Nov. 21, 2011
Air Force (6-5, 2-4) at Colorado State (3-7, 1-4)
Saturday Nov. 26 4 p.m. MT
Hughes Stadium (32,500) Fort Collins, CO
The Mountain West Sports Network (The Mtn.)
Ari Wolfe (play-by-play); Blane Fowler (analyst); Darius Walker (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: Air Force concludes the regular season this week ... A victory this week would be Air Force's seventh of the season and mark the first time in school history the program has had five straight seasons with seven or more wins ... Air Force leads the Colorado State series, 29-19-1, including a 12-8 mark in Fort Collins ... The Falcons have won five straight and six of the last seven in the series ... Air Force is 12-4 in November under head coach Troy Calhoun and three of losses have come against ranked teams ... The Falcons and Rams play annually for the Ram-Falcon Trophy ... This week marks the latest regular season game Air Force has played since Dec. 2, 2006 at TCU ... Air Force has won three of its last four games overall dating back to a 42-0 win at New Mexico.
Air Force: Troy Calhoun (Air Force, 1989) is in his fifth season. He has led the Falcons to a 40-23 career record. Calhoun is 23-15 in MWC games, 17-8 in non-conference games, 23-8 in Falcon Stadium, 13-12 in road games (10-7 in MW road games) and 2-2 in bowl games.
Colorado State: Steve Fairchild (Colorado State, 1981) is in his fourth season at Colorado State. Fairchild has guided the Rams to a 16-31 record.
Air Force leads the overall series, 29-19-1, including an 18-13 mark in conference games.
The Falcons are 17-11-1 at home and 12-8 at Colorado State.
Air Force has won five straight and six of the last seven games in the series.
Prior to Air Force's streak, Colorado State had won three straight and four of five.
Air Force has won two straight in Fort Collins, including a 34-16 win in 2009.
The Falcons defeated Colorado State, 49-27, last season in Falcon Stadium.
The teams first played in 1957 in Colorado Springs. Colorado State won the game, 20-7.
Year by Year
1957 - CSU 20-7 (H)
1958 - AFA 36-6 (H)
1960 - AFA 32-8 (H)
1961 - AFA 14-9 (H)
1962 - AFA 34-0 (H)
1963 - AFA 69-0 (H)
1964 - AFA 14-6 (H)
1966 - CSU 41-21 (H)
1967 - Tied 17-17 (H)
1968 - AFA 31-0 (A)
1969 - AFA 28-7 (H)
1970 - AFA 37-22 (H)
1971 - AFA 17-13 (A)
1972 - AFA 53-13 (A)
1975 - CSU 47-10 (A)
1976 - CSU 27-3 (H)
1978 - CSU 31-13 (H)
1979 - CSU 20-6 (A)
1980 - CSU 21-9 (A)
1981 - AFA 28-14 (H)
1982 - CSU 21-11 (H)
1983 - AFA 34-13 (A)
1984 - AFA 52-10 (H)
1985 - AFA 35-19 (A)
1986 - AFA 24-7 (H)
1987 - AFA 27-19 (A)
1988 - AFA 29-23 (A)
1989 - AFA 46-21 (A)
1990 - CSU 35-33 (H)
1991 - AFA 31-26 (A)
1992 - CSU 32-28 (H)
1993 - CSU 8-5 (A)
1994 - CSU 34-24 (H)
1995 - CSU 27-20 (H)
1996 - CSU 42-41 (H)
1997 - AFA 24-0 (A)
1998 - AFA 30-27 (H)
1999 - CSU 41-21 (A)
2000 - AFA 44-40 (H)
2001 - CSU 28-21 (A)
2002 - CSU 31-12 (H)
2003 - CSU 30-20 (A)
2004 - AFA 47-17 (H)
2005 - CSU 41-23 (A)
2006 - AFA 24-21 (H)
2007 - AFA 45-21 (A)
2008 - AFA 38-17 (H)
2009 - AFA 34-16 (A)
2010 - AFA 49-27 (H)
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THE RAM/FALCON TROPHY: Air Force and Colorado State compete each year for the Ram-Falcon Trophy. This season marks the 32nd year of the competition for the trophy. Air Force has won the trophy 18 times, while Colorado State has won it 13 times. The trophy's origin is traced 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 battle was in 1980.
LAST YEAR VS. COLORADO STATE: Air Force defeated Colorado State, 49-27, to win its fifth straight game over the Rams. Asher Clark rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown and Tim Jefferson hit five of nine passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns to lead Air Force. The defense was led by Jon Davis, who had a career-high 12 tackles. Reggie Rembert added a season-high seven tackles, an interception, a fumble recovery and three pass breakups.
