Good morning and welcome inside Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of Texas Christian University, the site of the 2013 Armed Forces Bowl between the Navy Midshipmen and the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders.
This bowl game has been hosted at Amon G. Carter Stadium every year since 2003 with exception to the 2010 and 2011 seasons where it was hosted at SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium.
For Navy, this is their 10th bowl appearance in the last 11 years but they’ve won just three of their last six appearances with their last win coming back in 2009 against Missouri in the Texas Bowl. They’ve lost their last two bowl appearances (2010, 2012) against San Diego State in the Poinsettia Bowl and the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl against Arizona State. Navy has appeared in 18 bowl games in their history with a record of 7-10-1.
For Middle Tennessee State, this is just their eighth bowl game in their history, currently holding a 3-4 record in their last seven bowl appearances. In 2006 they faced off against Central Michigan in the Motor City Bowl, in 2009 they defeated Southern Miss 42-32 in the New Orleans Bowl and dropped a 35-21 decision in the 2011 GoDaddy.com Bowl.
Points per game –
Navy (34.3) Middle Tennessee (30.9)
Points per game against –
Navy (25.9) Middle Tennessee (26.4)
Players to watch:
Sophomore QB Keenan Reynolds
Running quarterback, finished with over 1,000 yards this season (1,260) with 29 touchdowns averaging 105 yards per game on the ground to just 86 yards per game through the air.
Between these two seniors, they racked up 238 tackles in 2013 including 159 solo tackles. Peterson is averaging more than 11 tackles per game (11.25) while Sargenti is averaging almost nine tackles per game (8.58)
Middle Tennessee –
Senior QB Logan Kilgore
Finished with more than 2,000 yards this season (2,289) with 16 touchdowns, averaging 190.8 yards per game.
Sophomore RB Jordan Parker
Averaging five yards per carry and finished the 2013 season with 727 yards, averaging just over 72 yards per game.
Sophomore LB T.T. Barber
No, not Ticki Barber, but sophomore linebacker T.T. Barber. The 2013 season was a big one for him, finishing with 112 tackles (9.33 per game), 70 of which were of the solo variety.