WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman and Events DC tonight announced that Bowling Green has accepted an invitation to play No. 24 San Jose State in this year’s game. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. EST on Dec. 27 at RFK Stadium. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.
“We couldn’t be more excited,” Military Bowl Executive Director & President Steve Beck said. “This could potentially be the best matchup in our five-year history.”
Bowling Green (8-4) went on a late-season run, winning seven of its final eight regular season games to earn its first bowl bid since a 43-42 loss to Idaho in the 2009 Humanitarian Bowl. Defensive lineman Chris Jones leads a unit that held seven opponents to one touchdown or less and was named the Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He was one of 10 Falcons to earn all-conference honors.
San Jose State (10-2) is the highest-ranked team ever to play in the Military Bowl, entering with a six-game winning streak that this week propelled the Spartans into the national rankings for the first time since 1975.
It will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
“This is a great matchup for us, and we look forward to hosting San Jose State, Bowling Green and their fans in the nation’s capital,” said Erik A. Moses, managing director of Events DC’s Sports and Entertainment Division.
In its fifth 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 at least 5,000 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 $25.
About the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman
The Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman has been held in Washington, D.C.’s historic RFK Stadium since 2008. Organized by the DC Bowl Committee, Inc. and Events DC, the Military Bowl serves as a premier regional event benefiting the USO. With first-rate participants and events, the Military Bowl seeks to generate broad support for the USO, positively impact the regional economy, honor the U.S. military and solidify the nation’s capital as a leading college football destination. For more information, please visit militarybowl.org.
About Events DC
Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, delivers premier event services and flexible venues across the nation’s capital. Leveraging the power of a world-class destination and creating amazing attendee experiences, Events DC generates economic and community benefits through the attraction and promotion of business, athletic, entertainment and cultural activities. Events DC oversees the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District’s hospitality and tourism economy that generates over $400 million annually in total economic impact, and the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. Events DC manages the Stadium-Armory campus, which includes Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and surrounding Festival Grounds, the non-military functions of the DC Armory and Maloof Skate Park at RFK Stadium. Events DC also built and now serves as landlord for Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States. For more information, please visit www.eventsdc.com.