Nov. 14, 2011
Saturday Nov. 19 4 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; Goairforcefalcons.com
Jim Arthur (play-by-play); Lee Douglas (analyst); Jay Ritchie/Bob Ihle (pre- and post-game)
GAME FACTS: This week is the final home game for 28 senior players ... The seniors have posted a 30-19 overall record and a 16-13 mark in conference play ... The class has led Air Force to back-to-back Commander-in-Chief's Trophy titles and has a 6-2 mark against Army and Navy ... The class has gone to three straight bowl games, winning two straight ... Air Force leads the UNLV series 11-4 overall and 11-3 in conference games ... The Falcons are 6-1 at home vs. UNLV and have won four straight home games in the series dating back to 2001 ... Air Force is 22-8 at home overall under head coach Troy Calhoun.
Year by Year
1981 - UNLV 24-21 (A)
1996 - AFA 65-17 (A)
1997 - AFA 25-24 (H)
1998 - AFA 52-10 (A)
1999 - AFA 35-16 (H)
2000 - UNLV 34-13 (A)
2001 - UNLV 34-10 (H)
2002 - AFA 49-32 (A)
2003 - AFA 24-7 (H)
2004 - AFA 27-10 (A)
2005 - AFA 42-7 (H)
2006 - UNLV 42-39 (A)
2007 - AFA 31-14 (H)
2008 - AFA 29-28 (A)
2009 - AFA 45-17 (H)
2010 - AFA 35-20 (A)
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LAST YEAR vs. UNLV: Air Force defeated UNLV, 35-20, to close out the regular season with an 8-4 overall record and a 5-3 MWC mark. Tim Jefferson opened the Air Force scoring with a five-yard touchdown pass to Zack Kauth to give the Falcons a 7-0 lead following an interception by Andre Morris. UNLV recorded 17 unanswered points to take a 17-7 lead in the second quarter before the Falcons closed the half with the first of three Jefferson touchdown runs to make it 17-14 at halftime. The Falcons out-scored UNLV, 21-3, in the second half while holding the Rebels to just 96 total yards, including 18 yards rushing. Jonathan Warzeka scored on a 54 yard run and Jefferson added two more TD runs. Air Force finished with 454 total yards, including 343 rushing. Asher Clark rushed for 82 yards to top the 1,000-yard mark for the season (1,001). Warzeka and Jefferson added 64 each while Nathan Walker chipped in with 60. Jefferson hit seven of nine passes for 111 yards and a TD. The defense was led by Austin Niklas, who had a career-high 14 tackles. Jordan Waiwaiole added 11 tackles and Morris chipped in with 10.
LAST TIME AT FALCON STADIUM: Air Force defeated UNLV, 45-17, in Falcon Stadium to win its third consecutive game. Asher Clark led the team's best offensive effort in a conference game with career highs of 160 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Clark opened the scoring with a 24-yard run to help Air Force take a 24-3 halftime lead. He added a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown runs, including a season-long run of 40 yards. The Falcons had 557 yards of total offense, including 431 yards rushing. Quarterback Tim Jefferson added 63 yards rushing and hit eight of 13 passes for 126 yards. Kevin Fogler caught three of the passes for a game-high 73 yards. The defense was led by John Falgout, who had eight tackles. Myles Morales added seven and Chris Thomas had six, a tackle for loss and an interception.
AIR FORCE/UNLV TIES: Air Force doesn't have any players from Nevada on its varsity roster. UNLV freshman offensive lineman Alex Novosel is from Littleton, Colo., and attended Chatfield High School. UNLV junior defensive back Corbin Brown attended the Air Force Academy and played football in 2009. He played in five games, collecting three tackles and a blocked kick.
PLAYING BEST WHEN IT MATTERS MOST: Air Force is 20-10 under head coach Troy Calhoun in games during the second half of the season (last six games), including a 2-2 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 11-4 under head coach Troy Calhoun in the month of November, including a 1-1 mark this season. The Falcons had a four-game November win streak snapped last week with a 25-17 loss at home against Wyoming. Three of the four losses have come at the hands of nationally-ranked teams, including two on the road.
HOME SWEET HOME: Air Force is 22-8 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.
