Air Force hosts Utah State
Saturday, Nov. 25, 8:15 p.m. MT, Falcon Stadium
Mike Corey (play-by-play), Mike Golic, Jr. (analyst)
RADIO: KVOR AM 740 in Colorado Springs, CO; The Fan 104.3 in Denver
Jim Arthur (play-by-play), Jesse Kurtz (analyst)
Air Force and Utah State are playing for the sixth time overall and fifth as conference members. The Falcons lead the series, 3-2, overall. The series is tied 2-2 in conference games. Air Force is 2-1 at home and 1-1 at Utah State. The Falcons defeated the Aggies, 27-20, last season in Logan, Utah. Air Force beat Utah State, 35-28, in 2015 the last time the two played in Falcon Stadium. The teams first played Nov. 8, 1969 in Falcon Stadium resulting in a 38-13 Air Force win.
Year by Year
1969 - AFA 38-13 (H)
2013 - USU 52-20 (H)
2014 - USU 34-16 (A)
2015 - AFA 35-28 (H)
2016 - AFA 27-20 (A)
(H/A) is for AFA
(Sept 24, 2016) Air Force defeated Utah State, 27-20, in Logan, Utah, in the Mountain West opener for both schools. Luke Strebel got the Falcons on the board with first-quarter field goal. Utah State scored 10 unanswered points to take a 10-3 lead early in the second quarter. The Falcons responded with a Tyler Williams four-yard touchdown run to tie it and Nate Romine and Ryan Reffitt hooked up on a 12-yard touchdown connection to give the Falcons a 17-10 halftime lead. The Aggies added a fourth quarter field goal to cut the lead to 17-13 before Jacobi Owens scored on a one-yard run and Luke Strebel added a field goal in the final five minutes to put the Falcons up 27-13. Utah State scored a late touchdown to make up the final margin. D.J. Johnson rushed for 59 yards and Williams added 51 to lead the Falcons, who had 326 total yards. The defense was led by Grant Ross, who had 10 tackles, and Weston Steelhammer added nine. D.J. Dunn chipped in with seven tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. Dunn had the defensive play of the game with a sack, forced and recovered fumble to set up Owens’ fourth-quarter TD run to make it a two-score game.
THE LAST TIME IN FALCON STADIUM
(Nov. 14, 2015) Air Force beat Utah State, 35-28, to complete a 6-0 home season for the second straight year. The teams exchanged four scores in the first quarter with Air Force’s scores coming on touchdown runs by D.J. Johnson and Jacobi Owens and Utah State’s coming on touchdown passes from Kent Myers. The Falcons took the halftime lead, 21-14, on a Karson Roberts TD run and opened the second half with a Roberts to Jalen Robinette 74 yard TD pass to take a 28-14 lead. Utah State answered with a Myers TD pass before Owens added his second touchdown run to keep the Falcons in front 35-21. Myers threw his fourth touchdown pass on the final play of the third quarter to make up the final margin. Safety Weston Steelhammer prevented a late scoring toss, batting a pass away in the end zone in the final minute. Air Force rolled up 580 total yards with a balanced attack. Air Force rushed for 309 yards and passed for a season-best 271. Johnson and Tyler Williams led the team in rushing with 79 yards each. Roberts hit 11 of 17 passes for a career-best 271 yards while Robinette hauled in a career-best seven passes for 210 yards, the third most in Air Force history. Utah State finished with 439 total yards, including 364 passing from Myers. Hunter Sharpe had 13 catches 193 yards and three touchdowns.
SENIORS PLAYING FINAL HOME GAME
Air Force has 33 senior players and 13 senior managers participating in their final home game this week. The program will honor each senior prior to kickoff on Saturday. The seniors have helped Air Force to a 32-19 overall record, including a 19-4 mark at home. The class has also gone to three bowl games, winning two.
AIR FORCE AT HOME
Air Force is 49-18 in Falcon Stadium under head coach Troy Calhoun, including a school-record 15-game winning streak from 2014 to Oct. 22, 2016. The Falcons have won 19 of their last 23 at home dating back to 2014.
Air Force’s 17 wins from 2014-16 is a school record for a three-year stretch. Air Force finished 6-0 at home in 2014 and 2015 to mark the first back-to-back undefeated home seasons in school history. Air Force has finished undefeated at home just five times overall in school history, three coming under Calhoun.
Year Rec. Notes
2017 2-3 19 wins over four years ties as best four-year run in school history
2016 5-1 Air Force won 16 of 17 home games from 2014-16
2015 6-0 Fifth 6-0 mark in AF history, third under Calhoun
2014 6-0 Fourth 6-0 mark in AF history, second under Calhoun
2013 2-5 Lone losing record in Calhoun era
2012 5-1 Second-best mark in school history
2011 4-3 Sixth time with four or more wins in Calhoun era
2010 5-1 Combined with 2009, 10 wins in two seasons is third-best in AF history
2009 5-1 Second-best mark in school history
2008 3-3 Two loses at the hands of nationally ranked teams
2007 6-0 Just the third undefeated home record in school history
CURRENT HOME STREAK BEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Air Force is 19-4 at home over the last four seasons. The 19 wins tie as the best four-year mark in school history. The other 19-win stretches came from 1982-85 and 1991-2001 when the program went 19-4 those years in Falcon Stadium. The Falcons were 19-6 from 2009-12.
Air Force set a record for the best three-year run from 2014-16 with a 17-1 record, breaking the mark of 15-2 from 1983-85. The Falcons were 14-3 from 1998-2000 and 1997-99 and 14-5 from 2009-11 to round out the top five marks in school history.
Best 4-year home records in Air Force history
AIR FORCE LAST WEEK
Boise State defeated Air Force, 44-19 at home to snap a three-game losing streak to the Falcons. The Broncos took advantage of three Air Force turnovers in the first half, turning them into 17 points to take a 27-10 halftime lead. The Broncos added 10 unanswered points in the third quarter to extend the lead to 37-10. Air Force added a touchdown and field goal while Boise State added a late touchdown in the fourth quarter to make up the final margin. The Broncos had 428 total yards, including 338 passing. Brett Rypien hit 16 of 22 passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns to lead Boise State. Air Force had 296 total yards. Nate Romine led the Falcons with 54 yards rushing and a TD while hitting 7-10 passes for 115 yards before leaving with an injury. Air Force played without starting quarterback Arion Worthman, who was out due to injury.