Calhoun hosts press conference as Air Force prepares to host New Mexico
Oct. 16, 2012
GAME FACTS: Air Force starts the second half of the regular season this week by hosting New Mexico ... The Falcons and Lobos are meeting for the 30th time overall and 24th time as conference foes ... Air Force leads the series 19-10 overall and 15-8 in conference games ... The Falcons have won four straight and seven of the last eight against New Mexico, including a 48-23 decision in 2010 the last time the two played in Falcon Stadium ... AFA won last year’s game, 42-0, in Albuquerque ... Air Force is 22-10 under head coach Troy Cahoun in the second half of the season ... This week is the third home game in a stretch of playing four of five games at home ... Air Force closes it out next week by hosting Nevada ... This week’s game is the first night game at home this season and is the first of three straight home games at night ... Air Force also hosts Nevada Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. and Hawai’i Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. ... Air Force and New Mexico are each coming off road wins last week, Air Force at Wyoming and New Mexico at Hawai’i.
Category Air Force New Mexico 2012 Record 3-3 (2-1 MW) 4-3 (1-1 MW) Streaks W 1 W 2 Last week W 28-27 at Wyoming, 10/13 W 35-23 at Hawai’i, 10/13 Next week vs. Nevada, 10/26 vs. Fresno State, 10/27 Website goairforcefalcons.com golobos.com
COACHES • Air Force: Troy Calhoun (Air Force, 1989) is in his sixth season. He has led the Falcons to a 44-27 career record. Calhoun is 26-16 in MWC games, 18-11 in non-conference games, 25-9 in Falcon Stadium, 16-15 in road games (12-9 in MW road games) and 2-3 in bowl games. • New Mexico: Bob Davie (Youngstown State, 1977) is in his first season at New Mexico. He has led the Lobos to a 4-3 record. Davie has a 39-28 career record in his sixth season.
LAST SEASON VS. NEW MEXICO: Air Force defeated New Mexico, 42-0, in Albuquerque. The Falcons jumped to a 14-0 first quarter lead behind an Austin Briehl fumble recovery in the end zone and the first of four Mike DeWitt touchdown runs. DeWitt added two more in the second quarter and Connor Dietz, who replaced an injured Tim Jefferson, added a 39-yard scoring run to give Air Force a 35-0 halftime lead. DeWitt added his fourth rushing TD run early in the fourth quarter to make up the final margin. The Falcons rushed for 335 yards and had threw the ball just three times, completing two for 26 yards. Dietz led the Falcons with 87 yards rushing while DeWitt added 64. The defense led the way, securing its first road shutout since beating Colorado State, 24-0, in 1997. Senior linebacker Brady Amack led the team with nine tackles.
THE LAST TIME IN FALCON STADIUM (2010): Air Force defeated New Mexico, 48-23, in the final home game of the season. After a James Wright two-yard scoring run, the Falcons answered with an Asher Clark seven-yard run to tie the score at seven. Tim Jefferson added an eight-yard run to give the Falcons the lead for good, 14-7, early in the second quarter. Connor Dietz, who replaced an injured Jefferson, closed the half with a 28-yard scoring strike to Zack Kauth to give Air Force a 21-7 halftime lead. Following a New Mexico field goal to open the second half, Nathan Walker and Dietz scored rushing touchdowns to make it 35-10 after three quarters. Each team added two fourth-quarter touchdowns to make up the final margin.
TIES TO NEW MEXICO: Air Force Football Executive Assistant Steve Senn is a native of Albuquerque, N.M. and graduated from Cibola High School. He was inducted into the school’s hall of fame in 2011.
PLAYING BEST WHEN IT MATTERS MOST: Air Force is 22-10 under head coach Troy Calhoun in games during the second half of the season (last six games). The Falcons were 4-2 last season and 4-3 in 2010. 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.
HOME SWEET HOME: Air Force is 25-9 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.
Home Records Under Head Coach Troy Calhoun
LAST WEEK: Air Force overcame a 13-point second half deficit to defeat Wyoming, 28-27, in Laramie. The Cowboys opened the scoring with a nine-yard TD run by Shaun Wick to take a 6-0 lead in the first quarter. Air Force answered on the next drive with a Connor Dietz 41 yard touchdown pass to Dontae Strickland to take a 7-6 lead. Wyoming added a touchdown pass from Jason Thompson and a two-point conversion and a D.J. May touchdown run to take a 21-7 lead. Ty MacArthur and Dietz hooked up on a 46-yard scoring pass to cut the lead to 21-14, but the Cowboys tacked on a field goal on the last play of the first half to take a 24-14 halftime lead. Wyoming opened the second half with a field goal on its first drive to extend the lead to 27-13. Jon Lee scored on a two-yard touchdown run to cut the lead to 27-21 late in the third quarter. Kale Pearson, who entered the game for Dietz after he lost his helmet and was injured, scored a touchdown on a five-yard run with 7:45 left to give Air Force the lead. The defense held Wyoming on its next drive and the offense was able to run out the clock for the win. Air Force held the ball for 12:12 of the fourth quarter and limited Wyoming to just seven plays and 19 yards. The Falcons finished with 371 total yards, including 230 rushing. Connor Dietz led the way with a season-best 92 yards rushing and hit seven-of-nine passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns. The defense was led by Austin Niklas, who had a game-high 14 tackles. Steffon Batts and James Chambers added 10 tackles each while Alex Means chipped in with nine.
LAST WEEK’S GAME NOTES