LOOKING AT UNLV: UNLV coach Bobby Hauck was head coach at Montana for seven seasons prior to taking over the Rebels ... He led Montana to 10 or more wins five times, including his last four seasons ... Montana played in two straight national championship games under Hauck and won the conference champion all seven seasons ... UNLV doesn't have a senior starting on its offensive line and is one of just seven teams nationally without one ... The Rebels have nearly 30 percent (29 of 100 on opening day roster) of its roster from Nevada which is the most in the program's history ... UNLV has four teams on its 2011 schedule that finished in the top 11 of the final AP poll last year (No. 2 TCU, No. 7 Wisconsin, No. 9 Boise State and No. 11 Nevada), plus three more that received votes.
LAST WEEK: Wyoming defeated Air Force, 25-17, to snap a series-long five-game losing streak. Quarterback Brett Smith rushed for 75 yards and two touchdowns and hit 17-of-30 passes for 139 yards and another score to lead the Cowboys. Smith opened the scoring with a one-yard run on Wyoming's opening drive for a 6-0 lead. Air Force answered with the first of two Mike DeWitt touchdowns run to take a 7-6 lead. The Cowboys took a 12-7 halftime lead when Smith hit Chris McNeill with a six-yard toss. Parker Herrington opened the scoring in the second half with a 35 yard field goal to cut the lead to 12-10. DeWitt added a one-yard TD run to give Air Force the lead, 17-12, late in the third. Smith added a two-yard TD run to make it 18-17. The Falcons were driving late in the fourth quarter when a fumble ended a drive deep in Wyoming territory. Marqueston Huff returned another fumble on a desperation lateral play in the final seconds to make up the final margin. Air Force was out-gained by Wyoming, 351-311. Air Force rushed for 312 yards behind a game-high 85 from Connor Dietz and 84 from Asher Clark. Brady Amack led the defense with a game-high 13 tackles and a forced fumble.
LAST WEEK'S NOTES
Air Force uses game captains. The captains for the Wyoming game were Tim Jefferson, Asher Clark, Jon Davis and Jason Kons.
Air Force's turnover on downs at the Wyoming one yard line on its opening drive snapped a streak of 25 straight trips inside the red zone with points (18 touchdowns, 7 field goals).
Air Force has scored a rushing touchdown in 31 consecutive games dating back to Navy on Oct. 3, 2009.
Air Force forced a punt on Wyoming's opening drive of the second half. The Falcons have not allowed any points on the opponent's opening drive of the second half this season, forcing eight punts and two interceptions.
Wyoming's fourth quarter touchdown marks the first points allowed in the second half by Air Force in the last three games. The Falcons posted back-to-back shutouts in the second half vs. New Mexico and Army the last two weeks.
Senior DL Ross Fleming started for the first time in his career.
Junior FB Wes Cobb rushed for a career-high 64 yards, including a career-long 44-yard run.
Senior RB Asher Clark rushed for 84 yards to move into fourth place in Mountain West history in career rushing yards with 3,300. Clark moved past Curtis Brown of BYU (2003-06), who rushed for 3,221 yards.
Junior PK Parker Herrington kicked a 35 yard field goal in the third quarter to improve to 13-of-14 on the season, including a perfect 11-of-11 inside 40 yards.
Herrington has made 10 straight field goals dating back to his only miss from 49 yards vs. Tennessee State.
Senior LB Brady Amack recorded 13 tackles to mark the fifth time this season he's had 10 or more in a game. Amack has eight-career games with double figures in tackles, including five of the last seven this season.
Junior FB Mike DeWitt scored two touchdowns to mark the third time this season he's scored multiple touchdowns in a game. DeWitt also scored two vs. Tennessee State and four at New Mexico.
AIR FORCE BY THE NUMBERS
2 - 100-yard kickoff returns for a touchdown by Jonathan Warzeka, a school and Mountain West record.
8 - number of starters returning that started all 13 games last season.
9 - career games with 10 or more tackles by Jon Davis which is tied for sixth among active MW players.
9 - career 100-yard rushing games by Asher Clark which is the second most among active MW players.
11 - different categories that senior quarterback Tim Jefferson ranks in the top 10 in Air Force history.
12 - consecutive years Air Force has won the Mountain West rushing title.
13 - total number of starters returning from 2010.
