Oct. 31, 2011
Air Force (4-4) vs. Army (3-5)
Saturday Nov. 5 1:30 p.m. MT
Falcon Stadium (46,692) USAF Academy, CO
Spero Dedes (play-by-play); Steve Beuerlein (analyst); Lewis Johnson (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 returns home this week for the first time since playing San Diego State Oct. 13 ... This week's game is Air Force first Saturday home game since Sept. 24 vs. Tennessee State ... This game also marks the last non-conference regular season game for Air Force ... The Falcons are 3-1 in non-conference games this season with the lone loss coming at Notre Dame ... Air Force is 2-0 at home in non-conference games with wins over South Dakota and Tennessee State ... The Army game is the first of three straight at home for Air Force ... The Falcons also host conference foes Wyoming Nov. 12 and UNLV Nov. 19 ... This week's game features two of the nation's top rushing teams ... Army leads the nation with 369.0 average while Air Force is third at 326.9 per game ... Air Force leads the Army series, 31-13-1, including an 18-3 mark at home ... The Falcons have won five straight and 13 of the last 14 in the series ... Air Force could win a record 18th Commander-in-Chief's Trophy title with a win over Army this week ... The Falcons defeated Navy, 35-34, in overtime earlier this season and could wrap up the round-robin competition for the second consecutive year.
Air Force: Troy Calhoun (Air Force, 1989) is in his fifth season. He has led the Falcons to a 38-22 career record. Calhoun is 22-14 in MWC games, 16-8 in non-conference games, 21-7 in Falcon Stadium, 13-12 in road games (10-7 in MW road games) and 2-2 in bowl games.
Army: Rich Ellerson (Hawaii, 1977) is in his third season. Ellerson had led the Black Knights to a 15-18 record. He has a 75-59 career mark in his 12th season as a head coach.
COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF'S TROPHY: Air Force defeated Navy, 35-34, in overtime in Annapolis Oct. 1 in the first Commander-in-Chief's Trophy game of the season. The Falcons can win a record 18th CIC trophy with a victory over Army this week. The 2011 season marks the 40th year of trophy competition. Air Force defeated both Army (42-22) and Navy (14-6) last season to win the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy for the first time since 2002. The title is the 17th in Air Force history, which is more than any other service academy. The trophy goes annually to the winning academy with the best record in round-robin competition. The President of the United States presents the trophy to the seniors from the winning team each year at a ceremony at the White House. Air Force has a 52-27-0 all-time CIC record.
Air Force outright CIC title years:
`82, `83, `85, `87, `89, `90, `91, `92, `94, `95, `97, `98, `99, `00, `01, `02, `10
Air Force and Army are meeting for the 46th time overall.
The Falcons lead the series, 31-13-1.
Air Force is 18-3 at home, 12-9 at Army and 1-1-1 in neutral site games.
The Falcons have won five straight and 13 of the last 14 in the series.
Air Force has won two straight in Falcon Stadium dating back to 2005.
Air Force is 28-11 in Commander-in-Chief's Trophy games vs. Army dating back to 1972, including a 17-2 record at home and a 11-9 mark at Army.
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)
* - New York, NY
** - Chicago, IL
Site () is for AFA
Air Force defeated Army, 42-22, last year and won 35-7 in the last game at Falcon Stadium in 2009.
The teams first played to a 13-13 tie in Yankee Stadium in New York in 1959.
AIR FORCE VS. OTHER SERVICE ACADEMIES: Air Force is 58-30-1 all-time against Army and Navy. The Falcons are 33-9 at home, 20-17 on the road and 5-4-1 in neutral site games. The Falcons are 31-13-1 vs. Army and 27-17 all-time vs. Navy.
LAST YEAR VS. ARMY: Air Force defeated Army, 42-22, in West Point to win its first Commander-in-Chief's Trophy title since 2002 and snap a three-game losing streak. 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 three-yard run to make it 7-6 early in the second quarter. The Falcons extended the lead to 21-13 behind a Jefferson to Jonathan Warzeka 53-yard TD pass and a Nathan Walker two-yard run.
Jefferson and Warzeka hooked up again on a 63-yard scoring toss to extend the lead to 28-16 late in the third quarter. The Falcons put the game away with a Jordan Waiwaiole 52-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Jefferson added a one-yard TD run following an Army touchdown to make up the final margin. The Falcons finished with 401 total yards. Jefferson rushed for 57 yards and two scores and hit three of seven passes for 124 yards and two TDs. Nathan Walker rushed for a career-high 109 yards to record his first-career 100-yard game and Asher Clark chipped in with 89 yards on 15 carries. The defense was led by Brady Amack, who had 13 total tackles.
