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College Football
Navy vs San Diego State
When: 9:30 PM ET, Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Where: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California


1. Navy should feel right at home when it faces San Diego State in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. Navy is playing in the Poinsettia Bowl for the fourth time since the game was introduced in 2005. The Midshipmen have dropped their last two visits, including a 35-14 loss to San Diego State in 2010.

2. The Aztecs, who have won eight straight games over military academies, closed the regular season with back-to-back triumphs over Air Force and San Jose State. Donnel Pumphrey was named to the Mountain West All-Conference First Team after rushing for 1,755 yards and 19 touchdowns. San Diego State is making its fifth straight bowl appearance and second Poinsettia Bowl visit in the last three years.

3. Navy’s triple-option offense will be tested by an Aztecs team that ranks first in the Mountain West in scoring defense at 20.1 points per game. While most teams have nearly a month to prepare for a bowl game, Navy will have 10 days between its regular-season finale against Army and the Poinsettia Bowl. The Midshipmen will be dealing with final exams before flying to San Diego.

TV: 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: San Diego State -2.

ABOUT NAVY (6-5): Dual-threat quarterback Keenan Reynolds heads into the regular-season finale with 1,082 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns along with 749 passing yards and five TDs. Noah Copeland and Chris Swain have scored a combined nine touchdowns for the Midshipmen, who average 34.5 points and 357.8 rushing yards. The defense is allowing 426.2 yards per game, but linebackers Daniel Gonzales and Jordan Drake have combined for 158 tackles while defensive end Will Anthony has eight tackles-for-loss.

ABOUT SAN DIEGO STATE (7-5, 5-3 Mountain West):
The Aztecs rank fourth in the Mountain West in rushing defense (145.6), and they’re just as tough against the pass, with cornerbacks J.J. Whittaker and Damontae Kazee both named to the All-Mountain West Second Team. Linebacker Calvin Munson has 78 tackles, 10.5 tackles-for-loss, four sacks, four interceptions and two forced fumbles for the Aztecs, who were 6-0 at Qualcomm Stadium this season. Quarterback Quinn Kaehler often takes a back seat to Pumphrey and the Aztecs’ talented offensive line, which is led by the 6-5, 310-pound Terry Poole.

PREDICTION: San Diego State 27, Navy 13
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Navy 7-5 W3 33.1 28.2 3-4 4-1 1-1 0-0 0-0
San Diego State 7-5 W2 25.8 20.1 6-0 1-5 7-1 0-0 5-3
Last Meeting
Navy San Diego State
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
12/23/10 NAVY 14 SDSU 35 382 235 147 555 279 276
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Navy R. Dobbs 53.3 147 1 1
San Diego State R. Lindley 78.3 276 2 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Navy R. Dobbs 24 107 4.5 1
San Diego State R. Hillman 28 228 8.1 3
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Navy G. Jones 3 85 28.3 1
San Diego State V. Brown 8 165 20.6 1
Touchdowns Player TD
Navy R. Dobbs 1
San Diego State R. Hillman 4
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Navy K. Reynolds 47.1 826 6 3
San Diego State Q. Kaehler 56.4 2016 9 10
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Navy K. Reynolds 231 1182 5.1 21
San Diego State D. Pumphrey 256 1761 6.9 19
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Navy J. Tillman 20 386 19.3 3
San Diego State E. Judge 23 439 19.1 2
Touchdowns Player TD
Navy K. Reynolds 21
San Diego State D. Pumphrey 19
Quickchart Matchup
Navy Off vs  San Diego State Def
431.8 yards
338.7 yards
6.2 yards/rush
3.8 yards/rush
8.5 yards/attempt
6.6 yards/attempt
San Diego State Off vs  Navy Def
400.1 yards
410.2 yards
5.4 yards/rush
4.9 yards/rush
6.8 yards/attempt
7.2 yards/attempt