22 - wins in 30 games in Falcon Stadium for Air Force under head coach Troy Calhoun.
23 - tackles by Brady Amack vs. Navy, the sixth most in AF history and most by an FBS player this season.
26 - number of wins for senior starting quarterback Tim Jefferson, the most in school history.
28 - games under head coach Troy Calhoun with a 100-yard rusher. Team is 22-6 in these games.
31 - straight games Air Force has rushed for a touchdown dating back to Navy Oct. 3, 2009.
DEFENSE CATCHING ITS STRIDE: Air Force has allowed just 13.6 points per game the last three weeks. The Falcons shutout New Mexico, 42-0, defeated Army, 24-14, and lost to Wyoming, 25-17. The Falcons have held their opponents scoreless in the second half in two of the last three games and allowed just six offensive points in the second half last week vs. Wyoming.
The shutout vs. New Mexico 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 held Army to just 80 total yards and two first downs in the second half. AFA forced three turnovers against New Mexico and a season-best five vs. Army. The eight turnovers over those two weeks were just one shy of the nine turnovers forced in the previous seven games combined.
The defense has been particularly tough in the second half the last three weeks. The team has allowed just 4.3 points per game in the second half and just 2.0 points scored by the offense. Air Force held both New Mexico and Army scoreless and allowed just six offensive points vs. Wyoming. The opponents have averaged just 117 yards of offense and seven first downs in the second half in the three games.
TEAM DEFENSIVE NOTES
Air Force has forced 10 turnovers the last three games, AFA had nine total in the first seven games.
Air Force held Army to just 80 total yards and two first downs in the second half.
Air Force posted its first shutout since 2009 vs. New Mexico (42-0).
The shutout is the first in a conference road game since beating Colorado State, 24-0, in 1997.
AF held New Mexico to just 223 total yards, the best in a conference road game since 2008 (Wyo., 216).
Air Force has not allowed the opponent to score on its opening drive of the second half this season, forcing eight punts and two interceptions.
Air Force held New Mexico to just 115 total yards in the first half and 108 in the second.
Air Force ranks second in the conference and 12th nationally in passing defense with a 178.6 average.
Air Force had four players with double figure tackles at Navy (Brady Amack, 23; Harry Kehs, 15; Jordan Waiwaiole and Alex Means, 12 each).
Air Force had five players with double figure tackles vs. Army (Brady Amack, 14; Jon Davis, 12; Jordan Waiwaiole, 11, Alex Means, 11 and Patrick Hennessey, 10)
TEAM OFFENSIVE NOTES
Air Force is third in the MW and 29th nationally in total offense with a 441.9 average.
The team is third in the MW and 19th nationally in third-down conversions with a 48.3 mark.
Air Force leads the MW and ranks eighth nationally in red zone offense with a 90.9 mark (40-44)
Air Force leads the MW and ranks fifth nationally in fourth down conversions with an 78.3 mark (18-23)
Air Force set a school record with 792 total yards vs. Tennessee State.
The team rushed for 595 yards vs. Tennessee State which is the third most in school history and most since 1988.
Air Force's 9.0 yards per rush vs. Tennessee State is the third most in school history and most since 1989.
Air Force's 37 first downs vs. Tennessee State is the third most in school history and most since 2000.
The team's 26 rushing first downs vs. Tennessee State is the seventh most in school history.
Air Force's 63 points vs. Tennessee State is tied as the eighth most in school history.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
Air Force has blocked five kicks this season (see below).
Air Force is third in the MW and ranks 21st nationally in punt returns with an 11.9 average.
The Falcons lead the conference in field goal percentage with a .929 mark.
Air Force has blocked five kicks this season, the most in a season since 2006 and most in the Calhoun era.
The blocks: (PAT vs. South Dakota; FG vs. Tennessee State; PAT at Navy; FG vs. San Diego State; PAT at Boise State).
Air Force has blocked 16 kicks since 2007 under head coach Troy Calhoun The breakdown (8 FGs, 6 PATs, 2 Punts)
Senior DL Ben Kopacka recorded the first block of his career with a blocked PAT vs. South Dakota.
Junior LB Alex Means has three blocks (FG vs. Tenn. State, PAT at Navy, PAT at Boise State)
Means is the first player since Ryan Carter in 2003 to block a kick in back-to-back games (Tenn St., Navy).
