Air Force Falcons football statistical leaders

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The Air Force Falcons football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Air Force Falcons football program in various categories,[1] including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders, the Falcons represent the United States Air Force Academy in the NCAA's Mountain West Conference.

Although Air Force began competing in intercollegiate football in 1955,[1] these lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

  • Since 1955, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.
  • The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972, allowing players to have four-year careers.
  • Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002.[2] The Falcons have played in nine bowl games since this decision, giving recent players an extra game to accumulate statistics.

The values on these list are often smaller than the values seen on other programs' lists for several reasons:

  • Air Force has only played since 1955, making it a relatively new college football program.
  • The Air Force Academy is a four-year undergraduate program, so it does not redshirt players.[3] This means that for a player to play for four years, he must be good enough to see the field as a true freshman. Relatively few players are prepared to do this, which depresses career records.
  • Air Force has run a triple option offense since the arrival of head coach Ken Hatfield in 1978. This offense emphasizes running over passing. Most passing records were established in the 24-year period before this time.

These lists are updated through the end of the 2017 season.

Passing[edit]

Passing yards[edit]

Passing touchdowns[edit]

Rushing[edit]

Rushing yards[edit]

Rushing touchdowns[edit]

Receiving[edit]

Receptions[edit]

Receiving yards[edit]

Receiving touchdowns[edit]

Total offense[edit]

Total offense is the sum of passing and rushing statistics. It does not include receiving or returns.[12]

Total offense yards[edit]

Total touchdowns[edit]

Defense[edit]

Interceptions[edit]

Tackles[edit]

Sacks[edit]

Kicking[edit]

Field goals made[edit]

Field goal percentage[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2016 Air Force Falcons Media Guide" (PDF). GoAirForceFalcons.com. Retrieved 2016-08-20. 
  2. ^ "NCAA changes policy on football stats". ESPN.com. AP. 2002-08-28. Retrieved 2016-08-20. 
  3. ^ Briggeman, Brent (2013-09-24). "Troy Calhoun thinks Air Force should consider adding a redshirt program". Gazette.com. The Gazette (Colorado Springs). Retrieved 2016-08-28. 
  4. ^ "Jacobi Owens". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-01-15. 
  5. ^ "Air Force controls Army to end 7-game skid". ESPN.com. 2013-11-02. 
  6. ^ "Owens leads Air Force to 44-16 win over Nicholls". ESPN.com. 2014-08-30. 
  7. ^ "Air Force 42, Colorado St. 21". ESPN.com. 2012-09-29. 
  8. ^ "Air Force 49, Idaho St. 21". ESPN.com. 2012-09-01. 
  9. ^ a b c d e "Jalen Robinette". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-01-15. 
  10. ^ "Gipson shines in Dallas return as UNM tops Air Force 45-40". ESPN.com. 2016-10-15. 
  11. ^ "New Mexico uses big plays to beat Air Force 47-35". ESPN.com. 2015-11-28. 
  12. ^ "Official 2007 NCAA Division I Football Record Book" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. August 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-12-01. Retrieved 2008-01-03. 
  13. ^ "Navy uses last-minute TD to beat Air Force 48-45". ESPN.com. 2017-10-07. 
  14. ^ "Air Force goes to the air to thwart Boise State, 37-30". ESPN.com. 2015-11-20. 
  15. ^ "Air Force beats mistake-prone Boise State 28-14". ESPN.com. 2014-09-27. 
  16. ^ a b c d "Luke Strebel". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-12-31.