Air Force Football hosts Hawai'i in Home Finale
Nov. 12, 2012
Friday Nov. 16 7:30 p.m. MT
Falcon Stadium (46,692) USAFA, CO
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GAME FACTS: Air Force plays its final home game this week when Hawai'i comes to town ... The Friday night game is Air Force's second this season, as the Falcons defeated Nevada, 48-31, Oct. 26 ... This will be the final home game for 22 senior players ... This is the 19th meeting between Air Force and Hawai'i and first since 2001 in Honolulu ... The Warriors are making their first trip to Air Force since 1996, a 34-7 Air Force win ... Air Force leads the overall series, 11-6-1, including a 5-1 mark in Falcon Stadium ... This is the lone home game for Air Force over its final four games of the season ... Air Force is 3-0 in home conference games this season with wins over Colorado State, New Mexico and Nevada.
Air Force: Troy Calhoun (Air Force, 1989) is in his sixth season. He has led the Falcons to a 46-29 career record. Calhoun is 28-17 in MWC games, 18-12 in non-conference games, 27-9 in Falcon Stadium, 16-17 in road games (12-10 in MW road games) and 2-3 in bowl games.
Hawai'i: Norm Chow (Utah, 1968) is in his first season as head coach at Hawai'i. He has led the Rainbows to a 1-8 record. Chow has been part of coaching at the collegiate and professional levels for 39 years, including 27 years as an assistant at BYU.
Air Force and Hawai'i will be meeting for the first time since 2001.
Air Force leads the overall series, 11-6-1.
Air Force is 6-5-1 at Hawai'i and 5-1 at home.
Air Force holds a 10-5-1 record vs. Hawai'i as conference foes.
The teams played as non-conference opponents in 1966 and 2001.
Air Force defeated Hawai'i, 34-7, in 1996 the last time the teams played in Falcon Stadium.
Hawai'i's lone win in Falcon Stadium came in 1992, a 6-3 victory.
Hawai'i defeated Air Force, 52-30, the last time the teams played which was in 2001 at Hawai'i.
The Hawai'i win in 2001 snapped a four-game Air Force winning streak in the series.
The team's first played in 1966 at the Academy, resulting in a 54-0 Air Force win.
1966 - AFA 54-0 (H)
1980 - UH 20-12 (A)
1982 - UH 45-21 (A)
1983 - AFA 45-10 (H)
1985 - AFA 27-20 (A)
1986 - AFA 24-17 (H)
1987 - AFA 34-31 (A)
1988 - UH 19-14 (A)
1989 - Tie 35-35 (A)
1990 - AFA 27-3 (H)
1991 - AFA 24-20 (A)
1992 - UH 6-3 (H)
1993 - UH 45-17 (A)
1994 - AFA 37-24 (A)
1995 - AFA 44-14 (A)
1996 - AFA 34-7 (H)
1997 - AFA 34-27 (A)
2001 - UH 52-30 (A)
(H/A) is for AFA
THE KUTER TROPHY: The General Laurence S. Kuter Trophy, named after the first PACAF commander, is a tribute to the friendship between Hawai'i and Air Force and to the cooperation between the people of Hawai'i and their Air Force. The trophy was conceived by the University of Hawai'i, sponsored by the Pacific Air Command, and the Air Force Academy helped design it. The Kuter trophy is presented to the winner of the annual football game between the two schools.
PLAYING BEST WHEN IT MATTERS MOST: Air Force is 22-12 under head coach Troy Calhoun in games during the second half of the season (last six games). The Falcons, 2-2 this season, were 4-2 last season. 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.
AIR FORCE TOUGH IN NOVEMBER CONFERENCE GAMES: Air Force is 7-5 under head coach Troy Calhoun in November conference games, including a mark of 7-2 against unranked teams. The Falcons are 5-2 at home and 2-3 on the road. Three of the four losses have been to ranked teams: at No. 18 BYU (38-21) in 2009, at No. 15 TCU (44-10) in 2008 and vs. No. 16 BYU (38-24) in 2008. Air Force was 4-9 in November home games from 2001-06 prior to Calhoun's arrival.
HOME SWEET HOME: Air Force is 27-9 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 - HAWAI'I LEAD THE NATION IN FIRST-TIME STARTERS IN 2012: Air Force has had 24 players start a game for the first time in their careers this season, which ranks second in the nation. The Falcons have had at least one player make their first-career start in eight of 10 games. Hawai'i leads the nation in first-time starters with 29. Temple is third with 22, followed by TCU (20) and Colorado (19).
Air Force players making their first career start this season are: Idaho State (13): WR Ty MacArthur, TE Austin Briehl, OL Drew Kerber, OL Michael Husar, Jr., RB Cody Getz, WR Chris Jordan, TE Nate Dreslinkski, DL Joseph Champaign, DL Cody Miller, LB Jared Jones, LB Josh Kusan, DB Christian Spears and DB Steffon Batts. Michigan (3): C Austin Hayes, WR Drew Coleman and WR Christian Gann. UNLV (1): OLB Stephan Atrice. Colorado State (1): Broam Hart. Navy (1): James Chambers. Wyoming (1): Alex Hansen. Nevada (1): Jon Lee. San Diego State (3): Alex Ludowig, Reggie Barnes, Joey Nichol.
FINAL HOME GAME FOR 22 SENIORS: This week is the final home game for 23 senior players. The class has recorded a 29-19 overall record and 17-11 Mountain West Conference record. The class has played in three bowl games and won two Commander-in-Chief's trophies.
The seniors: Stephan Atrice (LB), Chris Jordan (WR), Alex Means (LB), Connor Dietz (QB), Drew Coleman (WR), Tucker Tipton (QB), Parker Herrington (SPC), Dontae Strickland (WR), Mike DeWitt (RB), Cody Getz (RB), Austin Briehl (TE), Brian Lindsay (DB), Wes Cobb (RB), Scott Day (RB), Austin Niklas (LB), James Chambers (LB), Josh Kusan (LB), Jordan Eason (OL), Alex Huskinsson (OL), Jason Kons (OL), Evan Kaufman (OL), Nick DeJulio (DL), Cody Miller (DL).
FORMER FALCON TO BE HONORED AT HAWAI'I GAME: Scott Thomas, a 1986 graduate of the Air Force Academy and former All-American safety, will be honored during the Hawai'i game this week. Thomas was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2012. Thomas is the fourth former Falcon to be elected to the HOF, players Brock Strom (1985) and Chad Hennings (2006) and former coach Fisher DeBerry (2011).
Thomas earned consensus All-American honors in 1985 as a senior while leading Air Force to a school-best 12-1 record, a No. 5 national ranking and victory over Texas in the Bluebonnet Bowl. He led the team in interceptions with six that season and became just the seventh player in NCAA history at the time to have a kickoff, punt and interception return for a touchdown in the same season.
LAST WEEK: San Diego State defeated Air Force, 28-9, in San Diego. Air Force opened the scoring with a Parker Herrington field goal to take a 3-0 lead. The Aztecs converted an Air Force interception into points with a 20-yard touchdown run by Adam Muema to take the lead for good, 7-3. San Diego State took a 14-3 halftime lead behind another TD run by Muema. Everett Beed returned a fumble 52 yards for a touchdown and Chad Young scored on a touchdown pass from Adam Dingwell following another Air Force turnover to give the Aztecs a 28-3 lead. Wes Cobb scored on a five-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter. Air Force missed the extra point to make up the final margin. The Aztecs were led by Walter Kazee, who rushed for 106 yards. Muema added 81 yards as the Aztecs had 268 total yards. The Falcons, who had four turnovers, had 393 total yards. Cody Getz rushed for 55 yards to lead Air Force to a 320-yard rushing effort. Alex Means led the defense with 10 total tackles.
Air Force uses game captains. The captains for the San Diego State game were seniors Jason Kons (OL), Alex Means (LB) and Connor Dietz (QB).
