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SDSU will play in the Armed Forces Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 23. (Credit: GoAztecs) SDSU will play in the Armed Forces Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 23. (Credit: GoAztecs)
 


Aztecs to Play Army in Armed Forces Bowl

This will be the eighth consecutive bowl appearance for SDSU.
By GoAztecs
 

The San Diego State University football team has accepted an invitation to play Army West Point in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. The game takes place at 2:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, Dec. 23, at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas, and will be broadcast nationally by ESPN.

The Aztecs (10-2) have won four consecutive games by a combined score of 157-47 and have reached double-digits in wins for a school-record third straight season. Army West Point, meanwhile, is 8-3 and plays Navy this Saturday (Dec. 9) in Philadelphia.

It will be the eighth consecutive bowl appearance for SDSU (longest streak in school history) and 16th bowl appearance overall (12th in Division I play). This is SDSU's first appearance in the Armed Forces Bowl.

The Aztecs are 2-0 all-time against the Black Knights, winning 23-20 at Army in 2011 and 42-7 at home in 2012.

"We are extremely excited to announce that the United States Military Academy and San Diego State University will square off at Amon G. Carter Stadium this year," said Brant Ringler, executive director for the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. "We are honored to host Army West Point for the second time and we also are very pleased to be able to bring in a strong San Diego State program that has enjoyed so much success this year and over the past decade.”

The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, played in honor of the armed forces of the United States, is the only collegiate football bowl game that has hosted all three U.S. Military Academy football teams. Air Force has appeared in the game five times (2007, 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2015), while Navy has played twice (2013, 2016). Army, which made its debut in 2010, will be making its second appearance.

The annual game has featured the "armed forces" theme since 2006. Patriotic overtones recognizing all five branches of service are prevalent throughout the game. Past Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowls have included fan-fest adventure areas showcasing armed forces hardware; flyovers; demonstrations by several of the military's top skydiving teams; custom homes awarded to wounded warriors; on-field induction ceremonies; armed forces bands and honor guards; and the annual Great American Patriot Award presented by Armed Forces Insurance.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday, Dec. 4. They are available online (GoAztecs.com), in person (SDCCU Stadium Window E) and over the phone (619-283-7378).