The Falcons jumped to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter with touchdown runs by Jared Tew and Clark and raced to a 28-7 halftime lead. Jonathan Warzeka highlighted the second half with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and Zach Kauth added his second touchdown catch to give Air Force a 49-13 lead after three quarters. Colorado State added two fourth quarter touchdowns to make up the final margin.
Air Force blocked two kicks vs. Colorado State. Anthony Wooding, Jr., recorded the first block of his career with a blocked punt. Jamil Cooks added his third block of the season with a blocked PAT.
Air Force, ranked 25th, snapped a three-game losing streak as a ranked team. The victory marked Air Force's first as a ranked team since beating BYU, 52-9, in Falcons Stadium in 2002 while ranked No. 19/21.
QB Tim Jefferson rushed for 27 yards and became the 37th player in Air Force history to rush for 1,000 yards in his career. Jefferson also hit five of nine passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns to mark his third straight game with 100 or more yards and two touchdown passes vs. Colorado State.
RB Asher Clark rushed for 125 yards to record his second 100-yard rushing performance of the season (BYU, 121). Clark became ninth player in school history to hit the 2,000-yard mark for his career.
TE Joshua Freeman recorded his first-career reception, good for 51 yards.
WR Jonathan Warzeka recorded his second-career kickoff return for a touchdown with his 100-yard return in the third quarter. Warzeka became the first Falcon since 1985 to return a kickoff for a touchdown when he went 100 yards vs. Houston in the 2009 Armed Forces Bowl.
LAST TIME AT COLORADO STATE: Air Force defeated Colorado State, 34-16, to win back-to-back games in Fort Collins for the first time since 1989-91. Quarterback Tim Jefferson returned to the lineup after missing the previous game due to injury to lead the Falcon offense to its best effort since early in the season. Jefferson hit seven of 12 passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns. Fullback Jared Tew rushed for 87 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries while Asher Clark added 75 yards on 10 carries. Air Force finished with 382 total yards, including 271 rushing. The Falcons scored touchdowns on their first two drives and kicker Erik Soderberg added a career-long 50-yard field goal to give the Falcons a 17-10 halftime lead. The Falcons added a touchdown on the opening drive of the second half and pulled away 34-10 before a late CSU touchdown made up the final margin. John Falgout led the defense with nine tackles while Chris Thomas added eight. Myles Morales added six tackles, including two for losses.
AIR FORCE/CSU TIES: Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun and Colorado State head coach Steve Fairchild have similar backgrounds. Both are coaching at their alma maters, Calhoun is a 1989 Air Force graduate, Fairchild a 1981 Colorado State graduate, and both previously coached at the school as an assistant. Calhoun coached at Air Force from 1989-90 and 1993-94 while Fairchild coached at Colorado State from 1993-2000. Finally, both coached in the NFL prior to returning to their respective schools. Calhoun coached with the Denver Broncos from 2003-05 and with Houston in 2006. Fairchild coached with Buffalo (2001-02, 2006-07) and St. Louis (2003-05).
PLAYING BEST WHEN IT MATTERS MOST: Air Force is 21-10 under head coach Troy Calhoun in games during the second half of the season (last six games), including a 3-2 mark this season. The Falcons were 4-3 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 12-4 under head coach Troy Calhoun in the month of November, including a 2-1 mark this season. The Falcons had a four-game November win streak snapped 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.
LOOKING AT COLORADO STATE: Colorado State has lost six straight games after opening the season 3-1 ... The Rams have lost 10 starters to injury during the season ... Colorado State has three linebackers that rank among the conference's top tackles, James Skelton (T3rd, 8.0), Mike Orakpo (T6th, 7.5) and Sahquil Barrett (T3rd, 8.0) ... Garrett Grayson, a true freshman, started last week vs. TCU, making Colorado State one of just four schools nationally to start a true freshman at quarterback the last two years ... Colorado State has used 19 freshman this season, which is the second most in the conference behind TCU's 22 ... Colorado State averages 21.7 points per game, while allowing 30.8 ... The Rams are second in the MW and 10th nationally in passing defense with a 174.3 per-game average ... Colorado State leads the MW in sacks with 25.
LAST WEEK: Air Force defeated UNLV, 45-17, in the final home game for 28 senior players. Wes Cobb opened the scoring with a two-yard run to give Air Force a 7-0 lead. UNLV answered with a field goal, then Cobb scored his second touchdown of the game with a seven-yard run to extend the lead to 14-3. Following a UNLV touchdown run by Caleb Herring, Asher Clark scored on a career-long 67 yard run to push the lead to 21-10. Parker Herrington added a field goal to give Air Force a 24-10 halftime lead. Tim Jefferson opened the second half with a touchdown run and later hit Dontae Strickland with a 25 yard touchdown pass to extend the lead to 38-10. Mike DeWitt added a touchdown in the fourth quarter and UNLV scored in the final minutes to make up the final margin. Air Force finished the game with 552 total yards, including 394 rushing. Clark led the way with a career-best 169 rushing yards. Jefferson added 81 yards rushing and hit seven of 12 passes for 128 yards. The defense was led by Brady Amack, who had 10 tackles and two tackles for loss.
