Oct. 25, 2011
Air Force travels to Albuquerque, N.M., to take on New Mexico on Saturday, Oct. 29, at noon MT in University Stadium. The game will be televised by the Mountain West Sports Network (The Mtn). The Falcons will be attempting to snap a three-game losing streak and pick up their first conference win of the season. Head Coach Troy Calhoun met with the media this week to discuss the game.
Game 8: Air Force at New Mexico
Saturday Oct. 29 Noon MT University Stadium (39,224) Albuquerque, NM
The Mountain West Sports Network (The Mtn)
Bill Doleman (play-by-play); Jay Leeuwenburg (analyst); Toby Christensen (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 closes out a difficult October by playing its fourth of five games on the road ... The Falcons are 1-3 this month ... Air Force leads the overall series with New Mexico, 18-10, including a 14-8 mark in conference games ... The Falcons are 8-7 at New Mexico ... Air Force has won three straight and six of the last seven in the series ... The teams have split the last two games played in Albuquerque ... This week is the fourth road game for Air Force ... The Falcons are 1-2 on the road this season, including an 0-1 mark in conference road games ... Air Force is 9-7 in MW road games under head coach Troy Calhoun.
Air Force: Troy Calhoun (Air Force, 1989) is in his fifth season. He has led the Falcons to a 37-22 career record. Calhoun is 21-14 in MWC games, 16-8 in non-conference games, 21-7 in Falcon Stadium, 12-12 in road games (9-7 in MW road games) and 2-2 in bowl games.
New Mexico: George Barlow (Marshall, 1990) is in his first season at New Mexico. He replaced Mike Locksley midway through this season. Barlow, who has been the assistant head coach at New Mexico since 2009, has led the Lobos to an 0-3 mark. Prior to New Mexico, Barlow was an assistant at James Madison from 1999-2008.
Air Force and New Mexico are meeting for the 29th time overall and 23rd time as conference foes.
The Falcons lead the overall series 18-10 and have a 14-8 edge in conference games.
Air Force is 10-3 at home and 8-7 at New Mexico.
The Falcons have won three straight and six of the last seven meetings.
Air Force defeated New Mexico, 37-13, the last time they played in Albuquerque, N.M.
The Falcons defeated New Mexico, 48-23, last season in Falcon Stadium.
New Mexico's last win came in 2007 in Albuquerque, 34-31.
The teams first played in 1957 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Air Force won the game, 31-0.
LAST TIME AT NEW MEXICO: Air Force defeated New Mexico, 37-13, in Albuquerque in the Mountain West Conference opener for each school. The Falcons jumped out to a 17-0 first-quarter lead and never looked back. Air Force forced four turnovers and scored 20 points as a result. The Falcons out-gained New Mexico, 371 to 290 while running 27 more plays and holding a 38:23 to 21:37 advantage in time of possession.
Asher Clark led the Falcons with 86 yards on 20 carries. Jared Tew added 61 yards on 17 carries while backup quarterback Connor Dietz, who entered the game late in the first quarter for an injured Tim Jefferson, finished with 23 yards on five carries. Dietz also hit two of four passes for 40 yards and his first-career touchdown.
The defense was led by Ken Lamendola's team-high eight tackles. Andre Morris, Jr., added seven tackles and two sacks and Jon Davis added the first two interceptions of his career, returning one 38 yards for a touchdown.
LAST YEAR VS. NEW MEXICO: Air Force defeated New Mexico, 48-23, in the final home game of the season. After a James Wright two-yard scoring run to open the scoring, the Falcons answered with an Asher Clark seven-yard run to tie the score at 7-7 in the first quarter. Tim Jefferson added an eight-yard run to give the Falcons the lead for good, 14-7, early in the second quarter. Connor Dietz, who replaced an injured Jefferson, closed the half with a with a 28-yard scoring strike to Zack Kauth to give Air Force a 21-7 halftime lead. Following a New Mexico field goal to open the second half, Nathan Walker and Dietz scored rushing touchdowns to make it 35-10 at the end of the third. Each team added two fourth-quarter touchdowns to make up the final margin.
Air Force finished with 461 total yards, including 373 rushing. Clark and Walker led the way, each rushing for 95 yards. Dietz hit five of seven passes for 67 yards and a touchdown. Jordan Waiwaiole and Reggie Rembert led the defense with eight tackles each. The Falcons held New Mexico to 258 total yards and had a 34:43 to 25:17 advantage in time of possession.