There are several connections between Rice, the opponent in the 2012 Bell Helcopter Armed Forces Bowl, and Air Force.
AIR FORCE - RICE CONNECTIONS
•Ken Hatfield coached at both Rice and Air Force during his career. He led the Falcons to a 26-32-1 mark from 1979-83 ... Hatfield led the turnaround at Air Force, leading the Falcons to back-to-back bowl games while posting an 8-5 mark in 1982 and a 10-2 mark in 1983 ... The 1982 bowl game was the first for Air Force in 11 years dating back to the 1971 Sugar Bowl ... Hatfield also brought Falcon Legend Fisher DeBerry to the Academy as an assistant ... DeBerry replaced Hatfield and coach the Falcons from 1984-2006, compiling a 169-109-1 mark ... Hatfield was head coach at Rice from 1994-2005 and posted a record of 56-89-1.
•Rice offensive coordinator and running backs coach John Reagan was the offensive line coach at Air Force for Fisher DeBerry from 2003-04 ... Air Force led the conference and was ranked fourth nationally in rushing each year Reagan coached at Air Force ... The Falcons averaged 280.6 yards per game in 2003 and 277.4 in 2004.
•Rice quarterback Taylor McHargue and Air Force receiver Drew Coleman were high school teammates at Vista Ridge High School in Cedar Park, Texas. The two have continued a close friendship since their playing days.
•Brandon Hamilton of Rice and Chris Miller of Air Force each attended Copperas Cove High School in Copperas Cove, Texas ... Bryce Callahan of Rice and Colton Huntsman of Air Force each attended Cypress Woods High School in Cypress, Texas ... James Radcliffe of Rice and Alex Ludowig of Air Force each attended Cinco Ranch High School in Katy, Texas.
•Rice has two players that are transfers from Air Force. Trevor Caswell of Stony Point, Texas, and Ryan Pollard of Arlington, Texas, each began their careers at Air Force before transfering. Pollard saw action in four games as a freshman in 2011 at Air Force.