Air Force football hosts Wyoming
Nov. 6, 2017

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Air Force vs. Wyoming

Saturday, Nov. 11, 8:15 p.m. MT, Falcon Stadium (46,692)

 

BROADCAST INFORMATION

Television: ESPNU

Roy Philpott (play-by-play), Tom Ramsey (analyst)

 

RADIO: KVOR AM 740 in Colorado Springs, CO; The Fan 104.3 in Denver

Jim Arthur (play-by-play), Jesse Kurtz (analyst)

 

 

 

NOTES

  • Air Force leads the overall series vs. Wyoming, 28-24-3, including a 19-17 mark in conference games. The Falcons are 16-11-1 at home, 11-13-2 in Laramie and 1-0 in neutral site games.
  • Wyoming holds a 4-3 advantage in the last seven meetings. Wyoming defeated Air Force, 35-26, last season in Laramie. Air Force beat Wyoming, 31-17, in 2015 in the last meeting in Falcon Stadium.
  • Air Force is 19-3 at home over the last four seasons. The 19 wins tie as the best four-year mark in school history despite playing just four of six home games in 2017. The other 19-win stretches came from 1982-85 and 1991-2001 when the program went 19-4 those years in Falcon Stadium. The Falcons were 19-6 from 2009-12.

 

THE SERIES

  • Air Force leads the overall series 28-24-3, including a 19-17 mark in conference games.
  • The Falcons are 16-11-1 at home, 11-13-2 in Laramie and 1-0 in neutral site games.
  • Wyoming holds a 4-3 advantage in the last seven meetings.
  • Wyoming defeated Air Force, 35-26, last season in Laramie.
  • Air Force beat Wyoming, 31-17, in 2015 in the last meeting in Falcon Stadium.
  • The teams have split the last six meetings in Falcon Stadium dating back to 2005
  • The teams first played Nov. 2, 1957, to a 7-7 tie in Laramie.

 

 

LAST SEASON

(Oct. 8, 2016)

Wyoming beat Air Force, 35-26, in Laramie in another thrilling game in the series. The Cowboys controlled the first half, taking a 14-6 lead and extended the lead to 28-6 late in the third quarter. Air Force stormed back when Nate Romine hit Jalen Robinette for a 75 yard scoring strike to cut the lead to 28-13. Romine later added a one-yard TD run to make it 28-20 before connecting with Tim McVey on a 49 yard pass to make it 28-26 with 3:31 left. Wyoming held on the two-point run try, then recovered an on-side kick and scored in the final minutes to make up the final margin. Josh Allen led Wyoming, hitting 15 of 27 passes for 173 yards and three TDs while Brian Hill rushed for 92 yards and a score. The Cowboys had 362 total yards. D.J. Johnson led the Falcons with 73 yards rushing while Romine hit six of 19 passes for 188 yards and two scores. Air Force had 337 total yards, including 188 passing.

 

LAST TIME AT FALCON STADIUM

(Oct. 10, 2015)

Air Force defeated Wyoming, 31-17, to snap a two-game losing streak to the Cowboys. Shayne Davern rushed for a career-high 130 yards and two touchdowns, including 101 yards in the second half, to lead Air Force. He scored his first touchdown to give the Falcons a 7-0 lead. Wyoming added a field goal to make it 7-3 at the half. The Falcons got a Karson Roberts touchdown run and a Jalen Robinette to Garrett Brown touchdown connection to make it 21-3 early in the fourth. Davern added his second touchdown on a season-long 46 yard run to make it 28-3. The Cowboys added two late touchdowns and Drew Oehrle added a field goal to make up the final margin. Air Force finished with 379 total yards, including 299 rushing. The Cowboys finished with 307 total yards. The Air Force defense was led by Claude Alexander, who had nine tackles and three sacks. Brodie Hicks added eight tackles, two interceptions and a fumble recovery.

