Air Force Closes Out Regular Season At #19/18 BYU

    Senior defensive back Chris Thomas.
    Senior defensive back Chris Thomas.

    Nov. 16, 2009

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    Air Force (7-4, 5-2) at #19/18 BYU (8-2, 5-1)
    Saturday, Nov. 21, 1:30 p.m. MT, LaVell Edwards Stadium (64,045), Provo, UT

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    THE BREAKDOWN
    Record: Air Force (7-4, 5-2 MWC), BYU (8-2, 5-1 MWC)
    Streaks: Air Force (W 3), BYU (W 2)
    Next week: Air Force (N/A), BYU (vs. Utah)
    Last week: Air Force (W 45-17 vs. UNLV), BYU (W 24-19 at New Mexico)
    Website: Air Force (goairforcefalcons.com), BYU (byucougars.com)

    THE COACHES
    - Air Force: Troy Calhoun (Air Force, 1989) has a 24-13 record in his third season at Air Force. Calhoun is 16-7 vs. the Mountain West, 14-4 at home, 9-7 in road games, 1-2 in neutral site games, 8-6 in non-conference games and 0-2 vs. BYU.
    - BYU: Bronco Mendenhall (Oregon State, 1988) is in his fifth season at BYU. Mendenhall has led the Cougars to a 46-15 career mark.

    - Air Force closes out the regular season this week at #19/18 BYU. Air Force is 2-3 on the road this season. The Falcons won their last road game, a 34-16 win at Colorado State Oct. 31.
    - Head Coach Troy Calhoun is the first coach in Air Force history to lead his team to seven or more wins in the regular season three consecutive years. The Falcons were 9-3 in 2007 and 8-4 last year in the regular season.
    - Air Force is 2-0 this season and 7-2 under head coach Troy Calhoun in the month of November. Both losses came at the hands of nationally ranked teams last season. No. 16/18 BYU defeated Air Force, 38-24, and No. 15/17 TCU beat the Falcons, 44-10.
    - BYU leads the overall series, 23-6, and holds a 20-6 mark in conference meetings. BYU has won five straight games in the series dating back to Air Force's last win, 24-10, in Provo in 2003. The teams first played Nov. 24, 1956, in Provo. The Cougars won the game, 34-21.
    - Air Force and BYU each won conference games last week. Air Force defeated UNLV, 45-17, at home while BYU beat New Mexico, 24-19, on the road.
    - Air Force is bowl-eligible for the third straight year under head coach Troy Calhoun, who is only the second coach in school history to have his team bowl-eligible in his first three years. This season is the first time since 2003 that Air Force has been bowl-eligible three consecutive years. If the Falcons are selected for a bowl game this season, it would mark the first time since 1990-92 the team appeared in a bowl game three straight years.

    THIS IS AIR FORCE FOOTBALL
    - Air Force has an all-time record of 327-273-13 in its 54th season of varsity football. The Falcons are 177-113-3 at home and 150-160-10 on the road and in neutral site games. AFA has played in 19 bowl games and has an 8-10-1 all-time record.
    - This season marks the third under head coach Troy Calhoun, who is a 1989 graduate of the Air Force Academy. He is the sixth head coach in school history and first graduate to hold the position.
    - Air Force is playing in its 30th year in a conference. This season marks the school's 11th year in the Mountain West Conference. Prior to 1999, Air Force was a member of the Western Athletic Conference from 1980-98. The school was an independent prior to 1980.
    - Air Force is 42-39 as a member of the Mountain West Conference. The team is 25-16 at home and 17-23 on the road. The Falcons are 73-58 overall since joining the MWC in 1999, including marks of 42-24 at home, 27-30 on the road, 4-4 in neutral site games and 2-2 in bowls.

    THE SERIES
    Air Force and BYU meet for the 30th time overall and 27th time as conference foes. BYU leads the all-time series, 23-6, and holds a 20-6 mark in conference meetings. Air Force is 3-12 at home, 2-11 at BYU and 1-0 in neutral site games. BYU has won five straight games in the series dating back to Air Force's last win, 24-10, in Provo in 2003. The teams first played Nov. 24, 1956, in Provo. The Cougars won the game, 34-21.

