Following 35 college football bowl games, Navy’s Zuzek & Jamison selected to 2013-14 All-Bowl team by USA Today Sports, ESPN.com

FORT WORTH – Following 35 college football bowl games that capped the 2013 season, two players from the United States Naval Academy, Jake Zuzek and George Jamison have been named to the 2013-14 All-Bowl team respectively by USA Today Sports and ESPN.com. Navy won the 11th annual Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl by defeating Middle Tennessee 24-6 on Monday, Dec. 30.

In describing the selection of Navy’s Zuzek, a 6-0, 310-pound junior offensive guard from Brookhaven, Pa., USA Today Sports commented “Middle Tennessee State tried any means necessary to slow Navy’s running game, but Zuzek and his teammates along the offensive line bullied the Blue Raiders for 366 yards on the ground.”

ESPN.com selected Navy’s Jamison, who came off the bench as a third-team reserve after the Midshipmen lost two defensive backs and had six tackles and a key pass interception to help his teammates. Wrote ESPN.com regarding Jamison, a 6-0, 197 junior defensive back from Cordova, Tenn., “Pressed into action late in the second quarter when starter Wave Ryder was ejected for targeting and backup Lonnie Richardson suffered an injury, Jamison made six tackles, including a stop behind the line when Middle Tennessee went for it on fourth-and-1 at the Navy 7. He also intercepted a pass to set up the Midshipmen’s final touchdown.”

With Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo increasing his overall record to 49-30 in six seasons at Navy, the Midshipmen had a remarkable 9-4 season topped off with their Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl win over Middle Tennessee. Navy was the only team among the 70 in the 35 bowl games that did not allow a touchdown.  The Midshipman also finished the season as the only FBS team that did not allow a pass completion of 50 yards or more in 2013.

Statistically, Navy produced another high-ranking team as well in 2013. In the final NCAA stats for the year, Navy finished second in rushing average in the country at 325.4 yards per game, 20th in third down conversions (89 of 174, 51.1 percent) and fifth in fourth down conversions (19-28, 67.9 percent). Navy was also first in the country in fewest turnovers with only 10 for its 13-game season.

The disciplined Midshipmen also finished the season as the team with the fewest penalties per game (34 penalties, 2.62 penalties per game) and fewest yards penalized per game (262 yards, 21.69 yards per game).

Individually, on offense, Navy’s sterling sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds, Antioch, Tenn., set an all-time NCAA record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 31 after recording two more in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. He also tied for first overall nationally for rushing touchdowns as he became only one of four people to rush for 30 or more touchdowns in a single season. Reynolds also led the nation in scoring with 188 total points and with 18th in rushing with 1,346 net yards on his 300 carries.

Leading the Navy defense, senior linebacker and team co-captain Cody Peterson, Olympia, Wash., finished his college career seventh in the nation in total tackles (142, 10.9 per game) and second nationally in solo tackles (94, 7.2 per game). Fellow senior linebacker D.J. Sargenti, Ridgefield, N.J., was 25th nationally in total tackles during his final collegiate season (71, 5.5 per game average).

BELL HELICOPTER ARMED FORCES BOWL XI: Middle Tennessee (8-5) lost to Navy (9-4), 24-6 in the 2013 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl played in Fort Worth, on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. The 11th edition of this postseason college football bowl game kicked off at 10:45 a.m. (CST) in Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of TCU. The game aired on ESPN and ESPN Radio nationally and was carried internationally on the Armed Forces Network. Time of the game was three hours, 10 minutes.

Official attendance was 39,246. In voting by media attending the game, Middle Tennessee’s sophomore linebacker T.T. Barber was selected his team’s Most Outstanding Player while Navy’s sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds was picked as the MOP for the Midshipmen.

With Navy’s participation, the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl became the first bowl to host all three U.S. Service Academies as Air Force has competed in four games (2007, 2008, 2009, 2012) and Army one (2011). Navy is contractually scheduled to return to the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in 2016. With the victory, Navy’s all-time bowl record is now is 8-10-1 as the Midshipmen played in a bowl game for the 10th time in the last 11 years. Army is contracted to return to Fort Worth in 2014 and 2017, pending bowl eligibility of a minimum of six wins.

Navy Midshipmen:
Record: 9-4 • Home: 5-0 • Away: 2-4 • Neutral: 2-0
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 L, 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 W, 42-14 CBS Sports Network 33,086 Navy Leads 1-0
W No. 7, 11-22 at San Jose State W, 58-52, CBS Sports Network 16,876 San Jose State Leads, 2-1
W No. 8, 12-14 Army+ W, 34-7, CBS TV Network, Navy Leads, 58-49-7
W No. 9, 12-30 Middle Tennessee++, W, 24-6, ESPN, 39,246, Navy Leads, 1-0
+Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia, Pa.)
++Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (Fort Worth, Texas)
NAVY QUICK FACTS
Location.............................................. Annapolis, Md.
Founded.............................................................1845
Enrollment.........................................................4,400
Nickname................................... Midshipmen or Mids
Colors.........................................Navy Blue and Gold
Superintendent............... Vice Adm. Mike Miller, USN
Athletics Director................................ Chet Gladchuk
Head Coach......................................Ken Niumatalolo
Sixth season.......................................................49-30
Associate AD/Sports Info............... Scott Strasemeier
sstrasem@usna.edu.............................443-336-9023
Website....................................www.NavySports.com
NAVY BOWL HISTORY (8-10-1)
1924, Rose, Washington, T, 14-14
1955, Sugar, Mississippi, W, 21-0
1958, Cotton, Rice, W, 20-7
1961, Orange, Missouri, L, 14-21
1964, Cotton, Texas, L, 6-28
1978, Holiday, BYU, W, 23-16
1980, Garden State, Houston, L, 0-35
1981, Liberty, Ohio State, L, 28-31
1996, Aloha, California, W, 42-38
2003, Houston, Texas Tech, L, 14-38
2004, Emerald, New Mexico, W, 34-19
2005, Poinsettia, Colorado State, W, 51-30
2006, Meineke Car Care, Boston College, L, 24-25
2007, Poinsettia, Utah, L, 32-35
2008, EagleBank, Wake Forest, L, 19-29
2009, Texas, Missouri, W, 35-13
2010, Poinsettia, San Diego State, L, 14-35
2012, Kraft Fight Hunger, Arizona State, L, 28-62
2013, Bell Helicopter Armed Forces, Middle Tennessee, W, 24-6

All-Time Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Results
Year Result Attendance

December 30, 2013 Navy 24, Middle Tennessee 6 39,246
December 29, 2012 Rice 33, Air Force 14 40,754
December 30, 2011 BYU 24, Tulsa 21 30,258
December 30, 2010 Army 16, SMU 14 36,742
December 31, 2009 Air Force 47, Houston 20 41,414
December 31, 2008 Houston 34, Air Force 28 41,127
December 31, 2007 Cal 42, Air Force 36 40,905
December 23, 2006 Utah 25, Tulsa 13 32,412
December 23, 2005 Kansas 42, Houston 13 33,505
December 23, 2004 Cincinnati 32, Marshall 14 27,902
December 23, 2003 Boise State 34, TCU 31 38,028

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