Air Force eyes first CIC Trophy since 2016

Posted at 11:01 PM, Nov 04, 2020

COLORADO SPRINGS — It has been an up and down start to the 2020 season for the Air Force football program (1-2) but the Falcons could certainly benefit from a win Saturday at Army (9:30 a.m.).

The final leg in the Academy's quest to retain the Commander-in-Chief Trophy, Troy Calhoun's team travels to West Point with a chance to hold the hardware for the first time since 2016.

"The last time it was here I was visiting and freshman year it was here," senior center Nicholas Noyen said. "We would definitely like to get that back and say as a class and team that we won it and brought it back to Colorado Springs."

A rivalry that dates back to 1959, the two schools have each traded winning streaks over the past half-century. Recently, Air Force has led the way with seven wins in their past 10 meetings, including a thrilling 17-13 victory at Falcon Stadium in 2019. The Black Knights won the last showdown at Michie Stadium, 17-14 in 2018.

Off to a strong start to their season, Army (6-1) represents a tough test for a Falcons team looking to snap a two-game skid after topping Navy 40-7 in their season opener.

"Service Academy games are probably the most intense in college football," junior defensive back Corvan Taylor said. "We're two very aggressive, well coached and schemed teams."