Sophomore LB Jamil Cooks recorded his fourth-career block with a field goal vs. San Diego State.
Cooks had three blocks last season, a field goal and a punt vs. Navy and a PAT vs. Colorado State.
Air Force has blocked 114 kicks since 1990 when the team began tracking them.
The breakdown: 53 punts, 35 field goals and 26 PATs.
Air Force set a school record with 11 blocks in 1997 (7 punts, 3 FGs, 1 punt).
Single season records for each category: Punts (7, 1997), FGs (3, 6 times, 2009), PATs (5, 2006).
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 in five of the last six 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. Army held a slight edge of 3:30. Air Force held a 2:14 edge last week against Wyoming. The team's TOP for the season is up to 29:09 which is a season high.
AIR FORCE FOURTH NATIONALLY WITH 230-GAME SCORING STREAK
The Falcons were last shutout by Mississippi, 13-0, in the 1992 Liberty Bowl.
Air Force's streak is the fourth longest active in the country.
Air Force's streak is the 13th longest in Division I-A college history
FALCONS IN THE RED ZONE: Air Force leads the Mountain West and ranks eighth nationally in red zone offense, scoring 90.9 percent (40-44) of the time. The Falcons have 29 touchdowns and 11 field goals. Air Force had a streak of 25 straight trips inside the red zone with points snapped last week vs. Wyoming. The Falcons had scored 18 TDs and kicked seven field goals during the streak.
AIR FORCE LEADS THE WAY WITH ALUMNI COACHES: 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.
Academy graduates on coaching staff
Troy Calhoun (`89), head coach
Ben Miller (`02), tight ends/special teams coordinator
Blane Morgan (`99), offensive coordinator/QBs
Lt. Col. Bill Price (`91), varsity/JV assistant
Capt. John Rudzinksi (`05), defensive assistant
Lt. Col. Darryl Sumrall (`89), junior varsity head coach/varsity assistant
Mike Thiessen (`01), asst. head coach/offensive coordinator/WRs
Carlton Warren (`99), asst head coach/co-defensive coordinator/secondary/recruiting
FBS Head Coaches at Alma Mater
Troy Calhoun, Air Force (`89); Jon Embree, Colorado (`88); Steve Fairchild, Colorado State (`81); Ruffin McNeill, East Carolina (`80); Joker Phillips, Kentucky (`85); Don Treadwell, Miami-Ohio (`82); Larry Porter, Memphis (`96); Chris Ault, Nevada (`69,'73); Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern (`97); Luke Fickell, Ohio State (`97); Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State (`90); David Shaw, Stanford (`95); Doug Marrone, Syracuse (`91); Bill Blankenship, Tulsa (`79); Rick Neuheisel, UCLA (`84); Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech (`69); Paul Wulff, Washington State (`90); Willie Taggart, Western Kentucky (`98).
AIR FORCE TAKEAWAYS
Air Force has forced 12 TOs, at least two each game, with a +3 TO margin the last four games.
The Falcons forced just seven turnovers and were -6 in TO margin in the first six games of the season.
Air Force is seventh in the Mountain West in turnover margin with a -.30 mark this season.
Air Force has won the turnover battle just twice this season (+2 UNM; +3 Army)
Air Force is a combined +47 in turnover margin the last five seasons.
Air Force was second in the conference with a +.38 turnover margin in 2010.
Air Force led the nation in turnover margin with a 1.69 per-game mark in 2009.
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.
COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF'S TROPHY: Air Force won its second straight and record 18th Commander-in-Chief's Trophy this season. The Falcons defeated Navy, 35-34, in overtime in Annapolis Oct. 1 and Army, 24-14, in Falcon Stadium Nov. 5. Air Force's back-to-back CIC Trophy titles are its first since 2001-02.
The 2011 season marks the 40th year of trophy competition. 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 53-27-0 all-time CIC record.
DB Anthony Wright has started 46 consecutive games, the most on the team.
The O-line duo of A.J. Wallerstein and Jason Kons has combined for 46 straight starts.
WR Jonathan Warzeka has caught a pass in a career-best 12 straight games.
LB Brady Amack has led the team in tackles in five straight games and seven of the last eight.
