Nov. 2, 2009
Air Force (5-4) vs. Army (3-5)
Saturday, Nov. 7, 1:30 p.m. Mtn
Falcon Stadium (46,692), USAF Academy, CO
- Air Force begins back-to-back home games this week with Army's visit to Falcon Stadium. The Falcons close out the home schedule next week by hosting UNLV Nov. 14.
- ESPN College GameDay will broadcast live from 8-10 a.m. Mtn. at the Air Force Academy before the Air Force - Army game on Saturday, Nov. 7.
The show will be on the Academy Terrazzo and is open to the general public. The Air Force Academy North gate will open at 6 a.m. and shuttle buses will begin taking fans from the front of the Cadet Field House to the Terrazzo beginning at 6:30 a.m. Parking is available in the East lot of the Cadet Field House.
The shuttle is the only option for the general public to gain admittance to the event. The public will be limited to hand held cameras only with lenses four inches or less and there will be no food or drinks or bags of any kind allowed. Signs will be permitted, but must meet approval by ESPN and the Academy. The Terrazzo will be cleared immediately following the show.
- Air Force leads the Army series, 29-13-1 overall. The Falcons have won three straight and 11 of the last 12 vs. Army. Air Force is 17-3 at home in the series, including a 30-10 win in 2007 in the last game in Falcon Stadium.
- Air Force defeated Colorado State, 34-16, last week. Army was idle last week.
CBS College (CBS C)
Dave Ryan (play-by-play)
Jason Sehorn (analyst)
KVOR AM 740 in Colorado Springs
KCKK 1510 AM in Denver and Northern Colorado
SIRIUS Channel 129
Jim Arthur (play-by-play)
Lee Douglas (analyst)
Jay Ricci/Bob Ihle (pre- and post-game)
Record: Air Force (5-4, 4-2 MWC), Army (3-5)
Streaks: Air Force (W 1), Army (L 2)
Next week: Air Force (vs. UNLV), Army (vs. VMI)
Last week: Air Force (W 34-16 at Colorado State), Army (IDLE)
Website: Air Force (goairforcefalcons.com), Army (goarmysports.com)
- Air Force: Troy Calhoun (Air Force, 1989) has a 22-13 record in his third season at Air Force. Calhoun is 15-7 vs. the Mountain West, 12-4 at home, 9-7 in road games, 1-2 in neutral site games, 7-6 in non-conference games and 2-0 vs. Army.
- Army: Rich Ellerson (Hawaii, 1977) is in his first year at Army. He has led the Black Knights to a 3-5 record. Ellerson has a 63-46 career record in his 10th year.
THIS IS AIR FORCE FOOTBALL
- Air Force has an all-time record of 325-273-13 in its 54th season of varsity football. The Falcons are 175-113-3 at home and 150-160-10 on the road and in neutral site games. AFA has played in 19 bowl games and has an 8-10-1 all-time record.
- This season marks the third under head coach Troy Calhoun, who is a 1989 graduate of the Air Force Academy. He is the sixth head coach in school history and first graduate to hold the position.
- Air Force is playing in its 30th year in a conference. This season marks the school's 11th 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 41-39 as a member of the Mountain West Conference. The team is 24-16 at home and 17-23 on the road. The Falcons are 71-58 overall since joining the MWC in 1999, including marks of 40-24 at home, 27-30 on the road, 4-4 in neutral site games and 2-2 in bowls.
Air Force and Army meet for the 44th time overall. The Falcons lead the series, 29-13-1. Air Force is 17-3 at home, 11-9 at Army and 1-1-1 in neutral site games. The Falcons hold a 26-11 record vs. Army in Commander-in-Chief's Trophy games dating back to 1972. Air Force is 16-2 at home and 10-9 at Army.
Air Force has won three straight and 11 of last 12 in the series, including last year's 16-7 win at Army. The Falcons defeated Army, 30-10, in 2007 the last time the teams played at Falcon Stadium. The team have split the last two games played at Air Force, as the Black Knights posted a 27-24 win in 2005. 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) * - New York, NY ** - Chicago, IL Site () is for AFA
CAREER STATISTICS VS. ARMY
Rushing (Att-Yds-TDs): Tim Jefferson (1g, 12-25-1), Asher Clark (1g, 12-21-0), Jonathan Warzeka (1g, 1-8-0), Kyle Halderman (1g, 1-(-2)-0).