    Year by Year
    1956 - BYU 34-21 (H)
    1974 - BYU 12-10 (H)
    1975 - BYU 28-14 (A)
    1981 - BYU 45-21 (A)
    1982 - AFA 39-38 (A)
    1983 - BYU 46-28 (H)
    1984 - BYU 30-25 (H)
    1985 - BYU 28-21 (A)
    1986 - BYU 23-3 (H)
    1987 - BYU 24-13 (A)
    1988 - BYU 49-31 (H)
    1989 - BYU 44-35 (A)
    1990 - BYU 54-7 (H)
    1991 - BYU 21-7 (A)
    1992 - BYU 28-7 (H)
    1993 - BYU 30-3 (A)
    1994 - BYU 45-21 (H)
    1995 - AFA 38-12 (H)
    1998 - AFA 20-13*
    1999 - BYU 27-20 (A)
    2000 - AFA 31-23 (H)
    2001 - BYU 63-33 (A)
    2002 - AFA 52-9 (H)
    2003 - AFA 24-10 (A)
    2004 - BYU 41-24 (H)
    2005 - BYU 62-41 (A)
    2006 - BYU 33-14 (H)
    2007 - BYU 31-6 (A)
    2008 - BYU 38-24 (H)
    * - Las Vegas, NV
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    LAST TIME VS. BYU
    BYU exploded with a 21-point third quarter to defeat Air Force, 38-24, in Falcon Stadium. The victory improved the 14th-ranked Cougars to 10-1 on the year. Fui Vakapuna opened the scoring for BYU with an 11-yard run in the first quarter. Mitch Payne added a 46-yard field goal to give the Cougars a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter. Asher Clark got the Falcons on the board with a six-yard run to cut the lead to 10-7. Todd Newell gave Air Force its only lead with a one-yard run to make it 14-10 at halftime.
    The Cougars second-half explosion opened with the first of two Harvey Unga touchdown runs. The second came following a fumble on a kickoff return and gave BYU a 24-14 lead. Austin Collie hauled in a six-yard pass from Max Hall to make it 31-14. Ryan Harrison kicked a 34-yard field goal to cut the lead to 31-17 late in the third. Fullback Jared Tew added a 19-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter to make it 31-24 with 7:37 left. The Cougars answered with another Hall to Collie touchdown, this one from 45 yards to make up the final margin.
    BYU finished with 480 total yards. Hall hit 28 of 37 passes for 354 yards and two touchdowns. Unga led the rushing attack with 88 yards on 19 carries. Dennis Pitta added nine catches for 113 yards while Collie finished with seven for 130.
    Air Force was led by Newell, who rushed for 116 yards on 21 carries. Jefferson added 75 on 12 carries and hit 12 of 20 passes for 98 yards. The Falcons finished with 421 total yards, including 323 rushing.

    CAREER STATISTICS VS. BYU
    Rushing (Att-Yds-TDs): Tim Jefferson (1g, 12-75-0), Kyle Halderman (1g, 1-46-0), Asher Clark (1g, 10-28-1), Jonathan Warzeka (1g, 3-26-0), Jared Tew (1g, 2-21-1). Passing (C-A-Int-Yds-TD): Tim Jefferson (1g, 12-20-1-98-0).
    Receiving (#-Yds-TD): Sean Quintana (1g, 1-10-0), Kyle Halderman (1g, 3-17-0), Kevin Fogler (1g, 2-21-0), Josh Cousins (1g, 2-18-0).
    Tackles (UT-AT-TOT): Chris Thomas (3g, 23-16-39), Ken Lamendola (1g, 5-5-10), Anthony Wright (1g, 2-4-6), Ben Garland (2g, 0-3-4), Andre Morris, Jr. (2g, 5-5-10), Justin Moore (1g, 3-2-5), Reggie Rembert (2g, 3-2-5), Phil Ofili (1g, 1-0-1), John Falgout (1g, 1-0-1).

