Raiders headed to Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth

Face Navy on Dec. 30 at 10:45 AM

December 8, 2013 · @MTAthletics

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 first meeting between the programs.

"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 Friday 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

MURFREESBORO - On Sunday afternoon, Middle Tennessee accepted an invitation to play in the 11th Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas against Navy. The game, which will take place inside Amon G. Carter Stadium, has a scheduled kick off time of 10:45 AM CT on Monday, December 30.

Tickets to the game are $50 for the lower bowl, and will also include a limited edition "Bowl Bound" t-shirt, as well as a complimentary ticket to a 2014 C-USA home game at Floyd Stadium. Tickets are now on sale by visiting www.GoBlueRaiders.com.

Additionally, all seats will be will-call only, and available for pick up at the Blue Raider ticket office, located at Gate 1A of Floyd Stadium, at the team hotel in Fort Worth, or at Amon G. Carter Stadium on the day of the game. When picking up your tickets, you will also be able to select your t-shirt size at the same time.

All seat/ticket assignments will begin on Saturday, December 14.

BRAA members and season ticket holders will have first priority when it comes to ticket allocation.

If you are unable to attend the bowl game, you can still support your Blue Raider football team by purchasing and donating tickets. All tickets that are donated will be provided to a youth charity or the armed services in the Fort Worth area. Additionally, all tickets that are donated are tax deductible, and you will receive a letter and receipt for tax purposes.

Remember to reserve your tickets through the Blue Raider ticket office, which you can do by calling 615-898-5261, Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM.

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to cheer on your Blue Raiders during their bowl appearance in the first year as a member of C-USA.

Keep checking www.GoBlueRaiders.com/Bowl for the most up-to-date information.

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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