Mids and Cavaliers Set for Military Bowl Matchup on Dec. 28.
|Military Bowl: NAVY (6-6, 4-4 AAC) vs. Virginia (6-6, 3-5 ACC) | 2017 Media Center|
|When||Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 | 1:30 pm (ET)|
|Location||Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium | Military Bowl Web Site | Parking|
|Tickets||Buy Online | 1-800-US4-NAVY|
|Television||ESPN (Clay Matvick, Kirk Morrison, Alex Corddry)|
|Live Video Stream||WatchESPN|
|Listen||Navy Football Radio Network (Pete Medhurst, Tom O'Brien, Joe Miller, Tim Murray) - WBAL (1090 AM; Baltimore) | WNAV (1430 AM, 99.9 FM; Annapolis) | WFED (1500 AM, 820 AM; Washington, D.C. / Northern Virginia) | WBQH (1050 AM; Washington, DC / Northern Virginia) | ESPN/XEPE 1700 AM (San Diego) | WXTG (102.1 FM; Virginia Beach, Va.) | WJXL 1010 AM (Jacksonville, Fla.) | KRKO 1380 AM (Seattle, Wash.) | Satellite Radio (Sirius Ch. 80 / XM Ch. 80)|
|Live Stats||Navy Athletics|
|Game Notes||Navy | Virginia|
|Season Statistics||Navy | Virginia | AAC|
|Social Media||@NavyAthletics | Facebook | Instagram|
Navy to Face Virginia in 10th Anniversary Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman
• The Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman, benefiting the USO, announced on Dec. 3 that Navy and Virginia have accepted invitations to play in the 10th anniversary Military Bowl on Thursday, Dec. 28 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md.
• Navy (6-6) will be making its third appearance in the Military Bowl and its second at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The Mids lost to Wake Forest, 29-19, in the inaugural EagleBank Bowl at RFK Stadium in 2008 and beat Pittsburgh, 44-28, in the 2015 Military Bowl in Annapolis.
• This will be the 14th bowl appearance in 15 years for Navy.
• Virginia (6-6) will be making its first bowl appearance since 2011. It will be the Cavaliers' first appearance in the Military Bowl.
• This will be the 40th meeting between the two schools and the first since 1994. The two teams first met back in 1889 (26-6 win by Navy in Annapolis). Navy leads the all-time series, 28-11, but Virginia is riding a five-game winning streak against the Mids, beating Navy annually from 1990 to 1994, including a 47-10 victory in Annapolis on Sept. 10, 1994.
• Virginia's coach at that time was George Welsh, who guided the Cavaliers from 1982 to 2000 and is the all-time winningest coach in school history. Welsh previously coached Navy from 1973 to 1981 and his 55 victories at Navy are second only to current Midshipmen coach Ken Niumatalolo.
• Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo is in his 10th year at Navy, making him the longest-tenured coach in school history. Both George Welsh and Eddie Erdelatz served as head coach at Navy for nine seasons. With 83 career wins he is the winningest coach in school history.
• Navy fans can purchase tickets to attend the Military Bowl or donate tickets right now at https://goo.gl/MP2D9H or by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY during business hours. Ticket prices are $80 for the lower level, $60 for the upper level and $25 for standing room only. Donated tickets are $60 and will be given to either midshipmen or enlisted personnel in the area.
• ESPN will televise the game nationally with Clay Matvick, Kirk Morrison and Alex Corddry on the call. John Brickley and Brad Edwards handle the call for ESPN Radio.
• The Navy Football Tailgate Show on WNAV Radio 1430 AM / 99.9 FM will air at 11:30 AM.
• The Navy Football Pregame Show with host Tim Murray will get underway at 12:30 PM on the Navy Radio Network, followed by game action beginning at 1:30 PM with Pete Medhurst, Tom O'Brien and Joe Miller on the call on the Navy Federal Navy Radio Network.
• Following the contest, Medhurst, O'Brien, Miller and Murray will recap the day's events in a 30-minute postgame show.