    AIR FORCE VS. RANKED TEAMS
    BYU, ranked No. 19 in the Associated Press poll and 18 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, is the third ranked team the Falcons have played this season. Air Force is 0-2 this season vs. ranked teams, losing both games by a combined 10 points. The Falcons played then-No. 10/9 TCU on Oct. 10 in Falcon Stadium (TCU, 20-17) and then-No. 19/20 Utah Oct. 24 in Salt Lake City (Utah, 23-16 OT).
    The Falcons are 14-66-4 all-time vs. ranked teams. Air Force has lost 13 straight games to ranked opponents since winning at No. 23 California, 23-21, in 2002. The Falcons were 0-3 vs. ranked team last season, dropping games to No. 20 Utah (23-30), No. 16/18 BYU (24-38) and No. 15/17 TCU (10-44).

    PLAYING BEST WHEN IT MATTERS MOST
    Air Force is 13-4 under head coach Troy Calhoun in games during the second half of the season (last six games), including a 4-1 mark this year. Air Force was 5-1 in 2007 which is the best mark since the 1998 team was 6-0. The Falcons were 4-2 last year. Prior to Calhoun's arrival in 2007, the Falcons were 12-24 over the last six games of the season since 2001.

    LAST WEEK
    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, which are each the best vs. a conference opponent this season. Quarterback Tim Jefferson added a season-high 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.

    LAST WEEK'S GAME NOTES
    Team Notes
    • Air Force uses game captains. The captains for the UNLV game were seniors Sean Quintana, John Falgout, Chris Campbell, Brandon Geyer and Luke Hyder.
    • Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun improves to 24-13 overall and 16-7 in conference games. Calhoun is the first coach in school history to lead the Falcons to seven or more wins in each of his first three seasons. Calhoun's 16 MWC wins are the most in a three-year span in school history, breaking the previous mark of 13 from 2000-02. His 16 conference wins tie as the third most ever in school history. The 1984-85 teams won 16 games while the 1985-87 and 1996-98 teams share the record of 18.
    • Air Force improves to 11-3 overall vs. UNLV, including a 6-1 mark at home. The Falcons have won three straight and seven of the last eight in the series.
    • Air Force improves to 14-4 at home since 1997 which ties as the second most wins in school history in a three-year span. The 1985-87 and 1998-00 teams also won 14 games (14-3). The school record of 15-2 was set by the 1983-85 teams.
    • Air Force improves to 7-0 this season when scoring first and 16-2 under head coach Troy Calhoun. The Falcons improved to 6-1 this season when leading at halftime and 16-4 overall under Calhoun.
    • Air Force forced a punt on UNLV's opening drive of the game. The Falcons have allowed just two scores this season on the opening drive of the game. The team has forced a punt five times, including three of the last four games, a blocked field goal and two turnovers.
    • Air Force's opening scoring drive of 95 yards is the longest this season. The previous long of 86 yards came at Colorado State. The Falcons scored three times on drives of 80 or more yards. Coming into the UNLV game, the Falcons had just three scoring drives of 80 yards or longer.
    • Air Force scored 45 points to record its third straight game with 30 or more points this season. The Falcons scored 35 points last week vs. Army and 34 at Colorado State on Oct. 31. The 45 points are the most this season in a conference game. The previous high was 37 points at New Mexico.
    • Air Force rushed for 431 yards and had 557 yards of total offense which are the most vs. a conference opponent this season. The previous high in rushing was 298 at New Mexico while the previous high in total offense was 382 at Colorado State. The team's season highs came against Nicholls State in the season opener with 474 yards rushing and 576 yards of total offense.

