Quantcast

Navy out to avenge heartbreaker against Air Force

Published: Friday, Oct. 5 2012 10:45 a.m. MDT

After pulling in a pass, Air Force's Drew Coleman heads for the end zone while being pursued by Colorado State's Kevin Pierr-Louis  during the first half of an NCAA college football game at Falcon Stadium at Air Force Academy, Colo., on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012.   (The Gazette, Jerilee Bennett, Associated Press) After pulling in a pass, Air Force's Drew Coleman heads for the end zone while being pursued by Colorado State's Kevin Pierr-Louis during the first half of an NCAA college football game at Falcon Stadium at Air Force Academy, Colo., on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. (The Gazette, Jerilee Bennett, Associated Press)

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — If there are two teams that shouldn't mind a 9:30 a.m. kickoff, it's Navy and Air Force. The Midshipmen and Falcons are used to getting up at the crack of dawn.

Air Force coach Troy Calhoun dismisses the notion that Saturday's rooster-rising kickoff will matter to anyone other than maybe the late-arriving fans on a shivering cold and snowy morning. He notes that "during basic training you are up at 4:15."

While the timing won't mean anything to these two teams, the trophy means everything.

The Falcons (2-2) have won the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy the last two years after Navy (1-3) held the prize from 2003-09. Last year's game ended in controversy and a 35-34 Air Force overtime win in Annapolis, Md.

Copyright 2015, Deseret News Publishing Company