The Navy Midshipmen became the first Division I FBS team to accept a bowl bid when they claimed a spot in San Francisco’s Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. The invite came on the heels of a 24-17 win over Florida Atlantic, Navy’s fifth straight victory. Freshman Keenan Reynolds ran for 159 yards and a touchdown, and threw two TD strikes to senior Brandon Turner in leading the Mids to a 6-3 record. Florida Atlantic fell to 2-7 on the year.
The game will pit Navy against the sixth-place PAC-12 team. Locally the game could benefit from invites to Stanford (7-2) or Cal (3-7), but barring collapse the Cardinal is headed to a more lucrative game, and Cal will not achieve bowl eligibility in 2012.
The bowl game is played annually at San Francisco’s AT&T Park. The Mids faced New Mexico in the 2004 staging of the game when it was known as the Emerald Bowl. On the fifth anniversary of that 2004 game, FIELD’s Tom Flynn wrote up an account of a record-breaking drive for the Wall Street Journal.
Game date is Saturday, December 29.