Air Force looks to continue the Mountain West’s streak




Posted by ESPN.com’s Graham Watson

There aren’t many players remaining on this Air Force team that were on the field during the 31-30 loss to Tennessee in 2006.

But senior safety Chris Thomas, who was a freshman playing in his first game, remembers the heartache that followed.

“As a freshman, it was my first experience with college football, so there was definitely a little mobile porn bit of shock and awe there,” Thomas said. “It was definitely bittersweet. Looking back on it, we definitely had our chances to win that game. But we didn’t get it done.”

Air Force stormed back from a 31-17 fourth-quarter deficit and scored two touchdowns in the final 3 minutes of the game. The Falcons failed to convert the two-point conversion with 1:35 remaining.

None of the players on the current Air Force roster know what it’s like to beat a team from one of the six major conferences. The school’s last win over an automatic qualifying program came in 2005 when Air Force opened the season with a win against Washington.

But Saturday, the Falcons will get a chance to pull off yet another Mountain West upset when they travel to Minnesota for the inaugural game at TCF Bank Stadium.

“This will be a heck of a football game,” coach Troy Calhoun said. “We’re going into a unique venue, it’s the first time they’ve been able to play an on-campus game at Minnesota in the last 30 years, and so we’re going to play a tough opponent. Yet, at the same time, these are the kind of challenges that you embrace at the Air Force Academy.”

The Mountain West was 2-2 against teams from the automatic qualifying conferences during the opening weekend of the 2009 season,canada politics. Both Oklahoma and Colorado State pulled off major upsets against No. 3 Oklahoma and Colorado. Fellow Academy brethren Navy nearly knocked off No. 6 Ohio State.

Air milf porn Force is coming off a 72-0 thrashing of Nicholls State.

Calhoun said his younger players were able to draw a lot of confidence from the Nicholls State game, which is especially useful heading into a hostile environment this weekend. Calhoun and Minnesota coach Tim Brewster used to coach together in the NFL for the Denver Broncos. Calhoun said Minnesota’s offense resembles the pro style Denver ran when they coached together.

Although Calhoun acknowledged that he and his staff have been studying film of Minnesota since the summer, he said that it’s important that his team not get too high with the game and enjoy the experience.

“The key for us is that you have to hold true not just to what you want to do on the football field, but hold close to what the academy is all about,” Calhoun said. “Will it be easy? Not at all. What our guys are going to have to do on active duty is they’re going to be asked to go to various places around the world where it might be stirred up a little bit. So, I think there’s something that you can draw upon just to help you down the road well cartoon porn after you’re done with your football playing days at the collegiate level for our guys.”

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