The 2012 Air Force football season may not have ended as the Falcons would have liked but it was not without its highlights. Here, in no particular order, is a look back at the top five moments for Air Force football in 2012. 1) Winning without throwing a pass
If the goal of option football is to run your opponent into the ground then Air Force put on a clinic against Hawaii. The Falcons managed to win an FBS football game without even attempting a single pass, and they did so without ever really being threatened. The defense was hungry and flying to the ball, while the offense wearing down the Warriors defense until they cracked and conceded two third quarter touchdowns. As it is just the fifth time in school history that a pass has not been attempted it could be quite a while before we see it again.
2) Pushing Michigan all the way
It is not every day that a service academy pushes the really big boys to their limits, but Air Force did just that in Ann Arbor this year. When Cody Getz scored on an 8-yard run, and a two point conversion was successful, the Falcons were down just three to the Wolverines with 12 minutes left to play. Even after a Michigan field goal Air Force had two chances to drive for a touchdown, but late in the game it was not to be. Regardless of the result it was one of the best games that the Academy played all year and a definite highlight of the season.
3) Watching Cody Getz flourish
Obviously Air Force is a school with different priorities to 99 percent of the others in the country. As a result it is easy to feel like the little guy on the football field most weekends. That is the story of Cody Getz in a nutshell. Getz is one of those guys that you can't help but root for. At just 5-foot-7 he made a living on special teams for his first three years at the Academy, just waiting for his time to shine. In 2012 shine he did. Getz went for over 200 yards in three of the Falcons first five games (the other two he went over 100 in each) and you can't help but wonder what he could have done if he hadn't been banged up as the season progressed. Either way it was an awesome feel good story for the program to see the success he had.
4) Being in the conference race with three games to play
It has been a long time since Air Force won a conference championship; so long in fact that only one current member of the WAC (San Jose State) was even around when the Falcons won it. Since 1998 there have only been a couple of seasons when Air Force were in contention entering November, this was one of them. Option football can be brutal on a team late in the season, but the Falcons will learn from seasons like this and hopefully be challenging for conference titles for years to come.
5) Playing in the Armed Forces Bowl
The result was not ideal, but just playing the Armed Forces Bowl is a big honor for any school affiliated with the Armed Forces. Those are memories the players will carry during a lifetime of service to their country.
Top Five Air Force Football Moments of 2012
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