10 fun facts about Air Force

Georgia Tech will face another option-focused team for the first time this season when it takes on Air Force in the Independence Bowl on Dec. 27 in Shreveport, La. Tech leads the country in rushing, averaging 327 yards per game. Air Force is second, averaging 317.9. Here are 10 more facts about the Falcons:

1. Smart school: Air Force was second nationally, and first among the service academies, in Academic Progress Rate. The APR is a measurement used by the NCAA to try and ensure that student-athletes are progressing toward graduation at a steady semester-by-semester rate. Air Force posted a 988 multi-year score, second only to Rutgers. A perfect score is 1,000.

2. Trophy that matters: The Falcons won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy this season for the first time in eight years. The Trophy is given annually to the service academy with the best head-to-head record against the other academies. The Falcons have won it 17 times, five times more than Navy and 11 times more than Army. It has been shared four times.

3. High school: True to its name and focus, Air Force plays its home football games in the clouds. Falcon Stadium is 6,621 feet above sea level. The Independence Bowl is practically at sea level.

4. History in the polls: The Falcons have never been ranked No. 1. They reached No. 2 in 1985 before losing to BYU. They finished No. 5 with a 12-1 record.

5. The founding: The Academy was founded on April 1, 1954 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the bill authorizing the school. Colorado Springs, Colo. was selected over 580 sites in 45 states.

6. Georgians on the roster: There are 14 natives of Georgia on Air Force’s roster, including Darius Jones, younger brother of Tech A-back Roddy Jones. The Falcons’ starting quarterback, Tim Jefferson Jr. (Woodward Academy), and running back, Asher Clark (Peachtree Ridge), are from the Atlanta area.

7. NFL Alumni: The Falcons have had a few players make NFL rosters, but cadets have a five-year service commitment to the Air Force after graduation. Those that that will fly, and almost half of the cadets will, have a 10-year commitment.

8. Marching orders: Each day, the Academy’s 4,400 cadets line up, march to lunch at Mitchell Hall, eat and then march out again. The operation takes 25 minutes and is one of the must-sees when visiting the campus.

9. Playing the Jackets: Tech is 3-0 against Air Force. The Jackets won games in 1977, ‘78 and ‘79. Eddie Lee Ivery rushed for a school record 356 yards in the 1978 game. The Falcons’ defensive coordinator? Al Groh, who is now Tech’s defensive coordinator.

10. Coaching ties: In 1995 and ‘96 Mike Sewak, who is Tech’s co-offensive line coach, was the offensive coordinator at Ohio and Troy Calhoun, now the coach at Air Force, was the quarterbacks coach. When Sewak left to become offensive coordinator at Georgia Southern, Calhoun was promoted to offensive coordinator.

– Doug Roberson, AJC

84 comments Add your comment

juvenal

December 6th, 2010
3:30 pm

chalkdawg4

December 6th, 2010
3:32 pm

2nd maybe – love to have one of my kids go there- probably too lazy though.

Jones Bowl

December 6th, 2010
3:33 pm

well Roddy Jones family couldn’t have ask for anything better than this, I met most of them in Chapel Hill when Roddy was a freshman

U(sic)GA

December 6th, 2010
3:34 pm

What do UGA fans and Tech fans have in common?

Neither of them went to UGA.

collegeballfan

December 6th, 2010
3:44 pm

How in the world do they feed 4400 people in 25 minutes? It takes me an hour to feed the two of us.

My boy St. Simons

December 6th, 2010
3:44 pm

Best of luck in your bowl game GT, it should be a good game.

And for my special friend St. Simons . . . . .

42-34
9 of 10
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Enjoy Shreveport

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This is only for St. Simons

December 6th, 2010
3:46 pm

Was it worth posting on all of the UGA blogs ALL of the time?
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RambleOn84

December 6th, 2010
3:46 pm

No, karma would be Tech playing in Shreveport while UGA is in the Sugar Bowl. But UGA actually got worse from last year…whoops.

I have no problems with any other GT fans

December 6th, 2010
3:48 pm

Just my boy St. Simons, this is all for you

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GT Anchorage

December 6th, 2010
3:48 pm

Didn’t know that Al Groh coached there. GT better get ready to play. This is a really good AF team.

For you St. Simons

December 6th, 2010
3:54 pm

I love it I love it I love it hahahahahahahahahahahaha
enjoy the “fish fry” in Shreveport
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RambleOn84

December 6th, 2010
3:57 pm

Thanks for stopping by.

reebok

December 6th, 2010
3:58 pm

Good luck to both of the home teams in their respective lousy bowl games. And don’t think for a minute that Tech and Georgia both can’t lose…

Great points

December 6th, 2010
4:07 pm

by reebok and GT anchorage. Both teams are playing pretty good teams and can easily lose, they better be ready. Oh and for St.Simons,

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Fire Paul Johnson

December 6th, 2010
4:09 pm

I wonder if Air Force wouldn’t care to wager the CIC trophy in our little affair, since Tech is now essentially an honorary service academy anyway. Might actually make this godforsaken bowl interesting, and you know ESPN would run with the storyline.

