Armed Forces Bowl

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Armed Forces Bowl
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
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Stadium Amon G. Carter Stadium
Location Fort Worth, Texas
Previous stadiums Gerald J. Ford Stadium (2010–2011)
Previous locations University Park, Texas (2010–2011)
Operated 2003–present
Conference tie-ins Big 12 (2014, 2016, 2018)
Big Ten (2015, 2017, 2019)
American (2014, 2018)
MWC (2015, 2019)
Navy (2016)
Army (2017)[1]
Payout US$675,000 (as of 2015)[2]
PlainsCapital Bank (2003–2004)
Bell Helicopter (2006–2013)
Lockheed Martin (2014–present)
Former names
PlainsCapital Fort Worth Bowl (2003–2004)
Fort Worth Bowl (2005)
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (2006–2013)
2016 matchup
Louisiana Tech vs. Navy (Louisiana Tech 48–45)
2017 matchup
Army vs. San Diego State (Army 42–35)

The Armed Forces Bowl, formerly the Fort Worth Bowl from 2003 to 2005, is an annual postseason college football bowl game played in the 44,008-seat Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. First played in 2003, the game features teams from a variety of collegiate football conferences; in addition, the independent United States Military Academy (Army) is also eligible to participate. Since 2014, the game has been sponsored by Lockheed Martin and officially known as the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. Previous sponsors include Bell Helicopter (2006–2013) and PlainsCapital Bank (2003–2004).

The contest is one of 14 bowls produced by ESPN Events (previously ESPN Regional Television) and has been televised annually on ESPN since its inception. Armed Forces Insurance is the official Insurance Partner of the Armed Forces Bowl and has sponsored the Great American Patriot Award, presented at halftime at the Bowl, since 2006.[3]


The bowl game was inaugurated in 2003 as the PlainsCapital Fort Worth Bowl, reflecting the sponsorship of PlainsCapital Bank. The bank's sponsorship ended in 2004, and the 2005 game was without corporate sponsorship.

In 2006, Fort Worth based Bell Helicopter Textron took over sponsorship, and thus the game became officially known as the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. The Bell sponsorship ended in 2013. During this time, the 2010 and 2011 Armed Forces Bowl were held at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on the campus of Southern Methodist University in the Dallas enclave of University Park, while Amon G. Carter Stadium was undergoing a major renovation. The game returned to Amon Carter Stadium in Fort Worth in 2012, after construction on that stadium was completed.

Since the name was changed to the Armed Forces Bowl, one of the three FBS-playing service academies (Army, Navy, and Air Force) has appeared in the game nine times, in twelve playings through the 2017 game. Contractual tie-ins with the American Athletic Conference (home of Navy), the Mountain West Conference (home of Air Force) and independent Army assures that one of those schools could appear in the game every year, if bowl eligible and not already committed to another bowl.

Alltel was to assume the title sponsorship and naming rights to the game beginning in 2014, which would have been titled the Alltel Wireless Bowl to promote its mobile division, but the deal fell through. Instead, Lockheed Martin became the game's sponsor. The company has a major presence in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex: the company's Lockheed Martin Aeronautics division is based in Fort Worth while its Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control division is based in nearby Grand Prairie, Texas.

Conference Tie-Ins[edit]

The bowl's partnership with the Big 12 Conference ended with the 2005 season. From 2006 to 2009, the Mountain West Conference was signed to provide a team to face either a team from the Pacific-10 Conference or Conference USA (depending on the year; Pac-10 teams would play in odd number years while C-USA teams would play in even numbered years). As such, the 2006 and 2008 games featured Conference USA teams Tulsa and Houston, respectively, whereas California represented the Pac-10 in 2007. The Pac-10 was unable to send a representative to the game in 2009, so Conference USA sent Houston to the game for a second consecutive year. In 2010, since the Mountain West did not have enough eligible teams and Army was bowl eligible, they played SMU in the Armed Forces Bowl.