Passing (C-A-Int-Yds-TD): Tim Jefferson (1g, 3-8-1-32-0).
Receiving (#-Yds-TD): Kyle Halderman (1g, 1-9-0).
Tackles (UT-AT-TOT): Chris Thomas (3g, 11-6-17), Ben Garland (2g, 7-7-14), Rick Ricketts (2g, 3-5-8), Andre Morris, Jr (2g, 2-5-7), Reggie Rembert (2g, 1-2-3), Patrick Hennessey (2g, 1-1-2), Ken Lamendola (1g, 4-9-13), Anthony Wright (1g, 4-0-4), Luke Hyder (1g, 1-0-1).
AIR FORCE VS. OTHER SERVICE ACADEMIES
Air Force is 54-30-1 all-time against Army and Navy. The Falcons are 31-9 at home, 18-17 on the road and 5-4-1 in neutral site games. The Falcons are 29-13-1 vs. Army and 25-17 all-time vs. Navy.
Air Force, Army and Navy compete each year for the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy, which is emblematic of service academy football supremacy. 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.
The 2009 season marks the 38th year of trophy competition. Air Force is 0-1 this season after losing 16-13 in overtime at Navy.
Air Force has a 48-27-0 all-time CIC record and has won 16 trophy titles. Air Force's overall record and number of trophy titles is best among the three academies.
AIR FORCE VS. NON-CONFERENCE FOES UNDER CALHOUN
Air Force is 7-6 against non-conference foes under head coach Troy Calhoun. The Falcons are 4-1 at home, 2-3 on the road and 1-2 in neutral site games.
Air Force defeated Army, 16-7, at Michie Stadium in an old-fashioned service academy football game. The Falcons used three Ryan Harrison field goals, including a season-long 48-yard boot in the final two minutes to secure the victory. Army opened the scoring on its opening drive when Chip Bowden hit Damion Hunter with a 47-yard scoring strike to give the Black Knights a 7-0 lead. Air Force got on the board with the first of Harrison's field goals, a 21-yarder to cut the lead to 7-3. Tim Jefferson gave the Falcons the lead for good with a one-yard run to make it 10-7 at the half. Harrison added two more field goals, one in the third from 29 yards and his game-securing boot in the final minutes to make up the final margin.
Army out-gained Air Force, 250 to 174 in the defensive battle. The Black Knights had 143 yards rushing and hit eight of 26 passes for 107 yards. Air Force rushed for 142 yards and passed for 32. Fullback Todd Newell led the way with 42 yards rushing. Kyle Lumpkin added 33 while Jefferson chipped in with 25. Army was led by Collin Mooney, who rushed for 92 yards on 22 carries.
The Falcon defense forced three turnovers, including two interceptions and a fumble. Ken Lamendola led the Falcons with 13 tackles, while Hunter Altman added eight and two tackles for loss and Jake Paulson chipped in with seven total and 2.5 for loss.
PLAYING BEST WHEN IT MATTERS MOST
Air Force is 11-4 under head coach Troy Calhoun in games during the second half of the season (last six games), including a 2-1 mark this year. Air Force was 5-1 in 2007 which is the best mark since the 1998 team was 6-0. The Falcons were 4-2 last year. Prior to Calhoun's arrival in 2007, the Falcons were 12-24 over the last six games of the season since 2001.
Air Force defeated Colorado State, 34-16, to win back-to-back games in Fort Collins for the first time since 1989-91. Quarterback Tim Jefferson returned the the lineup after missing the previous game due to injury to lead the Falcon offense to its best effort since early in the season. Jefferson hit seven of 12 passes for 111 yards and a career-best two touchdowns. Fullback Jared Tew rushed for 87 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries while Asher Clark added 75 yards on 10 carries. Air Force finished with 382 total yards, including 271 rushing. The Falcons scored touchdowns on their first two drives and kicker Erik Soderberg added a career-long 50-yard field goal to give the Falcons a 17-10 halftime lead. The Falcons added a touchdown on the opening drive of the second half and pulled away 34-10 before a late CSU touchdown made up the final margin. John Falgout led the defense with nine tackles while Chris Thomas added eight. Myles Morales added six tackles, including two for losses.
