Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl features Houston & Pittsburgh

 

FORT WORTH, Texas – Following Saturday’s conference championship games and the final selection of teams for the 38 college football bowl games today, Houston and Pitt have accepted invitations to meet in next month’s Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas. This year’s event will be played on Friday, Jan. 2 marking the first time in the history of the bowl that it is being held after the first of the New Year.

The 12th edition of the postseason college football bowl game will kick off at 11 a.m. (CT) on from Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of TCU and will be televised by ESPN and aired on the Armed Forces Bowl Radio Network.

“This annual game is built on the foundation of honoring our United States armed forces and the traditions of both of these great universities will provide a worthy addition as we celebrate college football while continuing that mission,” said Brant B. Ringler, Executive Director of the patriotic bowl. “Undoubtedly this game will add significantly to the lasting legacy of this exciting event. The game itself will again be the centerpiece to a memorable week of colorful festivities in the heart of Texas.”

This game will mark just the third meeting on the gridiron between Houston and Pitt on the gridiron field of battle and first since 1997 when Pitt defeated Houston, 35-24, in Houston.

As the first member of the new American Athletic Conference to play in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, Houston will be playing in the game for the fourth time with the most recent in 2009 when the Cougars lost to the Air Force Academy (47-20). The Cougars have a 1-2 over record in the Fort Worth game, having played in it in 2005, 2008 and 2009. Overall, this will be the 23rd appearance by Houston in a college football bowl game with a 9-12-1 record.

Pitt, of the Atlanta Coast Conference, will be playing in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl for the first time. It will also mark the first time an ACC team will play in the patriotic Fort Worth game. Pitt has an overall record of 13-17 in 30 bowl games.

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ARMED FORCES SALUTE

The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, played in honor of the armed forces of the United States, is the only collegiate football bowl game that has hosted all three U.S. Service Academy football teams. The U.S. Air Force Academy (2007-2009, 2012), the U.S. Military Academy (2010) and the U.S. Naval Academy (2013) have all previously participated in the bowl.

Owned and operated by ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl has featured the “armed forces” theme since 2006. Patriotic overtones recognizing all five branches of the service are prevalent throughout the game. Past Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowls have included fan-fest areas showcasing armed forces hardware; flyovers; demonstrations by several of the military's top skydiving teams; custom homes awarded to wounded warriors; on-field induction ceremonies; armed forces bands and honor guards; the annual Great American Patriot Award presented by Armed Forces Insurance; and the annual Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America.

For additional information about the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, visit ArmedForcesBowl.com, Facebook.com/ArmedForcesBowl or Twitter.com/ArmedForcesBowl.

LOCKHEED MARTIN ARMED FORCES BOWL MEDIA CREDENTIALS:

All media attending the 2015 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl must apply on-line for media and photo credentials at LMAFB Media Credentials.

LOCKHEED MARTIN ARMED FORCES BOWL MEDIA HEADQUARTERS:

The Marriott Courtyard-Blackstone (601 Main St., Fort Worth, Texas 76102) is the official media hotel of the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl.  Please telephone 817-885-8700 for reservations or use the following link LMAFB Media Room Reservations. The Marriott Courtyard-Blackstone LMAFB Media Headquarters will be staffed starting December 30.

TICKET TIME

Tickets for the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl are on sale online and through the LMAFB office in Fort Worth. Click here for more information. Tickets are priced from $30 to $150. The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl also has tickets available for Armed forces veterans and active-duty personnel to receive free admittance. Click here for information on registering for up to four tickets.

IT’S A DATE

This will be the first time the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl will be played after the start of the New Year. In its first 11 years, the event has been held on Dec. 23 (2003-2006), Dec. 29 (2012), Dec. 30 (2010-2011, 2013) and Dec. 31 (2007-2009).

LMAFB REPLAY

In last year’s game, Navy broke open a close contest with 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to defeat Middle Tennessee State, 24-6 to cap an eventful 9-4 season for the Midshipmen in front of an announced crowd of 39,246 and a national TV audience on ESPN.