Air Force had three players make the first start of their career. They were: freshman WR Alex Ludowig, freshman OLB Reggie Barnes and sophomore ILB Joel Nichol. Air Force has had 24 players make the first start of their career this season which ranks second in the nation.
Air Force forced San Diego State into a punt on a three-and-out on its opening drive of the game which is the second time the last three games the Falcons have done so.
Air Force kicked a field goal on its opening drive of the game to make the third straight game the team has opened with points on its opening drive. The Falcons scored a touchdown vs. Army and kicked a field goal vs. Nevada in the other two games.
Air Force extended its streak of consecutive games with at least one rushing touchdown to 44 straight games dating back to Navy Oct. 3, 2009. The streak is the longest current active streak in the nation.
Senior RB Cody Getz rushed for 55 yards to go over the 1,000-yard mark for the season. Getz is the 14th Falcon to rush for 1,000 or more yards in a season. He ranks 17th in Air Force history in rushing yards in a season with 1,006.
Senior SPC Parker Herrington kicked a 22-yard field goal on Air Force's opening drive to give the team a 3-0 lead. The field goal is Herrington's third straight made over the last three games.
Sophomore LB Joey Nichol made the first start of his career and responded with seven tackles and made the first fumble recovery of his career. Nichol entered the game with three assisted tackles this season.
Sophomore DB Christian Spears recorded the first interception of his career. He returned it 16 yards to set up an Air Force touchdown. The turnover was the second of the game (FF) and third (INT, 2 FF) of the season for Spears.
Sophomore RB Demario Kohn had a career-long and Falcon team-long 36-yard rush.
Freshman LB Reggie Barnes and freshman wide receiver Alex Ludowig also made their first-career starts for AFA.
Senior LB Alex Means led the Falcons with 10 tackles.
AIR FORCE HIGHEST RANKING MW SCHOOL/SERVICE ACADEMY IN RECENT POLL: The Air Force Academy ranks 31st nationally among Division I schools in the 10th Annual NCSA Collegiate Power Rankings.
NCSA Athletic Recruiting's Collegiate 2012 Power Rankings assess the academic and athletics standards of all NCAA athletic programs across the country. The Power Rankings were developed to help prospective student athletes and their families evaluate the particular strengths of the top colleges and universities at the Division I, II and III levels. Fewer than six percent of colleges and universities earn a spot in NCSA Athletic Recruiting's Top 100 for 2012, and the United States Air Force Academy is in this elite class.
The Collegiate Power Rankings from NCSA Athletic Recruiting are calculated for each Division I, II and III college and university by averaging student-athlete graduation rates, academic rankings provided by U.S. News & World Report, and the strength of athletic departments as determined by the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup.
These Power Rankings are only one example of NCSA Athletic Recruiting's commitment to redefining collegiate recruiting. As the leading athletic recruiting network, NCSA connects more than 42,000 college coaches with student-athletes who hope to pursue both higher education and the chance to compete in athletics at the college level.
A comprehensive list of the rankings, both overall and by division, is available at: http://www.ncsasports.org/about-ncsa/power-rankings.
FALCONS AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS IN APR: The Air Force football program was among 12 nationally recognized Football Bowl Series programs recognized with the NCAA Division I Academic Performance Public Recognition Award, announced by the NCAA.
Air Force is one of just two in the Mountain West Conference (Boise State) and was the only service academy recognized. This year marks the sixth straight the football program and the team's score of 980 ranks 10th nationally. Northwestern has the highest ranking of 995, followed by Boise State and Duke at 989.
Each year the NCAA honors selects Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear APR. This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams who demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports. Specifically, these teams posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.
