Air Force Football hosts Hawai'i in Home Finale
Nov. 12, 2012
Friday Nov. 16 7:30 p.m. MT
Falcon Stadium (46,692) USAFA, CO
GAME FACTS: Air Force plays its final home game this week when Hawai'i comes to town ... The Friday night game is Air Force's second this season, as the Falcons defeated Nevada, 48-31, Oct. 26 ... This will be the final home game for 22 senior players ... This is the 19th meeting between Air Force and Hawai'i and first since 2001 in Honolulu ... The Warriors are making their first trip to Air Force since 1996, a 34-7 Air Force win ... Air Force leads the overall series, 11-6-1, including a 5-1 mark in Falcon Stadium ... This is the lone home game for Air Force over its final four games of the season ... Air Force is 3-0 in home conference games this season with wins over Colorado State, New Mexico and Nevada.
(H/A) is for AFA
THE KUTER TROPHY: The General Laurence S. Kuter Trophy, named after the first PACAF commander, is a tribute to the friendship between Hawai'i and Air Force and to the cooperation between the people of Hawai'i and their Air Force. The trophy was conceived by the University of Hawai'i, sponsored by the Pacific Air Command, and the Air Force Academy helped design it. The Kuter trophy is presented to the winner of the annual football game between the two schools.
AIR FORCE TOUGH IN NOVEMBER CONFERENCE GAMES: Air Force is 7-5 under head coach Troy Calhoun in November conference games, including a mark of 7-2 against unranked teams. The Falcons are 5-2 at home and 2-3 on the road. Three of the four losses have been to ranked teams: at No. 18 BYU (38-21) in 2009, at No. 15 TCU (44-10) in 2008 and vs. No. 16 BYU (38-24) in 2008. Air Force was 4-9 in November home games from 2001-06 prior to Calhoun's arrival.
HOME SWEET HOME: Air Force is 27-9 at home under head coach Troy Calhoun since 2007. The Falcons posted just the third undefeated home mark (6-0) in 2007. Air Force combined for 10 wins at home in 2009 and 2010 which is the third most in two seasons in school history.
AIR FORCE - HAWAI'I LEAD THE NATION IN FIRST-TIME STARTERS IN 2012: Air Force has had 24 players start a game for the first time in their careers this season, which ranks second in the nation. The Falcons have had at least one player make their first-career start in eight of 10 games. Hawai'i leads the nation in first-time starters with 29. Temple is third with 22, followed by TCU (20) and Colorado (19).
FINAL HOME GAME FOR 22 SENIORS: This week is the final home game for 23 senior players. The class has recorded a 29-19 overall record and 17-11 Mountain West Conference record. The class has played in three bowl games and won two Commander-in-Chief's trophies.
FORMER FALCON TO BE HONORED AT HAWAI'I GAME: Scott Thomas, a 1986 graduate of the Air Force Academy and former All-American safety, will be honored during the Hawai'i game this week. Thomas was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2012. Thomas is the fourth former Falcon to be elected to the HOF, players Brock Strom (1985) and Chad Hennings (2006) and former coach Fisher DeBerry (2011).
LAST WEEK: San Diego State defeated Air Force, 28-9, in San Diego. Air Force opened the scoring with a Parker Herrington field goal to take a 3-0 lead. The Aztecs converted an Air Force interception into points with a 20-yard touchdown run by Adam Muema to take the lead for good, 7-3. San Diego State took a 14-3 halftime lead behind another TD run by Muema. Everett Beed returned a fumble 52 yards for a touchdown and Chad Young scored on a touchdown pass from Adam Dingwell following another Air Force turnover to give the Aztecs a 28-3 lead. Wes Cobb scored on a five-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter. Air Force missed the extra point to make up the final margin. The Aztecs were led by Walter Kazee, who rushed for 106 yards. Muema added 81 yards as the Aztecs had 268 total yards. The Falcons, who had four turnovers, had 393 total yards. Cody Getz rushed for 55 yards to lead Air Force to a 320-yard rushing effort. Alex Means led the defense with 10 total tackles.
AIR FORCE HIGHEST RANKING MW SCHOOL/SERVICE ACADEMY IN RECENT POLL: The Air Force Academy ranks 31st nationally among Division I schools in the 10th Annual NCSA Collegiate Power Rankings.
FALCONS AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS IN APR: The Air Force football program was among 12 nationally recognized Football Bowl Series programs recognized with the NCAA Division I Academic Performance Public Recognition Award, announced by the NCAA.