    Individual Notes
    • Sophomore RB Asher Clark rushed for a career highs of 160 yards and three touchdowns to record his first 100-yard game this season and third of his career. Clark's third touchdown came on a season-long run of 40 yards. All five of Clark's rushing touchdowns this season have come in the last two games. His previous high in rushing of 136 yards came last season vs. Colorado State while his previous high for TDs of two came last week. Clark moved into 30th place on the Air Force career rushing list with 1,289 yards.
    • Junior FB Jared Tew rushed for 61 yards and became the 36th player in Air Force history to rush for 1,000 or more yards in his career. Tew moved into 35th place on the career rushing list with 1,043 yards. He also scored his team-best seventh rushing touchdown of the season on Air Force's second drive. Tew has scored a rushing touchdown in four of the last five games this season.
    • Junior DL Rick Ricketts recorded his fourth sack of the season which is the second most on the team.
    • Sophomore SPC Erik Soderberg kicked his 20th field goal this season which is the second most in school history in a single season. He trails Ryan Harrison, who set the single season record with 24 in 2008. Soderberg has hit eight of his last nine field goals with the only miss coming from a career-long 59 yards vs. Army. Soderberg has hit at least one field goal in 10 of 11 games this season.
    • Senior DB Chris Thomas recorded his second interception this season and fifth of his career. Thomas has been involved in 15 career turnovers (5 INT, 7 FR, 3 FF).
    • Sophomore QB Tim Jefferson hit eight of 13 passes for 126 yards to mark the third straight game he's thrown for 100 or more yards and fifth time this season. Jefferson rushed for 63 yards on eight carries to record a new season high. His previous high was 35 yards at Colorado State.
    • Junior FB Nathan Walker scored his second touchdown of the season and of his career. The touchdown is his first since the season-opening win over Nicholls State.
    • Freshman TB Cody Getz set career-high marks with nine carries and 25 yards rushing.

    AIR FORCE ONE OF THE YOUNGEST IN THE NATION IN 2009
    Air Force is a young team. The Falcons have just 15 seniors on its 95-man roster. The team has 57 freshmen and sophomores which make up 60 percent of the roster. There are 42 sophomores and 16 freshmen on the roster. Air Force's two-deep depth chart features three freshmen and 17 sophomores. Air Force has had 20 freshmen play this season which is the most of any school in the nation. Tulane (17) and Texas A&M (16) are next. The Falcons are one of just 35 schools in the nation to have two or more freshmen (Means, Lawal) start a game.

    100 YARD RUSHERS UNDER CALHOUN
    - Air Force is 15-3 in games when they have a player rush for 100 or more yards since 2007.
    - The team's only losses came in the 2007 Armed Forces Bowl vs. California, vs. No. 16/14 BYU and vs. Houston in the 2008 Armed Forces Bowl.

    2007
    South Carolina State, W 34-3 (Kip McCarthy, 129); Utah, W 20-12 (Shaun Carney, 113); TCU, W 20-17 OT (Jim Ollis, 138); UNLV, W 31-14 (Chad Hall, 169); Colorado State, W 45-21 (Chad Hall, 256); Wyoming, W 20-12 (Chad Hall, 167); Army, W 30-10 (Chad Hall, 275); Notre Dame, W 41-24 (Chad Hall, 142); San Diego State, W 55-23 (Jim Ollis, 163; Chad Hall, 151; Ty Paffett, 105); California, L 36-42 (Shaun Carney, 108; Jim Ollis, 101).

    2008
    San Diego State, W 35-10 (Asher Clark, 109); UNLV, W 29-28 (Todd Newell, 134); Colorado State, W 38-17 (Asher Clark, 136); BYU, L 24-38 (Todd Newell, 116); Houston, L 28-34 (Jared Tew, 149).

    2009
    Wyoming, W 10-0 (Jared Tew, 105); Army, W 35-7 (Jared Tew, 102); UNLV, W 45-17 (Asher Clark, 160).

    AIR FORCE FOURTH NATIONALLY WITH 205-GAME SCORING STREAK
    - Air Force has scored in 205 consecutive games dating back to 1992.
    - The Falcons were last shutout by Mississippi, 13-0, in the 1992 Liberty Bowl.
    - Air Force's streak is the second-longest active streak of teams in the Mountain West Conference and the fourth longest in the country.
    - Air Force's 205-game scoring streak is the 15th longest in Division I-A college history.
    - Of the top 15 all-time, nine were started in the 1980s while the other five began in the 1970s.

    BLOCKED KICKS
    Air Force has blocked three kicks this season, two field goals and an extra point. Senior Ben Garland blocked a field goal vs. New Mexico while sophomore Zach Kauth blocked a field goal vs. Wyoming. Freshman Corbin Brown blocked an extra point vs. San Diego State. The three blocked kicks are its most since blocking seven in 2006. Air Force has blocked at least one kick every year since 1990.

