Updating the Numbers

Fisher DeBerry's record through 245 games, after completing his twentieth season as AFA's head coach, stands at 156-88-1(.638) overall; 73-57-1(.561) on the road or at neutral sites and 83-31(.728) in home games.

AFAFalcon Staff Writer; Chris Field
Chris Field

AFAFalcons 
Staff Writer

       FISHER'S IMPACT. Entering the 2004 season AFA's all-time record stands at 294-243-13(.546) in 550 games. Fisher's tenure as head coach spans 44.5% of the total number of games the Falcons have played in their history, yet has produced 53% of the academy's victories. Another mark of Fisher's success is that his teams have registered only 36% of the academy's all-time losses while having played 44.5% of the total number of games in AFA's football history. DeBerry has already won 18 more games than all other head football coaches in AFA's history combined.

       DEE-FENSE, DEE-FENSE?  From November 18, 1999, through conclusion of the 2003, Air Force has played forty-eight games against division 1-A opponents. In
31 (64.5%) of those games Air Force has allowed 24 or more points to the opposition. In those 31 games when allowing 24 or more points AFA has gone 12-19 (.387). In the seventeen games in which the defense has allowed fewer than twenty-four points AFA has gone 15-2(.882). When AFA limits the opposition to fewer than 24 points it wins. When AFA allows twenty-four points or more its chances to win decrease rapidly and the figures support this assessment.

       In these forty-eight games against division 1-A opponents Air Force has compiled a
27-21(.562) record. The last time AFA allowed a team to score at least twenty-four points and still posted a victory was September 20, 2003, at home, against Wyoming when AFA beat the Cowboys, 35-29. 

       On October 19, 2002, Notre Dame became the first team to defeat AFA when scoring fewer than 24 points since Utah beat the Falcons, 21-15, in the Snow Bowl on October 16, 1999. The only other game Air Force has lost since November 18, 1999, when allowing fewer than twenty-four points is the 2002 San Francisco Bowl to Virginia Tech by a, 20-13, score.

       A CHANCE TO ADVANCE. Here is a look at the leading rushers in AFA history through the conclusion of the 2003 season. Chance Harridge finished his season by gaining thirty-five yards against San Diego State to become the fourth player in AFA football history to surpass the twenty-three hundred yard mark.

        

         1. 3612     Dee Dowis
         2. 3379     Beau Morgan
         3. 2726     John Kershner
        
4. 2324     Chance Harridge <==
         5. 2284     Brian Bream
         5. 2284     Pat Evans
         7. 1993     Greg Johnson
         8. 1860     Marty Louthan

        
9. 1762     Jason Jones
       10. 1760     Rodney Lewis
       11. 1702     Rob Perez
       12. 1677     Bart Weiss
       13. 1633     Terry Issacson
       14. 1630     Ken Wood
       15. 1551     Shelby Ball
       16. 1534     Mike Thiessen
       17. 1478     Jake Campbell
       18. 1470     Leotis Palmer
       19. 1406     Qualario Brown
       20. 1400     Scotty McKay
       21. 1371     Mike Quinlan
       22. 1354     Spanky Gilliam
       23. 1347     Larry Thomson
       24. 1296     Nakia Addison
       25. 1242     Keith Boyea
       26. 1233     Johnny Smith
       27. 1129     Blane Morgan
      
28. 1112    Anthony Butler <==
       29. 1091     Curtis Martin
      
30. 1086     Darnell Stephens <==
       31. 1074     Bill Berry
       32. 1005     Joel Carlson
      
      


       Anthony Butler Anthony Butler eludes Nothwestern tacklercontinues his climb up the chart of career rushing leaders at the academy. After topping the one-thousand yard plateau in the 2003 season Butler stands positioned to make a concerted charge up the ranks of the all-time leaders during his senior campaign in 2004.For his career Butler has carried the ball 210 times for 1,112 yards, 10 TDs and a 5.29 yards per carry average.

       The newest name to be added to the list of career rushers to have met or surpassed the 1,000 yard mark is Darnell Stephens.Darnell Stephens recovers a loose ball. Stephens' career slate shows him having carried the ball 190 times, for 1086 yards, a 5.71 yards per carry average and 6 TDs. The seniior-to-be from Midwest City, Oklahoma and Butler should chase each other up the charts of career rushers at the academy during the 2004 season.


