With a 70-14 victory, Army became the Armed Forces Bowl’s first three-time champion, previously winning the bowl in 2010 and 2017. They are now 3-0 in the Armed Forces Bowl. In addition, Independent teams remain undefeated (5-0) in the bowl game.
The most dominating performance in Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl history now belongs to the Army Black Knights. And that seems fitting. They didn’t give the Houston Cougars much of a chance Saturday afternoon at Amon G. Carter Stadium, rolling to six first-half touchdowns en route to a 70-14 victory in the 16th edition of the Armed Forces Bowl.
“Thanks to the folks here in Fort Worth, it is a great experience for our team. We have felt so welcomed here the last few years. Our guys do not get too many chances to experience things like this except for bowl games. We get to grow as a team during this opportunity. This is a great bowl game, it was a great football game last year and we felt so pleased with how we were treated. We were treated like celebrities everywhere we went.
There are no secrets about what the Houston Cougars and Army West Point Black Knights want to do in Saturday’s Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. Who wins the 16th annual game at Amon G. Carter Stadium will be determined by who does it best.
“We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Lockheed Martin will continue to serve as our title sponsor for six more years,” said Brant Ringler, executive director of the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. “Lockheed Martin’s commitment to our game, the city of Fort Worth and our nation’s armed forces is second to none. Their leadership and dedication has allowed us to elevate the event to greater national prominence each year, and we look forward to continuing to work with Lockheed Martin to honor our armed forces members through a fantastic football event.”
It took about a five-minute meeting, mostly by conference call, to do the deal. When it ended, the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl had an unprecedented title sponsorship deal among the 15 bowl games staged annually by ESPN Events. Six years, baby. The bowl’s 16th edition on Saturday registered its first official sellout, record attendance (44,738), its first three-time champion (Army) and sent a message locally and nationally that its roots are as strong as any college football postseason event.
Take four Heisman Trophy winners, including three in a 14-season span at one school. Mix in a garden variety of famed running backs, skill position players and tradition-rich seasons, and you have the nexus of the Army West Point and Houston football programs as the teams heighten preparations for the 16th annual Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl.
In a bowl atmosphere where the feeling of patriotism is enough to “burst your chest buttons” as the oldtimers are wont to say, the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America in conjunction with the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl reigns as one of the most unique honors in postseason football.