    DEFENSIVE NOTES
    - The Falcons rank second in the conference and seventh nationally in total defense, allowing just 265.4 yards per game.
    - Air Force leads the nation in passing defense with a 127.9 average.
    - The unit has also allowed just 44-155 (28.4) third down conversions which ranks third in the conference and fifth in nation.
    - Air Force is second in the MWC and nation in opponent first downs, allowing just 146.
    - The Falcons lead the conference and rank 19th in the nation in red zone defense with a 75.0 mark.
    - Air Force posted its first shutout over a MWC team with a 10-0 win over Wyoming. The shutout is the first vs. a conference opponent since winning at Colorado State, 24-0, in 1997. The shutout is the second for Air Force this season, as the team also shutout Nicholls State, 72-0, in the season opener. This season marks the first time since 1997 that Air Force has posted two shutouts in a season.
    - Air Force has posted two first-half shutouts this season (Nicholls State, Wyoming). In addition, the defense has held two others opponents without touchdowns in the first half (Minnesota, San Diego State).

    ADDITIONAL DEFENSIVE NOTES
    • The unit recorded a shutout in the season opener vs. Nicholls State which is the first for Air Force since beating Wofford, 49-0, in 2003.
    • Air Force held Nicholls State to just seven first downs which is the seventh fewest in school history and fewest since holding Southern Methodist to six in 1971.
    • Air Force held Nicholls State to just 151 total yards which is the eighth fewest in school history and fewest since holding Army to 100 in 1999.
    • Air Force held San Diego State's offense scoreless and to just 187 total yards until the Aztecs scored twice in the final minutes, including a score on the game's final play, against reserves.
    • Air Force has allowed just on score (TD at Utah) on the opponent's opening drive of the second half this season.
    • Air Force held Wyoming to just 74 yards passing and recorded a season-high six sacks in the game.

    AIR FORCE SCORING DEFENSE
    - Air Force is second in the MWC and ninth nationally in scoring defense with a 13.3 average.
    - Air Force has allowed more than 20 points just once this season, at No. 19 Utah in a 23-16 loss in overtime.
    - Air Force's 13.3 points per game allowed ranks as the sixth best in school history and is the best since the 1997 team allowed 12.4.
    - Air Force has had five shutouts since the inception of the MWC in 1999, which ranks third in conference history.

    AIR FORCE HAS SIX NON-OFFENSIVE TOUCHDOWNS
    Air Force has scored six non-offensive touchdowns this season, including a school-record five defensive touchdowns. The team has scored two touchdowns on fumble returns, three on interception returns and on a punt return. Junior Anthony Wright has three of the scores, two on interception returns and a punt return.
    • Wale Lawal -- 10-yard fumble return vs. Nicholls State
    Jon Davis -- 38-yard interception at New Mexico
    Reggie Rembert -- 47-yard fumble return vs. San Diego State
    Anthony Wright -- 47-yard interception return vs. San Diego State
    Anthony Wright -- 67-yard interception return vs. Navy
    Anthony Wright -- 88-yard punt return vs. Army

    AIR FORCE TAKEAWAYS
    - Air Force is a combined +42 in three seasons under head coach Troy Calhoun and defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter.
    - Air Force stands at +19 in turnover margin this season. The Falcons forced a season-high six turnovers vs. San Diego State and four vs. Nicholls State and New Mexico.
    - The team's +1.64 turnover margin average this season ranks second in the nation.
    - Air Force's 1.00 per-game turnover margin average last season ranked second in the conference and 11th nationally.

    OFFENSIVE NOTES
    • Air Force has averaged 38.0 points per game the last three games.
    • The Falcons have averaged 122.7 yards passing the last three games, including a season-best 131 yards vs. Army.
    • Air Force has averaged 410.0 total yards over the last three games, including its best effort in a conference game this season of 557 last week vs. UNLV.
    • Air Force has averaged 5.4, 5.0 and 6.6 yards per play, respectively, the last three games.
    • Air Force has out-rushed nine of 10 opponents this season.
    • The offense has had just five turnovers in 11 games (two on special teams).
    • Air Force is second in the MWC and 17th nationally in time of possession with a 31:55 mark.
    • The Falcons have scored in 35 of 44 quarters this season and have twice scored 17 points in the first quarter (Nicholls State and New Mexico).
    • Air Force tied a Mountain West Conference record with 72 points vs. Nicholls State. The 72 points are the third-most in school history. The 72-point victory margin is a school and Mountain West Conference record, breaking the mark of 64 set by New Mexico (72) vs. Texas State (8) in 2003.

