Armed Forces Bowl targets record crowd

December, 22, 2009
12/22/09
10:35
AM CT
The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl could be on its way to a third consecutive record crowd. With still more than a week before the Houston Cougars take on the Air Force Falcons in a rematch of the 2008 bowl game, more than 40,000 tickets have been sold, the bowl announced Tuesday morning.

The game is slated for an 11 a.m. kickoff on Dec. 31 at Amon G. Carter Stadium. It should be a good one. Houston comes in with star quarterback Case Keenum and is ranked No. 25 in the USA Today poll. Air Force gave TCU, the undefeated Mountain West champ headed to the Fiesta Bowl, its closest game, 20-17.

The 2007 game between Air Force and California drew 40,905, while Houston's win over Air Force last year set a new attendance standard of 41,127. The previous record for the 7-year-old bowl game was for the inaugural matchup between hometown TCU and Boise State. That game drew 38,028 fans to the 44,358-seat stadium on the TCU campus.

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