The Bulldogs are five days away from officially joining the Mountain West on July 1. GoBulldogs.com will be previewing a MW school each day leading up to July 1. Today's Mountain West spotlight is the Air Force Falcons
June 27, 2012
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U.S. Air Force Academy
|Air Force Quick Facts|
|| Colorado Springs, Colo.
|| Lt. Gen. Michael Gould
|| Dr. Hans Mueh
|| Blue and Silver
|Air Force Falcons|
|Air Force Academy Campus
|LB Alex Means
Men's: Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Cross Country, Fencing, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rifle, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, Water Polo, Wrestling
Women's: Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Gymnastics, Rifle, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball
Baseball: Falcon Field (1,000)
Football: Falcon Stadium (46,692)
Men's & Women's Basketball & Volleyball: Clune Arena (5,858)
MW Championships (not including tournament championships for those sports that crown both a regular season and tournament championship):
Men's Basketball: 1 (2004)
Heather Wilson: Class of 1982, Rhodes Scholar; U.S. Representative from New Mexico's 1st congressional district (1998-2009); first graduate elected to the United States Congress
Karol J. Bobko: Class of 1959, Pilot of STS-6; Commanded STS-51-D and STS-51-J;
only astronaut to have flown on the maiden flight of two Space Shuttle orbiters (Challenger and Atlantis)
Frederick D. Gregory: Class of 1964, Pilot of STS-51-B; Commanded STS-33 and STS-44; Former Deputy Administrator and former acting Administrator for NASA; first African American to command any space vehicle
Kevin P. Chilton: Class of 1976, General - only astronaut to reach 4-star rank; Pilot of STS-49 and STS-59; Commanded STS-76; Currently the Commander of United States Strategic Command
T. Allen McArtor: Class of 1964, Senior manager FedEx (1979-1987, 1989-1994); administrator of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (1987-1989); former CEO, Legend Airlines; current chair, Airbus, North American Holdings
Richard T. Schlosberg: Class of 1965, Former president and CEO of the David & Lucile Packard Foundation; former publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Times; Vietnam War veteran
Robert J. Thomas: Class of 1967, Former president and CEO of Nissan Motor Corporation USA
Susan Grant: Class of 1982, New York Times bestselling author of 15 novels; pilot instructor; B-747-400 pilot, United Airlines
Janet C. Wolfenbarger: Class of 1980, Lieutenant General; as of January 1, 2010, highest-ranking woman in the U.S. Air Force
Alonzo Babers, winner of two gold medals (400m and 4x400m) at the 1984 Summer Olympics
Troy Calhoun, current head coach of Air Force football team
Chad Hennings, former NFL player, 2006 inductee into College Football Hall of Fame
Joe Lombardi, former NFL coach & grandson of Vince Lombardi
Gregg Popovich, head coach of San Antonio Spurs
Len Salvemini, played for 1976 U.S. Olympic Soccer team.
Randall W. Spetman, current Athletic Director at Florida State
Baseball: NCAA Division I playoffs (1961, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1969)
Men's Basketball: NCAA Tournament appearances: 1960, 1962, 2004, 2006
Women's Basketball: NCAA Tournament appearances: 1985, 1990.
Wrestling: National Champion Don Henderson 1967
Ice Hockey: 2007-2009: won three straight Atlantic Hockey conference tournaments, and made three straight appearances in the NCAA Division I hockey tournament. Their 2007 appearance in the NCAA tournament was the first ever by a service academy.
The U.S. Air Force Academy has received 241 Academic All-American honors by 167 cadet-athletes.
With one of the only performing mascots in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, the Falcon swoops in on a lure on the field at football games.
Former Cadet Chad Hennings won the 1987 Outland Trophy given to the nation's best interior lineman and was named the WAC Defensive Player of the Decade for the 1980s. After serving as a A10 piolet in the Gulf War, Hennings went on to play nine seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and won three Super Bowls.
Fresno State head coach Tim DeRuyter played for the Air Force Academy form 1982-85, helping the Falcons to a 38-12 record over his playing career. The Falcons won four-straight bowl games and beat Notre Dame all four years DeRuyter was on the team.
Fresno State-Air Force Classic:
On Dec. 31, 2000, Fresno State and Air Force put on a show in the first Silicon Valley Classic bowl game in San Jose. Air Force quarterback Mike Thiessen hit Scotty McKay with two touchdown passes, and ran for two more scored. He completed 12-of-24 passes for 204 yards and had Air Force up 37-34 late in the game.
Bulldog quarterback David Carr, who threw five touchdown passes in the game, nearly pulled off the comeback. With 14 seconds left, the 'Dogs brought in kicker Asen Asparuhov for a 33-yard field-goal attempt to tie it. However, Fresno State pulled a fake in an attempt to win the game outright instead of forcing overtime. Holder Jason Simpson's pass for Giachino Chiaramont fell incomplete and Air Force came away with the 37-34 victory.
Also of Note: Hiram Fuller scored 14 points and Chris Jefferies had 12 points and eight rebounds as the Fresno State men's basketball team, then ranked No. 24 in the nation, beat Air Force 68-52 on Dec. 1, 2001 to win the McCaffrey Classic that the Bulldogs hosted.
|Fresno State's Series History with Air Force|
||4-2, Air Force leads
||Dec. 31, 2000 - AFA 37, FS 34 in San Jose, Calif. (Silicon Valley Classic)
||9-4, Fresno State leads
||Dec. 1, 2001 - FS 68, AFA 52 in Fresno, Calif.
||2-0, Fresno State leads
||Feb. 13, 1996 - FS 49, AFA 40 in Fresno, Calif.
||4-0, Fresno State leads
||Sept. 2, 2010 - FS 3, AFA 1 in Orem, Utah
||4-2, Fresno State leads
||April 12, 1999 - FS 7, AFA 6 in Fresno, Calif.
||3-0, Fresno State leads
||1996 - FS 7, AFA 0
||1-0, Fresno State leads
|| 1999 - FS 8, AFA 1
||1-0, Fresno State leads
||Sept. 10, 1995 - FS 3, AFA 2