1985 Bluebonnet Bowl
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1985 Bluebonnet Bowl
1985 Bluebonnet Bowl
1234 Total
Air Force 14073 24
Texas 7036 16
Date December 31, 1985
Season 1985
Stadium Rice Stadium
Location Houston, Texas
MVP RB Pat Evans
Attendance 42,000
United States TV coverage
Network Lorimar Sports Network
Announcers Tom Hammond and Gifford Nielsen

The 1985 Bluebonnet Bowl was a college football postseason bowl game that featured the Texas Longhorns and the Air Force Falcons.


The Falcons had the most victories in a season with 11, but a loss to rival BYU had cost them a shot at the national title and an outright Western Athletic Conference title. This was their fourth straight bowl appearance. As for Texas, they had finished tied for 2nd in the Southwest Conference in their 9th straight bowl appearance and 1st Bluebonnet Bowl since 1980. This was the first Bluebonnet Bowl since 1967 to be played in Rice Stadium.

Game summary

  • Texas - Harris 34 pass from Stafford (Ward kick), 11:14 remaining
  • Air Force - Pshsniak 1 run (Ruby kick), 3:37 remaining
  • Air Force - Weiss 1 run (Ruby kick), 1:38 remaining
  • Texas - Ward 24 FG, 6:19 remaining
  • Air Force - Evans 19 run (Ruby kick), 3:35 remaining
  • Texas - Ward 31 FG, 14:14 remaining
  • Texas - Ward 28 FG, 7:34 remaining
  • Air Force - Ruby 40 FG, :43 remaining

Pat Evans had 18 carries for 129 yards in an MVP effort.[1]


Texas did not make a bowl game the following season, and Akers was fired soon after. The Falcons finished 8th ranked in the polls, which remains their highest ranking ever.


Statistics Air Force Texas
First Downs 17 14
Rushing Yards 189 214
Interceptions 0 2
Passing Yards 5 88
Punts-Average 11-49.2 6-44.5
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0
Penalties-Yards 6-45 8-67


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