AIR FORCE LEADS THE NATION WITH 10 ALUMNI COACHES
CALHOUN ONE OF 14 TO LEAD ALMA MATER: Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun is one of 14 FBS coaches who is guiding his alma mater. The list follows: Chris Ault - Nevada; Frank Beamer - Virginia Tech; Bill Blankenship - Tulsa; Troy Calhoun - Air Force; Jon Embree - Colorado; Pat Fitzgerlad - Northwestern; Mike Gundy - Oklahoma State; Doug Marrone - Syracuse; Ruffin McNeill - East Carolina; Joke Phillips - Kentucky; Larry Porter - Memphis; David Shaw - Stanford; Willie Taggart - Western Kentucky; Don Treadwell - Miami (OH).
CALHOUN SHARING WEEKLY TOP 25 VOTE ON-LINE: Head Coach Troy Calhoun is a voter in the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll. Although ballots in the poll generally are not revealed until the final vote of the regular season in December, Calhoun has been providing his weekly ballot to The Gazette of Colorado Springs the last couple of years. He agreed this year to also reveal his vote each week for USA TODAY Sports. His weekly top 25 is available on the USA Today website.
AIR FORCE BY THE NUMBERS
TEAM DEFENSIVE NOTES
TEAM OFFENSIVE NOTES
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
AIR FORCE HAS FOURTH LONGEST ACTIVE SCORING STREAK IN NATION
FALCONS LEAD MOUNTAIN WEST, RANK THIRD NATIONALLY IN FEWEST PENALTIES: Air Force leads the Mountain West and ranks second nationally in penalties with an average of just 26.3 yards per game. The Falcons have been penalized 34 times for 263 yards in 10 games. The team is averaging just 3.4 penalties per game.
FALCONS SECOND NATIONALLY GOING FOR IT ON FOURTH DOWN: Air Force has gone for it on fourth down 36 times this season which ranks second nationally. The Falcons have been successful 22 times for a 61.11 percentage which ranks 32nd nationally. Army leads the nation with 39 fourth-down attempts.
AIR FORCE TAKEAWAYS
OFFENSIVE LINE TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS: Air Force's offensive line has done a great job this season.
THE RAM-FALCON TROPHY:,/b> Air Force defeated Colorado State, 42-21, Sept. 29 to win its 20th Ram-Falcon Trophy. This season marks the 33rd year of the trophy competetion with Air Force holding a 20-13 lead. The trophy's origin is tracked back to Shelly Godkin, a former ROTC commander at Colorado State. He watched the teams play in 1978 and sought to translate his impressions into a trophy symbolic of an annual game. The first Ram-Falcon trophy game was in 1980.
COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF'S TROPHY: The 2012 season marks the 41st year of trophy competition. The trophy goes annually to the winning academy with the best record in round-robin competition. Air Force won its second straight and record 18th Commander-in-Chief's Trophy in 2011. Air Force's back-to-back CIC Trophy titles are its first since 2001-02. Air Force finished 0-2 this season in CIC competition. The Falcons lost 28-21 in overtime at home vs. Navy Oct. 6 and were beaten by Army, 41-21, in West Point Nov. 3.
AIR FORCE PLAYING 10 STRAIGHT WEEKS: Air Force is playing 10 consecutive weeks this season, starting with the UNLV game on Sept. 22 and ending with Fresno State Nov. 24. The Falcons are one of 16 teams nationally to play 10 or more straight weeks this season.
CALHOUN ERA INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Air Force's average numbers in several key categories under head coach Troy Calhoun follow below. Air Force's season averages in 2011 of 314.8 rushing yards, 140.1 passing yards, 454.8 total yards and 34.9 points per game are all the best in the Troy Calhoun era (2007-present).
Chris Jordan EARNS ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT HONORS: Air Force senior wide receiver Chris Jordan was named to the Capital One Academy All-District Football team, released by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Jordan, a senior from Maryville, Tenn., carries a 3.78 grade point average and is majoring in biology. Jordan is one of five football players from the Mountain West to earn academic all-district.
HERRINGTON BOUNCES BACK: Air Force senior Parker Herrington is one of 30 players named to the Watch List for the 2012 Lou Groza College Place-Kicker Award, presented by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.
SENIOR Connor Dietz TAKES OVER AT QB: Senior Connor Dietz follows a pair of four-year starters in Tim Jefferson (2008-11) and Shaun Carney (2004-07), but is making his own history.
CODY AS GOOD AS IT GETZ: Senior Cody Getz waited patiently for his chance and he's making the most of it now as a senior. Getz, who is 5-foot-7 and 175 pounds, is starting for the first time in his career and entered the season with 286 career yards rushing.
Cody Getz 2012 Breakdown
RUN ETZ....: Seniors Cody Getz and Connor Dietz have each surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark in their careers this season. The pair did it in back-to-back weeks. Getz became the 38th player in Air Force history to do it with a 204-yard effort vs. Navy. He ranks 33rd in school history with 1,292 career rushing yards. Dietz did it the following week at Wyoming to become the 39th player in school history. Dietz accomplished it with a season-best 92-yard effort and ranks 34th in school history with 1,284 yards.
GETZ ADDED TO DOAK WALKER AWARD WATCH LIST: Air Force senior Cody Getz has been added to the Doak Walker Award Watch List for 2012. The Doak Walker Award is presented annually to the nation's top college running back. Semifinalists will be named Nov. 9, and the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will cast votes to determine the finalists, who will be announced on Nov. 19. The recipient of the 2012 Doak Walker Award will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 6. The Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet will be held in Dallas, Texas in Feb. 2013.
MEANS, NIKLAS LEAD DEFENSE: Senior Austin Niklas (ILB) and Alex Means (OLB) lead the Air Force defense. Niklas is second in the conference and 25th nationally in tackles with a 9.8 per-game average. He has led the team in tackles in six games this season and notched a career-best 17 tackles at Army. He had 16 tackles vs. UNLV earlier this season. He has recorded 10 or more tackles five times this season. Niklas, who needs two tackles to reach 100 for the season, is also fifth in the conference and tied for 30th nationally in forced fumbles with three which is an average of .30 per game.
MACARTHUR DOING IT ALL: Junior receiver Ty MacArthur is doing it all for Air Force. He leads the team in receiving with 22 catches for 379 yards. He is averaging 17.2 yards per catch. He is fifth on the team in rushing with 402 yards and two touchdowns on 43 carries. He is averaging a team-best 9.3 yards per carry. He has moved to kickoff returns to replace the injured Anthony LaCoste and is averaging 19.7 yards per return. In addition, he is the teams punt returner and is averaging 7.6 yards per return. MacArthur has 878 all-purpose yards which is second on the team and is averaging 87.8 yards per game.
SPEARS NOTCHES 20 VS. NEW MEXICO: Sophomore DB Christian Spears recorded a career-best 20 tackles vs. New Mexico. His 20 stops are the most by a Falcon this season and most since Brady Amack had 23 vs. Navy last season. His previous best for tackles was 12 earlier this season vs. Navy. Spears has three games with double figures in tackles this season and is second on the team in tackles with 75.
STRICKLAND ONE OF SEVEN: Senior WR Dontae Strickland is one of seven players nationally to rush, catch and throw a touchdown this season. Strickland rushed for a touchdown vs. Colorado State and caught one vs. Wyoming. His touchdown pass came vs. Navy. He is one of just two receivers to accomplish it, joining Dri Archer of Kent State. The others to do it are all quarterbacks: Spencer Keith of Kent State, Brandon Connette of Duke, Tyler Tettleton of Ohio, Bo Wallace of Mississippi and Marcus Mariota of Oregon.
AIR FORCE PLAYER HONORS IN 2012
LB Alex Means: Preseason first-team all-MW ... Phil Steele's Magazine mid-season third-team all-MW ... College Football Performance Award national defensive performance of the week vs. New Mexico ... College Football Performance Award national linebacker of the week vs. New Mexico ... Mountain West defensive player of the week vs. New Mexico ... National Football Foundation, Colorado Chapter player of the week vs. New Mexico.
RB Cody Getz: College Football Performance Awards honorable mention running back of the week vs. Idaho State ... National Football Foundation, Colorado Chapter player of the week vs. Idaho State ... Collegefootballperformance.com running back of the week vs. Michigan ... Collegesportsmadness.com Mountain West Conference player of the week vs. Michigan ... College Football Performance Awards honorable mention running back of the week vs. Colorado State ... College Football Performance Awards honorable mention running back of the week vs. Navy ... Phil Steele's Magazine mid-season fourth-team All-American ... Phil Steele's Magazine mid-season first-team all-MW ... named to the Doak Walker National Running Back of the Year Watch List.
SPC David Baska: College Football Performance.com punter of the week vs. Michigan ... College Football Performance.com punter of the week vs. Wyoming ... Mountain West special teams player of the week at Wyoming.
OL Jordan Eason: Phil Steele's Magazine mid-season second-team all-MW.
OL Jason Kons: Phil Steele's Magazine mid-season third-team all-MW.
LB Austin Niklas: Phil Steele's Magazine mid-season first-team all-MW.
SPC Anthony LaCoste: Phil Steele's Magazine mid-season third-team all-MW KOR.
DB Steffon Batts: College Sports Madness Mountain West defensive player of the week vs. Nevada.
RB Wes Cobb: College Football Performance honorable mention all-purpose performer of the week vs. Nevada.
WR Dontae Strickland: College Football Performance honorable mention all-purpose performer of the week vs. Nevada.
WR Chris Jordan: Capital One Academy All-District Football team selection.
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