LAST TIME VS. ARMY IN FALCON STADIUM: Air Force defeated service academy rival Army, 35-7, in Falcon Stadium. Anthony Wright opened the scoring with an 88-yard punt return to give the Falcons a 7-0 lead. Army answered with a Trent Steelman 42-yard run to tie the score at 7-7 at halftime. The second half was all-Falcons, as the team out-scored Army 28-0. Asher Clark scored on two touchdown runs while Tim Jefferson ran and passed for scores, including a 73-yard scoring strike to Kevin Fogler. Fullback Jared Tew led the offense with 102 yards while Clark added 82. Jefferson hit four of seven passes for 131 yards while Fogler hauled in three catches for a career-best 129 yards. John Falgout and Justin Moore led the defense with 14 and 11 tackles, respectively.
AIR FORCE VS. NON-CONFERENCE FOES UNDER CALHOUN
Air Force is 16-8 against non-conference foes under head coach Troy Calhoun.
The Falcons are 9-1 at home, 4-5 on the road and 3-2 in neutral site games.
Air Force has won nine of its last 11 with the only losses coming at No. 7 Oklahoma last season and at Notre Dame earlier this season.
PLAYING BEST WHEN IT MATTERS MOST: Air Force is 19-9 under head coach Troy Calhoun in games during the second half of the season (last six games), including a 1-1 mark this season. The Falcons were 3-3 last season. Air Force was 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 21-7 at home under head coach Troy Calhoun since 2007. The Falcons tied a school record for wins over a four-year period with 19 from 2007-10. Air Force also won 19 games from 1982-85 (19-4, .826) and from 1997-00 (19-4, .826). The school record for wins over a five-year period is 23, set from 1997-2001.
LOOKING AT ARMY: Army is 0-4 on the road this season ... The Black Knights and Air Force have played one common opponent this season, both losing to San Diego State at home ... SDSU defeated Army, 23-20, Sept. 10 and Air Force, 41-27, Oct. 13 ... Army leads the nation in rushing with a 369.0 average ... The Black Knights have rushed for at least 270 yards and two touchdowns in every game this season ... Army opponents have scored first in six games this season ... Despite an 0-4 road record, Army is 7-7 in games played on opponent's fields since 2009 ... Junior QB Trent Streelman had started all 32 games of his career at West Point until missing last week's game ... Army has won six Commander-in-Chief's Trophy titles with the last coming in 1996.
LAST WEEK: Air Force defeated New Mexico, 42-0, in Albuquerque to snap a three-game losing streak. The Falcons jumped to a 14-0 first quarter lead behind an Austin Briehl fumble recovery in the end zone and the first of four Mike DeWitt touchdown runs. DeWitt added two more in the second quarter and Connor Dietz, who replaced an injured Tim Jefferson, added a 39-yard scoring run to give Air Force a 35-0 halftime lead. DeWitt added his fourth rushing TD run early in the fourth quarter to make up the final margin. The Falcons rushed for 335 yards and had threw the ball just three times, completing two for 26 yards. Dietz led the Falcons with 87 yards rushing while Asher Clark chipped in with 75 and DeWitt 64. The defense led the way, securing its first road shutout since beating Colorado State, 24-0, in 1997. Senior linebacker Brady Amack led the way with nine tackles.
LAST WEEK'S NOTES
Air Force recorded its first shutout since Oct. 17, 2009 vs. Wyoming (10-0). It was Air Force's first road shutout since 1997 vs. Colorado State (24-0).
Air Force has scored a rushing touchdown in 29 consecutive games dating back to Navy on Oct. 3, 2009.
Air Force held New Mexico scoreless in the first quarter to make the first time since the season opener vs. South Dakota the Falcons held an opponent scoreless in the opening quarter. The scoreless period is the first since the second quarter at Navy Oct. 1. The span covers 15 quarters.
Air Force has scored off the last five turnovers by opponents. The Falcons have scored four touchdowns and kicked a field goal for 31 points off turnovers. The streak covers the last two games.
Air Force's first-half shutout is its first this season and first since holding Wyoming scoreless in 2009.
Air Force finished the game with a +2 turnover margin to mark the first time this season the team has won in turnover margin.
Air Force scored first for the fourth time this season and improved to 4-0 in those games.
Senior DB Jon Davis recorded a career-long 40-yard punt return. His previous long was 35 yards vs. Utah in 2009. Davis also recorded his second interception this season and eighth of his career. Davis has 14 career turnovers (8 INT, 2 FR, 4 FF).
Junior TE Austin Briehl recorded his first-career touchdown on a fumble recovery in the end zone to cap Air Force's opening drive. The fumble recovery is also the first of his career.
Junior FB Mike DeWitt scored a career-high four rushing touchdowns to mark his second-career multiple-touchdown game. DeWitt is the first Falcon with four touchdowns in a game since Chad Hall vs. Colorado State in 2007.