AIR FORCE LEADS THE NATION WITH 10 ALUMNI COACHES
Troy Calhoun (Air Force, 1989), head coach
Jake Campbell (Air Force, 1996), assistant offensive backfield
Maj. Eldrick Hill (Air Force, 1993), varsity/JV assistant
Ben Miller (Air Force, 2002), RBs/special teams coordinator
Blane Morgan (Air Force, 1999), offensive coordinator/QBs
Maj. Steve Pipes (Air Force, 1998), JV head coach/varsity assistant
Capt. John Rudzinski (Air Force, 2005), OLBs/recruiting coordinator
Steve Russ (Air Force, 1995), asst. head coach/co-def. coord./secondary
Mike Thiessen (Air Force, 2001), asst. head coach/offensive coord./WRs
Charlton Warren (Air Force, 1999), assoc. head coach/defensive coordinator
CALHOUN ONE OF 14 TO LEAD ALMA MATER: Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun is one of 14 FBS coaches who is guiding his alma mater. The list follows: Chris Ault - Nevada; Frank Beamer - Virginia Tech; Bill Blankenship - Tulsa; Troy Calhoun - Air Force; Jon Embree - Colorado; Pat Fitzgerlad - Northwestern; Mike Gundy - Oklahoma State; Doug Marrone - Syracuse; Ruffin McNeill - East Carolina; Joke Phillips - Kentucky; Larry Porter - Memphis; David Shaw - Stanford; Willie Taggart - Western Kentucky; Don Treadwell - Miami (OH).
CALHOUN SHARING WEEKLY TOP 25 VOTE ON-LINE: Head Coach Troy Calhoun is a voter in the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll. Although ballots in the poll generally are not revealed until the final vote of the regular season in December, Calhoun has been providing his weekly ballot to The Gazette of Colorado Springs the last couple of years. He agreed this year to also reveal his vote each week for USA TODAY Sports. His weekly top 25 is available on the USA Today website.
AIR FORCE BY THE NUMBERS
5 - Air Force has played in a bowl game for a school-record five straight years.
8 - Air Force is one of eight teams nationally to have at least three players with 50-plus carries that are averaging 5.0 yards per carry -- the others are Oregon, Army, Cincinnati, Florida State, LSU, North Carolina and Texas Tech.
13 - consecutive years Air Force has won the Mountain West rushing title.
15 - AFA has won 15 straight home openers against unranked teams dating back to 1994.
24 - players that have made the first start of their career for Air Force this season.
27 - wins in 36 games in Falcon Stadium for Air Force under head coach Troy Calhoun.
36 - games under head coach Troy Calhoun with a 100-yard rusher (27-9 record).
44 - straight games Air Force has rushed for a touchdown dating back to Navy Oct. 3, 2009 which is the longest active streak in the nation.
64 - straight extra points made by kicker Parker Herrington before his first miss earlier this season.
79 - straight passes by quarterback Connor Dietz before throwing his first interception of the season.
38,927 - attendance in the Navy game which is a season high.
TEAM DEFENSIVE NOTES
Air Force ranks fourth in the MW in scoring defense with a 28.9 average.
The Falcons are third in the MW and 16th nationally in pass defense with an average of 183.9.
Air Force held Wyoming to three points in the second half and just 19 yards on seven plays in the fourth quarter.
Air Force held Nevada to just five plays for 14 yards and forced a turnover on downs and an interception in the fourth quarter.
Air Force held Colorado State to just seven points and Nevada 10 in the second half.
Air Force shutout Idaho State in the first half.
DB Christian Spears recorded a career-high 20 tackles vs. New Mexico, the most by a Falcon this season. His 20 tackles are the most by a Falcon since Brady Amack had 23 vs. Navy last season.
Air Force is second in the MW since 1999 in shutouts with six (Boise State 11) .
TEAM OFFENSIVE NOTES
Air Force is second in the MW and eighth in nation in third-down conversions with a 51.8 mark.
Air Force is second nationally in penalties per game with a 26.3 average.
Air Force leads the nation in sacks allowed with three.
Air Force leads the MW and ranks 25th nationally in passing efficiency with a 149.7 mark.
Air Force averaged 9.1 yards per play and 8.3 yards per rush vs. Idaho State.
Air Force's 626 total yards vs. Idaho State is the ninth most in school history.
Air Force's 8.3 yards per rush average vs. Idaho State ties as the seventh most in school history.