PK Parker Herrington has hit 10 straight field goals dating back to his only miss vs. Tennessee State.
START CHART: Several Falcons have significant streaks going in terms of consecutive games started. Senior DB Anthony Wright leads the way with 46 straight dating back to 2009. Senior DB Jon Davis has the second-longest streak with 36. Senior RB Asher Clark is third at 29 followed by senior QB Tim Jefferson with 28. Wright leads the way in overall games started as well with 46. Jefferson is second with 41, Clark is third with 37 and Davis is fourth with 36. A look at both lists follows.
WARZEKA CAREER RECORD HOLDER FOR KICKOFF RETURNS: Senior Jonathan Warzeka set the Air Force career record for kickoff return yards in Air Force's victory over Army. Warzeka recorded 44 kickoff return yards to move past Reggie Rembert (2007-10), who had 1,388 yards on 65 returns. Warzeka has 57 career returns for 1,449 yards and ranks fourth in school history with a 25.4 career return average.
AMACK AMONG MW/NATION'S BEST: Senior LB Brady Amack is second in the Mountain West and 11th nationally in tackles with an average of 10.7 per game. Amack has led the team in tackles in five straight games and seven of the last eight this season. He has hit double figures in tackles in five of the last seven, including two straight. He had a game-high 13 tackles vs. Wyoming last week.
Amack has 107 tackles this season and is the first Falcon since John Falgout in 2009 to reach the 100-tackle mark. His 107 stops are the most in a season since Ken Lamendola had 118 in 2008.
Amack amassed a career-high 23 tackles, including 11 solo stops, a quarterback sack and two tackles for loss in Air Force's win over Navy. Amack's 23 tackles are a Mountain West single game record, the most by an FBS player this season and the sixth-most in school history and most since Brian Hill had 23 vs. Colorado State in 1988.
Amack earned several weekly honors. He was named Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week, FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week, Mountain West defensive player of the week and National Football Foundation, Colorado Chapter player of the week.
Amack has been added to the 2011 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy will be presented to the best defensive player in college football on Dec. 12 by the FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, N.C. The keynote address will be given by Georgia head coach Mark Richt and Florida's Jack Youngblood from the Class of 1970 will receive this year's Bronko Nagurski Legends Award. Five finalists for the Nagurski Trophy will be announced on Nov. 17.
DAVIS AMONG MW'S BEST: Senior safety Jon Davis ranks ninth in the Mountain West in tackles with a 7.3 average. Davis has 73 total tackles, including 37 unassisted. He is third in the conference in tackles by defensive backs. Davis is third in the conference in interceptions with a team-best three and ranks ninth in the league with .60 pass breakups per game.
Davis earned the Walter Camp Football Foundation Football Bowl Subdivision National Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts vs. Army. Davis was honored after having an all-around productive day as the Falcons defeated Army, 24-14 and retained the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy. The product of Cincinnati, Ohio, had a career-high 12 tackles, forced and recovered a fumble and had an interception.
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.
The 2011 Watch List was compiled by a panel of college football experts based on 2010 statistics and expectations heading into the 2011 season. There are 20 seniors, 20 juniors and 10 sophomores representing 46 universities and all 11 conferences that are part of the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). For the complete watch list visit paulhornungaward.com.
The Louisville Sports Commission successfully launched the Paul Hornung Award in 2010 to honor its namesake and native son and to promote outstanding performances by versatile college football players that often go unnoticed. Owen Marecic of Stanford, a two-way starter and All Pac-10 performer at fullback and linebacker, won the inaugural Paul Hornung Award in 2010.
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.
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 26-15 career record as a starter. His 26 wins ranks fourth all-time in the Mountain West. Jefferson is 6-1 in his career against service academies, posting a 4-0 mark vs. Army and a 2-1 mark against Navy. He is the only quarterback in Air Force history to have six service academy wins.
Jefferson has the fifth most wins nationally as a starter with 26. His .634 (26-15) winning percentage is the ninth-best nationally.
JEFFERSON PASSING: Senior QB Tim Jefferson has hit 82-of-137 passes for 1,129 yards on the season with eight touchdowns and six interceptions. His 59.9 completion percentage is fifth best for a single season at Air Force and best since Shaun Carney had a .642 mark in 2007. Jefferson's 141.37 career QB rating is the second best in school history.