Junior WR Mikel Hunter recovered his first fumble of the season on a punt in the second quarter. The fumble recovery is the third of his career.
Senior WRs Jonathan Warzeka and Zack Kauth extended their consecutive games streak with a reception. Warzeka extended his to 10 and Kauth to 11. The streak is the longest of each player's career.
Senior QB Tim Jefferson won his 25th career game at Air Force. He is now 25-14 in his career as a starter. Jefferson's 25 wins moves him into fourth place among active quarterbacks in career wins.
Junior QB Connor Dietz recorded a season-long run of 39 yards to score his second rushing touchdown of the season. The touchdown by Dietz is his first since the TCU game.
Sophomore DB Anthony Wooding, Jr. recorded his first interception of the season. The interception is the second of his career.
Senior WR Jonathan Warzeka went over the 3,000-yard mark in all-purpose yards. Warzeka ranks sixth in Air Force history in career all-purpose yards with 3,002.
AIR FORCE BY THE NUMBERS
2 - 100-yard kickoff returns for a touchdown by Jonathan Warzeka, a school and Mountain West record.
8 - career games with 10 or more tackles by Jon Davis which is tied for sixth among active MW players.
8 - number of starters returning that started all 13 games last season.
9 - career 100-yard rushing games by Asher Clark which is the second most among active MW players.
11 - different categories that senior quarterback Tim Jefferson ranks in the top 10 in Air Force history.
12 - consecutive years Air Force has won the Mountain West rushing title.
13 - total number of starters returning from 2010.
21 - wins in 28 games in Falcon Stadium for Air Force under head coach Troy Calhoun.
23 - tackles by Brady Amack vs. Navy, the sixth most in AF history and most by an FBS player this season.
25 - number of wins for senior starting quarterback Tim Jefferson, the most in school history.
28 - games under head coach Troy Calhoun with a 100-yard rusher. Team is 22-6 in these games.
29 - straight games Air Force has rushed for a touchdown dating back to Navy Oct. 3, 2009.
DEFENSE HAS BIG DAY AT NEW MEXICO: Air Force defeated New Mexico, 42-0, to record its first shutout since beating Wyoming, 10-0, in 2009. The shutout is the first for Air Force on the road in Mountain West Conference play and first since beating Colorado State, 24-0, in Fort Collins in 1997 as a member of the Western Athletic Conference. Air Force held New Mexico to just 223 total yards which is the best since holding Nicholls State to just 151 to open the 2009 season. The 223 total yards are the fewest allowed against an FBS team and on the road since holding Navy to 209 in 2009. Lastly, the 223 total yards in the best conference road mark since holding Wyoming to just 216 in Laramie in 2008.
AIR FORCE OFFENSE POSTING BIG NUMBERS: Air Force ranks among the nation's best in several offensive categories this season. The Falcons lead the Mountain West and rank third in the nation in rushing with 326.9 average. The team is averaging 475.9 yards of total offense which is second in the conference behind Boise State (488.0) and 15th nationally.
TEAM SEASON OFFENSIVE NOTES
Air Force leads the MW and ranks 15th nationally in total offense with a 475.9 average.
The team is second in the MW and 17th nationally in third-down conversions with a 49.1 mark.
Air Force leads the MW and ranks fifth nationally in red zone offense with a 94.3 mark (33-35)
Air Force leads the MW and ranks fifth nationally in fourth down conversions with an 85.0 mark (17-20)
Air Force is averaging 149.0 yards passing per game which is the best in the Troy Calhoun era (2007-)
Air Force's 26 points at Boise State is the most allowed by the Broncos this season.
Air Force set a school record with 792 total yards vs. Tennessee State.
The team rushed for 595 yards vs. Tennessee State which is the third most in school history and most since 1988.
Air Force's 9.0 yards per rush vs. Tennessee State is the third most in school history and most since 1989.
Air Force's 37 first downs vs. Tennessee State is the third most in school history and most since 2000.
The team's 26 rushing first downs vs. Tennessee State is the seventh most in school history.
Air Force's 63 points vs. Tennessee State is tied as the eighth most in school history.
TEAM SEASON DEFENSIVE NOTES
Air Force posted its first shutout since 2009 vs. New Mexico (42-0).
The shutout is the first in a conference road game since beating Colorado State, 24-0, in 1997.
AF held New Mexico to just 223 total yards, the best in a conference road game since 2008 (Wyo., 216).
Air Force has not allowed the opponent to score on its opening drive of the second half this season, forcing six punts and two interceptions.
Air Force held New Mexico to just 115 total yards in the first half and 108 in the second.
Air Force held Boise State to 37 points, the Broncos third fewest this season.