Air Force's 90 plays at Michigan is the second-most in the Troy Calhoun era and most since running 92 vs. SDSU in 2010. Air Force ran 89 plays vs. Nevada, the third-most under Calhoun.
Air Force is third in the MW and 31st nationally in total offense with a 457.6 per-game average.
Air Force is second in the nation in rushing with a 335.3 per-game average.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
Air Force is fourth in the MW and 29th nationally in kickoff returns with a 23.9 average.
Anthony LaCoste ranked second in MW and 10th nationally in KOR with a 29.1 average before being sidelined with an injury.
Air Force leads the MW and ranks 15th nationally in net punting with a 40.3 average.
Air Force didn't attempt a punt vs. Nevada.
AIR FORCE HAS FOURTH LONGEST ACTIVE SCORING STREAK IN NATION
Air Force has scored in a school record 243 consecutive games.
The streak is the fourth longest active streak in the nation.
The Falcons were last shutout by Mississippi, 13-0, in the 1992 Liberty Bowl.
Air Force's streak is the 10th longest in Division I-A history.
FALCONS LEAD MOUNTAIN WEST, RANK THIRD NATIONALLY IN FEWEST PENALTIES: Air Force leads the Mountain West and ranks second nationally in penalties with an average of just 26.3 yards per game. The Falcons have been penalized 34 times for 263 yards in 10 games. The team is averaging just 3.4 penalties per game.
FALCONS SECOND NATIONALLY GOING FOR IT ON FOURTH DOWN: Air Force has gone for it on fourth down 36 times this season which ranks second nationally. The Falcons have been successful 22 times for a 61.11 percentage which ranks 32nd nationally. Army leads the nation with 39 fourth-down attempts.
AIR FORCE TAKEAWAYS
Air Force is ninth in the MW and 107th nationally in turnover margin with a -1.00 mark (-10).
Air Force is a combined +40 in TO margin overall the last six seasons, but -5 the last three seasons.
The Falcons have forced 150 turnovers since 2007, 79 interceptions and 71 fumbles.
Air Force forced 19 TOs, at least two each game, with a +6 TO margin the last seven games of 2011.
The Falcons forced just seven turnovers and were -6 in TO margin in the first six games of last season.
Air Force finished sixth in the Mountain West in turnover margin last season with a 0.00 mark.
Air Force blocked its first kick of the season at Army, a PAT by Alex Means
The block is the fourth of Means' career which is the fourth most in school history.
Means' breakdown: 2011: FG vs. Tenn. State, PAT at Navy, PAT at Boise State; 2012: PAT at Army
Means is the first player since Ryan Carter in 2003 to block a kick in back-to-back games (Tenn St., Navy).
Air Force has blocked 115 kicks since 1990 when the program began tracking them. The breakdown: 53 punts, 35 field goals and 27 PATs.
Air Force set a school record with 11 blocks in 1997 (7 punts, 3 FGs, 1 punt).
Single season records for each category: Punts (7, 1997), FGs (3, 6 times, 2009), PATs (5, 2006).
Air Force blocked five kicks last season, the most in a season since 2006 and most in the Calhoun era.
Air Force has blocked 17 kicks since 2007 under head coach Troy Calhoun
The breakdown: 8 FGs, 7 PATs, 2 Punts
OFFENSIVE LINE TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS: Air Force's offensive line has done a great job this season.
Despite losing starting center Michael Husar, Jr., in the season opener and having just two returning starters, Air Force went the first nine games of the season without allowing a sack. The Falcons were the final team in the nation to allow one, as the San Diego State recorded three last week. Despite the three sacks last week, Air Force still leads the nation in sacks allowed.
The Falcons have played two games without one of those returning starters, preseason all-conference tackle Jason Kons. Austin Hayes, who replaced Husar at center, is out due to injury and Jordan Eason moved from guard to center to replace him. He is the third player to play center this season. Because of the injuries the Falcons have started four different combinations in 10 games. Despite the changes and injuries, the offensive line has paved the way for Air Force to rank second in the nation in rushing with a 335.3 per-game average. The Falcons are third in the conference and 31st nationally in total offense with a 457.8 norm.
