1970 Air Force Falcons football team

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1970 Air Force Falcons football
Air Force Falcons logo 1963-1994.png
Sugar Bowl, L 13–34 vs. Tennessee
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
CoachesNo. 11
APNo. 16
1970 record9–3
Head coachBen Martin (13th season)
Home stadiumFalcon Stadium
Seasons
← 1969
1971 →
1970 NCAA University Division independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 2 Notre Dame         10 1 0
Villanova         9 2 0
No. 16 Air Force         9 3 0
No. 13 Georgia Tech         9 3 0
Boston College         8 2 0
No. 19 Houston         8 3 0
West Virginia         8 3 0
No. 17 Tulane         8 4 0
No. 18 Penn State         7 3 0
Temple         7 3 0
West Texas State         7 3 0
Cincinnati         7 4 0
Florida State         7 4 1
Virginia Tech         5 6 0
Syracuse         6 4 0
Dayton         5 4 1
Pittsburgh         5 5 0
Rutgers         5 5 0
Utah State         5 5 0
Colgate         5 6 0
Southern Miss         5 6 0
New Mexico State         4 6 0
Miami (FL)         3 8 0
Northern Illinois         3 7 0
Marshall         3 6 0
Buffalo         2 9 0
Navy         2 9 0
Army         1 9 1
Xavier         1 9 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1970 Air Force Falcons football team represented the United States Air Force Academy in the 1970 NCAA University Division football season as an University Division Independent. They were led by thirteenth–year head coach Ben Martin and played their home games at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colorado. They outscored their opponents 366–239 and finished with a record of 9 wins and 3 losses (9–3), ranked 16th in the AP Poll.

This was the last season that Army was off of the Falcons' schedule; the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy was introduced two years later which matched the three academies annually. Previously, Air Force played Army in odd years and Navy in even years.

Behind the passing of quarterback Bob Parker, the Falcons' notable wins were over #9 Missouri,[1] and #6 Stanford, led by Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett.[2] Stanford went on to upset #2 Ohio State in the Rose Bowl.

For the first time since the 1963 season, the Falcons appeared in a bowl game, but lost by 21 points to #4 Tennessee in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on New Year's Day.[3] The favored Volunteers jumped out to a 24–0 lead in the first quarter and the Falcons could not make up the difference.[3]

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentRankSiteResult
September 12IdahoW 45–7
September 19at WyomingW 41–17
September 26at No. 9 MissouriNo. 20W 37–14
October 3Colorado StateNo. 10
  • Falcon Stadium
  • Colorado Springs, CO (rivalry)
W 37–22
October 10TulaneNo. 8
  • Falcon Stadium
  • Colorado Springs, CO
W 24–3
October 17at NavyNo. 7W 26–3
October 24Boston CollegeNo. 7
  • Falcon Stadium
  • Colorado Springs, CO
W 35–10
October 31at ArizonaNo. 7W 23–20
November 7at OregonNo. 9L 35–46
November 14No. 6 StanfordNo. 13
  • Falcon Stadium
  • Colorado Springs, CO
W 31–14
November 21ColoradoNo. 10
  • Falcon Stadium
  • Colorado Springs, CO
L 19–49
January 1, 1971vs. No. 4 TennesseeNo. 11L 13–34
Source:[4]

Personnel[edit]

1970 Air Force Falcons football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB Brian Bream Jr
WR Ernie Jennings Sr
C Orderia Mitchell So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DL Eugene Ogilvie So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Air Force bombs Missouri". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. September 27, 1970. p. 6B.
  2. ^ "Air Force upsets Stanford, 31-14". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. November 15, 1970. p. 5B.
  3. ^ a b "Tennessee rips AFA". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. January 2, 1971. p. 2B.
  4. ^ "1970 Air Force Falcons Schedule and Results". Sports-Reference. Retrieved November 28, 2017.