Air Force travels to Army for Service Academy Game

    Senior quarterback Connor Dietz.
    Senior quarterback Connor Dietz.

    Oct. 29, 2012

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    Air Force (5-3) at Army (1-7)
    Saturday • Nov. 3 • 10 a.m. MT
    Michie Stadium (38,000) • West Point, NY

    The Last Meeting
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    November 5, 2011
    USAFA
    Falcons Post 24-14 Victory Over Black Knights
    Quarterback Tim Jefferson Jr. scored twice and Air Force rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit to beat Army 24-14 and retain the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy.

    TELEVISION
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    RADIO
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    GAME FACTS: Air Force begins a stretch of playing three of its final four games on the road this week by traveling to West Point, N.Y. ... The Falcons will go coast-to-coast in back-to-back weeks as the team heads to San Diego, Calif., to take on San Diego State next week ... This week's game is the last regular season non-conference game for the Falcons ... Air Force is 1-2 in non-conference games this season and 18-11 under head coach Troy Calhoun ... Air Force is 7-4 in service academy games under head coach Troy Calhoun, including a 3-2 mark on the road ... The Falcons have won two straight service academy road games, at Navy in 2011 and at Army in 2010 ... Air Force cannot win the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy outright this season after losing to Navy ... The Falcons can retain the trophy with a win this week at Army and a Black Knight victory over Navy ... This week's game is the second straight on the CBS Sports Network ... Air Force and Army are the two top rushing teams in the nation ... Army leads the nation at 383.13 yards per game while Air Force is second at 366.25 ... Air Force is 1-2 in road games this season with losses at Mighigan and UNLV and a victory at Wyoming ... Air Force leads the series with Army, 32-13-1, including a 12-9 mark at Army ... Air Force's current three-game winning streak is its longest since 2010.

    COACHES
    • Air Force: Troy Calhoun (Air Force, 1989) is in his sixth season. He has led the Falcons to a 46-27 career record. Calhoun is 28-16 in MWC games, 18-11 in non-conference games, 27-9 in Falcon Stadium, 16-15 in road games (12-9 in MW road games) and 2-3 in bowl games.
    • Army: Rich Ellerson (Hawai'i, 1977) is in his fourth season. He has led the Black Knights to a 16-29 record. Ellerson has a career record of 76-70 in his 13th season.

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

    THE SERIES
    • Air Force and Army are meeting for the 47th time overall.
    • Air Force leads the series, 32-13-1.
    • The Falcons are 19-3 at home, 12-9 at Army and 1-1-1 in neutral site games.
    • Air Force has won six straight and 14 of the last 15 in the series.
    • The Falcons have won seven straight at Army dating back to 1996.
    • Air Force is 29-11 in Commander-in-Chief's Trophy games vs. Army dating back to 1972.
    • The Falcons are 18-2 at home and 11-9 at Army in CIC games.
    • Air Force defeated Army, 24-14, last season in Falcon Stadium.
    • The Falcons defeated Army, 42-22, in the last meeting at West Point in 2010.
    • The teams first played to a 13-13 tie in Yankee Stadium in New York in 1959.