THE RAM-FALCON TROPHY:,/b> Air Force defeated Colorado State, 42-21, Sept. 29 to win its 20th Ram-Falcon Trophy. This season marks the 33rd year of the trophy competetion with Air Force holding a 20-13 lead. The trophy's origin is tracked back to Shelly Godkin, a former ROTC commander at Colorado State. He watched the teams play in 1978 and sought to translate his impressions into a trophy symbolic of an annual game. The first Ram-Falcon trophy game was in 1980.
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 won its second straight and record 18th Commander-in-Chief's Trophy in 2011. Air Force's back-to-back CIC Trophy titles are its first since 2001-02. Air Force finished 0-2 this season in CIC competition. The Falcons lost 28-21 in overtime at home vs. Navy Oct. 6 and were beaten by Army, 41-21, in West Point Nov. 3.
AIR FORCE PLAYING 10 STRAIGHT WEEKS: Air Force is playing 10 consecutive weeks this season, starting with the UNLV game on Sept. 22 and ending with Fresno State Nov. 24. The Falcons are one of 16 teams nationally to play 10 or more straight weeks this season.
CALHOUN ERA INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Air Force's average numbers in several key categories under head coach Troy Calhoun follow below. Air Force's season averages in 2011 of 314.8 rushing yards, 140.1 passing yards, 454.8 total yards and 34.9 points per game are all the best in the Troy Calhoun era (2007-present).
Chris Jordan EARNS ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT HONORS: Air Force senior wide receiver Chris Jordan was named to the Capital One Academy All-District Football team, released by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Jordan, a senior from Maryville, Tenn., carries a 3.78 grade point average and is majoring in biology. Jordan is one of five football players from the Mountain West to earn academic all-district.
HERRINGTON BOUNCES BACK: Air Force senior Parker Herrington is one of 30 players named to the Watch List for the 2012 Lou Groza College Place-Kicker Award, presented by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.
Herrington had his best day of the season in Air Force's victory over Nevada. He kicked a career-long 45 yard field goal on Air Force's opening drive and later hit a 20-yarder to seal the game in the final minutes. His two field goals mark his first multiple field goal game this season. He is 4-of-10 on the season and ranks ninth in school history in career field goal percentage with a mark of .678 (19-28). Herrington ranks eighth in Air Force history in career extra point percentage with a .955 mark (85-89). He has hit 40-of-41 this season and had hit 64 straight dating back to last season before his first miss of the season at San Diego State. The streak was the fifth longest in Mountain West history.
SENIOR Connor Dietz TAKES OVER AT QB: Senior Connor Dietz follows a pair of four-year starters in Tim Jefferson (2008-11) and Shaun Carney (2004-07), but is making his own history.
Dietz has rushed for 1,284 yards and scored nine touchdowns in his career. He has hit 97-of-164 passes for 1,487 yards and 10 touchdowns with just four interceptions. Dietz is the Air Force career leader in pass interception avoidance with a .024 mark. Dietz went 79 attempts without a pick this season before throwing his first two of the season at Army. Dietz holds the school record for career pass efficiency rating with a mark of 150.55.
Dietz is having a great 2012 season. He would lead the Mountain West and rank ninth in the nation in passing efficiency with his 167.38 mark, but lacks enough attempts to qualify. Dietz has hit 65-of-104 passes for 1,095 yards with seven touchdowns and three interceptions. He was one of just three players, A.J. McCarron of Alabama and Louisiana Tech's Colby Cameron, to not throw an interception until the ninth game of the season. Dietz has hit 62.5 percent of his passes which is the third-best single season mark in school history.
He is second on the team in rushing with 606 yards and five touchdowns while averaging 5.2 yards per carry. He rushed for a season-high 92 yards at Wyoming.
CODY AS GOOD AS IT GETZ: Senior Cody Getz waited patiently for his chance and he's making the most of it now as a senior. Getz, who is 5-foot-7 and 175 pounds, is starting for the first time in his career and entered the season with 286 career yards rushing.
