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Conference aspirations don't trump Commander-in-Chief's Trophy importance for Air Force, Navy

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A week after leaving Colorado Springs, Navy will host No. 6 Houston in a game that could well decide the American Athletic Conference. Air Force must...

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Colorado College, Air Force hockey coaches anxious to find out trajectory of upcoming season
Colorado College, Air Force hockey coaches anxious to find out trajectory of upcoming season

By: Joe Paisley - 0 2 hr ago

The two area college hockey programs enter this season with different levels of expectations and both anxious to find out if the preseason...

Air Force's stout run defense to be put to the test by Navy
Air Force's stout run defense to be put to the test by Navy

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 15 hr ago

Air Force has long been known for its rushing offense, but lately the rushing defense has been every bit as impressive.

The Falcons boast the...

David Ramsey: Air Force's Troy Calhoun struggles to overthrow Navy's Ken Niumatalolo, emperor of service-academy football
David Ramsey: Air Force's Troy Calhoun struggles to overthrow Navy's Ken Niumatalolo, emperor of service-academy football

By: David Ramsey - 0 Yesterday

Troy Calhoun is not the emperor of service-academy football. The title belongs to Navy's Ken Niumatalolo.

Calhoun is consistent, leading Air...

Air Force quarterback Nate Romine has opportunity to build legacy with Navy coming to town
Air Force quarterback Nate Romine has opportunity to build legacy with Navy coming to town

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Yesterday

Nate Romine has won games at quarterback in each of the past four seasons.

Air Force has prevailed in the past six games he's started.

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Recent Air Force running back commended for rescuing drowning man
Recent Air Force running back commended for rescuing drowning man

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Yesterday

Former Air Force running back Devin Rushing was awarded the Air Force Achievement Medal last week in Florida after rescuing a man from drowning.

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Air Force would like to avoid burning early timeouts in future
Air Force would like to avoid burning early timeouts in future

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Tue, Sep 27, 2016

Air Force burned through its three first-half timeouts at Utah State in the first quarter, using two on the opening drive.

“It was a little...

David Ramsey: Case of Air Force's Weston Steelhammer raises more questions
David Ramsey: Case of Air Force's Weston Steelhammer raises more questions

By: David Ramsey - 0 Tue, Sep 27, 2016

In the football case against Air Force safety Weston Steelhammer, he's not completely innocent or completely guilty.

He is completely banished...

Loss of Weston Steelhammer not the only blow for suddenly short-handed Air Force defense
Loss of Weston Steelhammer not the only blow for suddenly short-handed Air Force defense

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Mon, Sep 26, 2016

The end of Air Force's practice Monday included balloons and cupcakes, delivered in celebration of Troy Calhoun's 50th birthday. The team sang to its...

Coordinator conversation: Air Force's Mike Thiessen talks offense
Coordinator conversation: Air Force's Mike Thiessen talks offense

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Mon, Sep 26, 2016

The Gazette's Brent Briggeman talks with Air Force offensive coordinator Mike Thiessen:

Now you get Navy. Do you like this week? Playing a...

Coordinator conversation: Air Force's Steve Russ talks defense
Coordinator conversation: Air Force's Steve Russ talks defense

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Mon, Sep 26, 2016

The Gazette's Brent Briggeman talks with Air Force defensive coordinator Steve Russ:

BB: I’m hearing Roland Ladipo and Ryan Watson will be...

Air Force football player of the game: Ryan Watson, senior defensive end
Air Force football player of the game: Ryan Watson, senior defensive end

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Mon, Sep 26, 2016

Ryan Watson, senior DE

Watson recorded five tackles, including three sacks of Utah State quarterback Kent Myers for 16 yards. Watson's first...

Mountain West says Air Force's Weston Steelhammer's targeting suspension will stand
Mountain West says Air Force's Weston Steelhammer's targeting suspension will stand

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Mon, Sep 26, 2016

Air Force checked into filing an appeal of Weston Steelhammer's first-half suspension after a targeting call on Saturday night, but the Mountain West...

Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal 5 years later: The impact on Air Force athletics
Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal 5 years later: The impact on Air Force athletics

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Mon, Sep 26, 2016

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...

Air Force's lofty goals intact after clearing first major hurdle at Utah State
Air Force's lofty goals intact after clearing first major hurdle at Utah State

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Mon, Sep 26, 2016

Air Force players have not been shy about a hope to run the table this season.

They are only a quarter of the way there, but a 27-20 victory...

Air Force beats Utah State in Mountain West opener
Air Force beats Utah State in Mountain West opener

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sun, Sep 25, 2016

Air Force played the first 147 minutes, 57 seconds of the season without forcing a turnover, but the two it produced

Notes from Air Force's game against Utah State
Notes from Air Force's game against Utah State

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sat, Sep 24, 2016

Mountain West takes it on the chin

Air Force and Utah State met late Saturday night in the first Mountain West game of the season.