LAST WEEK'S GAME NOTES
Air Force uses game captains. The captains for the Colorado State game were Sean Quintana, Ben Garland, Brandon Geyer and Nick Charles.
Air Force scored a touchdown on its opening drive of the game for the third time this season and first time since the New Mexico game on Sept. 19. The score is Air Force's fourth overall on the opening drive this season and marks the second straight week with a score (FG at Utah).
Air Force's 14 points in the first quarter are its most in any quarter since scoring 17 in the first quarter at New Mexico on Sept. 19, which was 19 quarters ago.
Air Force's 34 points is the second most in a conference game this season and most since scoring 37 at New Mexico.
Air Force retains the Ram-Falcon Trophy and improved to 17-13 overall in Ram-Falcon Trophy competition.
Air Force's 382 total yards are the third most this season and most since getting 386 at New Mexico.
Air Force rushed for 271 yards and has our-rushed all nine opponents this season. Air Force improved to 4-1 this season and 14-4 under Troy Calhoun when leading at halftime. The team improved to 5-0 this season and 14-2 under Calhoun when the team scores first.
Sophomore QB Tim Jefferson matched his career-high with two touchdown passes. He matched his previous high which came against Colorado State last season. His first touchdown pass was his first since the Minnesota game on Sept. 12. The touchdown pass is the first by an Air Force quarterback since the New Mexico game on Sept. 19. Jefferson finished with 111 yards passing which marks his third 100-plus yard passing effort of the season.
Junior WR Kyle Halderman scored his first touchdown of the season on an eight-yard TD catch on Air Force's opening drive. Halderman later added his first rushing touchdown of the season.
Sophomore RB Asher Clark rushed for 75 yards. Clark became the 35th player in Air Force history to rush for 1,000 or more yards and now has 1,047 for his career which ranks 34th in school history. Clark also recorded a season-long 31-yard run.
Junior RB Jared Tew scored a touchdown on Air Force's second drive to mark his third straight game with a touchdown run. Tew finished the game with a team-best 87 yards rushing.
Sophomore SPC Erik Soderberg kicked a career-best 50 yard field goal in the second quarter. His previous best was 48 yards, done twice this year. He later added a 30-yard field goal which marks the seventh straight field goal he's made this season. Soderberg has kicked at least one field goal in every game this season and has 19 this season which ties as the second most in a single-season in school history. His 24 attempts are tied as the seventh most.
Sophomore WR Jonathan Warzeka recorded his first-career touchdown catch. The touchdown is his third this season and third different way he has scored. Warzeka also has rushing and passing touchdowns.
Junior DB Reggie Rembert recorded his third interception of the season and sixth of his career. He is the active career leader in interceptions at Air Force.
AIR FORCE FEATURES YOUNG TEAM IN 2009
Air Force is a young team. The Falcons have just 15 seniors on its 95-man roster. The team has 57 freshmen and sophomores which make up 60 percent of the roster. There are 42 sophomores and 16 freshmen on the roster. Air Force's two-deep depth chart features four freshmen and 19 sophomores.
Air Force has had 15 freshmen play this season which is the third most in the nation. Only Tulane (17) and Texas A&M (16) have played more rookies. The Falcons are one of just 35 schools in the nation to have two or more freshmen (Means, Lawal) start a game.
100 YARD RUSHERS UNDER CALHOUN
- Air Force is 13-3 in games when they have a player rush for 100 or more yards since 2007.
- The team's only losses came in the 2007 Armed Forces Bowl vs. California, vs. No. 16/14 BYU and vs. Houston in the 2008 Armed Forces Bowl.