Getz returned to the lineup at Army after missing the Nevada game due to injury. Getz was injured in the third quarter at Wyoming and reinjured himself on the first play of the game vs. New Mexico and didn't return.
He led the Falcons with 55 yards on 15 carries last week at San Diego State and went over the 1,000-yard mark for the season. Getz is the 14th player in school history to top the 1,000-yard mark in a season. He ranks 17th in school history in single-season rushing yards with 1,006.
Getz is fourth in the Mountain West and 18th nationally in rushing with a 111.8 per-game average. He opened the season with five straight 100-yard games. He is the only player in school history to open the season with more than two consecutive 100-yard games. Getz has topped the 200-yard mark a school-record three times this season with 218 yards vs. Idaho State, 222 vs. Colorado State and 204 vs. Navy. He is just the second player in Mountain West history and first since Larry Ned in 2001 to have three 200-plus games in a season. He is just the second Air Force player ever and first since Dee Dowis in 1989 to have back-to-back 200-plus rushing games (Colorado State, Navy).
Getz was named a mid-season fourth-team All-American by Phil Steele Magazine. A breakdown of his outstanding season follows:
Cody Getz 2012 Breakdown
First player in Air Force history to open a season with five straight 100-yard rushing games (no other player has more than two).
First player in school history and second in MW history with three 200-yard rushing games in a season.
Five straight 100-yard rushing games ties as the second longest streak in school history.
Five 100-yard rushing performances in a season ties as the seventh most in school history.
First Air Force player since All-American Beau Morgan in 1995 with five straight 100-yard rushing games.
Became the 14th player in Air Force history to top the 1,000-yard mark in a single-season.
RUN ETZ....: Seniors Cody Getz and Connor Dietz have each surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark in their careers this season. The pair did it in back-to-back weeks. Getz became the 38th player in Air Force history to do it with a 204-yard effort vs. Navy. He ranks 33rd in school history with 1,292 career rushing yards. Dietz did it the following week at Wyoming to become the 39th player in school history. Dietz accomplished it with a season-best 92-yard effort and ranks 34th in school history with 1,284 yards.
GETZ ADDED TO DOAK WALKER AWARD WATCH LIST: Air Force senior Cody Getz has been added to the Doak Walker Award Watch List for 2012. The Doak Walker Award is presented annually to the nation's top college running back. Semifinalists will be named Nov. 9, and the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will cast votes to determine the finalists, who will be announced on Nov. 19. The recipient of the 2012 Doak Walker Award will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 6. The Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet will be held in Dallas, Texas in Feb. 2013.
MEANS, NIKLAS LEAD DEFENSE: Senior Austin Niklas (ILB) and Alex Means (OLB) lead the Air Force defense. Niklas is second in the conference and 25th nationally in tackles with a 9.8 per-game average. He has led the team in tackles in six games this season and notched a career-best 17 tackles at Army. He had 16 tackles vs. UNLV earlier this season. He has recorded 10 or more tackles five times this season. Niklas, who needs two tackles to reach 100 for the season, is also fifth in the conference and tied for 30th nationally in forced fumbles with three which is an average of .30 per game.
Means is third on the team and 10th in the conference in tackles with a 7.6 per-game average. He leads the team and ranks seventh in the conference with 9.5 tackles for loss and has two interceptions and seven pass breakups. Means ranks in the top 10 in the conference in four categories: interceptions (2, T6th); tackles for loss (9.5, 7th); tackles (7.6, 10th) and tackles by linebackers (7.6, 7th). Means played one of the best games of his career vs. New Mexico with 10 tackles, a sack, 1.5 tackles for loss, a pass breakup and a 56-yard interception return for his first-career touchdown. He also made a tackle on fourth-and-four to force a turnover on downs on New Mexico's last drive. Means earned Mountain West defensive player of the week honors for his efforts vs. the Lobos. Means is the active career leader for Air Force in tackles (203), tackles for loss (20.5), quarterback sacks (9.0) and pass breakups (10). He has been involved in nine turnovers in his career, including three interceptions, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
MACARTHUR DOING IT ALL: Junior receiver Ty MacArthur is doing it all for Air Force. He leads the team in receiving with 22 catches for 379 yards. He is averaging 17.2 yards per catch. He is fifth on the team in rushing with 402 yards and two touchdowns on 43 carries. He is averaging a team-best 9.3 yards per carry. He has moved to kickoff returns to replace the injured Anthony LaCoste and is averaging 19.7 yards per return. In addition, he is the teams punt returner and is averaging 7.6 yards per return. MacArthur has 878 all-purpose yards which is second on the team and is averaging 87.8 yards per game.
