Cougars Continue to Prepare for Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl

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    Dec. 17, 2008

    HOUSTON--The University of Houston football team continued preparations to play Air Force in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, which will be played at 11 a.m. at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas on Dec. 31.

    The Cougars played the Falcons on Sept. 13, the same day that Hurricane Ike hit the Texas Coast and forced the game to be played at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Houston lost the game 31-28.

    "It is going to be a different game this time," senior tight end Mark Hafner said. "We have a lot of new players playing and our offense has become more explosive."

    The last time the Cougars won a bowl game was in 1980 against Navy in the Garden State Bowl. It is important for UH, especially the seniors who have played in three bowls (Forth Worth, Liberty and Texas) and lost.

    "The seniors and I have been to a bowl game every year and have lost them all." Hafner said. "We would like to leave a legacy for all the young guys so that they can continue to go to bowl games every year and win."

    The Cougars continue to work hard on the field in hopes to put an eight-bowl losing streak to rest.

    "We have just been taking it slow and trying to get good work days in. When we are on the field we like to have good quality work," Hafner said.

    Tickets are available for the game. Visit or call 713-743-9550 to reserve your spot.



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