Calhoun hosts press conference as Air Force prepares to travel to UNLV
Game Notes TELEVISION Altitude Sports in the Mountain area
RADIO 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 returns to action this Saturday following an open week ... In six years under Troy Calhoun, the Falcons have had just three open weeks, posting a 1-1 mark the week after ... Air Force is 13-4 all-time vs. UNLV and has won five straight and nine of the last 10 ... Air Force is 5-3 at UNLV in the series ... The Falcons are playing for the first time on Altitude Sports ... This week is the Mountain West Conference opener for Air Force ... The Falcons are 11-2 all-time in MW openers and had a conference-record 11-game winning streak snapped last season vs. TCU ... Air Force is 6-0 on the road in MW openers ... The team is opening on the road in MW play for the first time since 2009, a 37-13 win at New Mexico ... Air Force defeated UNLV, 35-20, in the last meeting between the two schools in Las Vegas.
Category Air Force UNLV 2012 Record 1-1 (0-0 MW) 0-2 (0-0 MW) Streaks L 1 L 7 Last week Open vs. Washington State, 9/14 Next week vs. Colorado State, 9-29 at Utah State, 9/29 Website goairforcefalcons.com unlvrebels.com
COACHES Air Force: Troy Calhoun (Air Force, 1989) is in his sixth season. He has led the Falcons to a 42-25 career record. Calhoun is 24-15 inMWC games, 18-10 in non-conference games, 24-8 in Falcon Stadium, 14-13 in road games (11-7 in MW road games) and 2-3 in bowl games. UNLV: Bobby Hauck (Montana, 1988) is in his third season. He has led the Rebels to a 4-23 record. Hauck has an 84-40 career record in his 10th season.
THE SERIES Air Force and UNLV meet for the 18th time overall and 17th time as conference foes. Air Force leads the overall series, 13-4, and has a 13-3 mark in conference games. The Falcons are 7-1 at home and 5-3 at UNLV in the series. Air Force has won five straight and nine of the last 10 games. UNLV won back-to-back games in 2000-01 prior to the recent Air Force run. Air Force defeated UNLV, 35-20, in 2010 the last time the two played in Las Vegas. The Falcons defeated UNLV, 45-17, last season in Falcon Stadium.
CONFERENCE OPENERS Air Force is 11-2 in Mountain West openers dating back to 1999. The Falcons set a MW record by winning 11 straight from 2000-10. TCU snapped Air Force's 11-game winning streak with a 35-19 victory last season in Falcon Stadium. Air Force is 5-2 at home and 6-0 on the road. Air Force has opened with UNLV one other time, a 27-10 victory in Las Vegas in 2004. The Falcons are 23-9 all-time in conference openers dating back to 1980. Air Force has won 15 of the last 17 conference openers overall.
Air Force Mountain West Openers Year Opponent Result 2011 TCU L 19-35 2010 BYU W 35-14 2009 at New Mexico W 37-13 2008 at Wyoming W 23-3 2007 at Utah W 20-12 2006 at Wyoming W 31-24 2005 San Diego State W 41-29 2004 at UNLV W 27-10 2003 Wyoming W 35-29 2002 New Mexico W 38-31 OT 2001 San Diego State W 45-21 2000 BYU W 32-12 1999 Wyoming L 7-10
LAST SEASON VS. UNLV: 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.
THE LAST TIME IN LAS VEGAS: Air Force defeated UNLV, 35-20, to close out the regular season. Tim Jefferson opened the Air Force scoring with a five-yard touchdown pass to Zack Kauth to give the Falcons a 7-0 lead. UNLV recorded 17 unanswered points to take a 17-7 lead in the second quarter before the Falcons closed the half with the first of three Jefferson TD runs to make it 17-14 at halftime. The Falcons out-scored UNLV, 21-3, in the second half while holding the Rebels to just 96 total ayrds, including 18 yards rushing. Jonathan Warzeka scored on a 54 yard run and Jefferson added two more TD runs. Air Force finished with 454 total yards, including 343 rushing. Austin Niklas led the defensive effort with a career-best 14 tackles.
FOLLOWING AN OPEN WEEK: Air Force is playing a game following an open week for just the third time in six seasons under head coach Troy Calhoun. The Falcons are 1-1 in the previous two games,a 33-27 loss vs. Navy in 2008 and a 63-24 victory over Tennessee State last season. Both games were played in Falcon Stadium.