<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> air-force-academy]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/air-force-academy Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:43:51 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal 5 years later: The impact on Air Force athletics]]> http://gazette.com/dont-ask-dont-tell-repeal-5-years-later-the-impact-on-air-force-athletics/article/1586172?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dont-ask-dont-tell-repeal-5-years-later-the-impact-on-air-force-athletics/article/1586172?custom_click=rss

Five years after the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, those representing Air Force athletics still aren't asking.

The difference is now there is no reason to ask about sexual orientation for prospective or current cadets.

The Air Force Academy's admission directorate follows the Department of Defense policy, and does not have a separate policy. Therefore, according to the academy's public affairs department, "When DoD repealed LGB as disqualifying factors for service in the U.S. military, the Academy Admissions followed the DoD guidance and no longer considers sexual orientation as one of the disqualifying factors defined by DoD.

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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 06:48:52 -0600
<![CDATA[Air Force can expect Utah State to come out firing]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-can-expect-utah-state-to-come-out-firing/article/1586173?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-can-expect-utah-state-to-come-out-firing/article/1586173?custom_click=rss

Utah State doesn't like to waste time.

Since joining the Mountain West, Matt Wells' Aggies teams have scored 14 first-quarter points all three times they've played Air Force.

When Air Force visited Maverik Stadium two years ago, Utah State led by two touchdowns after just 3 minutes, 15 seconds. The first touchdown came on the first play, 14 seconds into the game.

Last year the Aggies attempted passes on 12 of their first 13 plays and scored two touchdowns. The only difference in that game - the Falcons' lone win in those three games - is that Air Force matched the scoring and finished the first quarter in a 14-14 tie.

And it's not just against the Falcons.

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Sat, 24 Sep 2016 20:28:07 -0600
<![CDATA[Air Force must travel to face a Utah State team that thrives on home-field advantage]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-must-travel-to-face-a-utah-state-team-that-thrives-on-home-field-advantage/article/1586028?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-must-travel-to-face-a-utah-state-team-that-thrives-on-home-field-advantage/article/1586028?custom_click=rss

To the west of Logan, Utah, stretches the vast Wasatch Mountain Range. To the distant south are the Uinta Mountains. Hugging it on the east are the peaks of the Bear River Range. To the north cuts the Idaho border.

These features leave Logan - population 48,174 - somewhat isolated. And in this isolation comes the focused power that feeds Utah State athletics - particularly football and basketball programs that thrive on an organized, unified fan base.

"They're the best student section in the Mountain West," said Aggies coach Matt Wells, a quarterback at the school. "It's an energy that our players feed off of."

Lately, it's been something of a feast. Utah State has won 11 straight home Mountain West games.

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Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:28:53 -0600
<![CDATA[No sharing: Air Force time of possession Saturday apparently set NCAA mark]]> http://gazette.com/no-sharing-air-force-time-of-possession-saturday-apparently-set-ncaa-mark/article/1585351?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/no-sharing-air-force-time-of-possession-saturday-apparently-set-ncaa-mark/article/1585351?custom_click=rss

Air Force's defense performed up-downs after practice Monday, a penalty for failing to force turnovers Saturday.

Never mind that the Falcons' defense contributed to an unofficial NCAA FBS record time of possession of 45 minutes, 14 seconds, limiting the chances to force a turnover to a never-before-seen level.

"A deal's a deal," said defensive coordinator Steve Russ, noting that if the defense forces two in a game, he has to do 20 up-downs. If they fail to get two, the players do them.

But though he followed through with the policy, he clearly wasn't displeased with the defense. And how could he have been?

Georgia State ran for just 27 yards, picked up just six first downs compared to Air Force's 30 and went

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Mon, 12 Sep 2016 21:31:40 -0600
<![CDATA[Plunging Air Force Academy cadets to make rare leap from Goodyear blimp]]> http://gazette.com/plunging-air-force-academy-cadets-to-make-rare-leap-from-goodyear-blimp/article/1585149?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/plunging-air-force-academy-cadets-to-make-rare-leap-from-goodyear-blimp/article/1585149?custom_click=rss

Air Force Academy cadets will achieve two rarities with a college football jump Saturday.

The academy's Wings of Blue parachutists will make the jump from the Goodyear blimp to land in front of a crowd expected to top 150,000 at the Battle at Bristol between Tennessee and Virginia Tech in Bristol, Tenn.

The team will deliver the American flag and a game ball after the 2,600-foot leap into Bristol Motor Speedway, which added a football field inside its half-mile track for the occasion.

"We are the first people in the world to jump out of a blimp in the past 51 years," said senior Everett Joiner, one of three cadets making the jump.