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. Jefferson had record-setting performances over a two week stretch. He hit 20-of-23 passes (.870) for 314 yards and four touchdowns without any interceptions combined against Tennessee State and Navy. His .870 completion percentage is the best two-game mark in school history. Jefferson hit 11 of 13 passes for 178 yards and a career-best three touchdowns vs. Tennessee State. He hit nine of 10 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown at Navy. His .900 completion percentage vs. the Midshipmen is the third-best single-game mark in school history while his .846 percentage vs. Tennessee State is the sixth best.
HERRINGTON LEADS THE MOUNTAIN WEST: Junior kicker Parker Herrington leads the Mountain West in field goals with a 1.30 average and in field goal percentage with a 92.9 mark. He is a perfect 11-of-11 inside 40 yards and has hit 10 straight field goals since his only miss from 49 yards vs. Tennessee State. Herrington is fifth in the conference and second among kickers in scoring with a 6.8 average. He kicked a career-high three field goals against Army and hit his only attempt against Wyoming to improve to 13-of-14 on the season. He has kicked two or more field goals in a game five times this season. Herrington's 92.9 field goal percentage is the second-best in school history, trailing only Jackson Whiting's perfect 1999 season (12-12).
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.
DeWitt is second on the team in rushing with 489 yards and eight touchdowns while Cobb is fourth with 267 yards. Freshman Broam Hart has chipped in with 52 yards. The trio has combined for 793 yards and 10 touchdowns which is an average of 79.3 yards per game.
The fullbacks have had 100 or more yards in a game five times overall and in three of the last four. The fullbacks had a season-best 132 yards vs. New Mexico. They have also hit the 100-yard mark vs. South Dakota (109), Tennessee State (107), Boise State (125) and Wyoming (115).
WALLERSTEIN EARNS ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT HONORS: Air Force senior offensive lineman A.J. Wallerstein has been named to the District VII College Sports Information Directors of American academic all-district team. Wallerstein will appear on the nation ballot for Academic All-American honors which will be announced next month. A native of Canyon Country, Calif., Wallerstein has a 3.47 grade point average and is a double major in Physics and Mathematical Sciences.
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 last 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.
This year marks the program's 20th year honoring college football players at all levels of competition who stand out for their "good works" in the community. Since 1992, selection to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has become the gold standard for off-the-field character and leadership for college football players. The honor is widely considered the sport's pre-eminent community service award. In order to meet the criteria set forth by Allstate and the AFCA, each player must be actively involved and committed to working with a charitable organization, service group or community service while maintaining good academic standing.
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.
Nominated by their institutions, each candidate must be a senior or graduate student in his final year of eligibility, have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first-team player or significant contributor, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. Renamed in 2009 in honor of Bill Campbell, the chairman of Intuit, former player and head coach at Columbia University and the 2004 recipient of the NFF's Gold Medal, the award comes with a 25-pound bronze trophy and a $25,000 post-graduate scholarship.
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 CAREER RUSHING NUMBERS: Senior tailback Asher Clark ranks third in career rushing yards in Air Force history with 3,300. 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.
Clark is fourth in the Mountain West in rushing this season with a 81.6 per-game average. He is averaging 6.6 yards per carry which is second-best mark among the league's top 10 rushers.
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.
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.
The pair, along with junior OL Jason Kons and sophomore SPC David Baska were named midseason first-team all-Mountain West Conference by the magazine. Senior RB Asher Clark, senior DB Jon Davis, senior OL Michael Hester and junior LB Alex Means were all named second-team all-conference. Junior SPC Parker Herrington was named to the third-team.
HONORS: Honors won by Air Force players in 2011 follow.
A.J. Wallerstein: American Football Coaches Association Good Works watch list ... Preseason first-team all-MW by MW media ... Preseason first-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine ... Preseason first-team all-MW by Athlon Magazine ... Preseason first-team all-MW by Blue Ribbon Magazine ... Semifinalist for Campbell Trophy as college football's top student-athlete ... Midseason honorable mention All-American by Phil Steele's Magazine ... Midseason first-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine.
