to
it. Your quarterback can’t throw interceptions and your running back
cannot fumble the ball. We’ve got to protect the ball.”
“For the most part, we played really well, I thought. If we had scored
some points, we played football well enough to come away with a win.”
On losing two games in a row:
“We’ve just got to move on to the next game, win, lose or draw.
We’ve got to get to the next one, see if we can rebuild on our pride
a little bit and go back home and get a victory.”
Air Force Post-Game Notes
Vs. Wyoming (Oct. 20, 2007)
- Air Force is using game captains this season. The captains
for the Wyoming game were senior WR Mart Root and
senior safety Bobby Giannini. The team is also using honorary
captains for each game. The honorary captains were Academy graduates Chad
Hennings, class of 1988, and Marty Louthan, class of 1984. Hennings was
an All-American and won the Outland Trophy in 1987. He was inducted into
the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Air Force Athletic Hall
of Fame this week. Louthan was a four-year letterman at quarterback and
led Air Force into national prominence under coaches Ken Hatfield and Fisher
- Air Force improves to 6-1 overall and 5-1 in Mountain West Conference play.
The team’s six wins is the most since 2003 when the team finished 7-5.
The six wins also make Air Force bowl-eligible for the first time since 2003.
Air Force’s five conference wins is the most since 2000 and ensures
the team’s first winning conference slate since going 4-3 in 2002.
Air Force’s 5-1 conference start is its best since opening 5-1 in 1998
as a member of the Western Athletic Conference.
- Air Force has won its third straight game, matching its three-game winning
streak to open the season.
- Air Force improves to 3-0 in October. Air Force’s three wins are
the most in the month of October since going undefeated at 4-0 in 1998. The
three-game October winning streak is also the longest since 1998.
- Air Force improved to 23-20-3 overall and 14-13 in conference games vs.
Wyoming, including a 14-9-1 mark at home vs. the Cowboys.
- Air Force forced five turnovers vs. Wyoming to give the team 19 on the
season. The Falcons have forced nine turnovers in their last two games, as
the team forced four (four interceptions) last week at Colorado State.
- Air Force extended its consecutive games scoring streak to 176 games. The
last time Air Force was shutout was Dec. 31, 1992, vs. Mississippi (13-0)
in the Liberty Bowl. The 176-game streak is the longest in school history
and ranks as the eighth-longest active streak in the nation.
- The Wyoming game attendance of 41,531 is the highest at Falcon Stadium
- Senior CB Carson Bird recorded his sixth interception
of the season in the first quarter. His six interceptions tie as the fourth
most for a single season in Air Force history and are the most since Brian
Watkins had six in 1994. The interception is the eighth of his career which
ranks is tied for 10th all-time in Air Force history and is the most since
Tim Curry record nine from 1996-98. Bird has eight takeaways this season
(five interceptions, three fumble recoveries).
- Senior safety Bobby Giannini forced a fumble and returned
it 85 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. The 85-yard fumble return
is the third-longest in school history and the longest since Adam Zanotti
set the school record with a 98-yard return for a touchdown vs. Army in 2006.
The touchdown is the first of Giannini’s career. The forced fumble
is the third of his career and the recovery is his first. The recovery is
the sixth turnover of his career (five INTs). Giannini finished the game
with a career-best 15 tackles, including a career-best three tackles for
loss. He has recorded 23 tackles in his last two games.
- Senior ILB Drew Fowler recorded his third interception
this season and second in as many weeks, as he also had one last week at
Colorado State. Fowler also finished the game with 12 total tackles to recorded
his 12th career game with double figures in tackles.
- Junior PK/P Ryan Harrison recorded a career-long 81 yard
punt in the third quarter. The punt is the fifth longest in school and longest
since Donny Heaton set the school record of 90 yards at Utah in 2004. Harrison
also completed the first pass attempt of his career, good for 22 yards, on
a fake punt.
- Senior CB Garrett Rybak recorded his second interception
of the season and third of his career. Rybak also had an interception vs.
Utah earlier this season.
- Senior ILB Aaron Shanor recorded 10 tackles to notch his
third 10-plus tackle game this season.
- The pass-catching trio of TE Travis Dekker, WRZ Chad
Hall and WRX Mark Root have each caught a pass
in every game this season.
- Senior QB Shaun Carney threw two touchdown passes to give
him 35 for his career, making him the career leader at Air Force. Carney
passed Rich Haynie (1971-73), who threw 34. Carney also moved into a tie
for ninth on the Mountain West Conference career list with 35. He is tied
with Brandon Doman of BYU, who threw for 35 from 1999-2001.
- Senior WRZ Chad Hall rushed for 167 yards to move into
the top 10 in school history in career rushing yards. Hall ranks eighth in
school history with 1,878 career yards. He moved past Rodney Lewis (1987-90),
who had 1,760, Jason Jones (1989-91), who had 1,762 yards and Marty Louthan
(1980-83), who had 1,860 yards.
- Chad Hall has recorded 592 yards rushing in his last three
games which is the second most in school history for a three game span and
most since Beau Morgan set the school record of 618 yards in three straight
games in 1996 (Notre Dame, Hawaii, Colorado State). Brian Bream has the third
most with 472 in 1970 (Navy, Boston College, Arizona). Hall recorded his
third straight 100-yard game and sixth of his career. Hall is the fifth player
in Air Force history to record three or more consecutive 100-yard games.
He is the first to do it since quarterback Beau Morgan in 1996 and first
non-quarter to do it since Brian Bream in 1970.
- Air Force players with three straight 100 yard games
Chad Hall in 2007 (three straight)
Beau Morgan in 1995 (five straight) and 1996 (four straight)
Weiss in 1985 (four straight)
Bream in 1970 (nine straight)
Thomson in 1956 (four straight)