Air Force had four players with double figure tackles at Navy (Brady Amack, 23; Harry Kehs, 15; Jordan Waiwaiole and Alex Means, 12 each).
Air Force has forced five turnovers the last two games.
SEASON SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
Air Force has blocked five kicks this season (see below).
Air Force leads the MW and ranks third nationally in punt returns with a 16.7 average.
The Falcons lead the conference in field goal percentage with a .900 mark.
Air Force has blocked five kicks this season, the most in a season since 2006 and most in the Calhoun era.
The blocks: (PAT vs. South Dakota; FG vs. Tennessee State; PAT at Navy; FG vs. San Diego State; PAT at Boise State).
Air Force has blocked 16 kicks since 2007 under head coach Troy Calhoun
The breakdown (8 FGs, 6 PATs, 2 Punts)
Senior DL Ben Kopacka recorded the first block of his career with a blocked PAT vs. South Dakota.
Junior LB Alex Means has three blocks (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).
Sophomore LB Jamil Cooks recorded his fourth-career block with a field goal vs. San Diego State.
Air Force blocked four kicks in 2010.
Jamil Cooks had three blocks, a field goal and a punt vs. Navy and a PAT vs. Colorado State.
Cooks' three blocks are the most by a Falcon since Robert Kraay had three in 2006.
Anthony Wooding, Jr., had the other block, a punt vs. Colorado State.
Air Force has blocked 114 kicks since 1990 when the team 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).
FALCONS IN THE RED ZONE: Air Force leads the Mountain West and ranks fifth nationally in red zone offense, scoring 94.3 percent (33-35) of the time. The Falcons have 25 touchdowns and eight field goals. The Falcons were a perfect 5-of-5 at New Mexico last week scoring five touchdowns. Air Force has scored in their last 21 trips inside the red zone over the last five games with 16 touchdowns and five field goals.
TIME OF POSSESSION MOVING IN AIR FORCE'S FAVOR: After losing the time of possession battle in the first four games of the season, the Falcons have won it the last four games. Air Force had a 4:52 advantage at Notre Dame, a 6:40 edge vs. San Diego State, a season-best 12:36 advantage at Boise State and a :46 edge at New Mexico. The team's TOP for the season is up to 29:01 which is a season high and ranks sixth in the conference. The Falcons ranked eighth in the conference the first six weeks of the season.
AIR FORCE FOURTH NATIONALLY WITH 228-GAME SCORING STREAK
The Falcons were last shutout by Mississippi, 13-0, in the 1992 Liberty Bowl.
Air Force's streak is the fourth longest active in the country.
Air Force's streak is the 13th longest in Division I-A college history
AIR FORCE LEADS THE WAY WITH ALUMNI COACHES:/b> Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun is one of 18 FBS head coaches that is leading his alma mater. Calhoun, 1989 Academy graduate, is in his fifth year. The Falcons have eight Academy graduates as coaches on the staff which is more than any other school in the nation.
Academy graduates on coaching staff
Troy Calhoun (`89), head coach
Ben Miller (`02), tight ends/special teams coordinator
Blane Morgan (`99), offensive coordinator/QBs
Lt. Col. Bill Price (`91), varsity/JV assistant
Capt. John Rudzinksi (`05), defensive assistant
Lt. Col. Darryl Sumrall (`89), junior varsity head coach/varsity assistant
Mike Thiessen (`01), asst. head coach/offensive coordinator/WRs
Carlton Warren (`99), asst head coach/co-defensive coordinator/secondary/recruiting
FBS Head Coaches at Alma Mater
Troy Calhoun, Air Force (`89); Jon Embree, Colorado (`88); Steve Fairchild, Colorado State (`81); Ruffin McNeill, East Carolina (`80); Joker Phillips, Kentucky (`85); Don Treadwell, Miami-Ohio (`82); Larry Porter, Memphis (`96); Chris Ault, Nevada (`69,'73); Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern (`97); Luke Fickell, Ohio State (`97); Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State (`90); David Shaw, Stanford (`95); Doug Marrone, Syracuse (`91); Bill Blankenship, Tulsa (`79); Rick Neuheisel, UCLA (`84); Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech (`69); Paul Wulff, Washington State (`90); Willie Taggart, Western Kentucky (`98).
AIR FORCE TAKEAWAYS
Air Force is seventh in the Mountain West in turnover margin with a -.50 mark this season.
The Falcons have forced 12 turnovers, eight interceptions and four fumbles.
Air Force is a combined +42 in turnover margin the last five seasons, despite a -4 mark in 2011.
Air Force was +2 at New Mexico to mark the first time in 2011 the team has won the battle in a game.