South Carolina State, W 34-3 (Kip McCarthy, 129); Utah, W 20-12 (Shaun Carney, 113); TCU, W 20-17 OT (Jim Ollis, 138); UNLV, W 31-14 (Chad Hall, 169); Colorado State, W 45-21 (Chad Hall, 256); Wyoming, W 20-12 (Chad Hall, 167); Army, W 30-10 (Chad Hall, 275); Notre Dame, W 41-24 (Chad Hall, 142); San Diego State, W 55-23 (Jim Ollis, 163; Chad Hall, 151; Ty Paffett, 105); California, L 36-42 (Shaun Carney, 108; Jim Ollis, 101).
Wyoming, W 10-0 (Jared Tew, 105)
Air Force has blocked three kicks this season, two field goals and an extra point. Senior Ben Garland blocked a field goal vs. New Mexico while sophomore Zach Kauth blocked a field goal vs. Wyoming. Freshman Corbin Brown blocked an extra point vs. San Diego State. The three blocked kicks are its most since blocking seven in 2006. Air Force has blocked at least one kick every year since 1990.
AIR FORCE FOURTH NATIONALLY WITH 203-GAME SCORING STREAK
- Air Force has scored in 203 consecutive games dating back to 1992.
- The Falcons were last shutout by Mississippi, 13-0, in the 1992 Liberty Bowl.
- Air Force's streak is the second-longest active streak of teams in the Mountain West Conference and the fourth longest in the country.
AIR FORCE SCORING DEFENSE
- Air Force is second in the MWC and 10th nationally in scoring defense with a 13.6 average.
- Air Force has allowed more than 20 points just once this season, at No. 19 Utah in a 23-16 loss in overtime.
- Air Force's 13.6 points per game allowed ranks as the seventh best in school history and is the best since the 1998 team allowed 13.3 per game.
- Air Force has had five shutouts since the inception of the MWC in 1999, which ranks third in conference history.
- The Falcons rank second in the conference and eighth nationally in total defense, allowing just 266.8 yards per game.
- Air Force leads the nation in passing defense with a 136.4 average.
- The unit has also allowed just 38-127 (29.9) third down conversions which ranks third in the conference and eighth in nation.
- Air Force posted its first shutout over a MWC team with a 10-0 win over Wyoming. The shutout is the first vs. a conference opponent since winning at Colorado State, 24-0, in 1997. The shutout is the second for Air Force this season, as the team also shutout Nicholls State, 72-0, in the season opener. This season marks the first time since 1997 that Air Force has posted two shutouts in a season.
- Air Force has posted two first-half shutouts this season (Nicholls State, Wyoming). In addition, the defense has held two others opponents without touchdowns in the first half (Minnesota, San Diego State).
ADDITIONAL DEFENSIVE NOTES
The unit recorded a shutout in the season opener vs. Nicholls State which is the first for Air Force since beating Wofford, 49-0, in 2003.
Air Force held Nicholls State to just seven first downs which is the seventh fewest in school history and fewest since holding Southern Methodist to six in 1971.
Air Force held Nicholls State to just 151 total yards which is the eighth fewest in school history and fewest since holding Army to 100 in 1999.
Air Force held San Diego State's offense scoreless and to just 187 total yards until the Aztecs scored twice in the final minutes, including a score on the game's final play, against reserves.
Air Force has not allowed a point on the opponent's opening drive of the second half this season.
Air Force held Wyoming to just 74 yards passing and recorded a season-high six sacks in the game.
DEFENSE HAS SCORED FIVE TIMES
Air Force's defense has scored five touchdowns this season. The five touchdowns is the most in a single season in Air Force history. Wale Lawal scored on a 10-yard fumble return vs. Nicholls State while Jon Davis took an interception back 38 yards at New Mexico. Reggie Rembert and Anthony Wright each scored vs. San Diego State. Rembert scored on a 47-yard fumble return while Wright took an interception back 47 yards for a score. Wright added a 67-yard interception return for a score at Navy.
Air Force has out-rushed all nine opponents this season.
The offense has had just six turnovers in nine games.
Air Force leads the MWC and ranks 11th nationally in time of possession with a 32:28 mark
The Falcons have scored in 28 of 36 quarters this season and have twice scored 17 points in the first quarter (Nicholls State and New Mexico).
