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Military Bowl Game Preview

By EFN Staff
Writer
Published: 12/23/2015

Pittsburgh Panthers (8-4) vs. Navy Midshipmen (10-2)

Bowl Game: Military Bowl
Kickoff Time: Monday, December 28, 2:30 PM
Location: Jack Stephens Field at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland
TV: ESPN

The Pittsburgh Panthers enjoyed their winningest regular season since 2009 under first-year head coach Pat Narduzzi. Navy will retain head coach Ken Niumatalolo despite rumors of his departure, but will say goodbye to star quarterback Keenan Reynolds, who will play the last game of his illustrious career.

Players to watch
  • Panthers wide receiver Tyler Boyd is the school’s all-time leading receiver with 248 career receptions, including 85 this season for 873 yards and six touchdowns.
  • Reynolds needs three rushing or receiving touchdowns to surpass the record of 86 career scores, set by Louisiana Tech’s Kenneth Dixon in the New Orleans Bowl Dec. 19.

Key Stats

  • The Panthers lead the all-time series 22-14-3, with the series tied at 2-2 in four meetings since 1989.
  • Reynolds ranks second in the FBS with 21 touchdowns this season.
  • Navy is 0-1 in the Military Bowl, losing the inaugural game, 29-19, to Wake Forest in 2008.
  • The Panthers are 13-18 in 31 previous bowl appearances, and have lost three of their last four.
  • Navy ranks third in the FBS in rushing offense, averaging 319.2 rushing yards per game, while Pittsburgh allows only 126.1 rushing yards per contest.
  • Panthers running back Qadree Ollison leads the Panthers with 10 rushing touchdowns, and has rushed for 1,048 yards on 204 carries.
  • Navy has committed only seven turnovers this season.

Injuries

  • Panthers defensive lineman Mark Scarpinato is questionable with an upper body injury.