Air Force Hosts Nevada on Friday Night
Oct. 22, 2012
Friday. Oct. 26 6 p.m. MT
Falcon Stadium (46,692) USAFA, CO
GAME FACTS: Air Force closes out a stretch of playing four home games in five weeks by hosting Nevada ... This will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools ... Following this week, Air Force will close out the season with three of four games on the road ... Air Force and Nevada are tied for second in the Mountain West with Fresno State and San Diego State at 3-1 ... Air Force is playing its second-straight night game at home and first non-Saturday tilt of the year ... The Falcons close out the home season with Hawai'i at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 16 ... Troy Calhoun and Chris Ault are two of 14 coaches in the country that are leading their alma maters as head coaches ... Air Force has won two straight and three of the last four games, including last week's 28-23 win vs. New Mexico ... The Falcons are coming off back-to-back wins for the first time this season ... Nevada had a five-game winning streak snapped last week vs. San Diego State, 39-38 in overtime ... Air Force is 3-1 in Falcon Stadium this season.
THE SERIES: Air Force and Nevada will be meeting for the first time.
PLAYING BEST WHEN IT MATTERS MOST: Air Force is 21-10 under head coach Troy Calhoun in games during the second half of the season (last six games). The Falcons, 1-0 this season following last week's 28-23 win vs. New Mexico, were 4-2 last season and 3-3 in 2010. Air Force was 4-2 in 2009 and 2008 and 5-1 in 2007 which is the best mark since the 1998 team was 6-0. Prior to Calhoun's arrival in 2007, the Falcons were 12-24 over the last six games of the season from 2001-06.
HOME SWEET HOME: Air Force is 26-9 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 / NEVADA ONE-TWO IN THE MW IN SEVERAL CATEGORIES: Air Force and Nevada rank first and second in the conference in three categories. Nevada leads the conference in total offense at 541.1 yards per game while Air Force is second at 463.6. The Falcons lead the league in passing efficiency at 171.6 while Nevada is second at 155.8. Air Force leads the MW in third-down conversions at 57.0 percent while Nevada is second at 52.6.
LAST WEEK: Air Force defeated New Mexico, 28-23, in Falcon Stadium. The Falcons overcame a 10-0 deficit to post its first back-to-back wins this season. Justin Adams opened the scoring with a field goal and Kasey Carrier scored the first of three touchdowns to give the Lobos a 10-0 first-quarter lead. Wes Cobb got the Falcons on the board with the first of three one-yard touchdowns runs to cut the lead to 10-7 late in the first. Alex Means returned an interception 65 yards late in the second quarter to give the Falcons a 14-10 halftime lead. New Mexico countered early in the third with another Carrier touchdown run to take a 17-14 lead. Cobb added his second TD in the third quarter and his third early in the fourth to give Air Force a 28-17 advantage. Carrier scored again to cut the lead to 28-23 with 12:08 remaining. The Falcons held on a fourth-and-four late in the game and ran out the clock to make up the final margin. Cobb led the way with a season-high 82 yards rushing while Ty MacArthur chipped in with 94 yards rushing. Dietz added 58 yards rushing and hit four-of-four passes for 61 yards. Means lead the defense with 10 tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss and the interception return TD. Christian Spears chipped in with a career-best 20 tackles. Air Force finished the day with 366 total yards. New Mexico gained 443 yards, including 409 rushing. Carrier finished with a conference-record 338 yards rushing.
LAST WEEK'S GAME NOTES
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.
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 NATION WITH 10 ALUMNI COACHES
CALHOUN ONE OF 14 TO LEAD ALMA MATER: Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun is one of 14 FBS coaches who is guiding his alma mater. The list follows: Chris Ault - Nevada; Frank Beamer - Virginia Tech; Bill Blankenship - Tulsa; Troy Calhoun - Air Force; Jon Embree - Colorado; Pat Fitzgerlad - Northwestern; Mike Gundy - Oklahoma State; Doug Marrone - Syracuse; Ruffin McNeill - East Carolina; Joke Phillips - Kentucky; Larry Porter - Memphis; David Shaw - Stanford; Willie Taggart - Western Kentucky; Don Treadwell - Miami (OH).
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.