LAST WEEK'S NOTES
AFA scored on its opening drive, the sixth time this season AFA has scored on the opening drive. It is the first time in three games AFA has scored on its first drive.
Air Force has scored a rushing touchdown in 32 consecutive games dating back to Navy on Oct. 3, 2009.
In 11 games this season, the opponent has not scored a point on the opening drive of the second half this season. The Falcons have forced nine punts and two interceptions.
Air Force improves to 13-4 all-time vs. UNLV. The Falcons are now 7-1 at home vs. UNLV.
The Air Force senior class improves to 31-19 overall and 17-13 in conference play.
Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun improves to 40-23 overall and 23-15 in Mountain West Conference games. Calhoun is 23-8 in Falcon Stadium, including a 4-3 mark this season.
Air Force improves to 21-10 under head coach Troy Calhoun during the second half of the season (last six games) dating back to 2007, including a 3-2 mark this season. The Falcons improved to 12-4 overall under Calhoun in the month of November, including a 2-1 mark this season.
Sophomore offensive tackle Alex Huskisson made his first career start.
Fullback Wes Cobb's touchdown in the first quarter was his third of the season and his first in eight games (since Tennessee State).
Cobb's two touchdowns are a career high.
Zack Kauth's five catches are a career high. His previous high was four earlier this season vs. Tennessee State. Kauth's 90 receiving yards are the second most of his career. His career high is 92 vs. Boise State earlier this season.
Senior Asher Clark's 67-yard touchdown run in the second quarter is the longest of his career.
Clark recorded his third 100-yard rushing game of the season and the 10th of his career.
Clark's 169 yards rushing today are new career high. His previous high was 164 vs. UNLV in 2009.
With his 169 yards rushing, Clark passed Beau Morgan for second all-time in career rushing yards at Air Force. Morgan had 3,379 from 1994-96. Clark has rushed for 3,469 career yards. Dee Dowis holds the career record for rushing yards with 3,612 (1986-89)
Clark's 3,469 career rushing yards are the third most in Mountain West history. Clark moved past BYU's Harvey Unga (2006-09) who had 3,455 yards. New Mexico's DonTrell Moore holds the league record with 4,973 (2002-05) while UNM's Rodney Ferguson (2004-08) had 3,564.
Tim Jefferson has now won 27 games and moves into third place in Mountain West Conference history in career wins. He moves ahead of Utah's Brian Johnson (2005-08), who had 26 wins.
Brady Amack's two tackles for loss ties his career high set vs. Navy earlier this season.
Amack's 10 tackles mark the sixth time this season he has recorded 10 or more tackles. It is also the third straight game and fifth in the last seven that he has had double digits in tackles.
Tim Jefferson becomes the fourth player in school history to reach 6,000 yards of total offense. Jefferson is fourth in school history with 6,108.
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.
10 - 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.
23 - wins in 31 games in Falcon Stadium for Air Force under head coach Troy Calhoun.
23 - tackles by Brady Amack vs. Navy, sixth most in AF history and second most by an FBS player in 2011.
27 - number of wins for senior starting quarterback Tim Jefferson, the most in school history.
29 - games under head coach Troy Calhoun with a 100-yard rusher. Team is 23-6 in these games.
32 - straight games Air Force has rushed for a touchdown dating back to Navy Oct. 3, 2009.
DEFENSE TOUGH: Air Force has allowed just 14.5 points per game the last four weeks. The Falcons shutout New Mexico, 42-0, defeated Army, 24-14, lost to Wyoming, 25-17, and defeated UNLV, 45-17. The Falcons have held their opponents scoreless in the second half in two of the last four games and have allowed just 5.0 points overall, including just 3.3 scored by the offense in the second stanza. Air Force held both New Mexico and Army scoreless and allowed just six offensive points vs. Wyoming and seven vs. UNLV. The opponents have averaged just 121 yards of offense and seven first downs in the second half in the last four games.
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. Air Force held UNLV to just 268 total yards last week, including just 133 in the second half.
TEAM DEFENSIVE NOTES
Air Force leads the MW and ranks eighth nationally in pass defense with a 166.1 average.
Air Force ranks third in the MW and 61st nationally in total defense with a 385.4 average.
Air Force has forced 12 turnovers the last four games, AFA had nine total in the first seven games.
