Cougars set for matchup with Panthers in Armed Forces Bowl
It was announced today that the Cougars will travel to Fort Worth to take on the Pittsburgh Panthers in the 2015 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl on Jan. 2.
After falling to the Cincinnati Bearcats in the final seconds of Saturday’s season finale, the Cougars are ready to make the most of their second appearance in the Armed Forces Bowl in the past six seasons, the last of which was with Case Keenum under center.
The last time the Cougars competed in the Armed Forces Bowl was after a huge 10-3 season, exploding onto the scene with Keenum leading the nation in passing yards. Houston faced Air Force in the matchup and the Cougars were sent home with a 47-20 loss to the Falcons, who intercepted Keenum a season-high six times.
The last time the Cougars faced off with the Panthers was back in 1997, and they suffered a 35-24 loss in just the second meeting all-time between the two schools. In 1996, however, the Cougars outscored Pittsburgh 42-35.
With an even history against Pittsburgh, Houston hopes to use its emerging strengths from this season to take down a Pittsburgh team that went 6-6 in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season.
The Armed Forces Bowl will take place on Jan. 2 with kickoff currently set for 11 a.m. in Fort Worth. The Cougars aim to earn their eighth victory of the season as the game will be broadcast on ESPN.