    HOME SWEET HOME
    Air Force is 14-4 over the last three seasons which ties as the second-most wins in a three-year period in school history. The best three-year run in school history came from 1983-85 when the Falcons were 15-2. Air Force finished this season 5-1 at home which is tied as fourth best mark in school history. The Falcons were 3-3 last year and 6-0 in 2007 which is just the third undefeated home mark in school history.

    REMBERT RETURN GAME
    Junior Reggie Rembert is Air Force's career leader in kickoff returns and KOR yardage with 64 for 1,373 yards. Rembert broke the records of All-American Ernie Jennings (1868-70), who had 43 returns for 1,037 yards. Rembert is the Mountain West Conference's active career leader. He ranks fifth in conference history overall in returns and third in return yards. Please see charts on page nine for complete list of leaders.

    CLARK NAMED MWC POW
    Sophomore running back Asher Clark was named co-offensive player of the week by the MWC for his performance against UNLV. Clark led the Falcons to their most productive offensive performance in a conference game this season with career highs of 160 yards rushing and three touchdowns, the last coming on a season-long 40-yard run. Clark shares the award with Wyoming quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels.

    INDIVIDUAL QUICK HITS
    QB Tim Jefferson - has hit 19-32 (.594) passes for 368 yards (122.7 avg) and three touchdowns the last three games ... hit 7-12 passes for 111 yards and matched his career high with two TD passes at CSU ... 4-7 passes for a season-high 131 yards and a TD vs. Army ... 8-13 passes for 126 yard vs. UNLV ... also rushed for a season-best 63 yards on eight carries vs. UNLV ... has a 151.59 passing efficiency mark this season and has thrown for five TDs and just one interception ... has a 144.06 career passing efficiency mark ... did not play vs. San Diego State, TCU and Utah ... has an 11-5 career record as a starter.

    QB Connor Dietz - has played in seven games, starting three (SDSU, TCU, Utah) ... missed the last three games due to injury ... led the team with career highs of 28 carries for 98 yards at Utah ... lead the team in rushing with 85 yards on seven carries vs. Nicholls State ... led the team with 71 yards on 15 carries vs. TCU and scored the first rushing touchdown of his career ... first-career touchdown pass at New Mexico ... first-career start vs. San Diego State.

    RB Asher Clark - second on the team and fifth in the MWC in rushing with 701 yards (63.7 avg) and five touchdowns ... has averaged 105.6 yards rushing the last three games (41 carries, 317 yds) ... career bests of 160 yards rushing and three touchdowns vs. UNLV for his first 100-yard effort of the year and third of his career ... scored his final TD on a season-best 40-yard run ... 13 carries for 82 yards and two touchdowns vs. Army ... 10 carries for 75 yards at Colorado State ... averages 5.6 yards per carry ... 30th in AF history in career rushing yards with 1,289 ... became the 35th player in school history to hit the 1,000-yard mark for his career earlier this season.

    SPC Brandon Geyer - fourth in the MWC and 27th nationally in punting with a 42.8 average ... earned MWC player of the week honors vs. Army while averaging 48.2 yards on six punts, including a 46.7 net average ... had a career-long 71 yard punt and a 63 yard punt vs. Army ... averaged 45.6 yards on seven punts vs. San Diego State ... two 50-plus-yard punts vs. Navy, including a season-best of 56 yards ... averaged 41.7 yards per punt vs. Utah with three inside the 20.

    SPC Erik Soderberg - second in the MWC in scoring with an 8.4 average ... leads the conference and is third nationally in field goals with 1.82 per-game ... 20 made field goals is the second most in school history and the third most in the nation this season ... third in the MWC in field goal percentage with a 76.9 mark ... tied a school record with four field goals vs. San Diego State, including a long from 48 yards ... hit three field goals at Utah, including a 48-yard boot to force overtime ... two field goals, including a career-long 50-yard kick at Colorado State ... has hit 20 of 26 field goals this season ... just one miss, a career-long 59-yard effort, in his last nine attempts ... also handles kickoff duties.

