Air Force vs. Army West Point
Saturday, Nov. 4, 1:30 p.m. MT, Falcon Stadium (46,692)
Presented by USAA
Television: CBS Sports Network
Ben Holden (play-by-play)
Jay Feely (analyst)
Lauren Gardner (reporter)
RADIO: KVOR AM 740 in Colorado Springs, CO; The Fan 104.3 in Denver
Jim Arthur (play-by-play)
Jesse Kurtz (analyst)
Category Air Force Army West Point
Overall Record: ........... 4-4 6-2
Conference Record:..... 3-2 NA
Streak:........................ W 3 W 4
Last Week:.................. W 45-28 at Colorado State Idle
Next Week:................. vs. Wyoming (11/11) vs. Duke (11/11)
Conference:................ Mountain West (Mountain) Independent
Nickname:................... Falcons Black Knights
Location:..................... Colorado Springs, CO West Point, NY
Website:..................... GoAirForceFalcons.com GoArmyWestPoint.com
Head Coach:................ Troy Calhoun Jeff Monken
Alma Mater (Year):...... Air Force, 1989 Millikin, 1989
Career Record:............ 81-57 (11th year) 56-41 (7th year)
Record at School:......... Same 20-25 (3rd year
Record vs. Opponent:.. 9-1 0-2
Air Force hosts service academy rival Army West Point Saturday, Nov. 4, at 1:30 p.m. in Falcon Stadium. The game is presented by USAA. Army West Point enters the game on a four-game winning streak while Air Force has won three straight. The Black Knights rank second in the nation in rushing with a 362.1 average while Air Force is third at 350.4.
- Air Force and Army are meeting for the 52nd time overall.
- Air Force leads the series, 36-14-1.
- The Falcons are 21-3 at home, 14-10 at Army and 1-1-1 in neutral site games.
- Air Force has won 18 of the last 20 in the series.
- Air Force is 33-12 in Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy games vs. Army dating back to 1972.
- The Falcons are 20-2 at home and 13-10 at Army in CIC games.
- Air Force defeated Army, 31-12, last season at Army West Point.
- Air Force defeated Army, 20-3, in 2015 the last time they played in Falcon Stadium.
- Army’s last win in the series came in 2012 at West Point, 41-21.
- The teams first played to a 13-13 tie in Yankee Stadium in New York in 1959.
(Nov. 5, 2016)
Air Force defeated Army West Point, 31-12, to win a series-record 20th Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy title. Quarterback Arion Worthman started for the first time in his career and responded by hitting six of nine passes for 195 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 63 yards and a score on 19 carries to lead Air Force. Jacobi Owens rushed for 106 yards on 12 carries and scored the first receiving touchdown of his career on a 46 yard connection from Worthman. Jalen Robinette added 104 yards on three catches to become the all-time Air Force leader in career receiving yards. Air Force opened up a 10-0 lead behind a Luke Strebel field goal and Shayne Davern TD run. Army cut the lead to 10-6 at the half with a touchdown, but Brodie Hicks blocked the extra point. Both teams scored on its opening drive of the second half, but a touchdown run by Tim McVey and a fourth-quarter TD by Worthman clinched it for the Falcons. Air Force had 444 total yards with a balanced attack of 249 rushing and 195 passing. Air Force held Army to 228 total yards, including 144 rushing. The Falcons had two interceptions and held Army to 4-12 on third down.
LAST TIME AT FALCON STADIUM
(Nov. 7, 2015)
Air Force defeated Army, 20-3, in Falcon Stadium. The Falcons had 352 total yards, including a balance attack with 196 rushing and 156 passing. Following a scoreless first quarter, Luke Strebel hit a 22-yard field goal to give the team a 3-0 lead. Karson Roberts and Garrett Griffin hooked up on a three-yard TD pass to give the Falcons a 10-0 halftime lead. Army got on the board with a 47 yard field goal in the third quarter before Strebel opened the fourth quarter with a field goal to make it 13-3. Roberts and Griffin connected for their second score of the game, a 23 yard touchdown pass to make up the final margin. Roberts finished hitting seven of 10 passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns. Griffin finished the game with three catches for 32 yards and a career-best two TDs. The defense was led by Alex Hansen, who had nine tackles. The defense held Army to 169 total yards, including 124 rushing.
The 2017 season marks the 46th year of Commander-in-Chief’s trophy competition. The trophy goes annually to the winning academy with the best record in the round-robin competition. The winning team goes to the White House to receive the trophy from the President of the United States. Air Force secured its record 20th Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy last season with a 31-12 win at Army Nov. 5. The Falcons defeated Navy, 28-14, Oct. 1 in Falcon Stadium to post a 2-0 mark in the trophy competition.
