With all the talk surrounding Air Force leaving the Mountain West for the Big East in football only, who knows if Saturday will be the last time Wyoming plays the Falcons (I still think Air Force stays in the MW).
But if it is the last time, I talked to some former Air Force players about what it means to them to play Wyoming.
“For me personally, its one of those series where its one of the most underrated rivalries,” said Blane Morgan, Air Force’s quarterbackk from 1996-98 and the Falcons’ co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Wyoming beat Air Force 22-19 in Laramie in 1996 en route to a 10-2 record. In 1997 and 1998 it lost to the Falcons by scores of 14-3 and 10-3, respectively.
After Morgan left, Mike Thiessen took over as Air Force’s quarterback from 1998-2000. He also is on the current Air Force coaching staff as co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach.
“It was a blood bath,” he said. “It’s always been a series that’s been physical and a tough-minded match up. It’s been a series where you traded punches until somebody broke a tackle for made a big play. It’s been the same the last few years.”
Wyoming beat Air Force in 1999 10-7 but lost in 2000 51-34 — one of the rare blowouts in the series over the last 20 years.
Four of the last six games have been decided by one-score margins, and 16 of the last 30 have been decided by 10 points or less. Saturday’s game will be the 50th game in the series. Air Force has won five straight and leads 26-20-3.
Thiessen and Morgan were two of the better quarterbacks to play at Air Force. Find out if they think senior Tim Jefferson is among the elite lists of Falcons to play quarterback in Friday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang.