Air Force-UNM is fair game in Texas for Mountain West foes

DALLAS (AP) — Air Force coach Troy Calhoun remembers going to the Cotton Bowl for a Texas-Oklahoma game when he was stationed not far from the Sooners' campus about 25 years ago.

Suffice it to say New Mexico's Bob Davie has plenty more experience on the sidelines of the historic stadium near downtown Dallas, coaching in the bowl game as an assistant seven times in a span of 12 seasons in the 1980s and '90s.

But hey, at least Calhoun can say he's been to the Texas state fair on a game day.

"I think I ate a little cotton candy," Calhoun said.

Yes, the fair will be going on outside the 92,000-seat stadium Saturday when the Falcons (4-1, 1-1 Mountain West) face the Lobos on the other side of Dallas-Fort Worth after five trips in nine years to the Armed Forces Bowl on the TCU campus.

Calhoun's mind will be on more than the midway. Air Force is coming off a conference loss at Wyoming a week after improving to 4-0 with a win over Navy, which went on to hand No. 13 Houston its first loss last week.

"I don't know that we quite ride momentum," Calhoun said. "Not that you aren't allowed to. I just don't know that there's merit in that. Makes for good talk. I realize the emotion if you get things caught up and whatnot. But I think there's got to be a steadiness that's involved, too."

One thing is steady about both teams: the running game. New Mexico (2-3, 1-1) averages a nation-leading 354 yards rushing per game and Air Force is seventh at 280.

"We've tried to build our program on that model of the Army, Navy, Air Force," Davie said. "Because you do to a degree have to do more with less. That's not an insult to anybody or anything. That's the world we live in. I put us in that world and we try to do the same thing."


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