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Air Force agrees to play in Las Vegas Bowl

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No. 24 Air Force, coming off its best season in six years, has accepted an invitation to play in the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 20.

"All of our fans in Colorado are excited about this opportunity, and I am sure we will have our traditional great following to this game," athletic director Col. Randy Spetman said Wednesday.The Falcons (10-2) won their first seven games but finished second in the Western Athletic Conference Pacific Division after stumbling against Fresno State and San Jose State.

Their 10 wins still were the most since 1991 and second only to the 12 victories in 1985. Air Force also recaptured the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy with victories over academy rivals Army and Navy.

Air Force is one of at least three WAC teams expected to play in a bowl game this year.

Colorado State and New Mexico play for the WAC championship in Las Vegas on Dec. 6, with the winner earning a trip to the Holiday Bowl in San Diego. The loser likely will receive an invitation to the Insight.com Bowl, formerly the Copper Bowl, in Tucson, Ariz.

LOBOS WILL GO BOWLING: For the first time in 36 years, New Mexico is headed to a bowl game, even if it comes up a loser next month in Las Vegas.

The Insight.com Bowl said Wednesday it will take the runner-up team from the Western Athletic Conference championship game Dec. 6 in Las Vegas between New Mexico (9-2) and No. 20 Colorado State (9-2).

The winner of the WAC title game gets a bid to the Holiday Bowl in San Diego on Dec. 29 and the loser will head to Tucson for the Insight.com Bowl (formerly the Copper Bowl) on Dec. 27.