    Year-By-Year
    1959 - Tied 13-13*
    1963 - Army 14-10**
    1965 - AFA 14-3**
    1967 - Army 10-7 (H)
    1969 - AFA 13-6 (A)
    1971 - AFA 20-7 (H)
    1972 - Army 17-14 (A)
    1973 - AFA 43-10 (H)
    1974 - Army 17-16 (A)
    1975 - AFA 33-3 (H)
    1976 - Army 24-7 (A)
    1977 - Army 31-6 (H)
    1978 - Army 28-14 (A)
    1979 - AFA 28-7 (H)
    1980 - Army 47-24 (A)
    1981 - AFA 7-3 (H)
    1982 - AFA 27-9 (A)
    1983 - AFA 41-20 (H)
    1984 - Army 24-12 (A)
    1985 - AFA 45-7 (H)
    1986 - Army 21-11 (A)
    1987 - AFA 27-10 (H)
    1988 - Army 28-15 (A)
    1989 - AFA 29-3 (H)
    1990 - AFA 15-3 (A)
    1991 - AFA 25-0 (H)
    1992 - AFA 7-3 (A)
    1993 - AFA 25-6 (H)
    1994 - AFA 10-6 (A)
    1995 - AFA 38-20 (H)
    1996 - Army 23-7 (A)
    1997 - AFA 24-0 (H)
    1998 - AFA 35-7 (A)
    1999 - AFA 28-0 (H)
    2000 - AFA 41-27 (A)
    2001 - AFA 34-24 (H)
    2002 - AFA 49-30 (A)
    2003 - AFA 31-3 (H)
    2004 - AFA 31-22 (A)
    2005 - Army 27-24 (H)
    2006 - AFA 43-7 (A)
    2007 - AFA 30-10 (H)
    2008 - AFA 16-7 (A)
    2009 - AFA 35-7 (H)
    2010 - AFA 42-22 (A)
    2011 - AFA 24-14 (H)
    (H/A) is for AFA
    * - New York, NY
    ** - Chicago, IL

    THE LAST MEETING: Air Force defeated Army, 24-14, overcoming a 14-point deficit in the first quarter to win the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy for the second straight year and 18th time overall. The Black Knights opened up a 14-0 lead on a Max Jenkins one-yard touchdown run and a Larry Dixon 13-yard scoring run. The Falcons made two big defensive plays at the goal line to prevent an even larger lead, stuffing a fourth-and-one try from the one and a forced fumble by Josh Hall at the one that went out of the end zone for a touchback. The Falcons opened the second half after being shutout in the first half for the first time since 2009 with the first of three Parker Herrington field goals to get on the board and cut the lead to 14-3. Tim Jefferson added a two-yard run and a two-point conversion run by Asher Clark cut the lead to 14-11 in the third. Herrington added another field goal to tie the game, then Jefferson put the team ahead to stay with his second TD run, a one-yard plunge, to give the Falcons a 21-14 lead late in the third quarter. Herrington closed the scoring with his third field goal early in the fourth to make up the final margin. Army had 286 yards total yards, all rushing, in the first half, but were held to just 80 total yards in the second stanza. Air Force had 301 total yards, including 179 rushing and 122 passing. Clark led the way with 78 yards rushing while Jefferson added 66. Jefferson also hit six-of-12 passes for 122 yards. The defense was led by Brady Amack, who had a game-high 14 tackles. Jon Davis matched his career high with 12 and had a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and interception. Jordan Waiwaiole and Alex Means chipped in with 11 tackles each while Patrick Hennessey had 10.

    THE LAST TIME AT ARMY: Air Force defeated Army, 42-22, in West Point to win its first Commander-in-Chief's Trophy title since 2002. Army opened the scoring with a pair of first-quarter field goals to take a 6-0 lead. The Falcons took the lead for good on a Tim Jefferson touchdown run to make it 7-6 early in the second quarter. The Falcon extended the lead to 21-13 behind a Jefferson TD pass and a Nathan Walker scoring run. Air Force extended the lead to 28-16 late in the third quarter on another Jefferson TD pass and put the game away in the fourth with a Jordan Waiwaiole 52-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Air Force finished with 401 total yards. Jefferson had 124 yards passing and rushed for 57 yards while Walker finished with a career-high 109 yards rushing. The defense was led by Brady Amack, who had 13 total tackles.

    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.

    PLAYING BEST WHEN IT MATTERS MOST: Air Force is 22-10 under head coach Troy Calhoun in games during the second half of the season (last six games). The Falcons, 2-0 this season, 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.

    AIR FORCE / ARMY ONE-TWO IN THE NATION IN RUSHING: Air Force and Army are the top two rushing teams in the nation. Army leads the nation with a per-game average of 383.13. Air Force is second in the nation with a 366.25 average. Army is averaging 5.75 yards per carry and has 22 touchdowns while Air Force is at 5.76 yards per carry with 29 touchdowns.

