Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
Armed Forces Bowl logo
Stadium Amon G. Carter Stadium (2003-2009, 2012-)
Location Fort Worth, Texas (2003-2009, 2012-)
Previous stadiums Gerald J. Ford Stadium (2010-2011)
Previous locations University Park, Texas (2010-2011)
Operated 2003-present
Conference tie-ins C-USA (2012)
MW (2012, 2013)
Navy (2013, 2016)
Army (2014, 2017)
Payout US$1,200,000 (As of 2011)[1]
PlainsCapital Bank (2003–2004)
Bell Helicopter (2006-present)
Former names
PlainsCapital Fort Worth Bowl (2003–2004)
Fort Worth Bowl (2005)
2011 matchup
BYU vs. Tulsa (BYU 24–21)
2012 matchup
Rice vs. Air Force (December 29, 2012)

The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl is an annual postseason college football bowl game that was inaugurated in 2003 as PlainsCapital Fort Worth Bowl reflecting the sponsorship of PlainsCapital Bank. In 2005, the game was without corporate sponsorship. In 2006, Fort Worth based Bell Helicopter Textron took over sponsorship, and thus it became officially known as the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl; Alltel Communications was originally to assume the title sponsorship of the game with its wireless division, but the deal fell through. The contest is one of six bowls produced by ESPN Regional Television (a/k/a ESPN Plus) 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 2008.

The game is traditionally played in the 44,008-seat Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, featuring a team from Mountain West Conference and a team from Conference USA. In addition, both of the D-I independent military academies (Army and Navy) are eligible to participate if either the MWC or C-USA cannot provide a bowl-eligible team (the third football-playing military academy, Air Force, is eligible as a MWC member, while the Coast Guard Academy is D-III). On April 27, 2011 it was announced that if Brigham Young University (former MWC member, now a D-I independent) becomes bowl eligible and not playing in a BCS game, it was also eligible to participate. [2] (BYU, in fact, did qualify for this game.)

On August 15, 2010, TCU announced plans for the renovation of Amon G. Carter Stadium to take place immediately after the 2010 football season. Thus, 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. The game will return to Amon Carter Stadium in Fort Worth in 2012 after construction on that stadium is completed.

The bowl's partnership with the Big 12 Conference ended with the 2005 season. From the 2006 through the 2009 playings of the game 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.

Game resultsEdit

Date played Winning team Losing team Notes
December 23, 2003 Boise State [3] 34 TCU 31 notes
December 23, 2004 Cincinnati 32 Marshall [3] 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


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
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

Most appearancesEdit

Shea Smith-edit1

Air Force Falcons quarterback Shea Smith in the 2007 Armed Forces Bowl 2007.

Rank Team Appearances Record
1 Air Force 4 1–3
2 Houston 3 1–2
3 Tulsa 2 0–2
T4 Army 1 1–0
T4 Boise State 1 1–0
T4 BYU 1 1–0
T4 California 1 1–0
T4 Cincinnati 1 1–0
T4 Kansas 1 1–0
T4 Marshall 1 0–1
T4 Rice 1 1-0
T4 SMU 1 0–1
T4 TCU 1 0–1
T4 Utah 1 1–0

Results by conferenceEdit

Conference Wins Losses Pct win
Big 12 1 0 1.000
Division I FBS Independents 2 0 1.000
Pac-10 1 0 1.000
WAC 1 0 1.000
Mountain West 2 3 .400
C-USA 3 5 .375
MAC 0 1 .000

See alsoEdit


  1. "Schools to Receive Combined Team Payout of $281.8 Million for 2011-12 Bowl Season" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-06-07.
  2. [1][dead link]
  3. 3.0 3.1 Received a bid because the Big 12 did not have enough bowl-eligible teams to fill all of its allotted bowl slots.

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