Air Force Falcons football
The Air Force Falcons football program represents the United States Air Force Academy in college football at the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) level. Air Force has been a member of the Mountain West Conference since its founding in 1999. The Falcons play their home games at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Troy Calhoun has been the team's head coach since 2007.
|Air Force Falcons football|
|Athletic director||Nathan Pine|
|Head coach||Troy Calhoun|
13th season, 87–67 (.565)
|Other staff||Mike Thiessen (OC)|
John Rudzinski (DC)
|Location||Colorado Springs, Colorado|
|All-time record||385–320–13 (.545)|
|Bowl record||12–13–1 (.481)|
|Rivalries||Army Black Knights|
Colorado State Rams
|Colors||Blue and Silver|
|Fight song||"Falcon Fight Song"|
(unofficial: "The U.S. Air Force")
|Marching band||United States Air Force Academy Drum & Bugle Corp "The Flight of Sound"|
The three major service academies—Air Force, Army, and Navy—compete for the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy, which is awarded to the academy that defeats the others in football that year (or retained by the previous winner in the event of a three-way tie).
The Falcons are not only recognized by the lightning bolt on the side of their helmets, but their traditional option attack. Air Force is one of the premier rushing teams in the nation. Since Fisher DeBerry took over as Falcons head coach in 1984, they have ranked among the nation's top 10 in rushing 19 times in 21 years. The Air Force football team has enjoyed success not only on the field but also in the classroom. In 49 years of Air Force football, there have been 39 Academic All-Americans.
The 1985 seasonEdit
1985 was the most successful season in Air Force football history. Under second-year coach Fisher DeBerry, the Falcons came within one win of playing for the national championship. They recorded 10 straight wins to start the season, climbed the polls to #2 in the nation, but lost to BYU 28–21 in the penultimate game of the regular season. Air Force rebounded with a bowl game win over Texas in the Bluebonnet Bowl and finished with a 12–1 record as the #5 ranked team in the nation.
Air Force has been affiliated with the following conferences.
|Year||Conference||Coach||Overall Record||Conference Record|
|1985†||Western Athletic Conference||Fisher DeBerry||12–1||7–1|
|1995†||Western Athletic Conference||Fisher DeBerry||8–5||6–2|
|1998||Western Athletic Conference||Fisher DeBerry||12–1||7–1|
|1998||Western Athletic Conference||Mountain||Fisher DeBerry||12–1|
|2015||Mountain West Conference||Mountain||Troy Calhoun||8–6|
- Commander in Chief's Trophy Winners (AF-Army-Navy): 1982, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989–1992, 1994, 1995, 1997–2002, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2016.
Since 1980, the Falcons and Colorado State Rams have competed for the Ram–Falcon Trophy. Air Force currently holds a 21-14 advantage over Colorado State in games that the trophy has been contested in.
|January 1, 1959||Cotton||TCU||Tie||0–0||Ben Martin||9–0–2|
|December 28, 1963||Gator||North Carolina||Loss||0–35||Ben Martin||7–4|
|January 1, 1971||Sugar||Tennessee||Loss||13–34||Ben Martin||9–3|
|December 31, 1982||Hall of Fame||Vanderbilt||Win||36–28||Ken Hatfield||8–5|
|December 10, 1983||Independence||Ole Miss||Win||9–3||Ken Hatfield||10–2|
|December 15, 1984||Independence||Virginia Tech||Win||23–7||Fisher DeBerry||8–4|
|December 31, 1985||Bluebonnet||Texas||Win||24–16||Fisher DeBerry||12–1|
|December 30, 1987||Freedom||Arizona State||Loss||28–33||Fisher DeBerry||9–4|
|December 28, 1989||Liberty||Ole Miss||Loss||29–42||Fisher DeBerry||8–4–1|
|December 27, 1990||Liberty||Ohio State||Win||23–11||Fisher DeBerry||7–5|
|December 29, 1991||Liberty||Mississippi State||Win||31–15||Fisher DeBerry||10–3|
|December 31, 1992||Liberty||Ole Miss||Loss||0–13||Fisher DeBerry||7–5|
|December 27, 1995||Copper||Texas Tech||Loss||41–55||Fisher DeBerry||8–5|
|December 20, 1997||Las Vegas||Oregon||Loss||13–41||Fisher DeBerry||10–3|
|December 25, 1998||Oahu||Washington||Win||43–25||Fisher DeBerry||12–1|
|December 31, 2000||Silicon Valley||Fresno State||Win||37–34||Fisher DeBerry||9–3|
|December 31, 2002||San Francisco||Virginia Tech||Loss||13–20||Fisher DeBerry||8–5|
|December 31, 2007||Armed Forces||California||Loss||42–36||Troy Calhoun||9–4|
|December 31, 2008||Armed Forces||Houston||Loss||28–34||Troy Calhoun||8–5|
|December 31, 2009||Armed Forces||Houston||Win||47–20||Troy Calhoun||8–5|
|December 27, 2010||Independence||Georgia Tech||Win||14–7||Troy Calhoun||9–4|
|December 28, 2011||Military||Toledo||Loss||41–42||Troy Calhoun||7–6|
|December 29, 2012||Armed Forces||Rice||Loss||14–33||Troy Calhoun||6–7|
|December 20, 2014||Idaho Potato||Western Michigan||Win||38–24||Troy Calhoun||10–3|
|December 29, 2015||Armed Forces||California||Loss||36–55||Troy Calhoun||8–6|
|December 30, 2016||Arizona||South Alabama||Win||45–21||Troy Calhoun||10–3|
In over 60 years of play in college football, the Falcons have had seven head coaches.
|1955||Robert V. Whitlow||4–4||.500|
Falcon home games are played in Falcon Stadium, which sits below the main campus at an elevation of 6,621 feet (2,018 m) above sea level. Pre-game activities include flyovers by USAF aircraft, including the F-15 and B-2. The highest attendance at a home game was 56,409 spectators in 2002, when the Falcons battled the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Notable individual recordsEdit
- Beau Morgan: He became the first player in NCAA history to rush and pass for over 1,000 yards in a season twice. He broke the NCAA single season rushing record for a quarterback, along with being only the second player in NCAA history to run and pass for 3,000 yards in a career.
Alumni in the National Football LeagueEdit
|1956||Larry Thomson||FB||Little America (3rd)|
|1966||Neal Starkey||DB||Playboy Magazine All-American|
|1967||Neal Starkey||DB||Associated Press (3rd)|
|1969||Ernie Jennings||WR||Central Press (2nd)|
|1971||Orderia Mitchell||C||Black Sports|
|Gene Ogilvie||DE||UPI (3rd)|
|1972||Orderia Mitchell||C||Associated Press (2nd), Gridiron (2nd)|
|Gene Ogilvie||DE||UPI (2nd)|
|1973||Steve Heil||ROV||Associated Press (3rd)|
|1974||Dave Lawson||LB/K||Football Writers|
|1975||Dave Lawson||LB/K||UPI (2nd), Football News (2nd)|
|1981||Johnny Jackson||DB||Associated Press (2nd)|
|1982||Dave Schreck||OG||Associated Press (2nd)|
|1983||John Kershner||FB||Football News (2nd)|
|Mike Kirby||WR||Sporting News (2nd)|
|1985||Mark Simon||P||Scripps Howard, Associated Press (2nd)|
|Scott Thomas||DB||Walter Camp, Kodak, Football Writes, Associated Press (2nd)|
|1986||Terry Maki||LB||Kodak, Football News (2nd), Associated Press (3rd)|
|Tom Rotello||DB||Football News (2nd)|
|1987||Chad Hennings||DT||Consensus, Walter Camp, Kodak, Football Writers, Associated Press, UPI, Scripps Howard, Sporting News, Football News, Outland Trophy winner|
|1989||Dee Dowis||QB||Heisman Trophy finalist|
|Ron Gray||KR||Associated Press (3rd)|
|1991||Jason Christ||P||Associated Press (2nd), Football News (3rd)|
|1992||Carlton McDonald||DB||Consensus, Walter Camp, Kodak, Football Writers, Associated Press, UPI, Scripps Howard, Sporting News|
|1993||Chris MacInnis||P/K||UPI, Associated Press (2nd)|
|1996||Beau Morgan||QB||Associated Press (3rd)|
|1998||Chris Gizzi||LB||Associated Press (3rd), Football Writers (2nd)|
|1998||Tim Curry||DB||Sporting News (3rd)|
|Frank Mindrup||OL||American Football Foundation (3rd)|
|2001||Anthony Schlegel||ILB||Sporting News (Freshmen 3rd team)|
|2002||Brett Huyser||OL||Sporting News (4th)|
|2007||Chad Hall||WR||Rivals (3rd), Sports Illustrated|
|Carson Bird||CB||Sports Illustrated|
|2008||Ryan Harrison||K||College Football News|
|2010||Reggie Rembert||DB||AFCA (1st), Associated Press (3rd)|
Staff as of July 17, 2019.
