Calhoun hosts press conference as Air Force hosts conference rival UNLV
Nov. 15, 2011
Air Force plays its final home game of the season this Saturday when the Falcons host UNLV at 4 p.m. in Falcon Stadium. Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun discussed the game and the season during his weekly press conference this week.
Game 11: Air Force vs. UNLV
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.
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.
Home Records under head coach Troy Calhoun
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.