Academy jump master Master Sgt. Patrick Sullivan said plunging into the venue for a

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Sat, 10 Sep 2016 15:17:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Air Force ready to tap into new energy resources in second game]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-ready-to-tap-into-new-energy-resources-in-second-game/article/1585191?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-ready-to-tap-into-new-energy-resources-in-second-game/article/1585191?custom_click=rss

The biggest change Air Force hopes to see in its second game isn't one that can be seen or measured.

The recalibration will be entirely internal.

"No one really sparked a flame and got it going, so we were really sluggish," defensive end Ryan Watson said.

The concern for Air Force players and coaches after a less-than-stunning 37-21 victory over Abilene Christian was the team's spark. Defensive coordinator Steve Russ lamented a lack of violence and speed. Offensive coordinator Mike Thiessen didn't think the energy level was high enough.

Most of the players who spoke to The Gazette this week agreed. Some, like defensive tackle Sam Byers, blamed too much energy too early that was impossible to maintain. Others, like

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Fri, 09 Sep 2016 19:13:37 -0600
<![CDATA[Subplots to watch during the Air Force vs. Georgia State game]]> http://gazette.com/subplots-to-watch-during-the-air-force-vs.-georgia-state-game/article/1585164?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/subplots-to-watch-during-the-air-force-vs.-georgia-state-game/article/1585164?custom_click=rss

The deep end

Georgia State lists 11 freshmen in backup roles on the depth chart. Playing at the high altitude of the Air Force Academy, this could come into play as teams generally try to roll fresh bodies against the Falcons. A young program like the Panthers generally feels pretty good about its starters, but the depth often comes with question marks. If Air Force grinds the ball as it often does, it might find itself facing Georgia State’s second team and creating an advantage it can exploit.

Georgia State vs. the run

Air Force players shrugged off Ball State’s 315 rushing yards against Georgia State last week, saying everybody plays the Falcons’ running game different enough to render all other

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Fri, 09 Sep 2016 15:49:51 -0600
<![CDATA[By the numbers: Air Force vs. Georgia State]]> http://gazette.com/by-the-numbers-air-force-vs.-georgia-state/article/1585163?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/by-the-numbers-air-force-vs.-georgia-state/article/1585163?custom_click=rss


Air Force’s national rank in rushing (402 yards) after the first week of the season. Three of the four teams ahead of it (New Mexico and Utah State, tied for first at 428, and Navy, third at 427) occupy three of the next four spots on Air Force’s schedule.


Georgia State’s improvement in victories from a 1-11 campaign in 2014 to its 6-7 season a year ago. Only Southern Miss and Washington State improved by more.


Starters returning this season for Georgia State (nine on defense, seven offense) from a team that qualified for the program’s first bowl game.


Rushing yards needed for Air Force senior Jacobi Owens to land in the program’s all-time top 10.

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Fri, 09 Sep 2016 15:41:39 -0600
<![CDATA[In the know … Insider info about the Air Force vs. Georgia State matchup]]> http://gazette.com/in-the-know-insider-info-about-the-air-force-vs.-georgia-state-matchup/article/1585162?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/in-the-know-insider-info-about-the-air-force-vs.-georgia-state-matchup/article/1585162?custom_click=rss

The first college party Ryan Watson attended was at Georgia State.

Brittany Watson, Ryan’s older sister by five years, attended the school and he was able to tag along on occasion.

“I was kind of a weird high school kid,” said Watson, an Air Force defensive end and an Atlanta-area native. “To go to a college party I was like, ‘This is too much, let’s get out of here.’ But it was an interesting environment.”

Watson gained great familiarity with Georgia State between his sister and father, Ellie, who earned his MBA there. But when the Panthers offered Watson a full scholarship, he did what many Georgia natives have done – look instead to the Air Force Academy.

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Fri, 09 Sep 2016 15:36:39 -0600
<![CDATA['Shark Week' bringing attention to Air Force and its unique helmet design]]> http://gazette.com/shark-week-bringing-attention-to-air-force-and-its-unique-helmet-design/article/1585066?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/shark-week-bringing-attention-to-air-force-and-its-unique-helmet-design/article/1585066?custom_click=rss

Talk of football, opponents and strategy generally dominates the conversation at Air Force's weekly press conference. Those seeking high comedy should typically look elsewhere.

But this is no ordinary week at Air Force.

Asked about wearing the sharktooth helmets that have caused something of a national sensation, running back Jacobi Owens put on a clinic in comedic misdirection.

"What uniforms?" Owens deadpanned for the TV cameras.

You know, the sharktooth helmets the team will wear this week, the reporters pressed.

"We're wearing the uniforms?" Owens responded.

Then an awkward pause.

"I'm playing, I'm playing," said Owens, breaking character and drawing laughs not typically heard in Air Force's

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Fri, 09 Sep 2016 11:47:20 -0600