Air Force tied a Mountain West Conference record with 72 points vs. Nicholls State. The 72 points are the third-most in school history. The 72-point victory margin is a school and Mountain West Conference record, breaking the mark of 64 set by New Mexico (72) vs. Texas State (8) in 2003.
17 different Falcons have carried the ball this season. The team has rushed the ball 565 times this season and all of them have come by players that return next season.
AIR FORCE TAKEAWAYS
- Air Force is a combined +42 in three seasons under head coach Troy Calhoun and defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter.
- Air Force stands at +19 in turnover margin this season. The Falcons forced a season-high six turnovers vs. San Diego State and four vs. Nicholls State and New Mexico. The Falcons have forced two or more turnovers in six of eight games this season and 19 of the last 25 games overall.
- The team's +2.00 turnover margin average this season ranks second in the nation.
- Air Force's 1.00 per-game turnover margin average last season ranked second in the conference and 11th nationally.
REMBERT RETURN GAME
Junior Reggie Rembert is Air Force's career leader in kickoff returns and KOR yardage with 64 for 1,373 yards. Rembert broke the records of All-American Ernie Jennings (1868-70), who had 43 returns for 1,037 yards. Rembert is the Mountain West Conference's active career leader. He ranks fifth in conference history overall in returns and third in return yards. Please see charts on page nine for complete list of leaders.
INDIVIDUAL QUICK HITS
QB Tim Jefferson - rushed for a career-best two TDs and threw for one vs. Nicholls State ... hit seven of 12 passes for 111 yards and matched his career high with two touchdown passes at Colorado State ... has a 139.86 passing efficiency mark this season and a 138.12 career mark ... did not play vs. San Diego State, TCU and Utah ... has a 9-5 career mark as a starter.
QB Connor Dietz - has played in seven games, starting three (SDSU, TCU, Utah) ... third on the team in rushing (52.7 ypg) ... led the team with career highs of 28 carries for 98 yards at Utah ... lead the team in rushing with 85 yards on seven carries vs. Nicholls State ... led the team with 71 yards on 15 carries vs. TCU and scored the first rushing touchdown of his career ... first-career touchdown pass at New Mexico ... first-career start vs. San Diego State.
RB Asher Clark - has led the team in rushing twice this season -- game-high 90 yards on 12 carries at Minnesota and 86 yards on 20 carries at New Mexico ... 75 yards on 10 carries at Colorado State, including a season-long 31-yard run ... ranks eighth in the MWC in rushing with an average of 51.0 yards per game ... averages 4.9 yards per carry.
SPC Brandon Geyer - fifth in the MWC and 36th nationally in punting with a 42.3 average ... averaged 45.6 yards on seven punts vs. San Diego State ... two 50-plus-yard punts vs. Navy, including a season-best of 56 yards ... averaged 41.7 yards per punt vs. Utah with three inside the 20. n SPC Erik Soderberg - leads the MWC in scoring with an 8.7 average ... leads the conference and is fourth nationally in field goals with 2.11 per-game ... 19 made field goals ranks third in the nation and is tied as the second most in school history ... fourth in the MWC in field goal percentage with a 79.2 mark ... tied a school record with four field goals vs. San Diego State, including a long from 48 yards ... hit three field goals at Utah, including a 48-yard boot to force overtime ... two field goals, including a career-long 50-yard kick at Colorado State ... has hit 19 of 24 field goals this season, including seven straight ... also handles kickoff duties.
DB Chris Thomas - missed the New Mexico game due to injury ... Air Force's active career leader in tackles with 272, tackles for loss with 18.5 and pass breakups with 18 ... preseason first-team all-conference selection ... involved in 14 career turnovers (4 INT, 3 FF, 7 FR) ... ranks third in MWC history in fumble recoveries with seven ... season-high eight tackles vs. TCU ... matched his season high with eight tackles at Colorado State.