Air Force has scored off the last five turnovers by opponents. The Falcons have scored four touchdowns and kicked a field goal for 31 points off turnovers. The streak covers the last two games.
Air Force was second in the conference with a +.38 turnover margin in 2010.
Air Force led the nation in turnover margin with a 1.69 per-game mark in 2009.
FALCONS AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS IN APR: The Air Force Academy football team's APR score of 978 for the 2009-10 academic year ranks 10th nationally, according to data released by the NCAA. The Air Force football program, along with women's cross country, wrestling and women's track were recognized by the NCAA with Division I Academic Performance Public Recognition Awards. The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.
DB Anthony Wright has started 44 consecutive games, the most on the team.
The O-line duo of A.J. Wallerstein and Jason Kons has combined for 42 straight starts.
WR Jonathan Warzeka has caught a pass in a career-best 10 straight games.
WR Zack Kauth has caught a pass in a career-best 11 straight games.
LB Brady Amack has led the team in tackles in three straight games and five of the last six.
START CHART: Several Falcons have significant streaks going in terms of consecutive games started. Senior DB Anthony Wright leads the way with 44 straight dating back to 2009. Senior DB Jon Davis has the second-longest streak with 34. Senior RB Asher Clark is third at 27 followed by senior QB Tim Jefferson with 26. Wright leads the way in overall games started as well with 44. Jefferson is second with 39, Clark is third with 35 and Davis is fourth with 34. A look at both lists follows.
AMACK ON BRONKO NAGURSKI WATCH LIST: Senior LB Brady Amack is second in the Mountain West and 21st nationally in tackles with an average of 10.0 per game. Amack has led the team in tackles in three straight games and five of the last six this season. He has hit double figures in tackles in three of the last five, including a 13-tackle effort at Boise State.
Amack amassed a career-high 23 tackles, including 11 solo stops, a quarterback sack and two tackles for loss in Air Force's win over Navy. Amack's 23 tackles are a Mountain West single game record, the most by an FBS player this season and the sixth-most in school history and most since Brian Hill had 23 vs. Colorado State in 1988.
Amack earned several weekly honors. He was named Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week, FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week, Mountain West defensive player of the week and National Football Foundation, Colorado Chapter player of the week.
Amack recorded a team-best 11 tackles vs. San Diego State last week. He has led the team in tackles in three of six games this season.
Amack has been added to the 2011 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy will be presented to the best defensive player in college football on Dec. 12 by the FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, N.C. The keynote address will be given by Georgia head coach Mark Richt and Florida's Jack Youngblood from the Class of 1970 will receive this year's Bronko Nagurski Legends Award. Five finalists for the Nagurski Trophy will be announced on Nov. 17.
YY VS. SERVICE ACADEMIES: Senior LB Jordan Waiwaiole has played some of his best football games against Army and Navy. In his three career starts against service academies, Waiwaiole has averaged 10.4 tackles with an interception and a fumble return touchdown. He recorded a career-best 15 tackles and secured the game for Air Force with an interception on the final drive of the game vs. Navy last season. The 15 tackles were the most by a Falcon in 2010. Waiwaiole added five tackles at Army and scored a touchdown on a 52-yard fumble return last year. Earlier this season vs. the Midshipmen, Waiwaiole recorded a season-best 12 tackles with seven solos.
COOKS MOVING UP CAREER BLOCKED KICKS CHART: Sophomore LB Jamil Cooks is tied for fourth in Air Force history with four blocked kicks. Cooks recorded his fourth career kick this season with a blocked field goal vs. San Diego State. Last year, Cooks blocked three kicks, a punt and a field goal vs. Navy and a PAT vs. Colorado State. His four blocks are the most by a Falcon since Robert Kraay, who had four from 2004-06.
BASKA BANGING IT: Sophomore SPC David Baska has a 43.0 punting average with three punts downed inside the opponent's 20. He has three punts of 50 yards or more, including a career long of 65 yards at Navy while punting deep in Air Force territory. Baska's 43.0 average is the 11th best in school history for a single season and best since Andrew Martin averaged 43.2 in 2003. Baska's mark would rank third in the MW, but he lacks enough attempts to qualify.
Baska scored his first-career touchdown against San Diego State on a four-yard run to give Air Force a 14-10 lead. Baska has three carries for 57 yards this season with a long run of 34 yards.
HERRINGTON LEADS THE MOUNTAIN WEST: Junior kicker Parker Herrington leads the Mountain West in field goal percentage with a 90.0 mark. He is second in the conference in field goals with a 1.12 per-game average. He is a perfect eight-of-eight inside 40 yards. His only miss is from 49 yards. Herrington is fifth in the conference and second among kickers in scoring with a 6.6 average. He has kicked two field goals in a game four times this season. Herrington's 90.0 percent field goal percentage is the second-best in school history, trailing only Jackson Whiting's perfect 1999 season (12-12).