|Name||Position||First year position||First year Air Force||Alma Mater|
|Troy Calhoun||Head Coach||2007||20071||Air Force (1989)|
|Mike Thiessen||Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks||2014 / 2015||2004||Air Force (2001)|
|Jake Campbell||Offensive Backs||2012||20122||Air Force (1996)|
|Ari Confesor||Wide Receivers||2019||2019||Holy Cross (2004)|
|Jordan Eason||Asst. Offensive Line||2018||2016||Air Force (2013)|
|Steed Lobotzke||Offensive Line||2016||20153||Air Force (1992)|
|Ben Miller||Running Backs / Special Teams Coordinator||2012 / 2010||20074||Air Force (2002)|
|Jonathan Wallace||Tight Ends||2019||2019||Auburn (2015)|
|John Rudzinski||Defensive Coordinator / Secondary||2018 / 2015||20105||Air Force (2005)|
|Terrance Jamison||Defensive Line||2019||2019||Wisconsin (2009)|
|Brian Knorr||Outside Linebackers||2019||20186||Air Force (1986)|
|Alex Means||Asst. Defensive Line||2018||20177||Air Force (2013)|
|Capt. Andre Morris||Defensive Asst.||2019||20178||Air Force (2011)|
|Ron Vanderlinden||Inside Linebackers||2014||2014||Albion (1978)|
|Chip Vaughn||Secondary||2018||2018||Wake Forest (2009)|
Future non-conference opponentsEdit
Announced schedules as of June 23, 2019.
|Colgate||at Purdue||Lafayette||Colorado||at Wake Forest||Navy||at Navy||Navy||at Navy|
|at Colorado||Navy||Florida Atlantic||Navy||at Navy||at Army||Army||at Army||Army|
|at Navy||at Army||at Navy||at Army||Army|
Air Force has a traditional rivalry against the other two FBS service academies, Army and Navy; the three play for the right to hold the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy. Air Force has won the trophy 20 times, more than either Army or Navy. Among other schools, Air Force has played more games against Colorado State and Wyoming, having played each school 57 times since 1957, the Falcons' first season.
Top 10 rivalsEdit
Below are Air Force's record against its top ten most-played opponents since 1957.
|Colorado State||57||35||21||1||.623||Nov 22, 2018 (W 27-19)|
|Wyoming||57||28||26||3||.518||Nov 17, 2018 (L 27-35)|
|Army||53||36||16||1||.689||Nov 3, 2018 (L 14-17)|
|Navy||51||30||21||0||.588||Oct 6, 2018 (W 35-7)|
|New Mexico||36||22||14||0||.611||Nov 10, 2018 (W 42-24)|
|San Diego State||36||19||17||0||.528||Oct 12, 2018 (L 17-21)|
|BYU||30||7||23||0||.233||Sep 11, 2010 (W 35-14)|
|Notre Dame||30||6||24||0||.200||Oct 26, 2013 (L 10-45)|
|Utah||27||14||13||0||.519||Oct 30, 2010 (L 23-28)|
|UNLV||22||16||6||0||.727||Oct 19, 2018 (W 41-35)|
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