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Posted at 1:44 PM ET, 12/ 2/2010

Navy draws San Diego State in Poinsettia Bowl

By Gene Wang

San Diego State has accepted an invitation to play Navy in the Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 23 in San Diego at Qualcomm Stadium, bowl officials announced today. It's the first bowl appearance for the Aztecs since 1998.

"We are playing a great opponent in Navy," San Diego State Coach Brady Hoke said in a statement.  "They are a well-coached, disciplined team and play a very physical style of football."

The Aztecs finished 8-4 overall and 5-3 in the Mountain West Conference. The third-place finish in the conference matches their highest in the Mountain  West.

San Diego State provides yet another high-powered passing attack to challenge the Navy defense. Quarterback Ryan Lindley is sixth in the country with 3,554 passing yards and 26 touchdowns, and the Aztecs also have a pair of 1,000-yard wide receivers in Vincent Brown and DeMarco Sampson.

Navy's last three games, all victories, have come against pass-oriented teams, including its most recent 35-19 win against Arkansas State the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

By Gene Wang  | December 2, 2010; 1:44 PM ET
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