Calhoun hosts press conference as AF prepares to travel to Army
Oct. 30, 2012
TELEVISION CBS College Sports Ben Holden (play-by-play), Randy Cross (color)
RADIO KVOR AM 740 in Colorado Springs; The Fan 104.3 in Denver; Goairforcefalcons.com Jim Arthur (play-by-play); Jesse Kurtz (analyst); Jay Ritchie/Bob Ihle (pre- and post-game)
GAME FACTS: Air Force begins a stretch of playing three of its final four games on the road this week by traveling to West Point, N.Y. ... The Falcons will go coast-to-coast in back-to-back weeks as the team heads to San Diego, Calif., to take on San Diego State next week ... This week's game is the last regular season non-conference game for the Falcons ... Air Force is 1-2 in non-conference games this season and 18-11 under head coach Troy Calhoun ... Air Force is 7-4 in service academy games under head coach Troy Calhoun, including a 3-2 mark on the road ... The Falcons have won two straight service academy road games, at Navy in 2011 and at Army in 2010 ... Air Force cannot win the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy outright this season after losing to Navy ... The Falcons can retain the trophy with a win this week at Army and a Black Knight victory over Navy ... This week's game is the second straight on the CBS Sports Network ... Air Force and Army are the two top rushing teams in the nation ... Army leads the nation at 383.13 yards per game while Air Force is second at 366.25 ... Air Force is 1-2 in road games this season with losses at Mighigan and UNLV and a victory at Wyoming ... Air Force leads the series with Army, 32-13-1, including a 12-9 mark at Army ... Air Force's current three-game winning streak is its longest since 2010.
COACHES Air Force: Troy Calhoun (Air Force, 1989) is in his sixth season. He has led the Falcons to a 46-27 career record. Calhoun is 28-16 in MWC games, 18-11 in non-conference games, 27-9 in Falcon Stadium, 16-15 in road games (12-9 in MW road games) and 2-3 in bowl games. Army: Rich Ellerson (Hawai'i, 1977) is in his fourth season. He has led the Black Knights to a 16-29 record. Ellerson has a career record of 76-70 in his 13th season.
COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF'S TROPHY: The 2012 season marks the 41st year of trophy competition. The trophy goes annually to the winning academy with the best record in round-robin competition. Air Force was beaten by Navy, 28-21, in overtime Oct. 6 in Falcon Stadium. The loss drops Air Force all-time CIC record to a series-best 53-28-0. The Falcons cannot win the trophy out-right this season. Air Force will retain the trophy, which doesn't count as a title, with a victory over Army Nov. 3 and an Army win over Navy Dec. 8. Air Force won its second straight and record 18th Commander-in-Chief's Trophy in 2011. The Falcons defeated Navy, 35-34, in overtime in Annapolis Oct. 1 and Army, 24-14, in Falcon Stadium Nov. 5. Air Force's back-to-back CIC Trophy titles are its first since 2001-02.
Team Record Pct. Air Force 53-28-0 .654 Navy 42-38-1 .525 Army 25-54-1 .319
Air Force outright CIC title years: `82, `83, `85, `87, `89, `90, `91, `92, `94, `95, `97, `98, `99, `00, `01, `02, `10, `11
THE SERIES Air Force and Army are meeting for the 47th time overall. Air Force leads the series, 32-13-1. The Falcons are 19-3 at home, 12-9 at Army and 1-1-1 in neutral site games. Air Force has won six straight and 14 of the last 15 in the series. The Falcons have won seven straight at Army dating back to 1996. Air Force is 29-11 in Commander-in-Chief's Trophy games vs. Army dating back to 1972. The Falcons are 18-2 at home and 11-9 at Army in CIC games. Air Force defeated Army, 24-14, last season in Falcon Stadium. The Falcons defeated Army, 42-22, in the last meeting at West Point in 2010 The teams first played to a 13-13 tie in Yankee Stadium in New York in 1959.
THE LAST MEETING: Air Force defeated Army, 24-14, overcoming a 14-point deficit in the first quarter to win the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy for the second straight year and 18th time overall. The Black Knights opened up a 14-0 lead on a Max Jenkins one-yard touchdown run and a Larry Dixon 13-yard scoring run. The Falcons made two big defensive plays at the goal line to prevent an even larger lead, stuffing a fourth-and-one try from the one and a forced fumble by Josh Hall at the one that went out of the end zone for a touchback. The Falcons opened the second half after being shutout in the first half for the first time since 2009 with the first of three Parker Herrington field goals to get on the board and cut the lead to 14-3. Tim Jefferson added a two-yard run and a two-point conversion run by Asher Clark cut the lead to 14-11 in the third. Herrington added another field goal to tie the game, then Jefferson put the team ahead to stay with his second TD run, a one-yard plunge, to give the Falcons a 21-14 lead late in the third quarter. Herrington closed the scoring with his third field goal early in the fourth to make up the final margin. Army had 286 yards total yards, all rushing, in the first half, but were held to just 80 total yards in the second stanza. Air Force had 301 total yards, including 179 rushing and 122 passing. Clark led the way with 78 yards rushing while Jefferson added 66. Jefferson also hit six-of-12 passes for 122 yards. The defense was led by Brady Amack, who had a game-high 14 tackles. Jon Davis matched his career high with 12 and had a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and interception. Jordan Waiwaiole and Alex Means chipped in with 11 tackles each while Patrick Hennessey had 10.
THE LAST TIME AT ARMY: Air Force defeated Army, 42-22, in West Point to win its first Commander-in-Chief's Trophy title since 2002. Army opened the scoring with a pair of first-quarter field goals to take a 6-0 lead. The Falcons took the lead for good on a Tim Jefferson touchdown run to make it 7-6 early in the second quarter. The Falcon extended the lead to 21-13 behind a Jefferson TD pass and a Nathan Walker scoring run. Air Force extended the lead to 28-16 late in the third quarter on another Jefferson TD pass and put the game away in the fourth with a Jordan Waiwaiole 52-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Air Force finished with 401 total yards. Jefferson had 124 yards passing and rushed for 57 yards while Walker finished with a career-high 109 yards rushing. The defense was led by Brady Amack, who had 13 total tackles.
AIR FORCE VS. NON-CONFERENCE FOES UNDER CALHOUN Air Force is 18-11 against non-conference foes under head coach Troy Calhoun. The Falcons are 11-2 at home, 4-6 on the road and 3-3 in neutral site games. Air Force is 1-2 this season vs. non-conference opponents.
Year Date Opponent Score 2012 Nov. 3 at Army Oct. 6 Navy L 21-28 OT Sept. 8 at Michigan L 25-31 Sept. 1 Idaho State W 49-21
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, 2-0 this season, 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.
AIR FORCE / ARMY ONE-TWO IN THE NATION IN RUSHING: Air Force and Army are the top two rushing teams in the nation. Army leads the nation with a per-game average of 383.13. Air Force is second in the nation with a 366.25 average. Army is averaging 5.75 yards per carry and has 22 touchdowns while Air Force is at 5.76 yards per carry with 29 touchdowns.