Connor Dietz was quick to place blame after Saturday’s defeat at San Diego State. He placed all the burden on himself.
This impressed coach Troy Calhoun.
“The thing I love about him is he didn’t hesitate to take responsibility,” Calhoun said. “He was willing to step up and embrace his responsibility.
“It takes a man to do that, and that doesn’t always happen. It takes some guts and some fortitude.”
Dietz struggled in Air Force’s losses to Army and San Diego State. He had thrown one interception in his career before suffering two interceptions against Army and another against San Diego State. His third-quarter fumble against the Aztecs was returned for a touchdown.
“He doesn’t have anything to be ashamed of,” Calhoun said. “He’s a great competitor and a guy his teammates love.”
Dietz again criticized himself after Monday’s practice.
“I take full responsibility,” he said. “I forced a couple things I shouldn’t have forced.”
Last home game for seniors
Friday night’s game at Falcon Stadium against Hawaii will be the final home appearance for 22 Air Force seniors.
Offensive tackle Jason Kons was philosophical about his farewell.
“You’re always looking at next week and sooner or later those next weeks run out,” Kons said.
Past losses might help
Calhoun and his players are saying, over and over, they are not overlooking Hawaii, even though the Warriors are 1-8 overall and 0-5 in the Mountain West.
Air Force was beaten by UNLV and Army this season. The teams have lost 17 of 19 games against teams other than the Falcons.
“That gives us added incentive to not take this week lightly,” fullback Wes Cobb said. “We’re not worrying about the other team and what they have to offer or what they don’t have to offer.”
Comeback for the Falcons?
Two weeks ago, Air Force had climbed to a 5-3 record and was on a three-game winning streak after destroying Nevada.
Since then, the Falcons have been outscored 69-30 by Army and San Diego State.
Can the Falcons rebound?
“I’m very optimistic that we can,” Kons said.
“We were rocking and rolling and feeling good about ourselves. … We’ve hurt ourselves.”