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Air Force can expect Utah State to come out firing
Air Force can expect Utah State to come out firing

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sat, Sep 24, 2016

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...

Air Force at Utah State: 3 subplots to watch
Air Force at Utah State: 3 subplots to watch

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sat, Sep 24, 2016

Air Force (2-0) visits Utah State at 8:15 p.m. Saturday in the Mountain West Conference opener for the Falcons. (740 am, ESPNU)

Air Force...

Air Force at Utah State: By  the numbers
Air Force at Utah State: By the numbers

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sat, Sep 24, 2016

Air Force (2-0) visits Utah State (2-1) at 8:15 p.m. Saturday in the Mountain West Conference opener for the Falcons. (740 am,...

In the know: How Air Force spends the day before late kickoffs
In the know: How Air Force spends the day before late kickoffs

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Fri, Sep 23, 2016

Brodie Hicks views football games like tests, so when he’s killing time in a hotel before 8:15 p.m. kickoffs he likes to spread out his notes and...

Air Force excited to transition to the more telling phase of the football season
Air Force excited to transition to the more telling phase of the football season

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Fri, Sep 23, 2016

LOGAN, Utah – Most things are restarted or reset only when they’re not working properly.

That is not where Air Force football is at right now...

Air Force must travel to face a Utah State team that thrives on home-field advantage
Air Force must travel to face a Utah State team that thrives on home-field advantage

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Wed, Sep 21, 2016

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...

Air Force receiver Jalen Robinette has prolific history against Utah State
Air Force receiver Jalen Robinette has prolific history against Utah State

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Tue, Sep 20, 2016

Jalen Robinette's mind isn't on his past performances against Utah State. He has way too many other things to think about.

When the Air Force...

Air Force will see a different crop of linebackers at Utah State
Air Force will see a different crop of linebackers at Utah State

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Mon, Sep 19, 2016

The familiar names Air Force has come to know - and dread - are gone at linebacker for Utah State.

Nick Vigil made 20 tackles against the...

Air Force's Frank Serratore more excited by offseason moves than preseason hockey poll
Air Force's Frank Serratore more excited by offseason moves than preseason hockey poll

By: Joe Paisley - 0 Mon, Sep 19, 2016

Facility and scholarship upgrades have the Atlantic Hockey Conference coaches excited about the future.

If only Air Force’s Frank Serratore...

Home sweet home: Football coaches leading alma maters have advantages
Home sweet home: Football coaches leading alma maters have advantages

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sat, Sep 17, 2016

Utah State coach Matt Wells found words coming out of his own mouth while on vacation this summer that surprised even himself.

When asked...

Mountain West command center in Colorado Springs provides extra layer of oversight
Mountain West command center in Colorado Springs provides extra layer of oversight

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Thu, Sep 15, 2016

The Big 12 and Mid-American conferences handed out suspensions to officiating and replay crews because of an error last week that the Mountain West...

Broncos great Floyd Little questions Brandon Marshall's decision to kneel for anthem
Broncos great Floyd Little questions Brandon Marshall's decision to kneel for anthem

By: David Ramsey - 0 Wed, Sep 14, 2016

Floyd Little believes Brandon Marshall has a right to kneel during the national anthem.

But Little, the retired Broncos running back who ran...

Injury-free so far, Air Force adds some healthy bodies on defense
Injury-free so far, Air Force adds some healthy bodies on defense

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Tue, Sep 13, 2016

Air Force lost five starters to injuries over the first two games of the past two seasons.

This year, the Falcons have suffered no significant...

No sharing: Air Force time of possession Saturday apparently set NCAA mark
No sharing: Air Force time of possession Saturday apparently set NCAA mark

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Mon, Sep 12, 2016

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

Never mind that the Falcons'...

David Ramsey: Here's a change: Air Force's air attack inspires fear
David Ramsey: Here's a change: Air Force's air attack inspires fear

By: David Ramsey - 0 Sun, Sep 11, 2016

Air Force's early season schedule left the Falcons with no chance to inspire mass celebration. Anyone who understands college football yawns after...

Sharktooth-clad Air Force chews up yards, clock as it devours Georgia State
Sharktooth-clad Air Force chews up yards, clock as it devours Georgia State

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sat, Sep 10, 2016

After a lackluster 37-21 win over Abilene Christian a week ago, the Air Force Falcons are looking for a spark.

"No one really sparked a flame...

Air Force 2007 All-American Carson Bird, who is fighting cancer, is honored before the game
Air Force 2007 All-American Carson Bird, who is fighting cancer, is honored before the game

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sat, Sep 10, 2016

Carson Bird greeted the Air Force team as players ran out of the tunnel before the game and performed the coin toss as an honorary captain on...

