Coach Calhoun talks about Nevada in Tuesday press conference
Oct. 23, 2012
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GAME FACTS: Air Force closes out a stretch of playing four home games in five weeks by hosting Nevada ... This will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools ... Following this week, Air Force will close out the season with three of four games on the road ... Air Force and Nevada are tied for second in the Mountain West with Fresno State and San Diego State at 3-1 ... Air Force is playing its second-straight night game at home and first non-Saturday tilt of the year ... The Falcons close out the home season with Hawai'i at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 16 ... Troy Calhoun and Chris Ault are two of 14 coaches in the country that are leading their alma maters as head coaches ... Air Force has won two straight and three of the last four games, including last week's 28-23 win vs. New Mexico ... The Falcons are coming off back-to-back wins for the first time this season ... Nevada had a five-game winning streak snapped last week vs. San Diego State, 39-38 in overtime ... Air Force is 3-1 in Falcon Stadium this season.
COACHES Air Force: Troy Calhoun (Air Force, 1989) is in his sixth season. He has led the Falcons to a 45-27 career record. Calhoun is 27-16 in MWC games, 18-11 in non-conference games, 26-9 in Falcon Stadium, 16-15 in road games (12-9 in MW road games) and 2-3 in bowl games. Nevada: Chris Ault (Nevada, 1969) is in his 28th season at Nevada. He has led the Wolfpack to a 232-105-1 career record.
THE SERIES: Air Force and Nevada will be meeting for the first time.
PLAYING BEST WHEN IT MATTERS MOST: Air Force is 21-10 under head coach Troy Calhoun in games during the second half of the season (last six games). The Falcons, 1-0 this season following last week's 28-23 win vs. New Mexico, were 4-2 last season and 3-3 in 2010. Air Force was 4-2 in 2009 and 2008 and 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 26-9 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.
AIR FORCE / NEVADA ONE-TWO IN THE MW IN SEVERAL CATEGORIES: Air Force and Nevada rank first and second in the conference in three categories. Nevada leads the conference in total offense at 541.1 yards per game while Air Force is second at 463.6. The Falcons lead the league in passing efficiency at 171.6 while Nevada is second at 155.8. Air Force leads the MW in third-down conversions at 57.0 percent while Nevada is second at 52.6.
LAST WEEK: Air Force defeated New Mexico, 28-23, in Falcon Stadium. The Falcons overcame a 10-0 deficit to post its first back-to-back wins this season. Justin Adams opened the scoring with a field goal and Kasey Carrier scored the first of three touchdowns to give the Lobos a 10-0 first-quarter lead. Wes Cobb got the Falcons on the board with the first of three one-yard touchdowns runs to cut the lead to 10-7 late in the first. Alex Means returned an interception 65 yards late in the second quarter to give the Falcons a 14-10 halftime lead. New Mexico countered early in the third with another Carrier touchdown run to take a 17-14 lead. Cobb added his second TD in the third quarter and his third early in the fourth to give Air Force a 28-17 advantage. Carrier scored again to cut the lead to 28-23 with 12:08 remaining. The Falcons held on a fourth-and-four late in the game and ran out the clock to make up the final margin. Cobb led the way with a season-high 82 yards rushing while Ty MacArthur chipped in with 94 yards rushing. Dietz added 58 yards rushing and hit four-of-four passes for 61 yards. Means lead the defense with 10 tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss and the interception return TD. Christian Spears chipped in with a career-best 20 tackles. Air Force finished the day with 366 total yards. New Mexico gained 443 yards, including 409 rushing. Carrier finished with a conference-record 338 yards rushing.
LAST WEEK'S GAME NOTES Team Notes Air Force uses game captains. The captains for the New Mexico game were seniors Alex Means (LB), Jason Kons (OL) and Connor Dietz (QB). The Falcons improve to 20-10 all-time vs. New Mexico, including a 16-8 mark in conference games. The Falcons are now 11-3 at home vs. the Lobos and have won six straight in Falcon Stadium dating back to 2000. Air Force has won five straight and eight of the last nine overall in the series. Air Force played its first game this season without a first-time starter. The Falcons have had 20 players make the first start of their careers in a game this season, including at least one in each of the first six games, which ranks second nationally. Air Force extended its streak of consecutive games with at least one rushing touchdown to 41 straight games dating back to Navy Oct. 3, 2009. Alex Means returned an interception for a touchdown to mark the first non-offensive touchdown by Air Force this season. The non-offensive score is the first since Jordan Waiwaiole scored on a 52-yard fumble return vs. Army in 2010.
Individual Notes Senior RB Wes Cobb scored a career-high three touchdowns. He scored on one-yard runs in the first, third and fourth quarters. The touchdowns are his first this season. Cobb finished the game with a season-high 82 yards rushing. His previous rushing best came last week at Wyoming with 49 yards. His previous best for touchdowns (2) came vs. UNLV last season. Sophomore QB Kale Pearson attempted the first pass of his career, a 14-yard completion to Christian Gann for a first down in the second quarter. Senior LB Alex Means scored the first touchdown of his career on a 65-yard interception return in the second quarter to give Air Force a 14-10 lead. The interception is his second this season and third of his career. The turnover by Means is his second this season and ninth of his career (3 INT, 3 FF, 3 FR). Means is the first Falcon to score a non-offensive touchdown since Jordan Waiwaiole scored on a 52-yard fumble return vs. Army in 2010. Sophomore DB Christian Spears recorded a career-high 20 tackles to mark the second time this season he's topped the 10-tackle mark in a game. His previous high was 12 vs. Navy earlier this season. Spears' tackles are the most by a Falcon this season. The previous best by a Falcon was 16 by Austin Niklas vs. UNLV. Spears' tackles are the most by a Falcon since Brady Amack had 23 vs. Navy last season. Junior WR Ty MacArthur tied his career high with four catches (Navy and Idaho State earlier this season). He also rushed for a career-best 94 yards. Senior QB Connor Dietz hit four-of-four passes for 61 yards to extend his streak to 69 passes without an interception. The only interception of his career came last season vs. Wyoming. New Mexico running back Kasey Carrier's 338 rushing yards are the second-most ever in one game against Air Force. Eddie Lee Ivory of Georgia Tech holds the record against Air Force with 356 yards in 1978.