RECORDS WATCH: Senior Quarterback Tim Jefferson and senior kick returner Jonathan Warzeka are each approaching major milestones. Jefferson needs just 31 yards passing to reach 4,000 for his career. Jefferson would become only the fourth player in school history to reach that mark. He is fourth in school history with 3,969 career passing yards.
Warzeka needs just 35 kickoff return yards to become the all-time career leader at Air Force. He would surpass Reggie Rembert, who had 1,388 yards from 2007-10. Warzeka has recorded 1,354 career kickoff return yards and ranks third in school history with a 25.5 career KOR average.
WARZEKA LEADS FALCONS IN RECEIVING: Senior WR Jonathan Warzeka leads the Falcons in receiving with 22 catches for 275 yards and three touchdowns. Warzeka recorded a career-high seven catches for a season-high 96 yards vs. San Diego State earlier this season. Warzeka also matched his career high with two touchdown catches. The San Diego State game marked the second straight that Warzeka set a career best for catches, as he had six for 71 yards at Notre Dame. Warzeka has accounted for 18 career touchdowns, seven rushing, seven receiving, two kickoff returns and two passing.
WARZEKA ON HORNUNG WATCH LIST: Air Force senior WR/KR Jonathan Warzeka is one of 50 players on the 2011 Watch List for the Paul Hurnung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse, announced by the Louisville Sports Commission and football legend Paul Hornung.
Warzeka is a preseason all-Mountain West Conference selection and was named the conference's preseason special teams player of the year. He led the MWC in kickoff returns last season with a 28.7 average. Warzeka has two career 100-yard kickoff returns touchdowns, vs. Houston in the 2009 Armed Forces Bowl and last season vs. Colorado State.
The 2011 Watch List was compiled by a panel of college football experts based on 2010 statistics and expectations heading into the 2011 season. There are 20 seniors, 20 juniors and 10 sophomores representing 46 universities and all 11 conferences that are part of the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). For the complete watch list visit paulhornungaward.com.
The Louisville Sports Commission successfully launched the Paul Hornung Award in 2010 to honor its namesake and native son and to promote outstanding performances by versatile college football players that often go unnoticed. Owen Marecic of Stanford, a two-way starter and All Pac-10 performer at fullback and linebacker, won the inaugural Paul Hornung Award in 2010.
JEFFERSON WINNINGEST QUARTERBACK IN SCHOOL HISTORY: QB Tim Jefferson set a new school record for most wins by a starting quarterback in Air Force's win over Tennessee State. He passed the record of 22 set by Dee Dowis (1985-89), who was 22-13-1. Jefferson has a 25-14 career record as a starter. His 25 wins ranks fourth all-time in the Mountain West. Jefferson is 5-1 in his career against service academies, posting a 3-0 mark vs. Army and a 2-1 mark against Navy.
JEFFERSON HAS FIFTH MOST WINS NATIONALLY: Air Force quarterback Tim Jefferson has the fifth most wins nationally as a starter with 25. Jefferson's .641 (25-14) winning percentage is the ninth-best nationally. Boise State's Kellen Moore is the leader in each category with a 45-2 (.957) career record.
JEFFERSON PASSING IT UP: Senior QB Tim Jefferson recorded career highs in completions, attempts and yards against San Diego State earlier this season, hitting 22-of-36 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns. Over his last six games, Jefferson has hit 63-of-101 passes (.624) for 828 yards with seven touchdowns with four interceptions. Two of his picks have come on Hail-Mary passes.
Jefferson had record-setting performances over a two week stretch. He hit 20 of 23 passes (.870) for 314 yards and four touchdowns without any interceptions combined against Tennessee State and Navy. His .870 completion percentage is the best two-game mark in school history. Jefferson hit 11 of 13 passes for 178 yards and a career-best three touchdowns vs. Tennessee State. He hit nine of 10 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown at Navy. His .900 completion percentage vs. the Midshipmen is the third-best single-game mark in school history while his .846 percentage vs. Tennessee State is the sixth best. Jefferson was 12-of-24 for 137 yards and a TD with one interception at Notre Dame.
Jefferson has hit 76-of-125 passes for 1,007 yards on the season with eight touchdowns and six interceptions. His 60.8 completion percentage is fourth best for a single season at Air Force and best since Shaun Carney had a .642 mark in 2007. Jefferson's 141.53 career QB rating is the second best in school history.
FULLBACK FORCE: Air Force fullbacks Wes Cobb and Mike DeWitt have big shoes to fill. The Falcons lost their top three fullbacks last season to graduation -- Jared Tew, Nathan Walker, Ryan Southworth. Gone with the trio went 1,117 yards and an 85.9 per-game average. Cobb and DeWitt proved they are up to the challenge providing the kind of tough running that the Air Force fullback position is known for.
