Air Force Falcons football

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Air Force Falcons football
2016 Air Force Falcons football team
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First season 1955
Athletic director Jim Knowlton
Head coach Troy Calhoun
10th year, 76–53 (.589)
Other staff Clay Hendrix (OC)
Steve Russ (DC)
Stadium Falcon Stadium
Seating capacity 46,692
Field surface Turf
Location Colorado Springs, Colorado
Conference Mountain West
Division Mountain
All-time record 337–278–13 (.547)
Bowl record 11–12–1 (.479)
Conference titles 3
Consensus All-Americans 5
Current uniform
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Colors Blue and Silver[1]
         
Fight song "Falcon Fight Song"
(unofficial: "The U.S. Air Force")
Mascot The Bird
Marching band United States Air Force Academy Drum & Bugle Corp "The Flight of Sound"
Rivals Army Black Knights
Navy Midshipmen
Colorado State Rams
Website GoAirForceFalcons.com

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.

Falcon Stadium[edit]

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.[2]

History[edit]

Running back Asher Clark and the Falcons take on the Houston Cougars during the 2009 Armed Forces Bowl

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.[3]

The 1985 season[edit]

1985 was the most successful season in Air Force football history. Under second-year coach Fisher DeBerry, the Fightin’ 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.

Bowl Games[edit]

Year Coach Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
1958 Ben Martin 9–0–2 T Cotton 8 6
1963 Ben Martin 7–4 L Gator
1970 Ben Martin 9–3 L Sugar 11 11
1982 Ken Hatfield 8–5 4–3 W Hall of Fame
1983 Ken Hatfield 10–2 5–2 W Independence 16 16
1984 Fisher DeBerry 8–4 4–3 W Independence
1985 Fisher DeBerry 12–1 7–1 T-1st W Bluebonnet 7 10
1987 Fisher DeBerry 9–4 6–2 L Freedom
1989 Fisher DeBerry 8–4–1 5–1–1 L Liberty
1990 Fisher DeBerry 7–5 3–4 W Liberty
1991 Fisher DeBerry 10–3 6–2 W Liberty
1992 Fisher DeBerry 7–5 4–4 L Liberty
1995 Fisher DeBerry 8–5 6–2 T-1st L Copper
1997 Fisher DeBerry 10–3 6–2 L Las Vegas 21 23
1998 Fisher DeBerry 12–1 7–1 1st W Oahu 10 16
2000 Fisher DeBerry 9–3 5–2 W Silicon Valley
2002 Fisher DeBerry 8–5 4–3 L San Francisco
2007 Troy Calhoun 9–4 6–2 L Armed Forces
2008 Troy Calhoun 8–5 5–3 L Armed Forces
2009 Troy Calhoun 8–5 5–3 W Armed Forces
2010 Troy Calhoun 9–4 5–3 W Independence
2011 Troy Calhoun 7–6 3–4 L Military
2012 Troy Calhoun 6–7 5–3 L Armed Forces
2014 Troy Calhoun 10–3 5–3 W Famous Idaho Potato
2015 Troy Calhoun 8–5 6–2 L Armed Forces
Total: 356–303–13
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, BCS, or CFP / New Years' Six bowl.
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.

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Championships[edit]

  • WAC Champions: 1985 (tie), 1995 (tie), 1998
  • WAC Mountain Division Champions: 1998
  • Mountain West Mountain Division Champions: 2015[5]
  • Commander in Chief's Trophy Winners (AF-Army-Navy): 1982, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989-1992, 1994, 1995, 1997-2002, 2010, 2011, 2014.

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.

All-time record vs. Mountain West teams[edit]

Mountain[edit]

Opponent Won Lost Tied Percentage Streak First Last
Boise State 3 2 0 .600 Won 3 2011 2016
Colorado State 33 21 1 .609 Won 1 1957 2016
New Mexico 21 13 0 .618 Lost 2 1957 2016
Utah State 3 2 0 .600 Won 2 1969 2016
Wyoming 28 24 3 .536 Lost 1 1957 2016
Totals 88 62 4 .584

West[edit]

Opponent Won Lost Tied Percentage Streak First Last
Fresno State 6 3 0 .667 Won 2 1993 2016
Hawaii 12 7 1 .625 Lost 1 1966 2016
Nevada 2 1 0 .667 Won 1 2012 2014
San Diego State 19 15 0 .559 Lost 6 1980 2015
San Jose State 3 1 0 .750 Won 2 1996 2016
UNLV 14 6 0 .700 Won 1 1981 2014
Totals 56 33 1 .628
Overall Totals 144 95 5 .600

Head coaches[edit]

Season(s) Head coach Record (W–L–T)
1955 Robert V. Whitlow 4–4
1956–1957 Buck Shaw 9–8–2
1958–1977 Ben Martin 96–103–9
1978 Bill Parcells 3–8
1979–1983 Ken Hatfield 26–32–1
1984–2006 Fisher DeBerry 169–107–1
2007–present Troy Calhoun 49–41

