Dec. 1, 2012
The Rice Owls' strong finish to the 2012 season was officially rewarded on Saturday when they accepted an invitation to face Air Force in the 10th annual Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl which will be played on December 29 at Amon G.Carter Stadium in Fort Worth and broadcast nationally by ESPN.
Tickets for the game are now on sale through the Rice Athletics Ticket office (713) 522- OWLS or online at https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/rice/EN/buy/details/1229bowl/. Owl fans are reminded to order their tickets through Rice in order to access the school's block of seats. Special ticket packages are also available. For more information please go to the official Bowl Central page: http://www.riceowls.com/gameday/bowl-central.html
Rice (6-6) earned the 10th bowl bid in school history and the third in the last seven years by winning five of the last six games in the season. It reached bowl eligibility by defeating UTEP 33-24 last Saturday in El Paso. This is the second time the Owls have earned three bowl berths over a similar time frame. They made three bowl trips from 1957-1961.
This will be the Owls' second consecutive bowl game in Texas and the seventh in history. Rice has played in four Cotton Bowls in Dallas, and both the Bluebonnet and Texas Bowls in Houston. Rice is 5-4 in bowl games, including a 38-14 win over Western Michigan in 2008.
The Falcons are also 6-6 this season, including a 5-3 record in the Mountain West Conference. Rice and Air Force have met six times in history, with the Falcons holding a 5-1 lead in the series. They last met in 1998 when Air Force took a 22-16 decision. Rice's lone win in the series came in 1986 (21-17).
2012 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will return to Amon G. Carter Stadium after having played the last two games in Dallas due the $164-million renovations of the football facility on the campus of Texas Christian University. The stadium renovations were announced in August 2010 and construction began immediately following the 2010 regular season. The BHAFB's VIII and IX were played at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas. In 2010, a Ford Stadium record crowd of 36,742 watched Army score a 16-14 win over SMU. BYU rallied to defeat Tulsa 24-21 in the 2011 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl.