Calhoun hosts press conference as Air Force opens season vs. Idaho State
Calhoun hosts press conference as Air Force opens 2012 season vs. Idaho State
Air Force opens the 2012 season this week when Idaho State comes to Falcon Stadium. Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun discussed the game and the season during his weekly press conference this week.
Game 1: Air Force vs. Idaho State
Saturday Sept. 1 12 p.m. MT Falcon Stadium (46,692) USAF Academy, CO
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Jim Arthur (play-by-play); Jesse Kurtz (analyst); Jay Ricci/Bob Ihle (pre- and post-game)
GAME FACTS: Air Force opens the 2012 season at home against Idaho State ... This is the second meeting between the two schools and first since 1956 ... Air Force was picked sixth in the Mountain West during the conference's annual media event in July ... The Falcons are opening against an FCS team for the sixth straight year ... Air Force is 8-1 all-time against teams from the Big Sky ... The Falcons have won 14 straight home openers against unranked teams dating back to 1994.
Air Force: Troy Calhoun (Air Force, 1989) is in his sixth season. He has led the Falcons to a 41-24 career record. Calhoun is 24-15 in MWC games, 17-9 in non-conference games, 23-8 in Falcon Stadium, 14-12 in road games (11-7 in MW road games) and 2-3 in bowl games.
Idaho State: Mike Kramer (Idaho, 1977) is in his second season. He has led the program to a 2-9 mark. Kramer has a 79-84 career mark in his 13th season.
THE SERIES: Air Force and Idaho State are playing for the second time. The schools first played on Nov. 17, 1956, in Pueblo Stadium in Pueblo, Colo., in Air Force's first season as a varsity program. Idaho State won the game, 13-7.
AIR FORCE VS. THE BIG SKY: Air Force is 8-1 all-time against teams that are in or were in the Big Sky Conference when Air Force played them. The lone loss came at the hands of Idaho State, 13-7, in 1956. The Falcons have won eight straight games vs. the Big Sky since that loss. Air Force is 1-0 vs. Cal State Northridge, Eastern Washington and Weber State and 5-0 vs. former member Idaho.
Air Force is 35-19-2 overall in season openers, including a 30-8 mark in season openers at home.
Air Force has won five straight and six of the last eight season openers with the only losses coming at
No. 11 Tennessee in 2006 and vs. No. 13 California in 2004.
The Falcons have won seven of the last eight season openers at home with the only loss coming vs.
No. 13 California in 2004.
Air Force has won 14 straight season openers vs. unranked teams dating back to 34-21 setback vs.
Colorado State in 1994.
Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun is 5-0 in season openers, all five coming at home.
AIR FORCE VS. NON-CONFERENCE FOES UNDER CALHOUN
Air Force is 17-9 against non-conference foes under head coach Troy Calhoun.
The Falcons are 10-1 at home, 4-5 on the road and 3-3 in neutral site games.
Air Force posted a 4-2 mark last season in non-conference games.
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 VS. FCS TEAMS: Air Force is 16-0 all-time against teams from the Football Championship Subdivision. Head Coach Troy Calhoun is 5-0, including last season's 37-20 victory over South Dakota to open the season.
A LOOK AT IDAHO STATE: Idaho State finished last season with a 2-9 overall mark, including a 1-7 record in the Big Sky Conference ... The team averaged 18.5 points per game last year ... Idaho State won the 1981 Division I-AA national championship ... Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is an Idaho State graduate ... The program has had eight individuals play or coach in the NFL, including current Minnesota Vikings all-pro Jared Allen ... Allen lettered from 2000-03 at Idaho State and was an All-American in 2002 and 2003.
2011 SEASON RECAP: The 2011 season was a record-setting one for Air Force, as the school made a bowl appearance for a fifth straight year for the first time in school history. The Falcons played Toledo in the Military Bowl. Air Force closed the season with a 7-6 overall record and a 3-4 mark in the Mountain West Conference.
The Falcons won the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy for a second straight year and for a record 18th time overall with victories over Army and Navy. The Falcons defeated Navy, 35-34, in overtime in Annapolis on Oct. 1, and beat Army, 24-14, in Falcon Stadium on Nov. 5 to secure the coveted award.
The Falcons closed the season with convincing wins over UNLV, 45-17, at home and at Colorado State, 45-21. Air Force entered the two games in playoff mode, needing both wins to become bowl-eligible. The victories also secured a fifth consecutive season with seven or more wins which marks an Academy first.