TWO STRAIGHT WEEKS, TWO STRAIGHT COME-FROM-BEHIND WINS: Air Force has overcome double-digit deficits to win each of the last two weeks. Air Force trailed by 13 points, 27-14, in the second half at Wyoming before coming back to win 28-27. The Falcons trailed 10-0 in the first quarter last week vs. New Mexico before coming back to win 28-23.
AIR FORCE BY THE NUMBERS
TEAM DEFENSIVE NOTES
TEAM OFFENSIVE NOTES
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
AIR FORCE TAKEAWAYS
AIR FORCE HAS FOURTH LONGEST ACTIVE SCORING STREAK IN NATION
OFFENSIVE LINE TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS: Air Force's offensive line has done a great job this season.
FALCONS LEAD MOUNTAIN WEST, RANK SECOND NATIONALLY IN FEWEST PENALTIES: Air Force leads the Mountain West and ranks second nationally in penalties with an average of just 25.86 yards per game. The Falcons have been penalized 26 times for 181 yards in seven games. The team is averaging just under four penalties per game.
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.
AIR FORCE SECOND IN THE NATION IN FIRST-TIME STARTERS IN 2012: Air Force has had 20 players start a game for the first time in their careers this season, which ranks second in the nation. The Falcons have had at least one player make their first-career start in six of seven games.
AIR FORCE VS. NON-CONFERENCE FOES UNDER CALHOUN
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:
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.
INSIDE AIR FORCE FOOTBALL
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.
GETZ ADDED TO DOAK WALKER AWARD WATCH LIST: Air Force senior Cody Getz has been added to the Doak Walker Award Watch List for 2012. The Doak Walker Award is presented annually to the nation's top college running back. Semifinalists will be named Nov. 9, and the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will cast votes to determine the finalists, who will be announced on Nov. 19. The recipient of the 2012 Doak Walker Award will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 6. The Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet will be held in Dallas, Texas in Feb. 2013.
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.
Cody Getz 2012 Breakdown
RUN ETZ....: Seniors Cody Getz and Connor Dietz have each surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark in their careers this season. The pair did it in back-to-back weeks. Getz became the 38th player in Air Force history to do it with a 204-yard effort vs. Navy. He ranks 34th in school history with 1,214 career rushing yards. Dietz did it the following week at Wyoming to become the 39th player in school history. Dietz accomplished it with a season-best 92-yard effort and ranks 35th in school history with 1,137 yards.
MEANS, NIKLAS LEAD DEFENSE: Senior Austin Niklas (ILB) and Alex Means (OLB) lead the Air Force defense. Niklas leads the conference and is tied for 17th nationally in tackles with a 10.1 per-game average. He has led the team in tackles in five games this season and notched a career-best 16 tackles vs. UNLV. He has recorded 10 or more tackles four times this season. Niklas is also third in the conference and tied for 10th nationally in forced fumbles with three which is an average of .43 per game.
MACARTHUR DOING IT ALL: Junior receiver Ty MacArthur is coming off one of the best performances of his career vs. New Mexico. He rushed for a career-best 94 yards to lead the Falcons and matched his career high with four receptions for 61 yards. He also returned a kickoff 21 yards and two punts for 10 yards.
SPEARS NOTCHES 20 VS. NEW MEXICO: Sophomore DB Christian Spears recorded a career-best 20 tackles vs. New Mexico. His 20 stops are the most by a Falcon this season and most since Brady Amack had 23 vs. Navy last season. His previous best for tackles was 12 earlier this season vs. Navy. Spears has posted two games with double figures in tackles this season and is third on the team in tackles with 54.
STRICKLAND ONE OF SIX: Senior WR Dontae Strickland is one of six players nationally to rush, catch and throw a touchdown this season. Strickland rushed for a touchdown vs. Colorado State and caught one vs. Wyoming. His touchdown pass came vs. Navy. He is one of just two receivers to accomplish it, joining Dri Archer of Kent State. The others to do it are all quarterbacks: Spencer Keith of Kent State, Brandon Connette of Duke, Tyler Tettleton of of Ohio and Bo Wallace of Mississippi.
Alex Means EARNS MW DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS: Senior linebacker Alex Means recorded a season-high-tying 10 tackles, including five solo stops, in Air Force's 28-23 win over New Mexico. The Mankato, Minn., native also had one sack for 10 yards, 1.5 tackles for loss for 12 yards and one pass breakup. He registered his second interception of the season and returned it a career-best 65 yards for his first career touchdown to give the Falcons the first lead of the game, 14-10, late in the second quarter. Late in the fourth quarter and with Air Force holding a five-point lead, Means assisted on a tackle for loss on fourth-and-four at the Falcons' 12-yard line, ending a New Mexico drive and returning the ball to the Academy with 3:57 remaining in the game.
AIR FORCE PLAYER HONORS IN 2012
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Saturday, Feb 6 Sport Opp/Event Time Media Men's Basketball vs Boise State 12:00 PM Listen
Women's Basketball at Boise State 2:00 PM Live Stats Men's Swimming vs Air Force Diving Invitational 9:00 AM Men's Tennis vs Wichita State 11:00 AM Live Stats and Video Men's Lacrosse at Navy 11:30 AM Watch Wrestling vs Stanford 1:00 PM Men's Gymnastics vs Minnesota 2:00 PM Watch Live Women's Gymnastics vs Centenary College 2:00 PM Watch Live Men's Tennis vs Metro State 4:00 PM Live Stats and Video Men's Ice Hockey vs RIT 7:05 PM Watch | Listen
Rifle at Patriot Rifle Conference-Smallbore All Day Sunday, Feb 7 Sport Opp/Event Time Media Rifle at Patriot Rifle Conference-Air Rifle All Day Wednesday, Feb 10 Sport Opp/Event Time Media Men's Basketball at Nevada 7:00 PM Listen
Women's Basketball vs Nevada 7:00 PM Watch
Thursday, Feb 11 Sport Opp/Event Time Media Men's Tennis vs Eastern Washington 5:00 PM Live Stats and Video Wrestling vs Utah Valley 6:30 PM Wrestling vs New Mexico Highlands 8:00 PM Friday, Feb 12 Sport Opp/Event Time Media Track at Tyson Invitational 11:00 AM Track at Husky Invitational 4:00 PM Women's Gymnastics at SUNY-Cortland 6:30 PM Men's Ice Hockey at Holy Cross 7:05 PM Watch | Listen
Fencing vs Junior Olympics All Day Saturday, Feb 13 Sport Opp/Event Time Media Men's Basketball at San Diego State 7:00 PM Listen
Women's Basketball vs San Diego State 6:00 PM Watch
Track at Adams State Qualifier 10:00 AM Track at Husky Invitational 10:00 AM Track at Tyson Invitational 12:00 PM Men's Lacrosse vs Denver 1:00 PM Watch Men's Ice Hockey at Holy Cross 7:05 PM Watch | Listen
Men's Gymnastics vs All-Academy Championships 7:30 PM Fencing vs Junior Olympics All Day Sunday, Feb 14 Sport Opp/Event Time Media Men's Tennis at Northern Colorado 10:00 AM Women's Gymnastics at Cornell 1:00 PM Fencing vs Junior Olympics All Day Wrestling at Oregon State TBA Monday, Feb 15 Sport Opp/Event Time Media Fencing vs Junior Olympics All Day Tuesday, Feb 16 Sport Opp/Event Time Media Men's Basketball vs UNLV 7:30 PM Listen
Wednesday, Feb 17 Sport Opp/Event Time Media Women's Basketball at UNLV 7:00 PM Live Stats Wrestling at Northern Colorado TBA Women's Swimming vs MWC Championships All Day Thursday, Feb 18 Sport Opp/Event Time Media Men's Gymnastics vs Winter Cup Challenge TBA Women's Swimming vs MWC Championships All Day Friday, Feb 19 Sport Opp/Event Time Media Baseball vs Buffalo 2:00 PM Women's Gymnastics at Iowa State, Minnesota 6:30 PM Men's Ice Hockey vs Robert Morris 7:05 PM Watch | Listen
Women's Swimming vs MWC Championships All Day Men's Swimming vs Colorado Senior Open TBA Track at Rocky Mountain Classic All Day Saturday, Feb 20 Sport Opp/Event Time Media Men's Basketball vs New Mexico 12:00 PM Listen
Women's Basketball at New Mexico 2:00 PM Live Stats Baseball vs Marist 1:00 PM Women's Tennis at Kansas State 11:00 AM Men's Lacrosse at Marist 12:00 PM Men's Ice Hockey vs Robert Morris 5:05 PM Watch | Listen
Men's Swimming vs Colorado Senior Open TBA Rifle at NCAA Qualifier vs TCU All Day Women's Swimming vs MWC Championships All Day
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