Dec. 30, 2008
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The University of Houston football team wraps up the 2008 season and looks to win its first bowl game in over 25 years on when it faces Air Force at 11 a.m., Wednesday, at Amon G. Carter Stadium in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl.
With a win over the Falcons the Cougars will give its seniors their first career bowl win and the program's first since 1980 against Navy in the Garden State Bowl.
The Cougars have already played the Falcons once this season in a match that was moved to Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, Texas, the same day that Hurricane Ike hit the Texas Coast and forced the game to be moved. Houston lost the game 31-28.
It has been nearly a month since the Cougars last played a game and head coach Kevin Sumlin are anxious to get back on the field.
"There is always that delicate balance of if you do too much and wear them down or not enough," Sumlin said. "After a month you can do too much and the guys aren't excited to play but I think we have hit that balance."
Sumlin also adds that his staff has made some changes in the break that they hope will help them in tomorrow's game.
"I am interested to see if we have made the right choices in how to do things," Sumlin adds. "We have a lot of experience on our staff in bowl games, they put in the time and we changed some things a little bit so I think our guys are refreshed and ready to go."
In the final day of pregame bowl activities the team attended a kickoff lunch at the Fort Worth Convention Center, in addition to a final walk-through on the TCU practice fields. The night was capped off with a Pep Rally that featured Sumlin and four seniors at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
RADIO / TELEVISION INFORMATION
Fans can hear the game live on 790 AM The Sports Animal with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action, Ted Pardee providing color analysis and Chuck Brown reporting from the sideline. The pregame show is slated to begin one hour before kickoff.
In addition to the game being broadcast on 790 AM, the game will also be broadcast on ESPN Radio.
Wednesday's game also will be televised live on ESPN with Terry Gannon doing the play by play and David Norrie as analyst.
In a rematch from September 13, the Cougars and Falcons meet again, this time in the post season in just the second clash between the two schools.
Houston and Air Force were scheduled to meet at Robertson Stadium, but Hurricane Ike forced the game to be relocated to Gerald J. Ford Stadium on the SMU campus. Houston trailed 31-7 before mounting a comeback that fell three points short of victory. Ironically enough, the two teams return to the Metroplex to play again at another neutral site stadium.
This game with Air Force marks the fifth time in the last two seasons the Cougars have squared off against a team from the Mountain West Conference. Also, it is the 10th meeting between Houston and one of the three service academies.