Navy Fast Facts
• Navy is 32-14 (.696) over its last 46 games. The Mids own wins over No. 15 Memphis (2015) and No. 6 Houston (2016) during that time period, as well as a win over Notre Dame in Jacksonville (2016).
• Over the last five years, Navy is 28-3 (.903) when winning the turnover battle. This year the Mids have won the turnover battle just twice, finishing +2 in a win over Air Force and a +1 in a loss to Houston. Navy was even in the turnover battle against FAU (win), Cincinnati (win), SMU (win), Temple (loss), Notre Dame (loss) and Army (loss). The Mids were -1 vs. Tulsa (win), -2 vs. Tulane (win), -2 vs. UCF (loss) and -4 vs. Memphis (loss).
• Navy is 54-9 (.857) under Niumatalolo when scoring first, including 5-1 (.833) this year.
• Navy is 69-5 (.932) under Niumatalolo when entering the fourth quarter with the lead, including 6-1 (.857) this year.
• The Cavaliers enter the bowl game with a 6-6 record and very similar to Navy started out the season hot only to stumble down the stretch. Virginia owns victories over William & Mary (28-10), UConn (38-18), Boise State (42-23), Duke (28-21), North Carolina (20-14) and Georgia Tech (40-36). The Cavaliers lost to Indiana (34-17), Boston College (41-10), Pitt (31-14), Louisville (38-21), Miami (44-28) and Virginia Tech (10-0). UVA started the year 5-1, but have lost five of its final six contests.
• The Cavaliers are led by quarterback Kurt Benkert, who has completed 282 of his 473 pass attempts (.596) for 3,062 yards with 25 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
• Olamide Zaccheaus leads the Wahoos in receiving with 80 catches for 833 yards and five touchdowns. Doni Dowling has 48 catches for 632 yards and five touchdowns, while Andre Levrone has seen seven of his 31 catches (662 yards) go for touchdowns.
• Jordan Ellis leads the Virginia rushing attack with 799 yards and six touchdowns on 204 carries.
• The Virginia defense is led by the Academic Heisman winner Micah Kiser, who has recorded a whopping 134 tackles, with 9.5 tackles for a loss and five sacks.
• Quin Blanding (121 tackles) and Jordan Mack (105 tackles) also have recorded more than 100 tackles on the year. Chris Peace leads Virginia in tackles for a loss (10.5) and sacks (7.5), while Juan Thomhill has 12 pass breakups.
• Kicker A.J. Mejia is 8-11 on field goals with a long of 38, while Lester Coleman is averaging 44.0 yards per punt with 28 of his 71 punts downed inside the 20.
• According to the Cody Kellner Strength of Schedule Index, Navy has played the nation's 33rd-toughest schedule and the toughest among the non-autonomous five conferences. The Kellner Index gives each team a rating that is reflective of the success they have had within their strength of schedule.
• Navy's opponents are a combined 72-52 on the year (.581). The Mids' four nonconference opponents - Notre Dame 9-3, Florida Atlantic 10-3, Army 9-3 and Air Force 5-7 - are a combined 33-16 (.673). The six teams that beat Navy - Notre Dame (9-3), UCF (13-0), Memphis (10-2), Houston (7-4), Temple (6-6) and Army (9-3) - are a combined 54-18 (.750).
• Navy played eight opponents in the 2017 regular season who have qualified for a bowl, posting a 2-6 record - the Mids beat Florida Atlantic, lost to Memphis, lost to UCF, lost to Temple, beat SMU, lost to Notre Dame, lost to Houston and lost to Army.
• 57 of the 131 games (.435) Ken Niumatalolo has been a head coach in have been decided by one possession including 15 out of the last 26 games (.577) (8-7).
• The Mids are 34-23 (.596) under Niumatalolo in games decided by eight points or less.
• Navy played eight games in 2016 that were decided by one possession and won five of them. The eight one-possession games are the most in school history.
• Navy has played seven one possession games so far this year and are 3-4 in those games.