SDSU-Air Force football game on

SAN DIEGO - Three sporting contests between San Diego State and the Air Force Academy were given a green light by the Defense Department Wednesday, despite the partial shutdown of the federal government that's in its second

A football game is set for Thursday at 6 p.m. in Colorado Springs, a women's soccer game on Friday and a women's volleyball match on Saturday.

Until Wednesday, it was unclear if the games would be played, because of the spending standoff between the president and Congress that has partial shut down the federal government over the national health plan known as a Obamacare.

Several Air Force athletic events were canceled last week.

A post on the Air Force Academy's athletics website today said the games were on.

"The academy is awaiting written final Department of Defense guidance, however, we have been advised that all Air Force Academy intercollegiate athletics may resume immediately," the statement said. "We owe it to our cadet athletes and opponents to honor our commitments in this regard. Athletics is one of the pillars of character and leadership development at the Air Force Academy. No appropriated funds will be used to fund these programs."

Air Force's trip to Annapolis, Md., last week to play Navy in football was underwritten by USAA Insurance, which serves military personnel, veterans and their families.

If Thursday's football game had been canceled, the perennially cash-strapped SDSU athletic department stood to lose around $125,000 in travel expenditures, according to U-T San Diego.

Kickoff for the game between the Aztecs (2-3, 1-0 in the Mountain West conference) and Falcons (1-5, 0-4) is scheduled for 6 p.m. Pacific Time.

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