Cougars have a great amount of respect for Air Force

By Brian Hilderbrand,

Fort Worth, Texas, December 30, 2009 – To listen to University of Houston head coach Kevin Sumlin and his players talk, you can throw out the adage “familiarity breeds contempt” when it comes to the Air Force Academy.  For the Cougars, who will meet Air Force for the third time in the past 16 months in Thursday’s Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, familiarity breeds respect.  “I’ve said many times that Troy (Calhoun) does a fantastic job, he and his staff,” Sumlin said of the Falcons head coach. “They’re an extremely disciplined football team. You look at statistics (and) this is a team that has only turned the ball over 11 times. They’re number one in the country in pass defense and top 10 in the country in total defense.