Navy Earns Spot in 2013 BHAFB

Surviving stormy seas with fierce resolve and determination, the doggedly disciplined U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen football team has won their sixth game to become eligible to compete in  the 11th annual Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth. The Mids earned their 10th trip to a bowl game in the last 11 years Saturday with their 42-14 senior day victory in Annapolis over South Alabama.

Navy has agreed to meet a representative from the Mountain West Conference in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl to be played on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 at 10:45 a.m. (CT) in Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of TCU. The game will air on ESPN, ESPN Radio and will be carried worldwide on the Armed Forces Network.

“We are excited about the opportunity to travel to Fort Worth and play in a first-class bowl game,” said Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk.  “The city of Fort Worth, the stadium, the hospitality from the community and the bowl administration present as fine a postseason experience as we could possibly enjoy.  The Academy is sincerely grateful to Brant Ringler and his staff for inviting us and setting the stage for our team to earn an enjoyable trip to the great city of Fort Worth and an inspiring matchup versus an opponent from the Mountain West Conference.”

With two games remaining in the regular season, Navy (6-4) clinched its ticket to Fort Worth with another solid offensive performance in their win over the Jaguars.

“We congratulate the U.S. Naval Academy football team on becoming bowl eligible for the fifth time in six years under Coach Niumatalolo’s watch. The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl and the City of Fort Worth are very excited to roll out the red carpet for Navy’s football team, it’s Midshipmen, alumni and fans,” said Brant Ringler, Executive Director of the patriotic bowl. “I’ve witnessed firsthand the pageantry and tradition that is Navy football and truly look forward to it all being put on display for our city and fans to enjoy!”

Since 2003, Navy has won 21 games against schools from a BCS conference.  Those wins have come against 10 different schools, and are the most in the country by a non-BCS school during that time frame.

Split into two divisions (Mountain and West), the 2013 Mountain West features 12 total teams this year and will have teams in six college football bowl games at the end of the regular season, including the participant that will square off against Navy.

While the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl is played in honor of the armed forces and has previously hosted the U.S. Military Academy (2010) and the U.S. Air Force Academy (2007, 2008, 2009, 2012), this is the first year that the bowl is contracted with the U.S. Naval Academy.

Navy Head Coach Ken Niumatalolo is in his sixth season at the helm of the Midshipmen and 16th overall with Navy football. During his first five-plus years as head coach at Navy, Niumatalolo’s Mids have compiled a record of 46-30 (.605) and has moved into third all-time in Navy career wins.

MIDS COUNTDOWN TO COW TOWN

Record: 6-4 Home: 5-0 • Away: 1-4 • Neutral: 0-0

Date Opponent Result/Time Television Attendance Series History

W No. 1 9-7 at Indiana W, 41-35 Big Ten Network 47,013 Series tied, 2-2
W No. 2 9-14 Delaware W, 51-7 CBS Sports Network 36,208 Navy Leads, 10-7
L 9-28 at Western Kentucky L, 7-19 ESPNEWS 19,813 Navy Leads, 2-1
W No. 3 10-5 Air Force W, 28-10 CBS Network 38,225 Air Force Leads, 27-19
L 10-12 at Duke L, 7-35 Raycom Sports/ACC Network 23,749 Navy Leads, 20-15-5
L 44-45 (2 OT) 10-19 at Toledo ESPNEWS 18,221 Toledo Leads, 3-1
W No. 4 10-26 Pittsburgh W, 24-21 CBS Sports Network 37,094 Pittsburgh Leads 22-14-3
L 11-2 at Notre Dame, 34-38 NBC 80,795 Notre Dame Leads, 74-12-1
W No. 5 11-9 Hawai’i W, 42-28 CBS Sports Network 33,327 Hawai’i Leads, 2-1
W No. 6 11-16 South Alabama 3:30 p.m. CBS Sports Network First Meeting
11-22 at San Jose State 9:30 p.m. CBS Sports Network San Jose State Leads, 2-0
12-14 Army+ 3 p.m. CBS Navy Leads, 57-49-7
+Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia, Pa.)   All Times Eastern
For more Navy football info, visit www.navysports.com.

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF’S TROPHY

A major stepping stone this year on the road to Fort Worth, the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy, is presented annually to the winner of the football competition among the three major service academies – Army, Navy and Air Force – and is named in honor of the President of the United States. Navy has dominated of late, winning the trophy a Service Academy record seven consecutive years from 2003-2009 and winning a Service Academy record 15 straight games against Air Force and Army in the process. Air Force lost to both Army (41-21) and Navy (28-21 OT) last year to surrender the trophy after holding it for two years (2010, 2011). Navy has won the trophy a total of 13 times since the award was started in 1972 plus three retentions for a total of 16 times.

Air Force defeated Army in Colorado Springs, Col 42-28; and the regular season will end in Philadelphia on Dec. 14 when Army plays Navy. Navy has been the most dominant service academy in the last decade plus, winning 20 of 22 (.909) meetings with Air Force and Army, including this year’s 28-10 win over Air Force.

This will mark the third time in its 11-year history that the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will be held on December 30, as the 2010 and 2011 contests were both held on that date. The most recent Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl was played Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 featuring a match-up between the Rice Owls and U.S. Air Force Academy Falcons, in which the Owls claimed the bowl victory 33-14. Last year’s showcase drew an attendance of 40,754.