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Mids to play LA Tech in Armed Forces Bowl

Navy will be in their 13th bowl game in 14 years.

Navy will be in their 13th bowl game in 14 years.

Though they still have their legendary showdown against the Army Black Knights coming on Saturday, the Navy Midshipmen ranked No. 25 in the penultimate college football rankings and will meet Louisiana Tech in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 23 at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Forth Worth, Texas.

“We are very excited to return to Fort Worth, Texas for the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl against a great opponent in Louisiana Tech,” said Niumatalolo. “We have a lot of fans in the great state of Texas and we hope they all come out on Dec. 23 to support the team. Right now, our only focus is on Army, but we are excited to be going to a bowl game for the 13th time in the last 14 years.”

The Midshipmen already had an agreement to play in the Armed Forces Bowl this year has they become bowl eligible. They clinched that with a victory over Notre Dame. Even after that victory the Midshipment were in competition for a spot in the Cotton Bowl had they been the highest-ranked ‘Group of Five’ champion, but a loss to the Temple Owls in the American Athletic Conference Championship game on Saturday ended that as a landing spot.

But in the Armed Forces Bowl, the Midshipmen will have an opportunity to secure their second 11-win season should they also be victorious against Army on Saturday. That would be a first for the storied Navy program, so would just finishing the season with back-to-back double-digit win seasons.

The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs won the Conference-USA West Division to earn a spot in their league’s championship game against Western Kentucky. The Bulldogs ultimately fell 58-44, but had a seven-game winning streak during the season with a high-powered offense leading the way.

Headed by Skip Holtz, the son of legendary Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz, the Bulldogs ranked third in the NCAA in with 359.8 passing yards per game and fifth in scoring with an averaged of 44 points per game. They were also eighth in total offense with 516.1 yards per game. Holtz is 30-22 in his fourth season and has led the Bulldogs to their fourth-straight bowl game.

Bulldogs quarterback Ryan Higgins threw for 502 yards and three touchdowns in the C-USA title game and head into the Armed Forces Bowl having passed for 4,208 yards and 37 touchdowns with only eight interceptions. And he has a tremendous duo of receivers to work with. Trent Taylor leads the team with 124 receptions and 1,570 yards to go along with 10 touchdowns, but Carlos Henderson is a big-play receiver who finished with 19.5 yards per catch and 17 touchdowns, amassing 1,406 yards on 72 receptions.

The Mids will be without Will Worth, who suffered a season-ending leg injury against Temple, and onto third-string quarterback Zach Abey. The Mids will have a game to prepare for the Bulldogs with their clash against Army still to come on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium. The Armed Forces Bowl will kick off at 4:30 pm EST and will be televised nationally on ESPN.

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