The Air Force football team (6-6) will face the Rice Owls (6-6) from Conference USA in the 2011 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 29, at 10:45 am CT at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas.
Air Force will be competiting in a school record sixth straight bowl game. The Falcons also competed in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
"We are thrilled to have the Air Force Academy as the Mountain West Conference's representative for our 10th anniversary game," said Brant B. Ringler, executive director of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. "What better way to honor our armed forces than with a service academy competing in our game. With the Falcons and military fans numerous at the 2007, 2008 and 2009 games, we established record attendance figures each time."
The 2007, 2008 and 2009 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowls featured the Falcons. Air Force split a pair of games with the University of Houston from Conference USA in 2008 and 2009 after facing Cal of the then-Pac-10 Conference in their initial Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl appearance in 2007.
"This is a great opportunity for the Air Force Academy and we're very excited to be going back to Fort Worth for the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl," said Air Force director of athletics, Dr. Hans Mueh. "We are very honored to take part in the 10th anniversary of such a prestigious, well-run bowl game."
Air Force will be playing in the NCAA postseason for the sixth-straight year under Coach Troy Calhoun.
The current string of bowl appearances started in 2007 with a 42-36 loss to Cal in the Falcons' first of three-straight Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl appearances. After dropping a 34-28 decision to Houston in the 2008 Amon G. Carter Stadium postseason game, Air Force rebounded the next December by upsetting the Cougars 47-20. Air Force defeated Georgia Tech 14-7 in the 2010 Independence Bowl followed by a 42-41 setback to Toledo last December in the Military Bowl.