Rockets Accept Invitation to Play Air Force in the Military Bowl in Washington, D.C.

Courtesy: Toledo Athletics
Release: 12/04/2011
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Coach Tim Beckman and the Rockets will play Air Force at the Military Bowl in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 28.

TOLEDO, OH - The University of Toledo has accepted an invitation to play the Air Force Academy of the Mountain West Conference in the 2011 Military Bowl at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., UT Athletic Director Mike O'Brien announced on Sunday. The Military Bowl will be played at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 28 and will be televised on ESPN.

"We are very excited to be selected to play the Air Force Academy in the Military Bowl," said UT Athletic Director Mike O'Brien. "I think our players, coaches and fans will enjoy a terrific bowl experience in our nation's capital over the holidays."

"I think the Military Bowl will provide our student-athletes with an outstanding bowl experience in Washington D.C., as well as the opportunity to play against a very tough Air Force team," said head coach Tim Beckman. "I'm very proud of this team. This is an excellent reward for all the hard work put in by our players, coaches and everyone involved in our team's success."

This will be the 12th bowl for Toledo. The Rockets have an 8-3 bowl record and most recently played in the 2010 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit.

Toledo (8-4, 7-1 MAC) was co-champion of the West Division of the Mid-American Conference along with Northern Illinois. The Huskies advanced to the MAC Championship Game by virtue of a 63-60 victory over Toledo on Nov. 1. Toledo’s other losses were to Boise State, Ohio State and Syracuse.

Air Force (7-5, 3-4 MWC) won four of its final five games to gain bowl eligibility. The Falcons beat New Mexico, Army, UNLV and Colorado State in that stretch.

Toledo is one of five Mid-American Conference schools to accept bowl invitations today. The other three are 10-3 Northern Illinois ( Bowl in Mobile, AL); 9-4 Ohio (Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise, ID); 8-4 Temple (Gildan New Mexico Bowl); and 7-5 Western Michigan (Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit).

Ticket information for the Military Bowl will be announced on Monday.

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