Navy punches ticket to Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth

November 17, 2013 | WNST Staff

Navy Qualifies For The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl In Fort Worth, Texas; Tickets On Sale Now

ANNAPOLIS, Md.– Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced after Saturday’s victory over South Alabama that the Naval Academy has qualified to play in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on Monday, Dec. 30 at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas against a projected opponent from the Mountain West. Kickoff is set for 10:45 AM in Fort Worth (11:45 AM in Annapolis) and will be televised nationally by ESPN.  This will be Navy’s 10th bowl game in the last 11 seasons.

This will be Navy’s fifth trip to Texas for a bowl game and the first since Navy’s 35-13 rout of Missouri in the 2009 Texas Bowl in Houston. Navy has also played in the 2003 Houston Bowl (lost to Texas Tech, 38-14), the 1964 Cotton Bowl in Dallas (lost to Texas, 28-6) and the 1958 Cotton Bowl in Dallas (beat Rice, 20-7).

“We are excited about the opportunity to travel to Fort Worth and play in a first-class bowl game,” said 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.”

“I am very happy for our young men and our program that we are going back to a bowl game for the 10th time in the last 11 years,” said Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo.  “Right now our only focus is to finish out the regular season on the right note by beating San Jose State and Army and winning the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, but we are thrilled to be going to Fort Worth.”

“Congratulations to the U.S. Naval Academy football team on becoming bowl eligible for the fifth time in six years under Coach Niumatalolo’s watch,” said Brant Ringler, the Executive Director of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl.  “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, its midshipmen, alumni and fans.  I’ve witnessed firsthand the pageantry and tradition that is Navy football and truly look forward to it all being put in display for our city and fans to enjoy.”