DeWitt is second on the team in rushing with 410 yards and six touchdowns while Cobb is fourth with 190 yards. Freshman Broam Hart has chipped in with 52 yards in five games. The trio has combined for 652 yards and eight touchdowns which is an average of 81.5 yards per game.
The pair of DeWitt and Cobb combined for 109 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries in Air Force opening win over South Dakota. Cobb rushed for 60 yards and a score on 15 carries in his first-career start. DeWitt added 49 yards on 12 carries. DeWitt led the Falcons in rushing for the first time of his career with 48 yards vs. TCU. He recorded a career-long run of 44 yards in the game. DeWitt added his first-career 100-yard game at Boise State with career bests of 18 carries and 108 yards. He added 64 yards and a career-best four touchdowns last week at New Mexico. He is the first Falcon with four rushing touchdowns in a game since Chad Hall vs. Colorado State in 2007.
WALLERSTEIN ON AFCA GOOD WORKS LIST: Air Force senior offensive lineman A.J. Wallerstein is one of a record 132 nominees for the AFCA Good Works Team, announced by the AllState Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association.
Wallerstein has been active in his Academy cadet squadron in leadership positions of element leader and academic officer and was on the cadet leadership team during Basic Cadet Training this summer where he was responsible for leading basic cadets in various areas of military training. He was also active in a community service project that donated over 50 man-hours to the Black Forest Animal Sanctuary in Colorado Springs.
This year marks the program's 20th year honoring college football players at all levels of competition who stand out for their "good works" in the community. Since 1992, selection to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has become the gold standard for off-the-field character and leadership for college football players. The honor is widely considered the sport's pre-eminent community service award.
In order to meet the criteria set forth by Allstate and the AFCA, each player must be actively involved and committed to working with a charitable organization, service group or community service while maintaining good academic standing.
WALLERSTEIN SEMIFINALIST FOR CAMPBELL TROPHY: Air Force senior offensive lineman A.J. Wallerstein is among the 127 semifinalists for the 2011 William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, and announced by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF). Each of the 127 individuals is also a candidate for the 2011 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award, presented by Fidelity Investments.
Nominated by their institutions, each candidate must be a senior or graduate student in his final year of eligibility, have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first-team player or significant contributor, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. Renamed in 2009 in honor of Bill Campbell, the chairman of Intuit, former player and head coach at Columbia University and the 2004 recipient of the NFF's Gold Medal, the award comes with a 25-pound bronze trophy and a $25,000 post-graduate scholarship.
The NFF Awards Committee will select and announce up to 16 finalists on Wednesday, October 26. Each finalist will be recognized as part of the 2011 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, receiving an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship. The Campbell Trophy winner, who will have his scholarship increased to $25,000, will be announced at the NFF's Annual Awards Dinner on Tuesday, December 6, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.
CLARK ON DOAK WALKER LIST: Air Force senior running back Asher Clark is one of 51 candidates for the 2011 Doak Walker Award, according to an announcement by the PwC SMC Athletic Forum. Ten semifinalists will be announced on Nov. 11 and the recipient will be named live on ESPN on Dec. 8. Clark was a second-team all-Mountain West selection last season after rushing for 1,031 yards, becoming just the 13th player overall and fourth tailback in Air Force history to hit the 1,000-yard mark in a season. Clark was third in the conference in rushing with a 79.3 per-game average. A native of Lawrenceville, Ga., Clark became the ninth player in Air Force history to hit the 2,000-yard mark for his career.
CLARK ROLLING ALONG: Senior RB Asher Clark is third in the Mountain West in rushing this season with a 81.8 per-game average. He is averaging 7.3 yards per carry which is the best mark among the league's top 10 rushers. Clark's 7.3 average is the sixth best in school history.
CLARK CAREER RUSHING NUMBERS: Senior tailback Asher Clark ranks third in career rushing yards in Air Force history with 3,138. Clark passed Chad Hall (2005-07), who had 2,606 career rushing yards, against TCU to become the school's career leader for a tailback. Clark recorded his eighth-career 100-yard game with 148 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries vs. Tennessee State to move past fullback John Kershner (1980-83), who had 2,726 career yards, to become the all-time leader for a non-quarterback. Clark added his ninth-career 100-yard game with 102 yards on 11 carries at Notre Dame to become just the third Falcon player to surpass the 3,000-yard mark for his career.