    DB Chris Thomas - missed the New Mexico game due to injury ... Air Force's active career leader in tackles with 282 ... preseason first-team all-conference selection ... involved in 15 career turnovers (5 INT, 3 FF, 7 FR) ... ranks third in MWC history in fumble recoveries with seven ... season-high eight tackles vs. TCU ... matched his season high with eight tackles at Colorado State ... two INTs this season.

    FB Jared Tew - ranks fourth in the conference in rushing with a 65.0 average ... two games with 100-plus rushing yards this season and three in his career ... rushed for 102 yards on 25 carries vs. Army ... season-high 105 yards and a score on a career-best 27 carries vs. Wyoming ... has averaged 83.3 yards rushing the last three games (58 carries, 250 yds) ... career-best three rushing touchdowns vs. Nicholls State ... career-best three kickoff returns for a career-high 90 yards at Minnesota ... became the 36th player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in his career ... ranks 35th in school history with 1,043 yards.

    DB Anthony Wright, Jr. - 10th in the MWC in interceptions with a .27 average ... has three interceptions on the year and four in his career ... has three touchdowns this season ... has returned two INTs for touchdowns, a 47-yard effort for his first-career score vs. SDSU and a 67-yard effort at Navy ... recorded an 88-yard punt return for a touchdown to became the first Falcon to return a punt for a touchdown since Matt Farmer vs. New Mexico in 1998 ... his 88-yard return is the second-longest in school history and longest since Mike Quinlan set the school record of 92 yards vs. Colorado in 1960 ... Wright finished the Army game with 125 punt return yards on three returns which is the second most yards in a single game in Air Force history and the most since Chip Hough had 179 vs. SMU in 1971 ... he averaged 41.7 yards per return which is the second in school history and best since Hough had a 59.7 average vs. SMU in 1971.

    DL Ben Garland - ninth in the MWC in sacks with a .41 average ... sixth in the MWC in tackles for loss with .95 ... team-bests of 10.5 TFL and 4.5 sacks this season ... at least one TFL in nine of 11 games this season ... Air Force's active career leader in tackles for loss with 21.0 ... season-best eight tackles vs. TCU ... blocked the first kick of his career, a field goal vs. New Mexico.

    WR Jonathan Warzeka - second on the team in receptions with 15 and receiving yards with 201 ... recorded a career-long 44-yard reception vs. San Diego State ... rushed for 26 yards on five carries and scored his first rushing touchdown of the season at New Mexico ... career highs in rushing with 10 carries for 42 yards and receiving with three catches for 44 yards at Minnesota ... threw a touchdown pass (first of career) vs. TCU ... has scored a touchdown three ways (pass, rush, receiving) this season ... one of just 10 players in the nation to rushing, pass and catch a TD this season.

    WR Kyle Halderman - missed the first six games of the season recovering from injury ... returned to the lineup vs. Wyoming ... matched his career high with three catches at Utah, good for 54 yards ... rushed for 22 yards and a touchdown and caught an eight-yard touchdown pass at Colorado State.

    WR Kevin Fogler - leads the team in receptions with 20 and receiving yards with 470 ... 17 of his 20 catches this season have gone for first downs or TDs ... averaging 3.0 catches for 101 yards the last two games ... three catches for a career-high 129 yards vs. Army to record his first-career 100-yard game ... caught a career-long 73-yard touchdown pass vs. Army ... three catches for 73 yards vs. UNLV ... has caught a touchdown pass in five of 11 games this season.

    LB Andre Morris, Jr - third on the team in tackles for loss with 5.5 ... second in the MWC in FR with .20 ... named MWC player of the week vs. New Mexico with seven tackles and two sacks ... career-highs of nine total tackles and six solo tackles at Minnesota ... recorded his first interception of the season vs. TCU ... missed the Wyoming game due to injury ... matched his career high with nine tackles at Utah ... also had a tackle for loss and a forced fumble.