    LAST WEEK: Air Force defeated Nevada, 48-31, on Friday night in Falcon Stadium for its third consecutive win. Connor Dietz ran for 68 yards and a touchdown and hit six-of-seven passes for 139 yards and matched his career high with two touchdowns. Wes Cobb added a career-high 152 yards and a touchdown on a career-best 30 carries while Jon Lee chipped in with a career-high 96 yards on 10 carries. Ty MacArthur added 76 yards on seven carries. The Falcons rolled up 600 total yards on 89 plays and enjoyed a 9:14 advantage in time of possession. The Falcons held the ball for 12:46 of the fourth quarter alone. The defense, which had a season-high three quarterback sacks and nine tackles for loss, held Nevada to 380 total yards on 67 plays. Christian Spears led the way with nine tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss. Parker Herrington opened the scoring with a career-long 45 yard field goal on Air Force's opening drive. Following a Nevada touchdown, Mike DeWitt scored on an eight-yard run to give Air Force the lead for good. The Falcons, who led 31-21 at halftime, took a 45-31 lead with 9:33 remaining in the third quarter on a Dietz one-yard touchdown run. Herrington hit his second field goal of the game to make up the final margin.

    Team Notes
    • Air Force uses game captains. The captains for the Nevada game were seniors Connor Dietz (QB), Jason Kons (OL) and Alex Means (LB).
    • Air Force scored a field goal on its opening drive to mark the first time in three games that the team scored on its opening drive. The Falcons were forced to punt the last two games.
    • Air Force recorded a season-high three quarterback sacks. The Falcons had two sacks in the first quarter which had matched the best in a game this season. Air Force also had two sacks vs. Idaho State in the season opener and vs. New Mexico.
    • Air Force's 31 points in the first half is the second most this season and most since scoring 35 in the first half against Colorado State Sept. 29.
    • Air Force forced a turnover on downs on Nevada's opening drive of the second half. Air Force had allowed a FG (Wyoming) and touchdown (New Mexico) the previous two games.

    Individual Notes
    • Senior SPC Parker Herrington tied his career long with a 45 yard field goal on Air Force's opening drive. The field goal is his longest this season and first since the Michigan game Sept. 8. Herrington had gone the last two games without an attempt.
    • Senior FB Mike DeWitt scored his first rushing touchdown since the UNLV game. The touchdown is his third this season and gave Air Force a 10-7 lead in the first quarter.
    • Senior DL Nick DeJulio recorded the first solo quarterback sack of his career.
    • Senior QB Connor Dietz connected with fellow senior Dontae Strickland on a 46-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to give Air Force a 17-7 lead. The 40-plus yard TD pass by Dietz is his fourth this season and third in the last three games.
    • Strickland recorded career highs in all three receiving categories with two catches for 68 yards and a touchdown. Strickland's previous best in catches was one several times. His previous best for yards was 41 and touchdowns one at Wyoming earlier this season. Strickland's 46-yard TD reception is a career long, breaking his previous best of 41 yards at Wyoming earlier this season. Strickland added a 12-yard run in the second quarter to mark the first time in his career he's ran and caught a touchdown in the same game. His rushing touchdown is his second this season.
    • Dietz finished the game hitting six-of-seven passes for 139 yards and matched his career-high with two touchdown passes. Dietz has not thrown in interception this season and has now thrown 76 passes without an interception. Dietz has thrown two touchdown passes in a game three times this season. He finished the game with 68 rushing yards on 13 carries. He ranks 35th in Air Force history in rushing with 1,205 yards.
    • Senior FB Wes Cobb recorded career highs with 152 yards on 30 carries to record his first-career 100-yard game. Cobb also rushed for a touchdown which is his fourth the last two games. Cobb's previous career high in carries was 17 vs. New Mexico. His previous rushing high was 83 vs. Colorado State in 2011.
    • Sophomore RB Jon Lee recorded a career-high three catches for 42 yards. Lee entered the game without a reception in his career. Lee also rushed for a career-high 96 yards on 10 carries. His previous best was 74 yards vs. Idaho State earlier this season.

    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.

