Air Force Hosts Army In Service Academy Showdown
Oct. 31, 2011
Air Force (4-4) vs. Army (3-5)
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.
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:
Year by Year
Air Force defeated Army, 42-22, last year and won 35-7 in the last game at Falcon Stadium in 2009.
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.
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
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 BY THE NUMBERS
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
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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
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.
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AIR FORCE TAKEAWAYS
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HONORS: Honors won by Air Force players in 2011 follow.
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