Bryan G.

December 6th, 2010
4:10 pm

1. I’m a Georgia fan, but I really get no joy in making fun of tech’s bowl destination. We ain’t exactly going to Pasadena.

2. I think this will be a really fun game to watch. Over/under on completed passes is probably 3.

Fire Paul Johnson

December 6th, 2010
4:12 pm

I know this much: I won’t wager the trophy I won last night at the dance contest at Three Legged Cowboys. I won Best Dry Grinding fair and square, though I must admit it wasn’t entirely dry lol

I agree Bryan G

December 6th, 2010
4:14 pm

That is a great point, I’m a UGA fan as well and I’m not thrilled having gone to Shreveport last year and Memphis this year. I don’t think anyone is making fun of GT or the GT fans, I think it’s all directed towards St. Simons who posted on the UGA blogs every chance he had about the game two years ago and about UGA going to Shreveport last year. I think everyone was a little sick of it. Oh hey speaking of St. Simons,

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juvenal

December 6th, 2010
4:14 pm

just hope Sims plays some…….

to collegeballfan

December 6th, 2010
4:15 pm

The cadets each have 3 minutes or less to eat. They have to do that from basic training on if I recall correctly what I was told by an Air Force cadet

Stinger 2

December 6th, 2010
4:45 pm

If the cadets have only 3 minutes to eat, do they get a ration of Prilosec after each meal?

scraper

December 6th, 2010
4:54 pm

My son is at the Air Force Academy now. Incorrect on the eating. They can seat and feed family style 4400 cadets at one time (25 minutes). The freshman or 4 digs must sit at attention and eat as their eyes are actually looking at an eagle on the rim of there plate as they eat..They must do this until recognition which is March 12th,2011 The 4 digs have been eating this way since June 24th,2010……Go Falcons!!!!!!!!!!!!

Class of '98

December 6th, 2010
5:02 pm

U(sic)GA –

Yeah, UGA has 30,000 undergrads and hundreds of thousands of alumni worldwide.

I guess you think none of them are football fans too.

My handle is Class of ‘98 for a reason.

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CharlotteJacket

December 6th, 2010
5:10 pm

Scraper, please thank your son for me for his willngness to serve. Of course, I hope his team loses their bowl game, but I sincerely appreciate what a sacrifice it is for you and for him.

Doug, would it kill you to mention that Paul Johnson is a big reason why this is AF’s first CIC trophy in eight years?

rogeriter

December 6th, 2010
5:14 pm

Thats a stupid comment about whether fans went to school at Georgia or not. Where is it written where you have to have gone there to pull for them? I never played for the Falcons but I’m a fan. I never slept with Meg Ryan (sadly) but I’m a fan. I think Tech fans say things like that because they can’t explain why Tech has so few fans at games. And Tech fans think they are more intelligent with idiots saying stuff like that!

Fire Paul Johnson

December 6th, 2010
5:25 pm

Charlotte Jacket,

Everyone knows Johnson won that tallest midget contest however many years in a row. I think Doug just assumed all the PJ fanboys out there already had the CIC “Six-Peat” poster plastered on their bedroom wall, so there was no need to remind them.

spoptman

December 6th, 2010
5:26 pm

You are missing another Georgia connection. Air Force offensive coach Clay Hendrix is from Commerce. He also played at Furman and coached there.

Outside Observer

December 6th, 2010
5:30 pm

Whoever the guy is who made the joke about UGA certainly got exactly what he wanted, a rise out of the UGA fans trolling the GT blogs… Anyways, I feel that this is a matchup Tech should win easily. Similar scheme, huge difference in athletes. I just hope the guys are up and ready for this game. I know most fans won’t be inclined to make the drive, and it’s tough to get excited for a game without fans. Regardless, a win is a win and I hope Tech can pull one out here and avoid a losing season.

blazer

December 6th, 2010
5:41 pm

Maybe a 1,000 yards of offense in the game-finish in two hours??

Bill

December 6th, 2010
5:43 pm

Here’s another interesting fact: Georgia Tech’s head coach Paul Johnson was the head coach at Georgia Southern prior to stints at Navy and now Tech. Johnson’s last game at Georgia Southern was a 2001 FCS playoff semi-final loss to Furman, whose offensive line coach at the time was AFA offensive coordinator Cla Hendrix.