    AIR FORCE TOUGH IN FOURTH QUARTER LAST THREE GAMES: Air Force has controlled play in the fourth quarter during its current three-game winning streak. The Falcons came from behind to win the first two weeks. Last week, the Falcons controlled the fourth quarter and prevented any comeback hopes for Nevada. Air Force has ran 65 plays for 305 yards with a 30:48 time of possession while scoring 17 points. In addition, the team has run out the clock with a long drive in two of three games. The opponents have been held to 28 plays for 150 yards and 14:12 time of possession with just seven points. Air Force has forced a turnover on downs three times, intercpeted a pass and allowed a touchdown.

    AIR FORCE BY THE NUMBERS>
    5 - Air Force has played in a bowl game for a school-record five straight years.
    13 - consecutive years Air Force has won the Mountain West rushing title.
    14 - straight quarters that Air Force has scored in.
    15 - AFA has won 15 straight home openers against unranked teams dating back to 1994.
    21 - players that have made the first start of their career for Air Force this season.
    29 - quarters out of 32 Air Force has scored points in this season.
    27 - wins in 36 games in Falcon Stadium for Air Force under head coach Troy Calhoun.
    36 - games under head coach Troy Calhoun with a 100-yard rusher (27-9 record).
    42 - straight games Air Force has rushed for a touchdown dating back to Navy Oct. 3, 2009.
    54 - straight extra points made by kicker Parker Herrington.
    76 - straight passes by quarterback Connor Dietz without an interception.
    38,927 - attendance in the Navy game which is a season high.

    TEAM DEFENSIVE NOTES
    • Air Force ranks fourth in the MW in scoring defense with a 27.5 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 six games (FG, 2 TOs, Punt, Downs).
    • 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 Nevada to just five plays for 14 yards and forced a turnover on downs and an interception in the fourth quarter.
    • Air Force held Colorado State to just seven points and Nevada 10 in the second half.
    • Air Force shutout Idaho State in the first half.
    • 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 leads the nation in third down conversions with a 57.9 mark.
    • Air Force is second nationally in penalties per game with a 27.0 average.
    • Air Force leads the nation in sacks allowed with none in eight games.
    • 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 ran 89 plays vs. Nevada, the third-most under Calhoun.
    • Air Force is second in the MW and 17th nationally in total offense with a 480.6 per-game average.
    • Air Force is second in the nation in rushing with a 366.2 per-game average.
    • The Falcons are averaging 34.5 points per game which ranks fourth in the MW and 30th nationally.

    SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
    • Air Force is third in the MW and 19th nationally in kickoff returns with a 25.0 average.
    Anthony LaCoste ranks second in MW and 10th nationally in KOR with a 29.1 average.
    • Kicker Parker Herrington has hit 54 straight extra points dating back to 2011.
    • Air Force leads the MW and ranks fourth nationally in net punting with a 43.1 average.
    • Air Force didn't attempt a punt vs. Nevada.
    • Punter David Baska would rank second in the MW and 10th 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 80th nationally in turnover margin with a -.38 mark.
    • Air Force is a combined +47 in TO margin overall the last six seasons, but just +2 the last three seasons.
    • The Falcons have forced 148 turnovers since 2007, 78 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 scored in a school record 241 consecutive games.
    • 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.

    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 27.0 yards per game. The Falcons have been penalized 29 times for 216 yards in eight games. The team is averaging 3.6 penalites per game.

    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 moved from guard to center to replace him. He is the third player to play center this season. Because of the injuries the Falcons 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 366.2 per-game average. The Falcons are second in the conference and 17th nationally in total offense with a 480.6 norm.

    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 21 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 seven of eight games. Hawai'i leads the nation in first-time starters with 26. Temple is third with 20, TCU fourth with 18 and Navy fifth with 17.
    Air Force players making their first career start this season are: Idaho State (13): 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 (3): C Austin Hayes, WR Drew Coleman and WR Christian Gann. UNLV (1): OLB Stephan Atrice. Colorado State (1): Broam Hart. Navy (1): James Chambers. Wyoming (1): Alex Hansen. Nevada (1): Jon Lee.

