Raiders headed to Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth
FACE NAVY ON DEC. 30 AT 10:45 AM
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are going to its fourth bowl game in the Rick Stockstill era and first as new members of Conference USA.
Middle Tennessee was officially extended an invitation on Sunday for Stockstill’s Blue Raiders to represent Conference USA in the 11th Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 30, 2013. It will mark the fourth bowl game of the FBS (I-A) era for Middle Tennessee and the eighth bowl game in school history.
The game against Navy (7-4) will kick off at 10:45 a.m. (CT) from Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of TCU. The game will air on ESPN, ESPN Radio and will be carried worldwide on the Armed Forces Network. It will mark the seventh meeting between the two programs and first since 1969.
“We are thrilled to extend our season in Fort Worth and appreciate the invitation by the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl,” said Director of Athletics Chris Massaro. “Coach Stockstill and I have always thought Ft. Worth would be desirable postseason site and, along with our fans, we cannot wait to get there. Our football program has enjoyed a thrilling first year in Conference USA and they have certainly earned the right to be a part of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl.”
The Blue Raiders (8-4) will be facing a Navy team that is 7-4 and ranks third nationally in rushing, while having the nation’s leading scorer in Keenan Reynolds. The Midshipmen, who will be making their 10th bowl trip in the last 11 years, will play their final regular season game on Dec. 14 against Army for the Commander-in-Chief’s trophy.
“It is hard to describe how appreciative we are to be playing in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl,” said Middle Tennessee Head Coach Rick Stockstill. “The city of Fort Worth and the surrounding community put on a first-class event which will serve as a great reward for a successful season. We can’t wait to arrive and get the week started.”
The Blue Raiders enter the postseason riding a five-game winning streak after going 6-2 in league play to finish tied for second in the East Division of C-USA.
Fans need to purchase tickets through the Middle Tennessee ticket office by calling 1-888-YES-MTSU or logging onto GoBlueRaiders.com. Tickets for the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will include an official T-Shirt. The commemorative shirt will be a collector’s item and fans are encouraged to wear it at the game.
The Blue Raiders will return to practice on Thursday and will leave for the bowl game on Dec. 26.
For all the latest information on the Blue Raiders’ bowl trip, please visit Blue Raider Bowl Central.
Middle Tennessee Bowl History
1956 Refrigerator Bowl – Evansville, IN
Sam Houston State 27, MT 13
1960 Tangerine Bowl – Orlando, FL
MT 21, Presbyterian 12
1961 Tangerine Bowl – Orlando, FL
Lamar Tech 21, MT 14
1964 Grantland Rice Bowl – Murfreesboro, TN
MT 20, Muskingum 0
2006 Motor City Bowl – Detroit, MI
Central Michigan 31, MT 14
2009 New Orleans Bowl – New Orleans
MT 42, Southern Miss 32
2011 GoDaddy.com Bowl – Mobile, AL
Miami (OH) 35, MT 21
BRAA TO SPONSOR BUS TRIP TO BOWL
The BRAA is sponsoring two bus trips to the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas to watch the Blue Raiders play Navy on December 30th.
The first trip will be for two nights, and will leave at 6:00 AM on Saturday, December 28 and will return to Murfreesboro immediately after the game. This will allow you to take part in the Bowl activities on Sunday and Monday and be home for New Year’s Eve.
The Second bus trip will leave Sunday, December 29 at 6:00 AM and will return to Murfreesboro Immediately after the game.
The cost of the bus is $115 round trip per person. Rooms for the bowl game will be at The Historic Hilton Ft. Worth. The cost of the hotel is $150 per night. All hotel reservations will be made through the BRAA.
Tickets must be purchased through the Blue Raider ticket office (615-898-5261). Your purchased bowl ticket will include a limited edition bowl shirt and a complimentary ticket for a C-USA football game next season.
To purchase one of the BRAA packages, call the BRAA office at (615-898-2210).
Don’t delay in making your reservations. The deadline is December 23rd.
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