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Armed Forces Bowl
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
2007 Armed Forces Bowl.png
Armed Forces Bowl logo
Stadium Amon G. Carter Stadium
Location Fort Worth, Texas
Operated 2003-present
Conference Tie-ins C-USA, MWC
Previous Conference Tie-ins Big 12 (2003-2006)
Pac-10 (2007-2008)
Payout US$750,000 (As of 2008)[1]
PlainsCapital Bank (2003-2004)
Bell Helicopter (2006-present)
Former names
Plainscapital Fort Worth Bowl (2003-2004)
Fort Worth Bowl (2005)
2008 Matchup
Houston vs. Air Force (Hou 34-28)
2009 Matchup
Air Force vs. Houston (AF 47-20)

The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl is an annual postseason college football bowl game that was inaugurated in 2003 as the Fort Worth Bowl under corporate sponsorship of PlainsCapital Bank. In 2005, the game was without corporate sponsorship. In 2006, Fort Worth based Bell Helicopter Textron took over sponsorship. The contest is one of six bowls produced by ESPN Regional Television (a/k/a ESPN Plus) and has been televised annually on ESPN since its inception.

The game is played in the 44,008-seat Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, featuring a team from Mountain West Conference. The bowl's partnership with the Big 12 Conference ended with the 2005 season; in 2006, the game featured a team from Conference USA against a team from the MWC, with C-USA returning in 2008. The Pac-10 would send its 6th place team to play the MWC in 2007 pending the team's bowl eligibility. The Pac-10 tie-in is also in effect in 2009.


Game results

Date Played Winning Team Losing Team Notes
December 23, 2003 Boise State [2] 34 TCU 31 notes
December 23, 2004 Cincinnati 32 Marshall [2] 14 notes
December 23, 2005 Kansas 42 Houston 13 notes
December 23, 2006 Utah 25 Tulsa 13 notes
December 31, 2007 California 42 Air Force 36 notes
December 31, 2008 Houston 34 Air Force 28 notes
December 31, 2009 Air Force 47 Houston 20 notes


Date played MVP Team Position
December 23, 2003 Ryan Dinwiddie Boise State QB
December 23, 2004 Gino Guidugli Cincinnati QB
December 23, 2005 Jason Swanson Kansas QB
December 23, 2006 Louie Sakoda Utah P/K
December 31, 2007 Kevin Riley California QB
December 31, 2008 Bryce Beall Houston RB
Jared Tew Air Force FB
December 31, 2009 Asher Clark Air Force RB
Tyron Carrier Houston WR

Most appearances

Air Force Falcons quarterback Shea Smith in the 2007 Armed Forces Bowl 2007.
Rank Team Appearances Record
T1 Air Force 3 1-2
T1 Houston 3 1-2
T3 Boise State 1 1-0
T3 California 1 1-0
T3 Cincinnati 1 1-0
T3 Kansas 1 1-0
T3 Utah 1 1-0
T3 Marshall 1 0-1
T3 TCU 1 0-1
T3 Tulsa 1 0-1

See also


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  2. ^ a b Received a bid because the Big 12 did not have enough bowl-eligible teams to fill all of its allotted bowl slots.

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