FB Jared Tew - ranks fifth in the conference in rushing with a 62.4 average ... career-best three rushing touchdowns vs. Nicholls State ... career-best three kickoff returns for a career-high 90 yards at Minnesota ... season-high 105 yards rushing and a touchdown vs. Wyoming ... matched his career high with 27 carries ... rushed for 87 yards and a touchdown at Colorado State, his third straight game with a rushing TD.
DB Anthony Wright, Jr. - seventh in the MWC in interceptions with a .33 average ... has three interceptions on the year and four in his career ... has returned two INTs for touchdowns, a 47-yard effort for his first-career score vs. SDSU and a 67-yard effort at Navy to mark his second straight game with a pick-six ... career-best seven tackles at Minnesota ... first interception of the season vs. New Mexico .... averaging 12.3 yards on seven punt returns to lead the team.
DL Ben Garland - fifth in the MWC in sacks with a .50 average ... has had at least a half sack in seven of the last 11 games ... eighth in the MWC in tackles for loss with .94 ... at least one TFL in seven of nine games this season ... season-best eight tackles vs. TCU ... blocked the first kick of his career, a field goal vs. New Mexico.
WR Jonathan Warzeka - second on the team in receptions with 13 and receiving yards with 180 ... recorded a career-long 44-yard reception vs. San Diego State ... rushed for 26 yards on five carries and scored his first rushing touchdown of the season at New Mexico ... career highs in rushing with 10 carries for 42 yards and receiving with three catches for 44 yards at Minnesota ... threw a touchdown pass (first of career) vs. TCU ... has scored a touchdown three ways (pass, rush, receiving) this season.
WR Kyle Halderman - missed the first six games of the season recovering from injury ... returned to the lineup vs. Wyoming ... matched his career high with three catches at Utah, good for 54 yards ... also had three carries for 14 yards ... rushed for 22 yards and a touchdown and caught an eight-yard touchdown pass at Colorado State.
WR Kevin Fogler - leads the team in receptions with 14 and receiving yards with 268 ... three straight games with a touchdown catch earlier this season ... has caught a touchdown pass in four of nine games this season ... two catches for 41 yards at Colorado State.
LB Andre Morris, Jr - third on the team in tackles for loss with 5.0 ... named MWC player of the week vs. New Mexico with seven tackles and two sacks ... career-highs of nine total tackles and six solo tackles at Minnesota ... recorded his first interception of the season vs. TCU ... missed the Wyoming game due to injury ... matched his career high with nine tackles at Utah ... also had a tackle for loss and a forced fumble.
Jon Davis, DB - tied for second on the team in interceptions with two ... recorded the first two interceptions of his career vs. New Mexico and returned one 38 yards for his first-career touchdown ... is the first Falcon since Carson Bird in 2007 with two interceptions in a game ... six tackles at Utah ... also recorded his first-career sack, first-career fumble recovery and first-career punt return, good for 35 yards which is the longest by a Falcon this season.
Reggie Rembert, DB - leads the team and ranks fifth in the MWC in KORs with a 25.8 average ... career highs with five returns for 120 yards vs. TCU ... two returns for 96 yards, including a career-best 60-yard effort, at New Mexico ... named MWC defensive player of the week vs. San Diego State with a team-best seven tackles, two interceptions, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble ... returned the fumble recovery 47 yards for his first-career touchdown ... career-best 10 tackles, including eight unassisted, and his first sack of the season vs. Wyoming ... school's career leader and ranks fifth in KOR and third in KOR yards in MWC history with 64 returns for 1,373 yards ... leads the team and is tied for second in the conference in interceptions with with three (.43 average per game).
Myles Morales, DL - second on the team in tackles for loss with 7.5 and sacks with 3.5 ... three straight games with at least one TFL, including 2.0 for 12 yards vs. New Mexico, earlier this season ... has had a sack in three of his last six games ... six tackles, including two for losses, and a pass breakup at Colorado State.
Justin Moore, LB - second on the team in tackles with 53, including 25 unassisted ... had a then-career-high 11 tackles at Navy ... new career high of 12 tackles vs. TCU ... had sacks in each of the first two games of the season.
