|Air Force Falcons football|
|Athletic director||Nathan Pine|
|Head coach||Troy Calhoun |
14th season, 101-71 (.587)
|Location||Colorado Springs, Colorado|
|Bowl record||13–13–1 (.500)|
Colorado State (rivalry)
|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 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.
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.
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||BYU||W 20-13|
|2015||Mountain West Conference - Mountain||Troy Calhoun||San Diego State||L 24-27|
Since 1980, the Falcons and Colorado State Rams have competed for the Ram-Falcon Trophy. Air Force currently holds a 21-4 advantage over Colorado State in games that the trophy has been contested in.
|1958||Cotton||TCU||T 0-0||Ben Martin||9-0-2|
|1963||Gator||North Carolina||L 0-35||Ben Martin||7-4|
|1970||Sugar||Tennessee||L 13-34||Ben Martin||9-3|
|1982||Hall of Fame||Vanderbilt||W 36-28||Ken Hatfield||8-5|
|1983||Independence||Ole Miss||W 9-3||Ken Hatfield||10-2|
|1984||Independence||Virginia Tech||W 23-7||Fisher DeBerry||8-4|
|1985||Bluebonnet||Texas||W 24-16||Fisher DeBerry||12-1|
|1987||Freedom||Arizona State||L 28-33||Fisher DeBerry||9-4|
|1989||Liberty||Ole Miss||L 29-42||Fisher DeBerry||8-4-1|
|1990||Liberty||Ohio State||W 23-11||Fisher DeBerry||7-5|
|1991||Liberty||Mississippi State||W 31-15||Fisher DeBerry||10-3|
|1992||Liberty||Ole Miss||L 0-13||Fisher DeBerry||7-5|
|1995||Copper||Texas Tech||L 41-55||Fisher DeBerry||8-5|
|1997||Las Vegas||Oregon||L 13-41||Fisher DeBerry||10-3|
|1998||Oahu||Washington||W 43-25||Fisher DeBerry||12-1|
|2000||Silicon Valley||Fresno State||W 37-34||Fisher DeBerry||9-3|
|2002||San Francisco||Virginia Tech||L 13-20||Fisher DeBerry||8-5|
|2007||Armed Forces||California||L 36-42||Troy Calhoun||9-4|
|2008||Armed Forces||Houston||L 28-34||Troy Calhoun||8-5|
|2009||Armed Forces||Houston||W 47-20||Troy Calhoun||8-5|
|2010||Independence||Georgia Tech||W 14-7||Troy Calhoun||9-4|
|2011||Military||Toledo||L 41-42||Troy Calhoun||7-6|
|2012||Armed Forces||Rice||L 14-33||Troy Calhoun||6-7|
|2014||Idaho Potato||Western Michigan||W 38-24||Troy Calhoun||10-3|
|2015||Armed Forces||California||L 36-55||Troy Calhoun||8-6|
|2016||Arizona||South Alabama||W 45-21||Troy Calhoun||10-3|
|2019||Cheez-It||Washington State||W 31-21||Troy Calhoun||11-2|
In over 60 years of play in college football, the Falcons have had seven head coaches.
|1955||Robert V. Whitlow||4-4||.500|
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. Opened in 1962, its highest attendance was 56,409 in 2002, when the Falcons hosted Notre Dame.
|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)|
Academic All-Americans at Air Force.
Announced schedules as of February 3, 2020.
|Duquesne||Lafayette||Colorado||at Wake Forest||Navy||at Navy||Navy||at Navy|
|at Purdue||Florida Atlantic||Navy||at Navy||at Army||Army||at Army||Army|
|Navy||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.
In 2019 Air Force renewed a rivalry with Colorado, winning at Folsom Field on Sept. 14 by a score of 30-23. The teams had not played since Oct. 5, 1974, a game that Colorado won by a score of 28-27. Air Force won the first meeting between the teams in 1958. The 1963 game between the two college football teams was postponed due to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The 1973 game, the last one played in Boulder before the 2019 clash, was marred by a riot. Fans threw eggs and beer at Air Force personnel and cadets.
Below are Air Force's record against its top ten most-played opponents since 1957.
|Colorado State||58||36||21||1||.629||Nov 16, 2019 (W 38-21)|
|Wyoming||58||29||26||3||.526||Nov 20, 2019 (W 20-6)|
|Army||54||37||16||1||.694||Nov 2, 2019 (W 17-13)|
|Navy||53||31||22||0||.585||Oct 3, 2020 (W 40-7)|
|New Mexico||38||24||14||0||.632||Nov 20, 2020 (W 28-0)|
|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)|