    Jon Davis, DB - tied for third on the team in interceptions with two ... recorded the first two interceptions of his career vs. New Mexico and returned one 38 yards for his first-career touchdown ... is the first Falcon since Carson Bird in 2007 with two interceptions in a game ... six tackles at Utah ... also recorded his first-career sack, first-career fumble recovery and first-career punt return, good for 35 yards.

    Reggie Rembert, DB - second in the MWC in interceptions with a .33 average ... three interceptions on the year ... leads the team and ranks fourth in the MWC in KORs with a 25.8 average ... career highs with five returns for 120 yards vs. TCU ... two returns for 96 yards, including a career-best 60-yard effort, at New Mexico ... named MWC defensive player of the week vs. San Diego State with a team-best seven tackles, two interceptions, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble ... returned the fumble recovery 47 yards for his first-career touchdown ... career-best 10 tackles, including eight unassisted, and his first sack of the season vs. Wyoming ... school's career leader and ranks fifth in KOR and third in KOR yards in MWC history with 64 returns for 1,373 yards ... leads the conference in FR with .22 and is fourth in FF with .22.

    Myles Morales, DL - second on the team in tackles for loss with 8.5 ... third on the team in sacks with 3.5 ... seven tackles vs. UNLV ... season-best nine stops at Navy ... three tackles, including 2.0 TFL for 12 yards vs. New Mexico ... six tackles, including two for losses, and a pass breakup at Colorado State ... six tackles and a TFL vs. Army.

    Justin Moore, LB - second on the team in tackles with 67, including 29 unassisted ... had a then-career-high 11 tackles at Navy ... new career high of 12 tackles vs. TCU ... had 11 tackles and a TFL vs. Army.

    John Falgout, LB - leads the team and ranks fifth in the MWC in tackles with an 8.0 average ... started the last seven games ... double figures in tackles in four of his seven starts ... has averaged 10.5 tackles per game in the seven starts ... had a then-career-best and team-high 13 tackles at Navy ... team-best 11 tackles vs. TCU, eight vs. Wyoming, a team-high 11 at Utah and a team-best nine at Colorado State ... career-high 14 tackles vs. Army ... team-best eight tackles vs. UNLV.

    AIR FORCE INDIVIDUAL HONORS
    - Chris Thomas , Sr., DB - First-team preseason all-MWC.
    - Nick Charles, Sr., OL - First-team preseason all-MWC ... Outland Trophy Watch List ... Allstate/AFCA Coaches Association Good Works Team nominee ... 2009 Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List.
    - Andre Morris, Jr., Jr., LB - Named Mountain West Conference defensive player of the week vs. New Mexico ... College Football Insider (CFI) honorable mention defensive player of the week vs. New Mexico.
    - Asher Clark, So., RB - MWC offensive player of the week vs. UNLV ... honorable mention running back of the week by College Football Performance Awards vs. UNLV.
    - Jon Davis, So., DB - Named honorable mention defensive back performer of the week by College Football Performance Awards vs. New Mexico.
    - Ben Garland, Sr., DL - Named first-team all-MWC midseason by Phil Steele's Magazine.
    - Anthony Wright, Jr. So., DB - Named first-team all-MWC midseason by Phil Steele's Magazine ... national punt returner of the week by College Football Performance Awards vs. Army.
    - Reggie Rembert, Jr., - Named MWC defensive player of the week vs. San Diego State ... named national defensive player of the week and defensive back of the week by College Football Performance vs. San Diego State ... named National Football Foundation Colorado Chapter player of the week vs. San Diego State.
    - Erik Soderberg, So., SPC - Named honorable mention kicker of the week by College Football Performance Awards vs. San Diego State ... one of three Lou Groza National Placekicker "Stars of the Week" vs. San Diego State ... Named first-team all-MWC midseason by Phil Steele's Magazine ... named honorable mention place kicker of the week vs. Utah by College Football Performance Awards.
    - Brandon Geyer, Sr., SPC - Names honorable mention national punter of the week by College Football Performance Awards vs. Army ... MWC special teams player of the week vs. Army.
    - Kevin Fogler, Jr., WR - Named academic all-district by CoSIDA.
    - Gavin Mills, Fr., JV Team - Named one of five National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) National High School Scholar-Athletes for 2009.

     

     

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