       The next player to join this elite company could be current sophomore HB Matt Ward. Ward runnng hard against SDSU Through the New Mexico game Ward's career ledger shows he has 101 carries for 630 yards, a 6.23 yards per carry average and 6 rushing TDs. A solid season by Ward in the 2004 season would provide Air Force with the simultaneous presence of three, one thousand yard rushers. That was also the case in 2003 with Harridge, Stephens and Butler.
      



       AND JUST FOR KICKS. Here's a final look at where placekicker Joey Ashcroft finished in some of the significant kicking categories in AFA history.


       AFA Career FG Percentage Leaders
                           FGM-FGA                       PCT.
1. Jackson Whiting-1998-99      19-23                    .826
2. Joe Wood-1989-91               39-49                     .796
3. David Adams-1998-2000       26-34                     .765
4. Carlos Mateos-1984             12-16                     .750
5. Joey Ashcroft-2002-2003     29-39                     .743 <==

       Career Field Goals Made
1. Dave Lawson 51 (1972-75)
2. Sean Pavlich 42  (1980-83)
3. Joe Wood 39  (1989-91)
4. Joey Ashcroft  29 (2002-2003) <==
5. Dennis Leuthaser 27 (1967-69)
6. Dave Adams 26 (1998-2000)
7. Jim Sturch 25 (1978-79)
8. Randy Roberts  22 (1994-95)


       Field Goals Made in a Season
1. 19 Dave Lawson 1974
1. 19 Dave Adams 2000
3. 17 Joe Wood 1991
4. 16 Jim Sturch 1978
4. 16 Joey Ashcroft 2002

       AFA AGAINST THE POINTS. From 2001 to the present here's look at how the Falcons have fared against the point spread. Bear in mind that Las Vegas does not set a line for a game matching a division 1-A team against a division 1-AA team. In 2001, Air Force went 3-8 against the spread. In 2002, AFA went 9-4 against the point spread. The Falcons were 4-7 against the spread this year. The Falcons were 4 point favorites against San Diego State and did not cover the spread.


       WHITEWASHED. Air Force posted its ninth shutout during Fisher DeBerry's tenure as head coach when it beat Wofford, 49-0, to open the 2003 season. Army (1991), The Citadel (1993), San Jose State (1996) Colorado State and Army (1997), Wake Forest (1998), Army (1999) and Tennessee Tech (2001) are the other shutouts administered by the Falcons in the DeBerry era.

       TAKING THE OFFENSIVE. Chuck Petersen has been the offensive coordinator for the Falcons from the outset of the 2000 season. Since Petersen has assumed the reins to the Air Force attack the Falcons have posted a record of 29-19(.604) in forty-eight games.

       LOOKING BACKWARD AND FORWARD. Wofford was 10-1 on the year. Northwestern 6-6; North Texas 9-3; Wyoming 4-7; BYU 4-8; Navy 7-4; UNLV 5-6; CSU 6-5; Utah 9-2; Army 0-12; New Mexico 8-4 and San Diego State was 6-6. The overall record of the teams Air Force has played through through the twelve games of its schedule is
74-64 (.536). Several of the teams AFA played this season still have regular season and/or post season games remaining to be played. At the conclusion of the Falcons' regular season, of the division 1-A teams Air Force defeated in the 2003, only North Texas State had posted a winning record.


       


       IS LESS MORE...or is it really less? Here's a brief comparative look at Chance Harridge's offensive production through the games of the 2002 and 2003 seasons.

2002 Rushing: 234 carries for 1159 yards 22 TDs and a
4.95 yards per carry average.
2003 Rushing: 180 carries for 914 yards 12 TDs and a
5.07 yards per carry average.

2002 Passing: 60 for 125 and 971 yards/ 5 ints/ 10 TDs and a
48.0% completion mark.
2003 Passing: 80 for 1160 and 995 yards/ 7 ints/ 6 TDs and a
50.0% completion mark.

2002 Total offense: 2,130 yards and 32 TDs with a team record of
8-4.
2003 Total offense: 1,909 yards and 18 TDs with a team record of
7-5.

       In 2002 Harridge ran 234 times for 1,159 yards in the regular season and carried the ball, on average, 19.5 times a game. In 2003, Harridge averaged 15 carries a game for a total of 180 carries and 914 yards rushing..


