Originally created 11/23/04

Navy accepts Emerald Bowl bid



ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Navy accepted an invitation to the Emerald Bowl, putting the Midshipmen in the postseason in consecutive years for just the second time in school history.

Navy (8-2) will play either New Mexico (7-4) or Wyoming (6-5) of the Mountain West Conference, athletic director Chet Gladchuk said Monday.

It will be Navy's 11th bowl appearance. The Middies lost to Texas Tech in last season's Houston Bowl.

"These young men have earned this through their dedication in the weight room and on the practice field," third-year coach Paul Johnson said in a statement.

A victory over Army (2-8) on Dec. 4 would give Navy nine regular-season wins for the first time since 1963.

The Emerald Bowl, which pays $750,000 per team, invited Navy after Emerald Bowl Executive Director Gary Cavalli met Sunday with Gladchuk.

Gladchuk met with representatives from the Motor City, Houston, Champs Sports, Liberty and Emerald bowls after they attended Navy's 54-21 victory Saturday over Rutgers.

"Navy's got a heck of a football team, a national following and has a great television audience and brings a lot of pageantry to our game," Cavalli said. "Navy has the whole package, and the way they played against Rutgers was the capper for me."

The game will be played on Dec. 30 at SBC Park in San Francisco.