Following the 2013 football season, the Armed Forces Bowl signed multi-year agreements with the American Athletic Conference, Big Ten Conference, Big 12 Conference, Mountain West Conference, Army and Navy to set bowl match-ups for the next six seasons (Navy would later join the American Athletic Conference).[1]

Season Planned Actual
2014 The American Big 12 The American ACC
2015 Mountain West Big Ten Mountain West Pac-12
2016 Navy Big 12 Navy C-USA
2017 Army Big Ten Army Mountain West
2018 The American Big 12
2019 Mountain West Big Ten

Game results[edit]

Date played Winning team Losing team Notes
December 23, 2003 No. 17 Boise State[a 1] 34 No. 19 TCU 31 notes
December 23, 2004 Cincinnati 32 Marshall[a 2] 14 notes
December 23, 2005 Kansas 42 Houston 13 notes
December 23, 2006 Utah 25 Tulsa 13 notes
December 31, 2007 California 42 Air Force 36 notes
December 31, 2008 Houston 34 Air Force 28 notes
December 31, 2009 Air Force 47 Houston 20 notes
December 30, 2010 Army 16 SMU 14 notes
December 30, 2011 BYU 24 Tulsa 21 notes
December 29, 2012 Rice 33 Air Force 14 notes
December 30, 2013 Navy 24 Middle Tennessee 6 notes
January 2, 2015 Houston 35 Pittsburgh 34 notes
December 29, 2015 California 55 Air Force[a 3] 36 notes
December 23, 2016 Louisiana Tech 48 Navy 45 notes
December 23, 2017 Army 42 San Diego State 35 notes
  1. ^ In 2003, Boise received a bid because the Big 12 did not have enough bowl-eligible teams to fill all of its allotted bowl slots.
  2. ^ In 2004, Marshall received a bid because the Big 12 did not have enough bowl-eligible teams to fill all of its allotted bowl slots.
  3. ^ In 2015, Air Force received a bid because the Big Ten did not have enough bowl-eligible teams to fill all of its allotted bowl slots.


Starting with the 2008 game, two MVPs are selected; one from each team.

Date played MVP Team Position
December 23, 2003 Ryan Dinwiddie Boise State QB
December 23, 2004 Gino Guidugli Cincinnati QB
December 23, 2005 Jason Swanson Kansas QB
December 23, 2006 Louie Sakoda Utah P/K
December 31, 2007 Kevin Riley California QB
  Winning team MVP Team Position Losing team MVP Team Position
December 31, 2008 Bryce Beall Houston RB Jared Tew Air Force FB
December 31, 2009 Asher Clark Air Force RB Tyron Carrier Houston WR
December 30, 2010 Stephen Anderson Army LB Darius Johnson SMU WR
December 30, 2011 Cody Hoffman BYU WR Dexter McCoil Tulsa DB
December 29, 2012 Jordan Taylor Rice WR Austin Niklaas Air Force LB
December 30, 2013 Keenan Reynolds Navy QB T. T. Barber Middle Tennessee LB
January 2, 2015 Kenneth Farrow Houston RB Chad Voytik Pittsburgh QB
December 29, 2015 Jared Goff California QB Karson Roberts Air Force QB
December 23, 2016 Trent Taylor Louisiana Tech WR Zach Abey Navy QB
December 23, 2017[4] Ahmad Bradshaw Army QB Rashaad Penny San Diego State RB

Most appearances[edit]

Air Force Falcons quarterback Shea Smith in the 2007 Armed Forces Bowl
Teams with multiple appearances
Rank Team Appearances Record
1 Air Force 5 1–4
2 Houston 4 2–2
T3 Army 2 2–0
T3 California 2 2–0
T3 Navy 2 1–1
T3 Tulsa 2 0–2
Teams with a single appearance

Won: Boise State, BYU, Cincinnati, Kansas, Louisiana Tech, Rice, Utah
Lost: Marshall, Middle Tennessee, Pittsburgh, San Diego State, SMU, TCU

Appearances by conference[edit]

Air Force Falcons on offense at the 2009 Armed Forces Bowl

Through the December 2017 playing, there have been 15 games (30 total appearances).

Rank Conference Appearances Wins Losses Pct.
1 C-USA 11 4 7 0.364
2 Mountain West 7 2 5 0.286
3 Independents[b 1] 4 4 0 1.000
T4 Pac-12[b 2] 2 2 0 1.000
T4 The American 2 1 1 0.500
T6 Big 12 1 1 0 1.000
T6 WAC 1 1 0 1.000
T6 ACC 1 0 1 0.000
T6 MAC 1 0 1 0.000
  1. ^ Army (2010, 2017), BYU (2011), Navy (2013)
  2. ^ Includes Cal's appearance in 2007, as a member of what was then the Pac-10.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "The Matchup". Archived from the original on November 9, 2014. 
  2. ^ "College Bowl Game Payouts". 6 September 2016. Retrieved 23 December 2017. 
  3. ^ "Great American Patriot Award". Retrieved December 23, 2017. 
  4. ^

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