Following a 42-40 victory Friday over South Alabama, the Naval Academy officially accepted an invitation to play in the 10th annual San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl December 23 at Qualcomm Stadium. The Midshipmen will face San Diego State University Aztecs. Kickoff is set for 6:30 PM and the game will be televised nationally by ESPN.
This will be Navy's fifth trip to San Diego for a bowl game and the Mids' fourth appearance in the SDCCU Poinsettia Bowl. Navy defeated BYU, 23-16, in the inaugural Holiday Bowl in 1978; knocked off Colorado State, 51-30, in the inaugural Poinsettia Bowl in 2005; lost to Utah, 35-32, in Ken Niumatalolo's first game as a head coach in the 2007 Poinsettia Bowl; and lost to San Diego State, 35-14, in the 2010 Poinsettia Bowl.
The Aztecs finished the regular season 7-5 overall and 5-3 in the West Division of the Mountain West.