- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 1, 2015

After missing out on its chance to participate in a New Year’s Six bowl game with a loss to then-No. 21 Houston on Saturday, Navy has accepted an invitation to play in the Military Bowl, which will be played in its home stadium in Annapolis.

The game, which will be played on Dec. 28, will pit the Midshipmen (9-2, 7-1 The American) against a team from the ACC. With the selection, Navy will play in a bowl game for the 12th time in the last 13 seasons.

“Our players are excited about the opportunity to play one last game in what is hallowed ground at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium,” Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said in a statement announcing the decision. “Having the opportunity to represent the American Athletic Conference against a team from a Power Five conference makes it that more exciting. The 32 seniors that will be playing their last football game for Navy deserve to play in front of a full house at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium one final time.”

Begun in 2008, the game will be played for the third consecutive year at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Navy played in the inaugural game, losing to Wake Forest when it was held at RFK Stadium.

“Exposure to the great city of Washington with all of its historic attractions will be a wonderful experience for our Midshipmen,” athletic director Chet Gladchuk said in the statement. “Then with the main event on our home turf against a successful team from the ACC completes what I call the total postseason package. Thanks to [bowl director] Steve Beck and his staff, it is easy to rate the Military Bowl as a highlight of the season for Navy football.”

Navy will conclude its regular season against Army on Dec. 12 in Philadelphia. With a victory, it will regain the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy from Air Force.

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