The Falcons have a series-best 59-32 overall record and 20 titles. Air Force cannot win the trophy outright this season following a 48-45 loss at Navy. The Falcons can retain the trophy with a win over Army and a Black Knights victory over Navy to force a three-way tie.
Team Record Titles
Air Force 59-32-0 20
Navy 49-41-1 15
Army 27-62-1 6
Air Force outright CIC title years:
‘82, ‘83, ‘85, ‘87, ‘89, ‘90, ‘91, ‘92, ‘94, ‘95, ‘97, ‘98, ‘99, ‘00, ‘01, ‘02, ‘10, ‘11, ‘14, ‘16
AIR FORCE VS. NON-CONFERENCE FOES UNDER CALHOUN
Air Force is 33-21 against non-conference opponents under head coach Troy Calhoun. The Falcons are 21-3 at home, 7-13 on the road and 5-5 in neutral site games. Air Force has won six of the last eight dating back to last season with the losses coming at #7 Michigan (29-13) and at Navy (48-45) earlier this season. Air Force is 11-4 in regular season non-conference games the last four years with the only losses coming at #4 Michigan State and at Navy in 2015 and at #7 Michigan and at Navy this season.
AIR FORCE AT HOME
Air Force is 49-16 in Falcon Stadium under head coach Troy Calhoun, including a school-record 15-game winning streak from 2014 to Oct. 22, 2016. The Falcons have won 19 of their last 21 at home dating back to 2014.
Air Force’s 17 wins from 2014-16 is a school record for a three-year stretch. Air Force finished 6-0 at home in 2014 and 2015 to mark the first back-to-back undefeated home seasons in school history. Air Force has finished undefeated at home just five times overall in school history, three coming under Calhoun.
Year Rec. Notes
2017 2-1 Loss to #22/25 San Diego State
2016 5-1 Air Force won 16 of 17 home games from 2014-16
2015 6-0 Fifth 6-0 mark in AF history, third under Calhoun
2014 6-0 Fourth 6-0 mark in AF history, second under Calhoun
2013 2-5 Lone losing record in Calhoun era
2012 5-1 Second-best mark in school history
2011 4-3 Sixth time with four or more wins in Calhoun era
2010 5-1 Combined with 2009, 10 wins in two seasons is third-best in AF history
2009 5-1 Second-best mark in school history
2008 3-3 Two loses at the hands of nationally ranked teams
2007 6-0 Just the third undefeated home record in school history
CURRENT HOME STREAK BEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Air Force is 19-2 at home over the last four seasons. The 19 wins tie as the best four-year mark in school history despite playing just three home games in 2017. The other 19-win stretches came from 1982-85 and 1991-2001 when the program went 19-4 those years in Falcon Stadium. The Falcons were 19-6 from 2009-12.
Air Force set a record for the best three-year run from 2014-16 with a 17-1 record, breaking the mark of 15-2 from 1983-85. The Falcons were 14-3 from 1998-2000 and 1997-99 and 14-5 from 2009-11 to round out the top five marks in school history.
Best 4-year home records in Air Force history
TWO OF TOP RUSHING TEAMS BATTLE THIS WEEK
The three service academies hold the top three spots in the national rushing statistics this week. Navy leads the way with a 376.1 average, followed by Army at 362.1 and Air Force at 350.4. Air Force has averaged 426.0 yards rushing the last four games. The Falcons have topped the 500-yard mark once (Nevada, 550) and the 400-yard mark three times.
AIR FORCE LAST WEEK
Air Force defeated Colorado State, 45-28, in Fort Collins to win the Ram-Falcon Trophy. The Falcons scored 21 points in the second quarter to take a 28-21 halftime lead. The scores came on touchdown runs by fullbacks Taven Birdow and Jacob Stafford and an interception return touchdown from Shaquille Vereen. Colorado State tied the game at 28-all with a touchdown drive to open the third quarter. Luke Strebel put the Falcons ahead for good with a 20 yard field goal late in the third quarter. Arion Worthman hit Ryan Reffitt with a 56 yard TD pass and added a TD run in the fourth quarter to help the Falcons put it away. Air Force had 477 total yards, including 413 rushing, and held the ball for a season-best 41:38. Worthman led the way with 117 yards rushing and a TD while Stafford added 104 yards and a score. Colorado State had 435 total yards, including 269 passing.