      OFFENSIVE PRODUCTION. Chance Harridge finished his football career in sixth place on AFA's offensive production chart. He entered the San Diego State game with exactly 4,400 yards in offense and added another one hundred yards to that figure.


1. 6,627--Beau Morgan 1994-96
2. 6,482--Dee Dowis 1986-1989
3. 5,511--Dave Ziebart 1976-1979
4. 4,997--Marty Louthan 1980-1983
5. 4,740--Rich Haynie 1971-1973
6. 4,500--Chance Harridge 2001-2003

      Harridge completed his career having rushed for 
2,324 yards and passed for 2,176 yards for a total offensive output of 4,500 yards. He joins Beau Morgan and Dee Dowis as the only AFA quarterbacks to have surpassed the 2,000 yard mark in both rushing and passing in their college careers placing Harridge in select company in Falcons' football history.



       OUTPACING THE OPPOSITION.  Since the start of the 2001 season and through the 2003 season the Air Force Falcons have played thirty-seven games. AFA has compiled a
21-16 (.567) in those games. Here's a game by game look at the yards gained and allowed by the Falcons in this time and a look at how this performance correlates to AFA's record over the time span.

2001

AFA  249      Oklahoma  398    Loss  44-3
AFA  379      Tenn Tech  268    Win  42-0
AFA  427      S.D. State  403    Win  45-21
AFA  371      Navy          412    Win  24-18
AFA  524      Wyoming    516    Win  24-13
AFA  502      BYU           611    Loss 63-33
AFA  278      New Mex.   620    Loss  52-33
AFA  282      Army          486    Win  34-24
AFA  481      CSU           300    Loss  28-21
AFA  336      UNLV         353    Loss  34-10
AFA  603      Hawaii        572    Loss  52-30
AFA  274      Utah           543    Win  38-37

2002

AFA  523      N'western    221    Win  52-3
AFA  360      New Mex.   362     Win  38-31 (OT)
AFA  317      California    335     Win  23-21
AFA  287      Utah          290      Win  30-26
AFA  536      Navy          347      Win  48-7
AFA  463      BYU          304      Win  52-9
AFA  161      N. Dame    447      Loss 21-14
AFA  424      Wyoming   484      Loss 34-26
AFA  250      CSU          341      Loss 31-12
AFA  531      Army         330      Win  49-30
AFA  468      UNLV        469      Win  49-32
AFA  538      S.D.State  398      Loss 38-34
AFA  318      Va. Tech   278      Loss 20-13 (S.F. Bowl)

2003

AFA  469      Wofford    175       Win  49-0
AFA  409      N'western 452       Win  22-21
AFA  427      N. Texas  260       Win  34-21
AFA  510      Wyoming 486       Win  35-29
AFA  328      BYU        306       Win  24-10
AFA  362      Navy        326       Loss  28-25
AFA  324      UNLV      250        Win  24-7
AFA  430      CSU        564       Loss  30-20
AFA  362      Utah        459       Loss  45-43 (3OT)
AFA  446      Army       199       Win 31-3
AFA  273      NMex.     364       Loss 24-12
AFA  286      SDS        383       Loss 24-3

       In their past thirty-seven games the Falcons have outgained their opponents 18 times and posted a
13-5 (.722) record in doing so. In the remaining 19 games the Falcons have been outgained and posted a record of 8-11 (.421). It has been a crapshoot for AFA when being outgained since the start of the 2001 season. On the other hand it's clear that the Falcons' ability to pile up yardage has led to an increased likelihood of victory.


       IN A RUSH. Coaches speak at length about the importance of establishing the rushing game as a means by which to secure victories. Here's a look from the start of the 2001 season to the present at how AFA and its opponents have done when one or the other has produced at least one back who's rushed for 100 or more yards in a game.