Plunging Air Force Academy cadets to make rare leap from Goodyear blimp
Plunging Air Force Academy cadets to make rare leap from Goodyear blimp

By: Tom Roeder - 0 Sat, Sep 10, 2016

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

The academy's Wings of Blue parachutists will make...

Air Force ready to tap into new energy resources in second game
Air Force ready to tap into new energy resources in second game

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Fri, Sep 9, 2016

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...

Subplots to watch during the Air Force vs. Georgia State game
Subplots to watch during the Air Force vs. Georgia State game

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Fri, Sep 9, 2016

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...

By the numbers: Air Force vs. Georgia State
By the numbers: Air Force vs. Georgia State

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Fri, Sep 9, 2016

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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...

In the know … Insider info about the Air Force vs. Georgia State matchup
In the know … Insider info about the Air Force vs. Georgia State matchup

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Fri, Sep 9, 2016

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

Brittany Watson, Ryan’s older sister by five years, attended the school and...

Week 2 foe Georgia State has Air Force's full attention for multiple reasons
Week 2 foe Georgia State has Air Force's full attention for multiple reasons

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Wed, Sep 7, 2016

When Air Force first met Georgia State in September 2014, the Panthers were in just their second year of major college football and still winless...

Air Force fullbacks eye second-game improvement
Air Force fullbacks eye second-game improvement

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Tue, Sep 6, 2016

Neither Shayne Davern nor D.J. Johnson argued with their coaches' assessments of their performance in the season-opener.

They both missed...

Air Force quarterback Nate Romine completes practice after suffering injury in opener
Air Force quarterback Nate Romine completes practice after suffering injury in opener

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Tue, Sep 6, 2016

Air Force quarterback Nate Romine showed no signs of an injury as he completed a full practice Monday.

Falcons coach Troy Calhoun did not make...

David Ramsey: Air Force should follow Army and Navy in retiring football numbers
David Ramsey: Air Force should follow Army and Navy in retiring football numbers

By: David Ramsey - 0 Mon, Sep 5, 2016

Air Force's football program needs to recognize greats from its past. Army has retired the numbers of four football players. Same with Navy.

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Air Force grad Ben Garland makes NFL roster; Colorado Springs-area players make practice squads
Air Force grad Ben Garland makes NFL roster; Colorado Springs-area players make practice squads

By: - 0 Mon, Sep 5, 2016

Air Force grad Ben Garland, a former Denver Bronco, made the Atlanta Falcons roster as an offensive lineman.

Fountain-Fort Carson graduate...

Air Force moves ahead with a defense that showed some good and bad
Air Force moves ahead with a defense that showed some good and bad

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sun, Sep 4, 2016

The Air Force season opener brought good news and bad news.

The good news? This very much looks like the same defense.

The bad news?...

David Ramsey: Air Force should retire the numbers of Dee Dowis and Chad Hennings
David Ramsey: Air Force should retire the numbers of Dee Dowis and Chad Hennings

By: David Ramsey - 0 Sun, Sep 4, 2016

The death of Dee Dowis jolted us back to Air Force's football past and to bright memories of No. 6 dancing, ball in one hand, past tacklers on his...

Air Force notes: Status of QB Nate Romine unknown
Air Force notes: Status of QB Nate Romine unknown

By: - 0 Sat, Sep 3, 2016

Status of Air Force QB Romine unknown

When Arion Worthman appeared at quarterback for Air Force in the fourth quarter after the Falcons had...

Air Force gets job done vs. Abilene Christian in football season opener
Air Force gets job done vs. Abilene Christian in football season opener

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sat, Sep 3, 2016

Air Force pulled off a perfunctory performance to open the season.

The Falcons topped visiting Football Championship Subdivision foe Abilene...

Versatile sophomore turns Air Force debut into the Ronald Cleveland show
Versatile sophomore turns Air Force debut into the Ronald Cleveland show

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sat, Sep 3, 2016

There are multisport athletes. And then there's Ronald Cleveland.

As a high school student in Tennessee, Cleveland competed for state...

Air Force beats Abilene Christian in season opener
Air Force beats Abilene Christian in season opener

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Air Force ripped off 121 rushing yards and completed a 62-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, yet its lead is just 7-0 over Abilene Christian...

Online exclusive: Parents' Weekend to be extra special for Air Force's Ryan Watson
Online exclusive: Parents' Weekend to be extra special for Air Force's Ryan Watson

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sat, Sep 3, 2016

Two things can always be expected of Ryan Watson. He’ll wear a smile, and he’ll tell the complete truth.

Had Watson, the Air Force defensive...