Military Bowl Matchup


Virginia (6-6, 3-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) vs. Navy (6-5, 4-4 American Athletic Conference), Dec. 28, 1:30 p.m. EST LOCATION: Annapolis, Maryland TOP PLAYERS Virginia: QB Kurt Benkert set a school single-season passing record with 3,062 yards and tied for the ACC lead in touchdown passes with 25. The senior is the first player in school history to throw 20 TD passes or more in consecutive seasons. Navy: QB Zach Abey is the AAC's leading rusher, averaging 132.2 yards per game. The Midshipmen are second in the nation in rushing offense, averaging 347.5 yards per game. NOTABLE Virginia: LB Micah Kiser and FS Quin Blanding are the only pair of teammates from a Power Five school to rank in the top 15 nationally in tackles. Kiser leads the ACC and is tied for fourth nationally with 134 while Blanding is 15th with 121. Navy: Going into Saturday's annual matchup against Army, the Midshipmen have dropped five of their last six games after starting the season 5-0. LAST TIME This will be the 40th meeting, but the first since 1994. Virginia has won the last five, including a 47-10 victory in the last meeting. BOWL HISTORY Virginia is 7-11 in bowl games and has dropped its last two. This is the Cavaliers' first bowl trip since 2011. Navy is 10-11-1 in bowl games but has won three of its last four. This is the third time it has appeared in the Military Bowl and the second time it has happened on the Midshipmen's home field.

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