OPPONENTS

Date
                     Site         Player                   Production       Result
1.Sept. 1, 2001      AFA         Quentin Griffin         26-201-1TD       Okla. 44-3
2.Sept. 29, 2001   @SDS       Larry Ned               24-178-2TDs     
AFA 45-21
3.Oct. 6, 2001      @Navy       Brian Madden         27-110-1TD        AFA 24-18
4.Oct.13, 2001       AFA         Nate Scott(Wyo)     22-148-0TD        AFA 24-13
5.Oct. 20, 2001     @BYU       Luke Staley           14-134-2TDs       BYU 63-33
6.Nov.3, 2001         AFA         C.J. Young(Army)   25-104-2TDs      
AFA 34-24
7.Nov. 8, 2001       @CSU       Duan Ruff              19-108-2TDs        CSU 28-21
8.Dec. 1, 2001        AFA         Dameon Hunter      28-226-2TDs      
AFA 38-37
9. Dec. 1, 2001        AFA        Adam Tate(Utah)    26-140-2TDs       SAME
10.Sept. 7, 2002     AFA         Quincy Wright(NM) 25-145-0TD         AFA 38-31(OT)
11.Sept, 28, 2002  @Utah       Brandon Warfield    30-193-3TDs       AFA 30-26 
12.Oct. 12, 2002    AFA          Ryan Grant(ND)      30-190-1TD         N.D. 21-14
13.Oct. 31, 2002    AFA          Cecil Sapp             29-132-2TDs       CSU 31-12
14.Nov. 14, 2002   @UNLV      Dominique Dorsey  11-101-0TD        
AFA 49-32
15.Sept. 6, 2003     @N'wst.    Jason Wright           22-108-1TD      
AFA 22-21
16.Oct.   4, 2003     @Navy     Kyle Eckel              33-176-1TD        Navy 28-25
17.Oct. 16, 2003     @CSU     Bradlee Van Pelt      17-125-2TDs      CSU 30-20
18. Nov. 15, 2003   @ NMex.  DonTrell Moore         36-188-2TDs      NMex 24-12
19. Nov. 22, 2003   @ SDS     Michael Franklin       29-122-1TD       SDS  24-3

       In the past eighteen games in which AFA has allowed one of more back to gain 100 yards the Falcons have posted a record of 9-9(.500).

AIR FORCE

Date                Site                   Player           Production           Result
1.Oct. 6, 2001  @Navy               Keith Boyea     19-118-1TD          
AFA 24-18
2.Oct. 13, 2001 AFA(Wyo)         Keith Boyea     26-196-0TD           AFA 24-13
3.Oct.20, 2001 @BYU               Anthony Butler  8-120-1TD             BYU 63-33
4.Nov. 8, 2001  @CSU               Keith Boyea     35-188-3TDs          CSU 28-21
5.Nov. 24, 2001 @Hawaii            Keith Boyea    18-132-1TD            Hawaii 52-30
6.Nov. 24, 2001 @Hawaii            Dan Shaffer     15-101-1TD            Same
7.Dec. 1, 2001   AFA(Utah)         Keith Boyea   19-110-2TDs          
AFA 38-37
8.Sept.7, 2002   AFA(NM)           Leotis Palmer  15-125-1TD          
AFA 38-31 (OT)
9.Sept.21, 2002 @Cal                Chance Harridge 25-124-3TDs      
AFA 23-21
10.Oct. 5, 2002 AFA(Navy)         Chance Harridge 19-164-4TDs      
AFA 48-7
11.Oct.12, 2002 AFA(BYU)        Chance Harridge  22-104-4TDs      
AFA 52-9 
12.Oct.31, 2002 AFA(CSU)        Chance Harridge  26-115-1TD        CSU 31-12
13.Nov. 16, 2002 @UNLV           Chance Harridge 21-114-2TDs      
AFA 49-32 
14.Nov.23, 2002 AFA                 Chance Harridge 22-117-3TDs       SDS 38-34
15.Nov.23, 2002 AFA                 Steve Massie  12-123-1TD             Same
16.Sept.6, 2003 @Nwst.            Anthony Butler  12-107-1TD          
AFA 22-21
17.Sept.20, 2003 AFA(Wyo)       Chance Harridge 15-117-0TD        
AFA 35-29        
18.Oct.4, 2003   @Navy             Chance Harridge 21-129-2TDs       Navy 28-25
19.Oct. 16, 2003 @CSU             Chance Harridge 22-136-2TDs       CSU 30-20

       There are two interesting trends to note. AFA has compiled a 10-7(.588) record in the last seventeen games in which it has produced at least one, one hundred rusher. In the past seven games in which an AFA back has gained at least 100 yards, the Falcons have posted a disappointing 3-4 record. On the past two occasions on which the Falcons have had two players gain more than 100 yards rushing, Air Force has lost both contests (to Hawaii and San Diego State).


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