Calhoun hosts press conference as Air Force prepares to travel to Michigan
Air Force plays at Michigan this week in the Wolverines season opener. The Falcons are coming off an impressive 49-21 victory over Idaho State in the season opener last week. Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun discussed the game and the season during his weekly press conference this week.
• ABC (mirror ESPN2)
• Bob Wischusen (play-by-play), Danny Kanell (color), Maria Taylor (sidelines)
• KVOR AM 740 in Colorado Springs; The Fan 104.3 in Denver; Goairforcefalcons.com
• Jim Arthur (play-by-play); Jesse Kurtz (analyst); Jay Ricci/Bob Ihle (pre- and post-game)
GAME FACTS: Air Force will be playing for the second time at Michigan ... The team’s first played in 1964 in Ann Arbor, a 24-7 win for Michigan ... Air Force is 3-2 in week two of the season under head coach Troy Calhoun ... Air Force is 16-71-4 all-time vs. ranked teams ... Air Force is facing a ranked team for the first time since playing at No. 5/7 Boise State on Oct. 22 of last season ... The largest crowd Air Force has ever played in front of is 105,466 at Tennessee in 2006 ... Wolverines Stadium has a capacity of 109,901 ... Air Force is 3-2 in its first road game of the season under head coach Troy Calhoun ... The Falcons were 3-2 in road games last season and won their last road game at Colorado State, 45-21, last season ... Michigan’s ranking reflects last week’s ranking, as the updated rankings for this week are not available until Tuesday.
• Air Force: Troy Calhoun (Air Force, 1989) is in his sixth season. He has led the Falcons to a 42-24 career record. Calhoun is 24-15 in MWC games, 18-9 in non-conference games, 24-8 in Falcon Stadium, 14-12 in road games (11-7 in MW road games) and 2-3 in bowl games.
• Michigan: Brady Hoke (Ball State, 1982) is in his second season. He has led the Wolverines to an 11-3 mark. Hoke has a 58-53 career mark in his 10th season. Hoke is 1-1 in his career vs. Air Force with both games coming while he was at San Diego State.
AIR FORCE VS. RANKED TEAMS
• Air Force is 16-71-4 all-time vs. ranked teams.
• The Falcons were 0-2 vs. ranked teams last season, falling at #5/7 Boise State and vs. #25 TCU.
• Air Force’s last win over a ranked team was vs. #24 BYU, 31-14, in 2010 in Falcon Stadium.
• Air Force’s last win over a ranked team on the road was at #23 California, 23-21, in 2002.
• The highest ranked team Air Force has beaten on the road is #8 Notre Dame in 1995 (W 20-17 OT).
• Air Force has played two or more ranked teams every year since 2008.
THE SERIES: Air Force and Michigan are meeting for the second time overall and first since 1964. Michigan defeated Air Force, 24-7, in Ann Arbor in front of 68,888. The head coaches were Bump Elliott for Michigan and the legendary Ben Martin for Air Force. Former Air Force superintendent Paul Stein was the Falcons’ quarterback that day, while Bart Holaday handled the kicking duties. Holaday and his late wife, Lynn, were the primary donors for the Holaday Athletic Center which was opened in the fall of 2011. Joe O’Gorman, who donated the O’Gorman Theatre in the Falcon Athletic Center was a defensive end for Air Force that year. Jim Bowman, a 1956 graduate of Michigan, was an assistant coach on the Air Force staff. Bowman worked 48 years at the Academy before retiring in 2007 as the associate athletic director for recruiting support.
AIR FORCE VS. THE BIG TEN: Air Force is 5-9-2 all-time vs. teams from the Big Ten Conference. The Falcons last played a Big Ten opponent in 2009 at Minnesota. Air Force’s all-time results against the conference follow.
AIR FORCE VS. NON-CONFERENCE FOES UNDER CALHOUN
• Air Force is 1-0 this season vs. non-conference opponents.
• Air Force is 18-9 against non-conference foes under head coach Troy Calhoun.
• The Falcons are 11-1 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.
A LOOK AT MICHIGAN: Michigan’s first year of football was in 1879 ... The program has an all-time record of 895-311-36 ... Michigan was won 11 national championships, 42 conference championships and gone to 41 bowl games ... The Wolverines have had 23 undefeated seasons and 26 10-win seasons ... There have been 125 first-team All-Americans play at Michigan, including 78 consensus ... Senior QB Denard Robinson is on the Maxwell, Davey O’Brien, Walter Camp and Manning Award watch lists ... Senior kicker Brendan Gibbons joins Air Force’s Parker Herrington on the Lou Groza National Placekicker watch list ... Michigan is 14-4 in September the last six seasons ... The Wolverines return 13 starters from last season, including six on offense and seven on defense ... Michigan dropped its season opener last week vs. #2 Alabama, 41-14, in Cowboys Statium.
AIR FORCE - MICHIGAN CONNECTIONS: Air Force sophomore TE Nate Dreslinski is from Clinton, Mich., and graduated from Clinton High School. Junior center Michael Husar, Jr., is a native of Chicago, Ill., and his father, Mike, Sr., played footabll at Michigan from 1984-89.