 

AIR FORCE AT HOME

Air Force is 49-17 in Falcon Stadium under head coach Troy Calhoun, including a school-record 15-game winning streak from 2014 to Oct. 22, 2016. The Falcons have won 19 of their last 22 at home dating back to 2014.

Air Force’s 17 wins from 2014-16 is a school record for a three-year stretch. Air Force finished 6-0 at home in 2014 and 2015 to mark the first back-to-back undefeated home seasons in school history. Air Force has finished undefeated at home just five times overall in school history, three coming under Calhoun.

 

Year     Rec.   Notes

2017    2-2     19 wins over four years ties as best four-year run in school history

2016    5-1     Air Force won 16 of 17 home games from 2014-16

2015    6-0     Fifth 6-0 mark in AF history, third under Calhoun

2014    6-0     Fourth 6-0 mark in AF history, second under Calhoun

2013    2-5     Lone losing record in Calhoun era

2012    5-1     Second-best mark in school history

2011    4-3     Sixth time with four or more wins in Calhoun era

2010    5-1     Combined with 2009, 10 wins in two seasons is third-best in AF history         

2009    5-1     Second-best mark in school history

2008    3-3     Two loses at the hands of nationally ranked teams

2007    6-0     Just the third undefeated home record in school history

Total    49-17

 

CURRENT HOME STREAK BEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY

Air Force is 19-3 at home over the last four seasons. The 19 wins tie as the best four-year mark in school history despite playing just four of six home games in 2017. The other 19-win stretches came from 1982-85 and 1991-2001 when the program went 19-4 those years in Falcon Stadium. The Falcons were 19-6 from 2009-12.

Air Force set a record for the best three-year run from 2014-16 with a 17-1 record, breaking the mark of 15-2 from 1983-85. The Falcons were 14-3 from 1998-2000 and 1997-99 and 14-5 from 2009-11 to round out the top five marks in school history.

 

Best 4-year home records in Air Force history

2014-17          19-3

1982-85          19-4

1997-01          19-4

2009-12          19-6

 

AIR FORCE LAST WEEK

Army defeated Air Force, 21-0, in Falcon Stadium. The shutout snapped Air Force’s school-record 306 game scoring streak dating back to 1992. The Black Knights snapped a four-game losing streak to Air Force and won in Falcon Stadium for the first time since 2005. Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for 265 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries to lead Army. The Black Knights had 392 total yards, all rushing, and didn’t attempt a pass in the game. Air Force finished with 190 total yards, including 95 rushing. Tim McVey led the team with 39 yards rushing. The defense was led by Grant Ross, who recorded a career-best 12 tackles.  

 

GAME NOTES FROM LAST WEEK

Team Notes

  • Air Force uses game captains. The captains for the game were seniors Santo Coppola (DL), Alex Norton (OL) and Grant Ross (ILB).
  • Air Force’s school-record consecutive games scoring streak of 306 games, dating back to the 1992 Liberty Bowl, ended. The streak was the third-longest active streak in the nation and the fifth-longest in NCAA history. It was the first time the Falcons were shutout at home since Nov. 1, 1980, a 23-0 loss to Boston College.

 

Individual Notes

  • Junior WR Jake Matkovich had the first catch of his career, an 18-yarder for a first down in the second quarter.
  • Senior RB Tim McVey moved into the top 15 in career rushing and now ranks 15th on the all-time list with 1,800 yards. He moved past FB Jason Jones who had 1,762 from 1989-91.
  • Senior LB Grant Ross tied his career high with 12 tackles. He also had 12 vs. Navy earlier this season
  • Senior DB Marquis Griffin tied his career high with 11 tackles. He also had 11 vs. Michigan earlier this season
  • Sophomore DB James Jones had a career high eight tackles. His previous high was six vs. UNLV earlier this season.
  • Senior DL Santo Coppola had a career high eight tackles. His previous high was five vs. Navy earlier this season.
  • Junior DL Micah Capra had a career high five tackles. His previous high was three vs. vs. CSU earlier this season.

 

 


 

 

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