Jonathan Warzeka: Paul Hornung Award watch list ... Preseason Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year by MW media ... Preseason first-team all-MW by MWC media ... Preseason first-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine ... College Football Performance Awards preseason kickoff return specialist watch list ... Preseason second-team all-MW by Athlon Magazine ... Preseason first-team all-MW by Blue Ribbon Magazine.
Tim Jefferson: College Sports Madness Mountain West Conference offensive player of the week vs. Tennessee State ... Mountain West offensive player of the week vs. Navy ... College Football Madness Mountain West offensive player of the week vs. Navy ... Rivals.com Mountain West offensive player of the week vs. Navy ... National Football Foundation Colorado Chapter player of the week vs. Army.
Jon Davis: Preseason first-team all-MW by MWC media ... Preseason first-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine ... College Football Performance Awards preseason defensive back watch list ... Preseason first-team all-MW by Athlon Magazine ... Preseason first-team all-MW by Blue Ribbon Magazine ... Midseason second-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine ... MW defensive player of the week vs. Army ... Collegefootabllawards.com defensive back of the week vs. Army ... Collegefootballmadness defensive player of the week vs. Army ... Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week vs. Army ... ESPN Helmet Sticker vs. Army.
Asher Clark: Doak Walker National Running Back Award watch list ... Preseason second-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine ... Preseason second-team all-MW by Athlon Magazine ... Midseason second-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine.
Jason Kons: Preseason second-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine ... Preseason second-team all-MW by Athlon Magazine ... Midseason first-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine.
Jordan Waiwaiole: Preseason second-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine.
Brady Amack: Preseason second-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine ... College Sports Madness Mountain West Conference defensive player of the week vs. TCU ... Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week vs. Navy ... College Football Performance Awards honorable mention linebacker of the week vs. Navy ... Mountain West defensive player of the week vs. Navy ... National Football Foundation, Colorado Chapter player of the week vs. Navy ... Football Writers Association of America/Bronco Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week vs. Navy ... CollegeFootballInsiders.com national defensive player of the week vs. Navy ... ESPN Helmet Sticker vs. Navy ... Midseason honorable mention All-American by Phil Steele's Magazine ... Midseason first-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine.
Anthony Wright: Preseason first-team all-MW by MWC media ... Preseason second-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine ... College Football Performance Awards preseason punt return specialist watch list ... Preseason second-team all-MW by Athlon Magazine.
Erik Soderberg: College Football Performance Awards preseason kickoff specialist watch list.
David Baska: College Football Performance Awards honorable mention punter of the week vs. Navy ... Midseason first-team all-MW by Phill Steele's Magazine.
Alex Means: Mountain West special teams player of the week vs. Navy ... CollegeFootballInsiders.com national special teams player of the week vs. Navy ... Midseason second-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine.
Jamil Coooks: ESPN Helmet Sticker vs. TCU.
Michael Hester: Midseason second-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine.
Parker Herrington: Midseason third-team all-MW by Phil Steele's Magazine ... MW special teams player of the week vs. Army ... Collegefootballawards.com kicker of the week vs. Army.
Air Force's 2011 schedule features six teams that played in bowl games in 2010.
Six opponents posted winning records in 2010.
Air Force has its first open date since 2008 in the schedule. The Falcons have played 12 straight weeks in three of head coach Troy Calhoun's five seasons at the helm.
AIR FORCE VS. NON-CONFERENCE FOES UNDER CALHOUN
Air Force concluded the regular season with a 4-1 mark in non-conference games.
Air Force is 17-8 against non-conference foes under head coach Troy Calhoun.
The Falcons are 10-1 at home, 4-5 on the road and 3-2 in neutral site games.
Air Force has won 10 of its last 12 with the only losses coming at No. 7 Oklahoma last season and at Notre Dame earlier this season.
AIR FORCE'S BRUTAL OCTOBER STRETCH: Air Force defeated New Mexico, 42-0, Oct. 29 to conclude a brutal stretch of games. The Falcons played four of five games in October away from home. The Falcons played at Navy Oct. 1, defeating the Midshipmen, 35-34, in overtime and at Notre Dame Oct. 8 (ND 59-33). The one home game was a Thursday night tilt with San Diego State Oct. 13, a 41-27 Aztec win. Air Force played at No. 5/7 Boise State Oct. 22 (L 37-26). The stretch is widely considered one of the toughest in school history.