Season review: Air Force ends season 10-3 overall

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Soccer

Falcons MW Mountain Division co-champions with a 6-2 mark

2021 OVERVIEW

Air Force finished the season 10-3 overall and was co-champion in the Mountain West Mountain Division with a 6-2 mark. The Falcons posted double-digit wins for the second time in three seasons (2019), fourth time under head coach Troy Calhoun and ninth time in school history. The Air Force closed the season with a 31-28 victory over Louisville in the First Responder Bowl in Dallas, Texas, to record its third straight win since 2016, including two straight Power 5 teams. The team was 6-1 away from home that season, which tied a program record for away/neutral site wins that was first set in 1958. Air Force won the national running title for the second straight season and third time overall in program history averaging 327.7 per game. The Falcons were the only team in the country to average over 300 yards. The offensive line, nicknamed the Diesel, powered the rushing offense and became the first Group of 5 team to be a finalist for the Joe Moore Award as the nation’s best offensive line. The Falcons have had four players earn All-Mountain West honors, as a junior fullback Brad Robert and senior offensive lineman Falcon Wimmer earned first-team honors while a senior defensive lineman Jordan Jackson and junior outside linebacker Vince Sanford were named to the second team.

SEASONAL NOTES

• Air Force played their 28th bowl game overall and 11th as a head coach Troy Calhounthe 15 seasons. The Air Force improved to 14-13-1 all-time in bowls, including a 6-5 mark under Calhoun. The Falcons have won three straight games, including two straight Power 5 teams.
• The Air Force finished the season receiving votes in both national polls. The Falcons were 34th in the Associated Press poll with one point and 28th in the USA Today AFCA Coaches poll with 42 points.
• Air Force has improved to 7-12 against Power Five teams since 2003. The Falcons are 0-2 at home and 7-10 on the road/neutral. Air Force is 5-9 under head coach Troy Calhoun. The Falcons have won three straight against Power 5 teams, beating Colorado and Washington State in 2019 and Louisville this season.

TEAM INFORMATION
Current winning streak: W4
Rankings (AP/Coaches): VR/VR
Last match: W 31-28 against Louisville (First Responder Bowl, Dallas, TX)

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