Virginia Tech and Cincinnati to compete in December’s Military Bowl in Annapolis

| December 7, 2014 | 1 Comment

Military_Bowl_FINALThe Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman, benefiting the USO, today announced that Virginia Tech  and Cincinnati will go head to head in this year’s game. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. EST on  Saturday, Dec. 27 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, MD. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.

“We could not be more excited about this matchup,” Military Bowl President & Executive Director Steve Beck said. “Virginia Tech is an incredibly popular team in our region and Cincinnati is one of the nation’s hottest teams. We are certain that both teams will be well represented in Annapolis on gameday.”

This will be the 11th game between the teams, with the series tied 5-5. Cincinnati won the teams’ most recent meeting, 27-24 on Sept. 29, 2012, at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. The Hokies and Bearcats have played twice previously in bowl games, with Virginia Tech winning 20-7 in the Orange Bowl following the 2008 season and Cincinnati winning 18-6 in the Sun Bowl following the 1946 season.

Virginia Tech (6-6) will be playing in a bowl game for the 22nd consecutive season, the second-longest active streak in the nation and the fifth-longest all-time.

Cincinnati (9-3) is playing in a bowl game for the fourth consecutive season. The Bearcats closed the regular season with seven consecutive victories to earn a share of the American Athletic Conference title.

Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer and Cincinnati Coach Tommy Tuberville have faced off one other time, when Tuberville’s Auburn team capped an undefeated season with a 16-13 victory over Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl following the 2005 season. 

The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales will once again headline the Military Bowl Parade. The parade will take place on the morning of this year’s Military Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 27.

This year’s Military Bowl gameday activities kick off at 8:15 a.m. with the first-ever Military Bowl 5K. Runners will start at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and follow a course that travels to downtown Annapolis and back.

As the race finishes, the Military Bowl Parade will step off from City Dock at 9 a.m., making its way to the stadium. Also at 9 a.m., the Military Bowl Tailgate will start in the Blue Lot on the west side of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

“We are thrilled and honored to have the Clydesdales coming back to Annapolis to participate in the parade,” Military Bowl President & Executive Director Steve Beck said. “With the race, the parade and the tailgate, gameday will be more exciting than ever for fans. We are appreciative of everyone’s efforts, especially those at Katcef Brothers, Inc., the local Anheuser Busch Wholesaler, and the city of Annapolis for helping organize these terrific events for this year’s game.”

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In its seventh year, the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman brings the excitement of postseason football to the Washington, D.C., area while also supporting the USO and our nation’s military personnel. Once again, the Military Bowl this year will donate at least $100,000 to the USO and provide complimentary tickets for active-duty military personnel and their families.

Tickets for the Military Bowl are on sale now at militarybowl.org, with prices starting at $20.

Check out our coverage from last year here, here, and here!

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