He had one of the best performances of his career vs. New Mexico. He rushed for a career-best 94 yards to lead the Falcons and matched his career high with four receptions for 61 yards. He also returned a kickoff 21 yards and two punts for 10 yards.
SPEARS NOTCHES 20 VS. NEW MEXICO: Sophomore DB Christian Spears recorded a career-best 20 tackles vs. New Mexico. His 20 stops are the most by a Falcon this season and most since Brady Amack had 23 vs. Navy last season. His previous best for tackles was 12 earlier this season vs. Navy. Spears has three games with double figures in tackles this season and is second on the team in tackles with 75.
STRICKLAND ONE OF SEVEN: Senior WR Dontae Strickland is one of seven players nationally to rush, catch and throw a touchdown this season. Strickland rushed for a touchdown vs. Colorado State and caught one vs. Wyoming. His touchdown pass came vs. Navy. He is one of just two receivers to accomplish it, joining Dri Archer of Kent State. The others to do it are all quarterbacks: Spencer Keith of Kent State, Brandon Connette of Duke, Tyler Tettleton of Ohio, Bo Wallace of Mississippi and Marcus Mariota of Oregon.
AIR FORCE PLAYER HONORS IN 2012
SPC Parker Herrington: Preseason first-team all-MW ... One of 30 players named to the Watch List for the 2012 Lou Groza College Place-Kicker Award, presented by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.
LB Alex Means: Preseason first-team all-MW ... Phil Steele's Magazine mid-season third-team all-MW ... College Football Performance Award national defensive performance of the week vs. New Mexico ... College Football Performance Award national linebacker of the week vs. New Mexico ... Mountain West defensive player of the week vs. New Mexico ... National Football Foundation, Colorado Chapter player of the week vs. New Mexico.
RB Cody Getz: College Football Performance Awards honorable mention running back of the week vs. Idaho State ... National Football Foundation, Colorado Chapter player of the week vs. Idaho State ... Collegefootballperformance.com running back of the week vs. Michigan ... Collegesportsmadness.com Mountain West Conference player of the week vs. Michigan ... College Football Performance Awards honorable mention running back of the week vs. Colorado State ... College Football Performance Awards honorable mention running back of the week vs. Navy ... Phil Steele's Magazine mid-season fourth-team All-American ... Phil Steele's Magazine mid-season first-team all-MW ... named to the Doak Walker National Running Back of the Year Watch List.
SPC David Baska: College Football Performance.com punter of the week vs. Michigan ... College Football Performance.com punter of the week vs. Wyoming ... Mountain West special teams player of the week at Wyoming.
OL Jordan Eason: Phil Steele's Magazine mid-season second-team all-MW.
OL Jason Kons: Phil Steele's Magazine mid-season third-team all-MW.
LB Austin Niklas: Phil Steele's Magazine mid-season first-team all-MW.
SPC Anthony LaCoste: Phil Steele's Magazine mid-season third-team all-MW KOR.
DB Steffon Batts: College Sports Madness Mountain West defensive player of the week vs. Nevada.
RB Wes Cobb: College Football Performance honorable mention all-purpose performer of the week vs. Nevada.
WR Dontae Strickland: College Football Performance honorable mention all-purpose performer of the week vs. Nevada.
WR Chris Jordan: Capital One Academy All-District Football team selection.