Falcon Football Closes Out Regular Season at Fresno State
Nov. 19, 2012
Saturday Nov. 24 1:30 p.m. MT
Bulldog Stadium (41,031) Fresno, CA
GAME FACTS: Air Force closes out the regular season this week at Fresno State ... Air Force and Fresno State are playing for the first time since the 2000 Silicon Valley Bowl, a 37-34 Air Force win ... The last time the two played in the regular season was in 1997, as members of the WAC, at Falcon Stadium which resulted in a 20-17 Fresno State win ... Air Force leads the overall series 4-2, including a 1-1 mark at home, a 2-1 mark at Fresno and a 1-0 record in neutral site games ... This week marks Air Force's third road game in the last four weeks, as the Falcons played at Army (Nov. 3), at San Diego State (Nov. 10) and at home last week (Nov. 16) ... This week's game is the first-ever with both teams being coached by Air Force Academy graduates ... Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun is a 1989 Academy graduate while Tim DeRuyter of Fresno State is a 1985 AFA graduate ... Fresno State is in a three-way tie for first place in the MW with Boise State and San Diego State ... Air Force is just one game back at 5-2 ... The Falcons defeated Hawai'i last week, 21-7, to become bowl-eligible ... The team accepted an invitation to the 10th Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas, on Dec. 29 against a team from Conference-USA.
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THE LAST TIME AT FRESNO STATE: Air Force completed the biggest comeback in school history to defeat Fresno State, 44-38, in overtime in 1996. Michael Pittman scored two touchdowns to pace Fresno State to a 31-3 halftime lead. In the second half, Air Force scored on every possession and Beau Morgan's 17-yard touchdown pass to Dustin Tyner with 39 seconds left in the fourth quarter tied the score at 38. Morgan scored on a two-yard run in the overtime period to complete the comeback. Morgan led the Falcons with 217 yards rushing on 38 carries. Fullback Craig Tanner added a career-high 102 yards rushing. Pittman led Fresno State with 138 yards and three touchdowns.
AIR FORCE - FRESNO STATE CONNECTIONS
PLAYING BEST WHEN IT MATTERS MOST: Air Force is 23-12 under head coach Troy Calhoun in games during the second half of the season (last six games). The Falcons, 3-2 this season, were 4-2 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.
AIR FORCE TOUGH IN NOVEMBER CONFERENCE GAMES: Air Force is 8-5 under head coach Troy Calhoun in November conference games, including a mark of 8-2 against unranked teams. The Falcons are 6-2 at home and 2-3 on the road. Three of the 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.
LAST WEEK: Air Force defeated Hawai'i, 21-7, in Falcon Stadium to become bowl-eligible for a sixth consecutive season. Cody Getz led the Falcons with a game-high 125 yards rushing and a touchdown. Jon Lee added 72 yards and Wes Cobb 54 yards and two touchdowns. The Falcons rushed for 338 yards and didn't attempt a pass, marking the first time since 1992 that the team didn't have a pass attempt. The Air Force defense held Hawai'i to just 162 total yards and 10 first downs. The Warriors had just three first downs and 41 total yards in the second half. Freshman defensive lineman Alex Hansen led the way with five total tackles and career highs of two sacks for 13 yards and four tackles for loss for 18 yards. Joseph Champaign added five tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss for 17 yards and two sacks for 18 yards. Austin Niklas led the team with nine total tackles while Alex Means added eight. Getz scored on a five-yard run in the third quarter to break a 7-7 halftime tie and give the Falcons a 14-7 lead. Cobb scored his second TD of the game on a two-yard run late in the third to make up the final margin.
AIR FORCE ACCEPTS BID TO BELL HELICOPTER ARMED FORCES BOWL: Air Force has accepted a bid to play in the 2012 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. Since adopting the "armed forces" theme in 2006, the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will feature a service academy team for the fifth time as the Falcons are slated to play a team from Conference USA in the postseason bowl game on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas.
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 SECOND IN THE NATION WITH FIRST-TIME STARTERS IN 2012: Air Force has had 25 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 11 games. Hawai'i leads the nation in first-time starters with 29. Temple is third with 22.
AIR FORCE BY THE NUMBERS
DEFENSE PLAYING ITS BEST LAST TWO WEEKS: Air Force has played some of its best defense of the year the last two weeks, at San Diego State and vs. Hawai'i. The Falcons have allowed an average of just 215 total yards per game, holding SDSU to 268 and Hawai'i to 162. Air Force has allowed just 17.5 points per game and 12.5 first downs per outing. Air Force has allowed 215 rushing and passing yards each the last two weeks which is an average of 107.5 per game. The Falcons held Hawai'i to just three first downs and 41 total yards in the second half of last week's game.
TEAM DEFENSIVE NOTES
TEAM OFFENSIVE NOTES
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
AIR FORCE HAS FOURTH LONGEST ACTIVE SCORING STREAK IN NATION
FALCONS LEAD NATION IN FEWEST PENALTIES: Air Force leads the nation in penalties with an average of just 25.7 yards per game. The Falcons have been penalized 36 times for 283 yards in 11 games. The team is averaging just 3.3 penalties per game.
FALCONS SECOND NATIONALLY GOING FOR IT ON FOURTH DOWN: Air Force has gone for it on fourth down 37 times this season which ranks second nationally. The Falcons have been successful 22 times for a 59.46 percentage which ranks 36nd nationally. Army leads the nation with 40 fourth-down attempts while Penn State is third with 33.
AIR FORCE TAKEAWAYS
OFFENSIVE LINE TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS: Air Force's offensive line has done a great job this season.
HOME SWEET HOME: Air Force finished 5-1 at home this season which ties as the fourth best mark in school history and the third time under head coach Troy Calhoun the team has accomplished it. The Falcons are 28-9 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.
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.
THE RAM-FALCON TROPHY: 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.
THE KUTER TROPHY: Air Force defeated Hawai'i, 21-7, earlier this year to win the General Laurence S. Kuter Trophy, named after the first PACAF commander which 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. The teams have been competing for the trophy since 1982. Air Force has 11 trophy titles while Hawai'i has five. There has been one tie (1989).
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).
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.
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.
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 27th in school history with 1,417 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 33rd in school history with 1,331 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 24th nationally in tackles with a 9.7 per-game average. He has led the team in tackles in seven 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 went over the 100-tackle mark for the season and now has 107, is also fifth in the conference and tied for 36th nationally in forced fumbles with three which is an average of .27 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 411 yards and two touchdowns on 47 carries. He is averaging a team-best 8.7 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 925 all-purpose yards which is second on the team and is averaging 84.1 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.
HANSEN HAS RECORD DAY VS. HAWAI'I: Freshman Alex Hansen had the best day of his young career in last week's 21-7 win over Hawai'i. In fact, Hansen had one of the best days ever by a Falcon defensive player. He recorded five total tackles, including four unassisted, which is the second most of his career. He also recorded a career-high two quarterback sacks for 13 yards which is the most by a Falcon this season. Hansen also recorded a career-high four tackles for loss for 18 yards which is the most by a Falcon this season and most in the Troy Calhoun-era. His four tackles for loss ties as the seventh-most in school history, just two behind the school record of six, and are the most since Monty Coleman had four vs. North Texas in 2003. The four tackles for loss is also the most by a freshman in school history.
AIR FORCE PLAYER HONORS IN 2012
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