Air Force travels to Army for Service Academy Game
Oct. 29, 2012
Saturday Nov. 3 10 a.m. MT
Michie Stadium (38,000) West Point, NY
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.
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:
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
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.
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.
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>
TEAM DEFENSIVE NOTES
TEAM OFFENSIVE NOTES
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
AIR FORCE TAKEAWAYS
AIR FORCE HAS FOURTH LONGEST ACTIVE SCORING STREAK IN NATION
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.
Air Force has blocked 114 kicks since 1990 when the program began tracking them.
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.
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
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.
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 1,205 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.
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.
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
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