    HOME SWEET HOME: Air Force is 27-9 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.

    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.

    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).

    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 349-287-13 in its 56th season of varsity football. The Falcons are 190-118-3 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 54-48 as a member of the Mountain West Conference. The team is 32-20 at home and 22-28 on the road. The Falcons are 95-72 overall since joining the MWC in 1999, including marks of 55-29 at home, 34-38 on the road, 6-4 in neutral site games and 4-3 in bowls.

    Individual Notes

    HERRINGTON BOUNCES BACK: Air Force senior Parker Herrington is 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.
    Herrington had his best day of the season in Air Force's victory over Nevada. He kicked a career-long 45 yard field goal on Air Force's opening drive and later hit a 20-yarder to seal the game in the final minutes. His two field goals mark his first multiple field goal game this season. He is 3-of-8 on the season and ranks ninth in school history in career field goal percentage with a mark of .692 (18-26).

    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 1,205 yards and scored eight touchdowns in his career. He has hit 80-of-136 passes for 1,239 yards and 10 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 136 attempts. His lone interception came in 2011 vs. Wyoming and he has gone 76 attempts without a pick since. Dietz holds the school record for career pass efficiency rating with a mark of 158.14.
    Dietz is having a great 2012 season. He would lead the nation in passing efficiency with his 187.17 mark, but lacks enough attempts to qualify. Alabama's A.J. McCarron is leading the nation with a 182.40 rating. Dietz has hit 48-of-76 passes for 847 yards with seven touchdowns on no interceptions. He joins McCarron and Louisiana Tech's Colby Cameron as the only players not to throw an interception this season. Dietz has hit 63.2 percent of his passes which is the third-best single season mark in school history.
    He is second on the team in rushing with 527 yards and four touchdowns while averaging 5.7 yards per carry. He rushed for a season-high 92 yards at Wyoming.

    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, playing just one play before re-injurying his ankle against New Mexico and missing the Nevada game, 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 1,205 yards.

    MEANS, NIKLAS LEAD DEFENSE: Senior Austin Niklas (ILB) and Alex Means (OLB) lead the Air Force defense. Niklas is tied for third in the conference and 36th nationally in tackles with a 9.4 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 fourth in the conference and tied for 17th nationally in forced fumbles with three which is an average of .38 per game.
    Means is fourth on the team and 10th in the conference in tackles with a 7.5 per-game average. He leads the team with 7.5 tackles for loss and has two interceptions and seven pass breakups. Means ranks in the top 10 in the conference in five categories: interceptions (2, T5th); tackles (7.5, 10th), tackles for loss (7.5, 9th); passes defended (1.12, 6th) and tackles by linebackers (7.5, 7th). Means played one of the best games of his career 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 Mountain West defensive player of the week honors for his efforts vs. the Lobos.

    MACARTHUR DOING IT ALL: Junior receiver Ty MacArthur is doing it all for Air Force. He leads the team in receiving with 18 catches for 346 yards. He is averaging 19.2 yards per catch. He is third on the team in rushing with 375 yards and two touchdowns on 37 carries. He is averaging a team-best 10.1 yards per carry. He has moved to kickoff returns to replace the injured Anthony LaCoste and is averaging 19.7 yards per return. In addition, he is the teams punt returner and is averaging 7.6 yards per return. MacArthur has 818 all-purpose yards which is second on the team and is averaging 102.2 yards per game.
    He had 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 second on the team in tackles with 63.

    STRICKLAND ONE OF SEVEN: Senior WR Dontae Strickland is one of seven 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 Ohio, Bo Wallace of Mississippi and Marcus Mariota of Oregon.

    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 ... National Football Foundation, Colorado Chapter 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.
    • DB Steffon Batts: College Sports Madness Mountain West defensive player of the week vs. Nevada.
    • RB Wes Cobb: College Football Performance honorable mention all-purpose performer of the week vs. Nevada.
    • WR Dontae Strickland: College Football Performance honorable mention all-purpose performer of the week vs. Nevada.

     

     

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