The competing teams in the 2013 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl are scheduled to arrive and begin practicing Thursday in preparation for Monday’s game at TCU’s Amon G. Carter Stadium.
Navy (8-4) meets Middle Tennessee (8-4) in a battle of first-time participants in Fort Worth’s annual bowl game. A breakdown of statistics suggests the teams are as evenly matched as their identical records heading into kickoff at 10:45 a.m. Monday (ESPN).
Navy enters with a four-game winning streak, highlighted by a 34-7 win over Army on Dec. 14. The Midshipmen have averaged 44 points per game in that stretch. For the season, Navy has topped the 40-point mark six times and has outscored opponents by an average margin of 8.4 points per contest.
Middle Tennessee has won its last five games, including a 48-17 rout of UT El Paso to cap its regular season. The Blue Raiders have averaged 42.6 points per game in that stretch.
For the season, Middle Tennessee has topped the 40-point mark six times and has outscored its foes by an average margin of 4.5 points per contest.
On the surface, that’s about as close to even as a bowl matchup can get.
Below is an expanded look at key individual statistics for the competing teams.
Rushing: Keenan Reynolds, 1,260 yards, 29 TDs, 4.5 per carry
Passing: Keenan Reynolds, 1,038 yards (65-121-2), 8 TDs
Receiving: Casey Bolena, 13 catches, 164 yards, 0 TDs
Kicking: Nick Sloan, 78 points (10-13 FG, 48-52 PAT)
Punting: Pablo Beltran, 42.0 avg.
Tackles: Cody Peterson, 135 tackles, 5.5 TFLs
Punt returns: Shawn Lynch, 10 returns, 7.4 avg.
Kickoff returns: Marcus Thomas, 21 returns, 22.2 avg.
Interceptions: Chris Johnson, Parrish Gaines, Brendon Clements, 3
Sacks: Jordan Drake, William Tuider, Obi Uzoma, 2
Forced fumbles: Brendon Clements, 2
MIDDLE TENN. LEADERS
Rushing: Jordan Parker, 741 yards, 6 TDs, 5.1 per carry
Passing: Logan Kilgore, 2,289 yards (197-322-11), 16 TDs
Receiving: Tavarres Jefferson, 41 catches, 532 yards, 5 TDs
Punting: Josh Davis, 41.9 avg.
Tackles: T.T. Barber, 112 tackles, 10.5 TFLs
Punt returns: Kyle Griswould, 17 returns, 6.1 avg.
Kickoff returns: Reggie Whatley, 17 returns, 24.7 avg.
Interceptions: Kevin Byard, 5
Sacks: Leighton Gasque, 7.5
Forced fumbles: Dearco Nolan, 3
ARMED FORCES BOWL
Navy (8-4) vs.
Middle Tennessee (8-4)
10:45 a.m. Monday
Amon G. Carter Stadium