Calhoun hosts press conference as Air Force prepares to host Hawai'i
Nov. 13, 2012
TELEVISION ESPN2 Carter Blackburn (play-by-play), Rod Gilmore (color) and Jamele Hill (sidelines).
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 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.
COACHES 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.
THE SERIES 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.
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.
Season Last Six Games 2012 2-2 2011 4-2 2010 3-3 2009 4-2 2008 4-2 2007 5-1 Total 22-12 (12-24 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.
Year Record 2011 2-2 2010 2-0 2009 1-1 2008 1-2 2007 1-0 Total 7-5 (three of five losses to ranked teams)
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.
Home Records Under Head Coach Troy Calhoun Year Record Notes 2007 6-0 Just the third undefeated home record in school history 2008 3-3 Two of three losses to top 25-ranked teams 2009 5-1 Ties as the fourth-best mark in school history 2010 5-1 Combined with 2009, 10 wins in two seasons is third-best in school history 2011 4-3 One loss at the hands of a nationally-ranked team 2012 4-1 Fifth time in six seasons under Troy Calhoun with at least four home wins Total 27-9
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.