Jacket Attack

December 6th, 2010
6:02 pm

I don’t understand why The dawg fans love coming over here so much when they got the exact same record as us, One should think they would be worried about the knowledge of there team by letting us score to get a chance to possibly win the game. . As for the fire paul johnson name like i stated in a earlier post last week, why dont you walk up to him and tell him. I think that would be something worth seeing live and would love to witness it.

4th and Long Gone

December 6th, 2010
6:04 pm

@rogeriter … If you didn’t go to UGA, I would think it is ok to be a fan, but not to refer to UGA as “we”. That is the difference. It would be like calling Meg Ryan “Sis”, when the most you have done is seen her on TV.

TDone

December 6th, 2010
6:13 pm

One other note we should be concerned with is that Barksdale AFB is in Bossier City. I know from my time in the Air Forece, when the Acadamy plays nearby, the place is full up. We need to play this as an away game.

Reality Stinks

December 6th, 2010
6:23 pm

Ten fun facts about Shreveport

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10. Just were a high school football team belongs

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Dawg Gone

December 6th, 2010
7:01 pm

TEkies, what is your bowl record the past decade?

Dawg Gone

December 6th, 2010
7:01 pm

TEkies,

Can you remember the last time you won a bowl game?

Dawg Gone

December 6th, 2010
7:02 pm

Tekies,

How has the genius CPJ faired in his first two bowl games?

Dawg Gone

December 6th, 2010
7:03 pm

Could you beat Ga Southern today? Serious question

Dawg Gone

December 6th, 2010
7:06 pm

Last question:

What is your record against the Dawgs the last ten years? How is Yellow Fuzz, St Simons,Harry the Hat and Still@thebar since the last annual beatdown?

roughrider

December 6th, 2010
7:34 pm

RambleOn84 : UGA did get worse from last year to this year, but still beat Tech. What does that say about Tech?

falcons

December 6th, 2010
8:44 pm

The AF kids are as hard nose and dedicated as you will ever see as is all the service academy kids.
They don’t throw the ball much but are very effective when they do and they can.

Billyboy

December 6th, 2010
8:59 pm

One thing for sure on this bowl, the teams will “run up the score”. It’s great to have two high class schools playing each other. You could not think of a better place for your child to attend college over Georgia Tech or the Air Force Academy.

FYI

December 6th, 2010
9:01 pm

Air Force starting linebacker #36 Andre Morris Jr. is from Newnan, Georgia and attended Northgate High School.

Lee

December 6th, 2010
9:05 pm

Air Force can actually pass the ball if they have to. If Nesbitt isn’t back Tech will be a one trick pony and Air Force can shut them down. Air Force see’s the option everyday plus it has played Navy an almost carbon copy of Tech and Army who runs a Veer Option. Service Academy discipline takes the day. Go Falcons!

falcons

December 6th, 2010
9:12 pm

AFA head coach Troy Calhoun is one of the finest head coaches in college football. He is the target of many big programs as a future head coach.

Jones Bowl

December 6th, 2010
9:20 pm

“The Jackets won games in 1977, ‘78 and ‘79. Eddie Lee Ivery rushed for a school record 356 yards in the 1978 game. The Falcons’ defensive coordinator? Al Groh, who is now Tech’s defensive coordinator.”

YOU CANNOT MAKE THAT UP

Rob

December 6th, 2010
9:25 pm

As an Atlanta native, and Air Force Academy Cadet, I have to say I am quite excited for this game. Wish it was back home in Atlanta over my leave so I could watch it, but I think we can all agree that this will be a fun game to watch due to the prolific rushing offenses. I would also like to add our altitude is not what is stated, “Sir, my altitude is 7,258 feet above sea level- far, far above that of West Point or Annapolis.” Half our roster is from GA, so I’m sure they will be excited to play Ga Tech. Looking forward to it

dawgfan

December 6th, 2010
10:05 pm

Techies, if you want to see what real academic handicaps are like (you know, as opposed to the fake imaginary kind that you make up in your Techie fantasy land) look no further than your bowl opponent. I’d like you to take particular note of how they and their fans deal with it. Its real simple. THEY DON’T. They just shut their mouths and play ball. They have class, dignity, and self-respect. They aren’t insecure little sore loser cry babies who only want the world to feel sorry for them. You can learn alot from Air Force Techies. I know its hard for you to believe that there are things out there worth learning besides calculus, but trust me on this one.

Thanks.

David Polelark

December 6th, 2010
10:12 pm

I just love how our peoples put there class by there names. We didn’t do any classes when I were there.

jabster

December 6th, 2010
10:21 pm

No, if there were such a thing as karma, UGA would never win another ballgame. I think someone’s getting paid off–and here’s a hint–he wears red and black, too.