Air Force prepares for Thanksgiving showdown with in-state rival Rams

Posted at 10:50 PM, Nov 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-25 00:50:20-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — For the fourth time in school history, (2-2, 1-2 MWC) Air Force will take to the field on Thanksgiving (12 p.m. kickoff), this time against in-state rival Colorado State (1-2, 1-2 MWC).

"We really take pride in being state champs so really want to get this win over CSU," Falcons senior linebacker Parker Noren said. "Growing up we used to have a Turkey Bowl every Thanksgiving morning with my family. Now I get to play in an actual Turkey Bowl against CSU and that's pretty cool."

Following their 28-0 victory over New Mexico last Friday, Air Force will look to make it back-to-back wins at Falcon Stadium.

The current "Kings of Colorado", Troy Calhoun's team has dominated the Rams in recent years, winning four-straight and 12-of-14 against their Mountain West foe.

Last year, AFA cruised to a 38-21 win in Fort Collins behind a four-touchdown effort from quarterback D.J. Hammond III.

"It's definitely something we're excited about because it's an in-state rival but we just approach it like any other game," Falcons senior running back Joshua Stoner said. "Just prepare so we're ready for the game."

The two teams annually compete for the Ram-Falcon Trophy. Currently, Air Force holds the hardware and leads the series 25-15.