Air Force wraps bowl practice, sets sights on Cougars

Posted at 1:22 AM, Dec 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-26 08:36:33-05

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The No. 24 Air Force football team wrapped up their final practice Wednesday at Chaparral High School prior to their Cheez-It Bowl showdown with Washington State Friday night at Chase Field at 8:15 p.m.

"Everyone is incredibly excited, we're all ready to play and its been a while since we have," senior wide receiver Ben Waters said. "You get that itch it's time to hit again and we're excited."

Troy Calhoun's team will have a walk through at the Diamondbacks home field Thursday before their first meeting with the Cougars.

Coming into the showdown with a 10-2 record, the Falcons are trying to reach the 11-win mark for the first time since 1998. A number that carries great significance for the seniors in this program.

"Honestly this is the best season I've been apart of, the best team I've been apart of," senior defensive back Eric Ward said. "I love every single one of these dudes, 11 wins means a lot to us. 10 wins is great, everyone wants to get to 10 wins but the 11th is what's really important."

This will be Air Force's first time playing in the Cheez-It Bowl, however the team did play in the previously associated Copper Bowl, falling to Texas Tech 55-41 in 1995.