The 1985 Bluebonnet Bowl was a college football postseason bowl game that featured the Texas Longhorns verses the Air Force Academy Falcons….after a season where the Falcons had the most victories in a season with 11….but a loss to rival BYU….which cost them a shot at the national title and an outright Western Athletic Conference title….as this was their fourth straight bowl appearance…which is evidence of the coaching ability of the Falcons Fisher DeBerry. As for Texas, they had finished tied for 2nd in the Southwest Conference….and were appearing 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.
Air Force RB Pat Evans had 18 carries for 129 yards in an MVP effort….as Texas out gained the Falcons with 214 to 188 in rushing yards and 59 – 5 in passing yards….so, the game was much closer than the score of 24 – 16….as won by Air Force. Texas did not make a bowl game the following season….which led to the firing of Coach Fred Akers….who had led the Horns to the previous 9 bowl game appearances. The Falcons finished the season being ranked # 7 in the country…. which remains their highest ranking ever. This was a really good football game….with hard nosed defense from both teams.