Air Force held UNLV to just 133 yards and seven first downs in the second half.
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 nine punts and two interceptions.
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).
OFFENSE RANKS AMONG BEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY: The Air Force offense ranks among the top 10 all-time in several categories for a single season. A complete look at where this season's offense ranks and the school record for each category follows.
TEAM OFFENSIVE NOTES
Air Force is third in the MW and 27th nationally in total offense with a 449.2 average.
The team is third in the MW and 23rd nationally in third-down conversions with a 47.4 mark.
Air Force leads the MW and ranks 24th nationally in red zone offense with an 86.5 mark (45-52).
Air Force leads the MW and ranks fourth nationally in fourth downs with an 80.0 mark (20-25).
Air Force's 318.2 rushing average is its best since averaging 332.7 in 1997.
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 second in the MW and ranks 15th nationally in punt returns with a 12.8 average.
The Falcons lead the conference in field goal percentage with a .824 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 seven 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 against Wyoming while UNLV held a 4:38 advantage. The team's TOP for the season is up to 29:01, which is just off its season best (29:09).
AIR FORCE FOURTH NATIONALLY WITH 231-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
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 14 TOs, at least two each game, with a +4 TO margin the last five games.
The Falcons forced just seven turnovers and were -6 in TO margin in the first six games of the season.
Air Force is sixth in the Mountain West in turnover margin with a -.18 mark this season.
Air Force has won the turnover battle just three times this season (+2 UNM; +3 Army; +1 UNLV)
Air Force is a combined +48 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.
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.
START CHART: Several Falcons have significant streaks going in terms of consecutive games started. Senior DB Anthony Wright leads the way with 47 straight dating back to 2009. Senior DB Jon Davis has the second-longest streak with 37. Senior RB Asher Clark is third at 30 followed by senior QB Tim Jefferson with 29. Wright leads the way in overall games started as well with 47. Jefferson is second with 42, Clark is third with 38 and Davis is fourth with 37. A look at both lists follows.
AMACK AMONG MW/NATION'S BEST: Senior LB Brady Amack is second in the Mountain West and 12th nationally in tackles with an average of 10.6 per game. Amack has led the team in tackles in six straight games and eight of the last nine this season. He has hit double figures in tackles in six of the last eight, including three straight. He had a team-high 10 tackles, including two for a loss, last week vs. UNLV. Amack is also tied for fourth in the MW and 14th nationally with four forced fumbles.
Amack has 117 tackles this season and is the first Falcon since John Falgout in 2009 to reach the 100-tackle mark. His 117 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 second 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 7.2 average. Davis has 79 total tackles, including 39 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.
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 PASSING: Senior QB Tim Jefferson has hit 89-of-149 passes for 1,257 yards on the season with nine touchdowns and six interceptions. His 59.7 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 142.22 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.
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 27-15 career record as a starter. His 27 wins ranks third 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 27. His .643 (27-15) winning percentage is the ninth-best nationally.
HERRINGTON LEADS THE MOUNTAIN WEST: Junior kicker Parker Herrington leads the Mountain West in field goals with a 1.27 average and in field goal percentage with an 82.4 mark. He is 11-of-13 inside 40 yards and had a streak of 10 straight made field goals snapped last week vs. UNLV. Herrington is fifth in the conference and second among kickers in scoring with a 6.9 average. He is 14-of-17 on the season and has kicked two or more field goals in a game five times this season.
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 523 yards and nine touchdowns while Cobb is fourth with 297 yards and four touchdowns. Freshman Broam Hart has chipped in with 52 yards. The trio has combined for 872 yards and 13 touchdowns which is an average of 79.2 yards per game.
The fullbacks have had 100 or more yards in a game five times overall and in three of the last five. 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 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.
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.
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 CLOSING IN ON SECOND STRAIGHT 1,000-YARD SEASON: Senior tailback Asher Clark rushed for a caeer-best 169 yards and scored on a career-best 67-yard run last week against UNLV. The 100-yard effort is his third this season and 10th in his career. Clark moved past Beau Morgan (1994-96), who had 3,379 career yards, into second on the Air Force career rushing list with 3,469 yards. He needs just 144 yards to surpass Dee Dowis (1986-89), who had 3,612 yards.
Clark pushed his season total to 985 yards and he needs just 15 more to record his second straight 1,000-yard season. He rushed for 1,031 last season. Clark would become just the third player in school history to record two 1,000-yard seasons and just the second ever and first since Beau Morgan in 1995-96 to record back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons.
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 second in the Mountain West in rushing this season with an 89.5 per-game average. He is averaging 7.1 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 ... College Football Performance Awards running back of the week vs. UNLV.
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.
HOME SWEET HOME: Air Force is 23-8 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.
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'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.