‘Bows looking to reclaim Kuter Trophy at Air Force

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The University of Hawai’i football team will look to reclaim the Kuter Trophy when it travels to Air Force for a Mountain West match-up, Saturday, Oct. 22 at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo.

General Laurence S. Kuter Trophy
General Laurence S. Kuter Trophy

The Rainbow Warriors (3-4, 2-1 MW) enter the rivalry game having dropped a heartbreaker to UNLV, 41-38, last week in Honolulu. UH has lost six of the last seven meetings against Air Force in a series that began in 1966. The teams began playing for the Kuter Trophy, named after the late General Laurence S. Kuter, who was the first head of the Pacific Air Forces Command.

The Falcons (4-2, 1-2) are currently in possession of the trophy, having won the last meeting, 58-7, in Honolulu last season. Air Force enters this week’s game looking to snap a two-game losing streak following losses to Wyoming and New Mexico.

Air Force leads the all-time series, 13-6-1, including a 2-0 mark in MW play.

Game #8
Who: Hawai’i (3-4, 2-1 MW) vs. Air Force (4-2, 1-2 MW)
When: Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016
Time: 12:00 p.m. MT / 8:00 a.m. HT
Where: Colorado Springs, Colo.
Stadium: Falcon Stadium (40,828)
Television: Televised live locally and statewide on Oceanic
Pay-Per-View (Digital Ch. 255 and HD Ch. 1255) and Hawaiian Telcom Pay-Per-View (Ch. 969), with Robert Kekaula (play-by-play) and Rich Miano (analyst).
Radio: ESPN 1420 AM will carry the game live with Bobby Curran (play-by-play) and John Veneri (analyst). Chris Hart and Gary Dickman host the “Countdown To Kickoff” beginning at 6:00 a.m. HT, and also the halftime show. Neighbor islands can listen live on KNUI on Maui, KHLO in Hilo, KKON in Kona, KTOH on Kaua’i, and KNWJ in Pago Pago, American Samoa.
Video Streaming: None
Audio Webcast: ESPN1420am.com
Live Stats: goairforcefalcons.com
Series Information: 21st meeting. Air Force leads 13-6-1

Game Notes
The teams are playing for the Kuter Trophy. AFA is in possession of the rivalry trophy having won the last meeting, 58-7 last season in Honolulu. AFA leads the all-time series 13-6-1, which began in 1966…A Hawai’i victory would mark consecutive road wins for the first time since the 2010 season…UH’s only win over Air Force in Colorado Springs occurred in 1992 (6-3). UH is 1-6 all-time…UH’s all-time record vs. teams from the state of Colorado is 24-34-1 including a 5-20 mark playing in the “Centennial State”. UH played in the state twice in 2014, falling to Colorado (21-12) and Colorado State (49-22)…Since taking over as starting quarterback, Dru Brown has not thrown an interception in 83 pass attempts and has passed for 726 yards (56-of-83) and six touchdowns. Brown has a current streak of 112 consecutive attempts without an interception dating back to the Michigan game…Running back Steven Lakalaka has rushed for a touchdown in each of the past five games and six of seven contests this season. The senior leads the team with eight scores.

About Air Force
After winning their first four games of the season, including a 24-14 victory over rival Navy, the Falcons have lost their last two games, both Mountain West contests against Wyoming and New Mexico…AFA dropped a 45-40 decision to New Mexico on Saturday in a game that was played in Dallas’ Cotton Bowl as part of the Texas State Fair…The Falcons, the nation’s sixth-ranked rushing team at 275.2 yards per game, totaled 281 yards on the ground and 531 yards of total offense in the loss to the Lobos…Air Force ranks third in the MW in both scoring (34.3) and total offense (459.5) and features the second-ranked defense (341.7), which is No. 25 nationally…The Falcons lead the nation in passing yards per completion (27.6) and kickoff returns (35.2). Returner Tim McVey is the nation’s leader in kickoff return average (35.2), which includes a 99-yard touchdown return…Quarterback Nate Romine has thrown for 1,089 yards and nine touchdowns and rushed for 179 yards and two scores. Wide receiver Jalen Robinette is second in the MW with 568 yards and four touchdowns…Placekicker Luke Strebel is a perfect 11-of-11 in field goals this season and has converted at least two field goals in each of the past five games…Head coach Troy Calhoun is in his 10th season at Air Force and has compiled a 71-52 record. He has guided the Falcons to eight bowl appearances…AFA has won six of the seven meetings in Colorado Springs with its only loss in 1992. Overall, the Falcons have won six of the last seven meetings in the series, including the last two…In last year’s meeting, which AFA won 58-7, the Falcons led 34-0 at the half and generated 576 yards of total offense while holding UH to 178 total yards and only a kickoff return for touchdown.

Battle For The Kuter Trophy
The Kuter Trophy (pronounced COO-ter) is named for the late General Laurence S. Kuter, who was the first head of the Pacific Air Forces Command in 1957. It is a striking tribute to the friendship between the schools and to the cooperation between the people of Hawai’i and the Air Force. The trophy was conceived by UH, sponsored by the Pacific Air Command, and designed by the Air Force Academy. The Kuter Trophy was presented to the winner of the annual game from 1980-97 when both teams were members of the Western Athletic Conference. Air Force left the conference for the Mountain West in 1998 and the rivalry was later renewed in 2001. After nearly a decade without playing one another, the rivalry was once again renewed when UH joined the MW in 2012.

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