LEE'S IMPRESSIVE DEBUT: Freshman tailback Jon Lee had a great start to his career in Air Force's 63-24 win over Tennessee State. Lee ran 49 yards for a touchdown on his first-career carry. He finished the game with 65 yards rushing on two carries which was third on the team. He also had a 33-yard kickoff return which ties as the second-longest by a Falcon this season. Lee saw action for the second time in his career at Notre Dame and responded with 25 yards on three carries and scored a touchdown on an eight-yard run. He has rushed for 90 yards on five carries with two touchdowns and an 18.0 per-carry average this season in two appearances.
CALHOUN EARNS HERBIE AWARD: ESPN/ABC Analyst Kirk Herbstreit ranked Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun second in his top five underrated coaches in college football. Herbstreit listed Utah's Kyle Whittingham first, Les Miles of LSU third, Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald fourth and Bret Bielema or Wisconsin fifth.
HALL SOLID AS A STARTER: Senior Josh Hall is making the most of his opportunity to start the last five games. Hall recorded a career-best seven tackles against Navy, then matched that output with seven more against Notre Dame. Hall set a new career high with eight vs. San Diego State. Hall recorded his first-career interception at Boise State and had two tackles and a pass breakup at New Mexico.
WALLERSTEIN, AMACK EARN MID-SEASON HONORS: Senior OL A.J. Wallerstein and senior LB Brady Amack were each named Midseason All-American honorable mention by Phil Steele's Magazine.
The pair, along with junior OL Jason Kons and sophomore SPC David Baska were named midseason first-team all-Mountain West Conference by the magazine. Senior RB Asher Clark, senior DB Jon Davis, senior OL Michael Hester and junior LB Alex Means were all named second-team all-conference. Junior SPC Parker Herrington was named to the third-team.
HONORS: Honors won by Air Force players in 2011 follow.
A.J. Wallerstein: American Football Coaches Association Good Works watch list ... Preseason first-team all-MW by MW media ... Preseason first-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine ... Preseason first-team all-MW by Athlon Magazine ... Preseason first-team all-MW by Blue Ribbon Magazine ... Semifinalist for Campbell Trophy as college football's top student-athlete ... Midseason honorable mention All-American by Phil Steele's Magazine ... Midseason first-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine.
Jonathan Warzeka: Paul Hornung Award watch list ... Preseason Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year by MW media ... Preseason first-team all-MW by MWC media ... Preseason first-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine ... College Football Performance Awards preseason kickoff return specialist watch list ... Preseason second-team all-MW by Athlon Magazine ... Preseason first-team all-MW by Blue Ribbon Magazine.
Tim Jefferson: College Sports Madness Mountain West Conference offensive player of the week vs. Tennessee State ... Mountain West offensive player of the week vs. Navy ... College Football Madness Mountain West offensive player of the week vs. Navy ... Rivals.com Mountain West offensive player of the week vs. Navy.
Jon Davis: Preseason first-team all-MW by MWC media ... Preseason first-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine ... College Football Performance Awards preseason defensive back watch list ... Preseason first-team all-MW by Athlon Magazine ... Preseason first-team all-MW by Blue Ribbon Magazine ... Midseason second-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine.
Asher Clark: Doak Walker National Running Back Award watch list ... Preseason second-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine ... Preseason second-team all-MW by Athlon Magazine ... Midseason second-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine.
Jason Kons: Preseason second-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine ... Preseason second-team all-MW by Athlon Magazine ... Midseason first-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine.
Jordan Waiwaiole: Preseason second-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine.
Brady Amack: Preseason second-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine ... College Sports Madness Mountain West Conference defensive player of the week vs. TCU ... Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week vs. Navy ... College Football Performance Awards honorable mention linebacker of the week vs. Navy ... Mountain West defensive player of the week vs. Navy ... National Football Foundation, Colorado Chapter player of the week vs. Navy ... Football Writers Association of America/Bronco Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week vs. Navy ... CollegeFootballInsiders.com national defensive player of the week vs. Navy ... ESPN Helmet Sticker vs. Navy ... Midseason honorable mention All-American by Phil Steele's Magazine ... Midseason first-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine.
Anthony Wright: Preseason first-team all-MW by MWC media ... Preseason second-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine ... College Football Performance Awards preseason punt return specialist watch list ... Preseason second-team all-MW by Athlon Magazine.
Erik Soderberg: College Football Performance Awards preseason kickoff specialist watch list.
David Baska: College Football Performance Awards honorable mention punter of the week vs. Navy ... Midseason first-team all-MW by Phill Steele's Magazine.
Alex Means: Mountain West special teams player of the week vs. Navy ... CollegeFootballInsiders.com national special teams player of the week vs. Navy ... Midseason second-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine.
Jamil Coooks: ESPN Helmet Sticker vs. TCU.
Michael Hester: Midseason second-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine.
Parker Herrington: Midseason third-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine.