Air Force Hosts Nevada on Friday Night

    Senior running back Wes Cobb.
    Senior running back Wes Cobb.

    Oct. 22, 2012

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    Air Force (4-3, 3-1) vs. Nevada (6-2, 3-1)
    Friday. • Oct. 26 • 6 p.m. MT
    Falcon Stadium (46,692) • USAFA, CO

    TELEVISION
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    • Brad Johansen (play-by-play), Doug Chapman (color) and Tammy Blackburn (sidelines)

    RADIO
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    • Jim Arthur (play-by-play); Jesse Kurtz (analyst); Jay Ritchie/Bob Ihle (pre- and post-game)

    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.

    COACHES
    • Air Force: Troy Calhoun (Air Force, 1989) is in his sixth season. He has led the Falcons to a 45-27 career record. Calhoun is 27-16 in MWC games, 18-11 in non-conference games, 26-9 in Falcon Stadium, 16-15 in road games (12-9 in MW road games) and 2-3 in bowl games.
    • Nevada: Chris Ault (Nevada, 1969) is in his 28th season at Nevada. He has led the Wolfpack to a 232-105-1 career record.

    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
    Team Notes
    • Air Force uses game captains. The captains for the New Mexico game were seniors Alex Means (LB), Jason Kons (OL) and Connor Dietz (QB).
    • The Falcons improve to 20-10 all-time vs. New Mexico, including a 16-8 mark in conference games. The Falcons are now 11-3 at home vs. the Lobos and have won six straight in Falcon Stadium dating back to 2000. Air Force has won five straight and eight of the last nine overall in the series.
    • Air Force played its first game this season without a first-time starter. The Falcons have had 20 players make the first start of their careers in a game this season, including at least one in each of the first six games, which ranks second nationally.
    • Air Force extended its streak of consecutive games with at least one rushing touchdown to 41 straight games dating back to Navy Oct. 3, 2009.
    Alex Means returned an interception for a touchdown to mark the first non-offensive touchdown by Air Force this season. The non-offensive score is the first since Jordan Waiwaiole scored on a 52-yard fumble return vs. Army in 2010.

    Individual Notes
    • Senior RB Wes Cobb scored a career-high three touchdowns. He scored on one-yard runs in the first, third and fourth quarters. The touchdowns are his first this season. Cobb finished the game with a season-high 82 yards rushing. His previous rushing best came last week at Wyoming with 49 yards. His previous best for touchdowns (2) came vs. UNLV last season.
    • Sophomore QB Kale Pearson attempted the first pass of his career, a 14-yard completion to Christian Gann for a first down in the second quarter.
    • Senior LB Alex Means scored the first touchdown of his career on a 65-yard interception return in the second quarter to give Air Force a 14-10 lead. The interception is his second this season and third of his career. The turnover by Means is his second this season and ninth of his career (3 INT, 3 FF, 3 FR). Means is the first Falcon to score a non-offensive touchdown since Jordan Waiwaiole scored on a 52-yard fumble return vs. Army in 2010.
    • Sophomore DB Christian Spears recorded a career-high 20 tackles to mark the second time this season he's topped the 10-tackle mark in a game. His previous high was 12 vs. Navy earlier this season. Spears' tackles are the most by a Falcon this season. The previous best by a Falcon was 16 by Austin Niklas vs. UNLV. Spears' tackles are the most by a Falcon since Brady Amack had 23 vs. Navy last season.
    • Junior WR Ty MacArthur tied his career high with four catches (Navy and Idaho State earlier this season). He also rushed for a career-best 94 yards.
    • Senior QB Connor Dietz hit four-of-four passes for 61 yards to extend his streak to 69 passes without an interception. The only interception of his career came last season vs. Wyoming.
    • New Mexico running back Kasey Carrier's 338 rushing yards are the second-most ever in one game against Air Force. Eddie Lee Ivory of Georgia Tech holds the record against Air Force with 356 yards in 1978.

    Team 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.
    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.
    The Collegiate Power Rankings from NCSA Athletic Recruiting are calculated for each Division I, II and III college and university by averaging student-athlete graduation rates, academic rankings provided by U.S. News & World Report, and the strength of athletic departments as determined by the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup.
    These Power Rankings are only one example of NCSA Athletic Recruiting's commitment to redefining collegiate recruiting. As the leading athletic recruiting network, NCSA connects more than 42,000 college coaches with student-athletes who hope to pursue both higher education and the chance to compete in athletics at the college level.
    A comprehensive list of the rankings, both overall and by division, is available at: http://www.ncsasports.org/about-ncsa/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 is one of just two in the Mountain West Conference (Boise State) and was the only service academy recognized. This year marks the sixth straight the football program and the team's score of 980 ranks 10th nationally. Northwestern has the highest ranking of 995, followed by Boise State and Duke at 989.
    Each year the NCAA honors selects Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear APR. This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams who demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports. Specifically, these teams posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport.
    The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.

    AIR FORCE LEADS THE NATION WITH 10 ALUMNI COACHES
    Troy Calhoun (Air Force, 1989), head coach
    Jake Campbell (Air Force, 1996), assistant offensive backfield
    Maj. Eldrick Hill (Air Force, 1993), varsity/JV assistant
    Ben Miller (Air Force, 2002), RBs/special teams coordinator
    Blane Morgan (Air Force, 1999), offensive coordinator/QBs
    Maj. Steve Pipes (Air Force, 1998), JV head coach/varsity assistant
    • Capt. John Rudzinski (Air Force, 2005), OLBs/recruiting coordinator
    Steve Russ (Air Force, 1995), asst. head coach/co-def. coord./secondary
    Mike Thiessen (Air Force, 2001), asst. head coach/offensive coord./WRs
    Charlton Warren (Air Force, 1999), assoc. head coach/defensive coordinator

    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's defense came up with a stop and the offense was able to run out the clock in each game. Air Force took a 28-27 lead vs. Wyoming with 6:43 left in the game. The defense forced Wyoming to turn it over on downs in its next drive (seven plays, 31 yards, 2:16 TOP) and ran out the final 5:29 on offense (10 plays, 38 yards, 5:29). The Falcons held New Mexico on a fourth-and-four at the Air Force 12 with 3:57 remaining. The Lobos drive covered 30 yards in 11 plays and took 6:12. Air Force ran out the clock with a nine-play, 38-yard drive to end the game.

    AIR FORCE BY THE NUMBERS
    5 - Air Force has played in a bowl game for a school-record five straight years.
    7 - Air Force has won seven straight non-conference home openers.
    13 - consecutive years Air Force has won the Mountain West rushing title.
    15 - AFA has won 15 straight home openers against unranked teams dating back to 1994.
    20 - players that have made the first start of their career for Air Force this season.
    25 - quarters out of 28 Air Force has scored points in this season.
    26 - wins in 35 games in Falcon Stadium for Air Force under head coach Troy Calhoun.
    35 - games under head coach Troy Calhoun with a 100-yard rusher (26-9 record).
    41 - straight games Air Force has rushed for a touchdown dating back to Navy Oct. 3, 2009.
    38,927 - attendance in the Navy game which is a season high.

    TEAM DEFENSIVE NOTES
    • Air Force ranks third in the MW in scoring defense with a 27.0 average.
    • After allowing touchdowns in the first two games on the opponent's opening drive of the season half, Air Force has allowed just one the last fives games (FG, 2 TOs, Punt).
    • Air Force held Wyoming to three points in the second half and just 19 yards on seven plays in the fourth quarter.
    • Air Force held Colorado State to just seven points in the second half.
    • Air Force shutout Idaho State in the first half.
    • Air Force had two players with 11 tackles each vs. Idaho State (Austin Niklas, Steffon Batts)
    • Air Force held Idaho State to just three-of-five in the red zone.
    • DB Christian Spears recorded a career-high 20 tackles vs. New Mexico, the most by a Falcon this season. His 20 tackles are the most by a Falcon since Brady Amack had 23 vs. Navy last season.
    • Air Force is second in the MW since 1999 in shutouts with six (Boise State 11) .

    TEAM OFFENSIVE NOTES
    • Air Force averaged 9.1 yards per play and 8.3 yards per rush vs. Idaho State.
    • Air Force's 626 total yards vs. Idaho State is the ninth most in school history.
    • Air Force's 8.3 yards per rush average vs. Idaho State ties as the seventh most in school history.
    • Air Force's 90 plays at Michigan is the second-most in the Troy Calhoun era and most since running 92 vs. SDSU in 2010.
    • Air Force is second in the MW and 27th nationally in total offense with a 463.6 per-game average.
    • Air Force is second in the nation in rushing with a 352.7 per-game average.
    • Air Force leads the nation in third-down percentage with a 57.0 mark.
    • The Falcons are averaging 32.6 points per game which ranks fourth in the MW and 43rd nationally.

    SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
    • Air Force is third in the MW and 15th nationally in kickoff returns with a 25.9 average.
    Anthony LaCoste ranks second in MW and ninth nationally in KOR with a 29.1 average.
    • Kicker Parker Herrington has hit 48 straight extra points dating back to 2011.
    • Air Force leads the MW and ranks third nationally in net punting with a 43.1 average.
    • Punter David Baska would rank second in the MW and ninth nationally in punting with a 45.7 average, but lacks enough attempts to qualify.

    AIR FORCE TAKEAWAYS
    • Air Force is eighth in the MW and 76th nationally in turnover margin with a -.29 mark.
    • Air Force is a combined +48 in TO margin overall the last six seasons, but just +3 the last three seasons.
    • The Falcons have forced 147 turnovers since 2007, 77 interceptions and 70 fumbles.
    • Air Force forced 19 TOs, at least two each game, with a +6 TO margin the last seven games of 2011.
    • The Falcons forced just seven turnovers and were -6 in TO margin in the first six games of last season.
    • Air Force finished sixth in the Mountain West in turnover margin last season with a 0.00 mark.

    AIR FORCE HAS FOURTH LONGEST ACTIVE SCORING STREAK IN NATION
    • Air Force has a school-record 240-consecutive game scoring streak.
    • The streak is the fourth longest active streak in the nation.
    • The Falcons were last shutout by Mississippi, 13-0, in the 1992 Liberty Bowl.
    • Air Force's streak is the 11th longest in Division I-A history.

    OFFENSIVE LINE TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS: Air Force's offensive line has done a great job this season.
    Despite losing starting center Michael Husar, Jr., in the season opener and having just two returning starters, Air Force has not allowed a sack this season which leads the nation. Air Force is the only team in the nation not to allow a sack. The Falcons have played two games without one of those returning starters, preseason all-conference tackle Jason Kons. Austin Hayes, who replaced Husar at center, is out due to injury and Jordan Eason is moving from guard to center. He'll be the third center for the Falcons this season. Because of the injuries the Falcons will have started four different combinations in eight games. Despite the changes and injuries, the offensive line has paved the way for Air Force to rank second in the nation in rushing with a 352.7 per-game average. The Falcons are second in the conference and 27th nationally in total offense with a 463.6 norm.

    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.

    BLOCKED KICKS
    • Air Force has blocked 114 kicks since 1990 when the program began tracking them.
    • The breakdown: 53 punts, 35 field goals and 26 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).
    • Air Force blocked five kicks last season, the most in a season since 2006 and most in the Calhoun era.
    • Air Force has blocked 16 kicks since 2007 under head coach Troy Calhoun
    • The breakdown: 8 FGs, 6 PATs, 2 Punts
    • LB Alex Means had three blocks in 2011 (FG vs. Tenn. State, PAT at Navy, PAT at Boise State)
    • Means is the first player since Ryan Carter in 2003 to block a kick in back-to-back games (Tenn St., Navy).

    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 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. Wyoming: Alex Hansen.

    AIR FORCE VS. NON-CONFERENCE FOES UNDER CALHOUN
    • Air Force is 18-11 against non-conference foes under head coach Troy Calhoun.
    • The Falcons are 11-2 at home, 4-6 on the road and 3-3 in neutral site games.
    • Air Force is 1-2 this season vs. non-conference opponents.

    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 won its second straight and record 18th Commander-in-Chief's Trophy in 2011. The Falcons defeated Navy, 35-34, in overtime in Annapolis Oct. 1 and Army, 24-14, in Falcon Stadium Nov. 5. Air Force's back-to-back CIC Trophy titles are its first since 2001-02.
    Air Force was beaten by Navy, 28-21, in overtime Oct. 6 in Falcon Stadium. The loss drops Air Force all-time CIC record to a series-best 53-28-0. The Falcons cannot win the trophy out-right this season. Air Force will retain the trophy, which doesn't count as a title, with a victory over Army Nov. 3 and an Army win over Navy Dec. 8.

    Air Force outright CIC title years:
    `82, `83, `85, `87, `89, `90, `91, `92, `94, `95, `97, `98, `99, `00, `01, `02, `10, `11

    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
    • Air Force has an all-time record of 348-287-13 in its 56th season of varsity football. The Falcons are 189-118-3 at home and 158-170-10 on the road and in neutral site games. AFA has played in 22 bowl games and has a 10-11-1 all-time record.
    • Air Force is playing in 33rd year in a conference. This season marks the school's 13th year in the Mountain West Conference. Prior to 1999, Air Force was a member of the Western Athletic Conference from 1980-98. The school was an independent prior to 1980.
    • Air Force is 53-48 as a member of the Mountain West Conference. The team is 31-20 at home and 22-28 on the road. The Falcons are 94-72 overall since joining the MWC in 1999, including marks of 54-29 at home, 34-38 on the road, 6-4 in neutral site games and 4-3 in bowls.

    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.
    Dietz has rushed for 1,137 yards and scored seven touchdowns in his career. He has hit 74-of-129 passes for 1,100 yards and eight touchdowns with just one interception.
    Dietz is the Air Force career leader in pass interception avoidance with a .007 mark with just one career INT in 129 attempts. His lone interception came in 2011 vs. Wyoming and he has gone 69 attempts without a pick since. Dietz took over the lead for the first time in career pass efficiency rating of 147.91.
    Dietz is having a great season season. He is second on the team in rushing with 459 yards and three touchdowns while averaging 5.7 yards per carry. He rushed for a season-high 92 yards at Wyoming. He has hit 42-of-69 passes for 708 yards and five touchdowns with a 60.9 completion percentage. His quarterback efficiency rating is 170.97 would lead the conference and rank fifth nationally, but he lacks enough attempts to qualify for the national statistics. His 60.9 completion percentage is the third best single-season effort in Air Force history and best since Shaun Carney had a .642 mark in 2007.

    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.
    Despite being injured early in the third quarter at Wyoming and missing the rest of the game and playing just one play last week at New mexico, he is fourth in the nation in rushing with a 132.57 per-game average. He opened the season with five straight 100-yard games. He is the only player in school history to open the season with more than two consecutive 100-yard games. Getz has topped the 200-yard mark a school-record three times this season with 218 yards vs. Idaho State, 222 vs.
    Colorado State and 204 vs. Navy. 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 (Colorado State, Navy).
    Getz was named a mid-season fourth-team All-American by Phil Steele Magazine. A breakdown of his outstanding season follows:

    Cody Getz 2012 Breakdown
    • First player in Air Force history to open a season with five straight 100-yard rushing games (no other player has more than two).
    • First player in school history and second in MW history with three 200-yard rushing games in a season. • Five straight 100-yard rushing games ties as the second longest streak in school history.
    • Five 100-yard rushing performances in a season ties as the seventh most in school history.
    • First Air Force player since All-American Beau Morgan in 1995 with five straight 100-yard rushing games.
    • Became the 38th player in Air Force history to top the 1,000-yard mark in his career and ranks 34th with 1,214 career yards.
    • Averaging 7.6 yards per carry in 2012 which is the third-best mark in school history and best since Andre Johnson averaged 8.0 in 1996.
    • Averaging 6.6 yards per carry for his career which is fourth-best in school history and best since 1992.

    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.
    Means is second on the team and sixth in the conference in tackles with a 7.9 per-game average. He leads the team with 6.5 tackles for loss and has two interceptions and six pass breakups. Means ranks in the top 10 in the conference in five categories: interceptions (2, T5th); tackles (7.9, 6th), tackles for loss (6.5, 9th); passes defended (6, 6th) and tackles by linebackers (7.9, 6th). Means played one of the best games of his career last week vs. New Mexico with 10 tackles, a sack, 1.5 tackles for loss, a pass breakup and a 56-yard interception return for his first-career touchdown. He also made a tackle on fourth-and-four to force a turnover on downs on New Mexico's last drive. Means earned College Football Performance Award national defensive player of the week and linebacker of the week awards for his efforts vs. the Lobos.

    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.
    MacArthur leads the team in receiving with 18 catches for 346 yards and a touchdown. He is averaging 19.2 yards per catch. He is also third on the team in rushing with 299 yards on 30 carries and is averaging 10.0 yards per carry. He is the team's top punt returner and has now taken over kickoff return duties for the injured Anthony LaCoste. MacArthur is averaging 99.0 all-purpose yards per game, including an impressive 13.1 yards per touch.

    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
    • 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.
    • LB Alex Means: Preseason first-team all-MW ... Phil Steele's Magazine mid-season third-team all-MW ... College Football Performance Award national defensive performance of the week vs. New Mexico ... College Football Performance Award national linebacker of the week vs. New Mexico ... Mountain West defensive player of the week vs. New Mexico.
    • RB Cody Getz: College Football Performance Awards honorable mention running back of the week vs. Idaho State ... National Football Foundation, Colorado Chapter player of the week vs. Idaho State ... Collegefootballperformance.com runningback of the week vs. Michigan ... Collegesportsmadness.com Mountain West Conference player of the week vs. Michigan ... College Football Performance Awards honorable mention running back of the week vs. Colorado State ... College Football Performance Awards honorable mention running back of the week vs. Navy ... Phil Steele's Magazine mid-season fourth-team All-American ... Phil Steele's Magazine mid-season first-team all-MW.
    • SPC David Baska: College Football Performance.com punter of the week vs. Michigan ... College Football Performance.com punter of the week vs. Wyoming ... Mountain West special teams player of the week at Wyoming.
    • OL Jordan Eason: Phil Steele's Magazine mid-season second-team all-MW.
    • OL Jason Kons: Phil Steele's Magazine mid-season third-team all-MW.
    • LB Austin Niklas: Phil Steele's Magazine mid-season first-team all-MW.
    • SPC Anthony LaCoste: Phil Steele's Magazine mid-season third-team all-MW KOR.

     

     

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