Players[edit]

Individual accomplishments[edit]

Notable individual records[edit]

  • Chance Harridge: In 2002, Harridge set the NCAA Division I record for most single-season rushing touchdowns by a quarterback, with 23. Tied by the University of Florida's Tim Tebow in 2007. That record was first broken by Navy's Ricky Dobbs in 2009 with 27.
  • 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 League[edit]

All-Americans[edit]

Year Player Position Award(s)
1956 Larry Thomson FB Little America (3rd)
1958 Brock Strom OL Consensus
Robert Brickey HB Helms
1963 Terry Isaacson QB Helms
Joe Rodwell C Helms
1966 Neal Starkey DB Playboy Magazine All-American
1967 Neal Starkey DB Associated Press (3rd)
1969 Ernie Jennings WR Central Press (2nd)
1970 Ernie Jennings WR Consensus
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),[6] Associated Press (3rd)

Academic All-Americans[edit]

Year Player Position
1958 Brock Strom OT
1959 Rich Mayo QB
1960 Rich Mayo QB
Don Baucom HB
1967 Ken Zagzebski MG
Carl Janssen OE
1969 Ernie Jennings WR
1970 Ernie Jennings WR
Bob Parker QB
Phil Bauman LB
1971 Darryl Haas LB/P
Bob Homburg DE
John Griffith DT
1972 Gene Ogilvie DE
Bob Homburg DE
Mark Prill MG
1973 Joe Debes OT
1976 Steve Hoog WR
1977 Mack McCollum ROV
1978 Steve Hoog WR
Tom Foertsch LB
Tim Fyda DE
1981 Mike France LB
Kevin Ewing ROV
1982 Jeff Kubiak P
1983 Jeff Kubiak P
1987 Chad Hennings DT
Scott Salmon DB
James Hecker DB
1988 Scott Salmon DB
David Hlatky OL
James Hecker DB
1989 Chris Howard HB
1990 Chris Howard HB
J.T. Tokish LB
1992 Grant Johnson LB
1996 Dustin Tyner WR
Rashad Penton DB
1997 Rashad Penton DB
1998 Rashad Penton DB
2003 Ryan Carter DE
2004 Ryan Carter DE

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Air Force Academy Falcons free safety Bobby Giannini (#11) prepares to finish off Tennessee tailback Montario Hardesty, while Falcons defensive end Josh Clayton (#97) loosens Hardesty's grip on the football. The Falcons lost 31-30 in 2006.

Current coaching staff[edit]

  • Troy Calhoun - Head Coach
  • Steve Russ - Asst. Head Coach/Def. Coord./DBs
  • Mike Thiessen - Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
  • Clay Hendrix - Assoc. Head Coach/Off. Line
  • Matt McGettigan - Strength/Conditioning
  • Ron Vanderlinden - Inside Linebackers
  • Matt Weikert - Outside Linebackers
  • Jake Campbell - Assistant Backfield
  • Tim Cross - Defensive Line
  • Ben Miller - Running Backs/Special Teams Coordinator
  • Steed Lobotzke - Tight Ends
  • Derek Lewis - Wide Receivers
  • John Rudzinski - Secondary
  • Steve Senn - Director of Recruiting and Player Personnel
  • Capt. Ross Weaver - Asst. Off. Line
  • Chris Miller - Director of Football Video Operations
  • Janel Mitchell - Administrative Assistant
  • Scott Richardson - Equipment Supervisor/Head Football Equipment Manager

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Future non-conference opponents[edit]

Announced schedules as of July 15, 2015

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
vs Abilene Christian at Michigan at Army vs Army at Army vs Army at Army
vs Georgia State at Navy vs Navy at Navy vs Navy at Navy vs Navy
vs Navy vs Army at Wake Forest
at Army at Colorado vs Colorado

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Rivals[edit]

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 held 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 55 times since 1957, the Falcons' first season.

Top 10 rivals[edit]

Below are Air Force's record against its top ten most-played opponents.[9]

Opponent Games Wins Losses Ties Last Meeting
Colorado State 55 33 21 1 Nov 12, 2016 (W 49-46)
Wyoming 55 28 24 3 Oct 8, 2016 (L 26-35)
Army 51 36 14 1 Nov 5, 2016 (W 31-12)
Navy 49 29 20 0 Oct 1, 2016 (W 28-14)
San Diego State 34 19 15 0 Dec 5, 2015 (L 24 - 27)
New Mexico 33 21 12 0 Nov 28, 2015 (L 35-47)
BYU 30 7 23 0 Sep 11, 2010 (W 35-14)
Notre Dame 30 6 24 0 Oct 26, 2013 (L 10-45)
Utah 27 14 13 0 Oct 30, 2010 (L 23-28)
Hawaii 20 12 7 1 Oct 22, 2016 (Lost 34-27)
UNLV 20 14 6 0 Nov 8, 2014 (W 48-21)

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