John Falgout, LB - played in every game, starting the last five ... leads the team in tackles with 66, including 25 unassisted ... double figures in tackles in three of his five starts ... has averaged 10.5 tackles per game in the five starts ... had a career-best and team-high 13 tackles at Navy ... team-best 11 tackles vs. TCU, eight vs. Wyoming, a team-high 11 at Utah and a team-best nine at Colorado State.
AIR FORCE INDIVIDUAL HONORS
- Chris Thomas , Sr., DB - First-team preseason all-MWC.
- Nick Charles, Sr., OL - First-team preseason all-MWC ... Outland Trophy Watch List ... Allstate/AFCA Coaches Association Good Works Team nominee ... 2009 Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List.
- Andre Morris, Jr., Jr., LB - Named Mountain West Conference defensive player of the week vs. New Mexico ... College Football Insider (CFI) honorable mention defensive player of the week vs. New Mexico.
- Jon Davis, So., DB - Named honorable mention defensive back performer of the week by College Football Performance Awards vs. New Mexico.
- Ben Garland, Sr., DL - Named first-team all-MWC midseason by Phil Steele's Magazine.
- Anthony Wright, Jr. So., DB - Named first-team all-MWC midseason by Phil Steele's Magazine.
- Reggie Rembert, Jr., - Named MWC defensive player of the week vs. San Diego State ... named national defensive player of the week and defensive back of the week by College Football Performance vs. San Diego State ... named National Football Foundation Colorado Chapter player of the week vs. San Diego State.
- Erik Soderberg, So., SPC - Named honorable mention kicker of the week by College Football Performance Awards vs. San Diego State ... one of three Lou Groza National Placekicker "Stars of the Week" vs. San Diego State ... Named first-team all-MWC midseason by Phil Steele's Magazine ... named honorable mention place kicker of the week vs. Utah by College Football Performance Awards.
- Gavin Mills, Fr., JV Team - Named one of five National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) National High School Scholar-Athletes for 2009.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
10 - Air Force improved to 10-1 all-time in Mountain West Conference openers dating back to 1999. Air Force is 4-1 at home and 6-0 on the road.
24 - Falcon Stadium was ranked 24th by The Sporting News in a poll this summer on college football most unique stadiums. The poll measured everything from pregame tailgate parties to the roar of the crowd. Air Force was the only school from the Mountain West Conference in the top 25.
27 - Air Force is one of just 27 schools that didn't have a coaching staff change in 2009. Every position coach and coordinator returned from the 2008 season.
72 - Air Force's 72 points vs. Nicholls State is the third most in school history and most since scoring 73 vs. New Mexico in 1987. The 72 points tie a Mountain West Conference record with New Mexico, who scored 72 points vs. Texas State in Aug. 30, 2003. The victory margin of 72 points (72-0) is a school record, breaking the previous mark of 69 (69-0) vs. Northern Colorado in 1984. The 72-point victory margin is also a Mountain West Conference record, breaking the mark of 64 set by New Mexico (72) vs. Texas State (8) in 2003.
45 - Air Force scored 45 points in the first half vs. Nicholls State which is a school record and is the third most in MWC history (40 by New Mexico vs. SDSU in 2008 and BYU vs. Tulane in 2001).
294 - Air Force has gone 294 straight games without a kickoff return for a touchdown, dating back to the Utah game on Oct. 26, 1985.
THIS AND THAT
n Freshman LB Wale Lawal made the most of his first-ever college football play. Lawal entered the Nicholls State game in the fourth quarter and his first play resulted in tackle for loss for 10 yards, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a 10-yard fumble recovery return for a touchdown.
n LB Alex Means - became the first Air Force freshman defensive player to start opening day since A.J. Scott vs. BYU in 1981.
n Air Force won its 17th Ram-Falcon Trophy with a 34-16 win at Colorado State earlier this season. The Falcons have won 17 trophies compared to 13 for Colorado State.
n Air Force is 7-3 in conference games in the month of October over the last three seasons, including a 2-2 mark this season. Air Force was 3-1 in 2007 and 2-0 last season. Prior to 2007, the Falcons were 8-14 in conference games in October since 1999.
n Air Force is 5-4 overall and 4-2 in conference overtime games.