Nov. 3, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO - The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl is the first of 35 bowl games to identify one of its participants.
Buoyed by its victory this afternoon over Florida Atlantic, Navy becomes the first of 70 teams to secure a postseason bowl berth.
Moments after Navy's win at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Executive Director Gary Cavalli and Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced that the Midshipmen had accepted an invitation to play in San Francisco on December 29.
"We're thrilled to be able to bring Navy back to San Francisco," Cavalli said. "Navy's first appearance in 2004 really put our Bowl on the map. They bring a huge fan base, a ton of pageantry, and one of hottest football teams in America. We look forward to providing a great bowl experience for the Navy players and fans, and hosting a great match-up with the Pac-12."
The Midshipmen, now 6-3 and having won five consecutive games, will meet a Pac-12 team in the 3rd Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl and the 12th San Francisco bowl game overall. The game, to be played at AT&T Park, home of the 2012 World Series champion San Francisco Giants, is set for Saturday, December 29, 2012 with a 1:00 p.m. [PST] kickoff. ESPN2 will televise the game nationwide.
Tickets in all price ranges [$85-$25] are now available either online via the Bowl website, [kraftbowl.org] or by calling 800.225.2277. Four of the previous six games have been sellout attractions.
This will be Navy's second visit to San Francisco. The Mids played in the 2004 Emerald Bowl, defeating New Mexico 31-19. That contest was notable for a 26-play, 94-yard Navy scoring drive that lasted 14 minutes, 26 seconds. The 26 plays and elapsed time are NCAA records. Navy finished that season 10-2, its first 10-win season since 1905.
"Based on our visit in 2004, we have seen first hand that the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl is a magnificent overall environment and event," said Gladchuk. "The City of San Francisco, the stadium, the hospitality from the community, the bowl administration and the beauty of Northern California present as fine a postseason experience as we could possibly enjoy.
"The Academy is sincerely grateful to Gary Cavalli and his staff for inviting us back and setting the stage for our team to earn an enjoyable trip to the West Coast and an inspiring matchup versus an opponent from the Pac-12."
Navy's opponent will not be known until early December, when the Pac-12 regular season culminates with the Pac-12 Championship Game. That will be played on the home field of either the North or South Division winner, depending on which team is seeded highest.
The Midshipmen opened the 2012 season with two formidable road opponents, Notre Dame [in Dublin, Ireland] and Penn State. Their season to date, with three foes still to be played, ratcheted upward with an impressive road win at Air Force last month.
One of college football's greatest spectacles, the annual Army-Navy game, is December 8 in Philadelphia on CBS. The Midshipmen have an opportunity to reclaim the Commander-in-Chief's trophy with a win over Army. Navy has beaten Army in each of the past 10 meetings from 2002 to the present.
"I am very happy for our young men and our program that we are going back to a bowl game for the ninth time in the last 10 years," said Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo. "This group has shown an amazing amount of resiliency in starting 1-3 and it never stopped fighting or believing. Our only focus right now is on our final three regular-season games, but we are thrilled to be going back to San Francisco."
Navy returns to postseason play after a 1-year hiatus. Prior to 2011, the Midshipmen played in eight consecutive bowl games from 2003-10
Since its inception in 2002, the annual college football bowl game in San Francisco has generated more than $130 million in revenue for the City and County.
The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl was first played following the 2010 season. Nevada defeated Boston College 20-13. Last year's contest featured a Big Ten/Pac-12 matchup as Illinois turned back UCLA 20-14.
"Everyone at Kraft Foods is thrilled to have Navy, a football team rich in history, playing in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl," said Stephen Chriss, Senior Director, Corporate Scale and Marketing Partnerships. "With more than 50 million Americans living in food insecure households, Navy's national following will allow our iconic brands to help shine a broad spotlight on the issue of hunger."
Key to Navy's resurgence this season has been the play of freshman QB Keenan Reynolds. Reynolds has directed his team to victories over Air Force, Central Michigan, Indiana and East Carolina prior to this afternoon's triumph.
About San Francisco Bowl Association The not-for profit association has been the driving force behind the Bowl game since its inception in 2002. In that time, the game, played at San Francisco's AT&T Park, has generated over $130 million in economic benefit for the City and County of San Francisco. Several of college football's most storied programs have already participated in the contest, formerly known as the Emerald Bowl. They include onetime national champions USC, Miami and Florida State, plus Navy, California, Boston College, UCLA, Oregon State and Utah. The 2009 game between USC and Boston College was at the time ESPN's third-most-watched college football bowl game ever. For more information, visit www.kraftbowl.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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