Calhoun hosts press conference as Air Force hosts conference rival Wyoming

Nov. 8, 2011

Air Force returns to Mountain West Conference play this week by hosting Wyoming on Saturday, Nov. 12, at noon in Falcon Stadium. The Falcons wrapped up a record 18th Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy last week by defeating Army, 24-14, at home.  Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun discussed the game and the season during his weekly press conference this week.

Game 10: Air Force vs. Wyoming
Saturday • Nov. 12 • 12 p.m. MT • Falcon Stadium (46,692) • USAF Academy, CO

The Mountain West Sports Network (The Mtn.)
Todd Harris (play-by-play); Todd Christensen (analyst); Natalie Vickers (sidelines)

KVOR AM 740 in Colorado Springs; KCKK 1510 AM in Denver;
Jim Arthur (play-by-play); Lee Douglas (analyst); Jay Ritchie/Bob Ihle (pre- and post-game)

GAME FACTS: Air Force football coaching legend Fisher DeBerry is being honored during the game this week in honor of his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame ... Air Force leads the Wyoming series, 26-20-3 overall and has won a series-best five straight ... Air Force concludes its regular season with three straight Mountain West games starting this week ... The Falcons are 1-0 in November and have won four straight dating back to 2009 ... Air Force is 11-3 in November under head coach Troy Calhoun and all three losses have come to ranked teams, two of them on the road ... Air Force is 22-7 at home under Calhoun since 2007. 

Air Force: Troy Calhoun (Air Force, 1989) is in his fifth season. He has led the Falcons to a 39-22 career record. Calhoun is 22-14 in MWC games, 17-8 in non-conference games, 22-7 in Falcon Stadium, 13-12 in road games (10-7 in MW road games) and 2-2 in bowl games. 
Wyoming: Dave Christensen (Western Washington, 1985) is in his third season. He has a 15-18 career record.

• Air Force leads the overall series 26-20-3, including a 17-13 mark in conference games.
• The Falcons are 10-11-2 in Laramie, 15-9-1 at home and 1-0 in neutral site games.
• Air Force has a series-best five-game winning streak dating back to 2005.
• Air Force defeated Wyoming, 20-14, last season in Laramie.
• Air Force has a two-game winning streak dating back to 2005 in Falcon Stadium.
• Air Force defeated Wyoming, 10-0, the last time the two played in Falcon Stadium.
• Four of the last six games have been decided by one-score margins.
• The teams first played Nov. 2, 1957, to a 7-7 tie in Laramie.

LAST YEAR VS. WYOMING: Air Force defeated Wyoming, 20-14, in Laramie. Jared Tew rushed for a season-high 136 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries to lead the offense. Tim Jefferson added 94 yards rushing and a touchdown and hit five of 12 passes for 66 yards. Asher Clark chipped in with 80 yards rushing on 14 carries as the Falcons rolled up 445 total yards, including 379 rushing. The Falcons also held a 35:57 to 24:03 advantage in time of possession and ran 39 more plays than Wyoming. The defense was led by Jon Davis, who had six tackles, an interception, tackle for loss and fumble recovery. P.J. Adeji-Paul chipped in with a career-best six tackles. The defense held Wyoming to just 240 total yards, including just 94 in the second half.

LAST TIME VS. WYOMING IN FALCON STADIUM: Air Force defeated Wyoming, 10-0, in Falcon Stadium. After a scoreless first half, Erik Soderberg got the Falcons on the board with a 29-yard field goal to make it 3-0. Jared Tew added a 17-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter to give the Falcons a 10-0 lead. Tew finished the game with 105 yards rushing on 27 carries. Air Force had 269 total yards and a nine minute edge in time of possession.
The defense held Wyoming to just 174 total yards, including just 74 passing, and had six quarterback sacks. Reggie Rembert led the way with a career-best 10 tackles and a sack. Wale Lawal chipped in with a career-best eight tackles and sack while John Falgout added eight tackles.

AIR FORCE TIES TO WYOMING: Air Force assistant coach Matt Wallerstedt coached at Wyoming from 1997-2002. He was the defensive line coach from 1997-99 under head coach Dana Dimel and the defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach from 2000-02 under head coach Vic Koenning. Wallerstedt was 2-4 against Air Force while at Wyoming.

PLAYING BEST WHEN IT MATTERS MOST: Air Force is 20-9 under head coach Troy Calhoun in games during the second half of the season (last six games), including a 2-1 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.

FALCONS TOUGH IN NOVEMBER: Air Force is 11-3 under head coach Troy Calhoun in the month of November, including a 1-0 mark this season after a 24-14 win over Army. The Falcons were 3-0 last season and have won four straight overall in the November. All three losses have come at the hands of nationally-ranked teams. Air Force lost at No. 16 BYU and at home to No. 15 TCU in back-to-back games in 2008. The Falcons also lost at No. 18 BYU in 2009.

HOME SWEET HOME: Air Force is 22-7 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.

Home Records under head coach Troy Calhoun
Year        Record   Notes
2007      6-0         Just the third undefeated home record in school history
2008      3-3         Two of three losses to top 20-ranked teams
2009      5-1         Ties as the fourth-best mark in school history
2010      5-1         Combined with 2009, 10 wins in two seasons is third-best in school history
2011      3-2         One loss at the hands of nationally-ranked TCU
Total      22-7






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