Navy draws spot in Poinsettia Bowl

College Football

April 12, 2007|By KENT BAKER | KENT BAKER,Sun Reporter

Two seasons ago, the Navy football team put on quite a show in the first Poinsettia Bowl when slotback Reggie Campbell tied an NCAA bowl record with five touchdowns to pace a 51-30 win over Colorado State.

The two teams combined for a postseason-record 1,183 offensive yards, and Navy was the primary catalyst in drawing 36,842 fans for the bowl game shifted to San Diego from San Jose, Calif.

Yesterday, bowl officials reached an agreement with the academy that will take the Midshipmen back to Qualcomm Stadium after the upcoming season, provided the team qualifies with at least six victories.

In an area teeming with naval installations, the attraction of Navy was deemed responsible for more than 20,000 fans to a bowl that matches an at-large team against a representative of the Mountain West Conference.

The bowl made a similar arrangement with Army before last season, but the Black Knights posted a 3-9 record and failed to qualify. Northern Illinois was selected instead and fell to Texas Christian, 37-7.

If the Midshipmen go, it will increase their record of consecutive bowl appearances to five.

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