Air Force Football Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Notes
Dec. 12, 2012
Air Force (6-6) vs. Rice (6-6)
Saturday Dec. 29 9:45 a.m. MT
Amon G. Carter Stadium Fort Worth, TX
GAME FACTS: Air Force is playing in a bowl game for a school-record sixth straight year ... The previous record for consecutive bowl games was four (1982-85 and 1989-92) ... Air Force is playing in its fourth Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (2007-09, 12) ... Air Force is 10-11-1 all-time in bowl games ... Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun is 2-3 in bowl games, including a 1-2 mark in the Armed Forces Bowl ... Air Force is playing its first game in the state of Texas since playing at TCU in 2010 ... Air Force is 1-7 all-time at Amon G. Carter Stadium with the lone win coming in the 2009 Armed Forces Bowl ... Air Force and Rice are playing for the seventh time overall and first since 1998 ... Air Force and Rice are two of the top academic institutions in the nation, both ranking in the top 10 in Academic Performance Rate (APR) ... The Owls are sixth with a 986 mark while Air Force is 10th with a 980 ... Air Force and Rice are playing each other for the first time in a bowl game ... This will be Troy Calhoun's fourth appearance in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl while Rice coach David Bailiff is making his second appearance overall and first as a head coach ... Bailiff coached in the first-ever Fort Worth Bowl while as an assistant at TCU ... Troy Calhoun and his coaching staff ranks 11th nationally in consecutive bowl apperances with six (at the same school).
Year - Result
AIR FORCE VS. CONFERENCE-USA: Air Force is 2-1 all-time against teams in Conference-USA. All three meetings have come against Houston, twice in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. The Falcons defeated Houston, 31-28, in Dallas, Texas, on Sept. 13, 2009. The game was moved from Houston to Dallas due to weather. The Cougars defeated Air Force, 34-28, later that year at the bowl. Air Force beat Houston, 47-20, the following year in a bowl rematch.
AIR FORCE - RICE CONNECTIONS
BOWL ATTENDANCE/TICKET NOTES: Air Force has averaged 9,816 tickets sold in its five bowl games dating back to 2007. Air Force sold a then-record 11,945 for the 2007 Armed Forces Bowl and broke that mark in the 2010 Independence Bowl with 12,098 sold.
BOWL HISTORY: Air Force is playing in its 23rd bowl game this season. The Falcons extended its school record for consecutive bowl games to six years with the 2012 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. Air Force has a 10-11-1 all-time bowl record.
AIR FORCE AT AMON G. CARTER STADIUM: Air Force is 1-7 all-time at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas. The Falcons have lost five times to TCU at the home field of the Horned Frogs and twice in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. The lone win came in the 2009 bowl game vs. Houston.
AIR FORCE TO WEAR SPECIAL UNIFORMS FOR BOWL GAME: The Air Force football team will wear a specially designed uniform for the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl that was inspired by the Air Force's B-2 Spirit and F-22 Raptor aircrafts. The helmet logo is the top view of a B-2 Spirit aircraft. The name on the back of the even numbered jerseys will have F-22 Raptor while the odd numbered jerseys will have B-2 Spirit in place of the name. The team used the uniforms for the Navy game earlier this season.
AIR FORCE VS. NON-CONFERENCE FOES UNDER CALHOUN
CALHOUN, STAFF RANK AMONG THE BEST IN CONSECUTIVE BOWLS: Air Force Head Coach Troy Calhoun and his coaching staff are headed to a sixth consecutive bowl game which ranks among the top programs nationally. Frank Beamer of Virginia Tech is making is 20th straight, followed by Bob Stoops of Oklahoma with 14 and Mark Richt of Georgia with 12. The Air Force coaching staff's six-year streak ranks 11th nationally.
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 12 games. Hawai'i leads the nation in first-time starters with 31. Temple is third with 23 followed by TCU and Colorado with 21 each.
AIR FORCE BY THE NUMBERS
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 24.7 yards per game. The Falcons have been penalized 39 times for 296 yards in 12 games. The team is averaging just 3.3 penalties per game.
FALCONS LEAD THE NATION GOING FOR IT ON FOURTH DOWN: Air Force has gone for it on fourth down 41 times this season which leads the nation. The Falcons have been successful 24 times for a 58.54 percentage which ranks 38th nationally. Army is second with 40 fourth-down attempts.
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 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.
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, 3-3 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.
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.
Air Force outright CIC title years:
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 competition 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 played 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 2012 rushing average of 328.8 and total offense average of 435.9 are 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 25th in school history with 1,499 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 1,336 yards.
GETZ ADDED TO DOAK WALKER AWARD WATCH LIST: Air Force senior Cody Getz was 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. 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 28th nationally in tackles with a 9.5 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 114, is also ninth in the conference and tied for 47th nationally in forced fumbles with three which is an average of .25 per game.
MACARTHUR DOING IT ALL: Junior receiver Ty MacArthur is doing it all for Air Force. He leads the team in receiving with 24 catches for 411 yards. He is averaging 17.1 yards per catch. He is fifth on the team in rushing with 419 yards and two touchdowns on 48 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 965 all-purpose yards which is second on the team and is averaging 80.4 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. The 20 stops are the third most in the Mountain West this 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 third on the team in tackles with 86. He is averaging 7.2 tackles per game which ranks third in the conference among defensive backs.
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 ALL-MW SELECTIONS: Senior offensive lineman Jordan Eason and senior outside linebacker Alex Means were each named second-team all-Mountain West Conference, as selected by the 10 head coaches and a select media panel. The Falcons also had senior running back Cody Getz, senior defensive back Brian Lindsay, senior offensive lineman Jason Kons and senior linebacker Austin Niklas named honorable mention all-MW.
AIR FORCE PLAYER HONORS IN 2012
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