1987 Air Force Falcons football team

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1987 Air Force Falcons football
Air Force Falcons logo 1963-1994.png
Conference Western Athletic Conference
1987 record 9–4 (6–2 WAC)
Head coach Fisher DeBerry
« 1986 1988 »

The 1987 Air Force Falcons football team represented the United States Air Force Academy in the 1987 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Falcons offense scored 405 points while the defense allowed 269 points. At season’s end, the Falcons appeared in the 1987 Freedom Bowl. In the Ram-Falcon Trophy match, the Falcons beat the Colorado State Rams to win the trophy. Air Force also won the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy, emblematic of beating both Army and Navy.


Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 5 at Wyoming War Memorial StadiumLaramie, WY L 13–27   28,071
September 12 TCU* Falcon StadiumAir Force Academy, CO W 21–10   41,000
September 19 San Diego State Falcon Stadium • Air Force Academy, CO W 49–7   35,035
September 26 at Colorado State Hughes StadiumFort Collins, CO (Battle for the Ram–Falcon Trophy) W 27–19   23,137
October 3 Utah Falcon Stadium • Air Force Academy, CO W 48–27   35,108
October 10 at Navy* Navy-Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, MD W 23–13   35,622
October 17 No. 11 Notre Dame* Falcon Stadium • Air Force Academy, CO L 14–35   51,112
October 24 UTEP Falcon Stadium • Air Force Academy, CO W 35–7   36,922
October 31 at BYU Cougar StadiumProvo, UT ESPN L 13–24   65,384
November 7 Army* Falcon Stadium • Air Force Academy, CO W 27–10   49,183
November 14 at New Mexico University StadiumAlbuquerque, NM W 73–26   15,309
November 21 at Hawaii Aloha StadiumHonolulu, HI ESPN W 34–31   43,340
December 30 vs. Arizona State* Anaheim StadiumAnaheim, CA (Freedom Bowl) L 28–33   33,261
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


1987 team players in the NFL[edit]

The following were selected in the 1988 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Overall NFL Team
Chad Hennings Defensive Tackle 11 290 Dallas Cowboys


Awards and honors[edit]

  • Rip Burgwald, Bullard Award[3]
  • Chad Hennings, Outland Trophy[4]