2014 Military Bowl

The 2014 Military Bowl was a college football bowl game played on December 27, 2014 at Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on the campus of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland in the United States. The seventh annual Military Bowl, it pitted the American Athletic Conference co-champion Cincinnati Bearcats against the Virginia Tech Hokies of the Atlantic Coast Conference.[4] It was one of the 2014–15 bowl games will conclude the 2014 FBS football season. The game started at 1:00 p.m. EST and aired on ESPN. It was sponsored by aerospace and defense technology company Northrop Grumman and is officially known as the Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman.

2014 Military Bowl
presented by Northrop Grumman
7th Military Bowl
2014 Military Bowl.jpg
Coast Guard helicopters fly over Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium at the start of the Military Bowl
1234 Total
Cincinnati 7307 17
Virginia Tech 76146 33
DateDecember 27, 2014
Season2014
StadiumNavy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
LocationAnnapolis, Maryland
MVPVirginia Tech RB J. C. Coleman[1]
FavoriteCincinnati by 2[2]
RefereeKevin Stine[3] (Sun Belt)
Attendance34,277[3]
PayoutUS$1,000,000
United States TV coverage
NetworkESPN/ESPN Radio
AnnouncersBeth Mowins, Joey Galloway, & Paul Carcaterra (ESPN)
Eamon McAnaney & Jay Walker (ESPN Radio)
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TeamsEdit

The game featured the Virginia Tech Hokies of the Atlantic Coast Conference against the American Athletic Conference co-champion Cincinnati Bearcats. Whit Babcock, the Hokies' director of athletics, previously held the same position at Cincinnati and hired Bearcats' coach Tommy Tuberville.[5]

This was 11th overall meeting between these two teams, with series tied 5–5 before the game. The previous time these two teams met was in 2012. This was also the third bowl game between these two teams, the others being the 1947 Sun Bowl and the 2009 Orange Bowl.

Cincinnati BearcatsEdit

After finishing their regular season with a 9–3 record and winning the American Athletic Conference co-championship, the Bearcats accepted their invitation to play in the game.[6]

Virginia Tech HokiesEdit

After finishing their regular season with a 6–6 record, the Hokies accepted their invitation to play in the game.[7]

Game summaryEdit

Scoring summaryEdit

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP CIN VT
1 5:47 7 89 2:50 CIN Chris Moore 31-yard touchdown reception from Gunner Kiel, Andrew Gantz kick good 7 0
1 3:51 6 64 1:56 VT J. C. Coleman 1-yard touchdown run, Joey Slye kick good 7 7
2 12:55 7 10 2:45 VT 45-yard field goal by Joey Slye 7 10
2 0:36 13 86 6:23 CIN 25-yard field goal by Andrew Gantz 10 10
2 0:00 4 20 0:36 VT 49-yard field goal by Joey Slye 10 13
3 11:05 11 75 3:55 VT Ryan Malleck 1-yard touchdown reception from Michael Brewer, Joey Slye kick good 10 20
3 9:16 VT Fumble recovery returned 12 yards for touchdown by Greg Stroman, Joey Slye kick good 10 27
4 13:20 6 21 2:27 VT 38-yard field goal by Joey Slye 10 30
4 10:35 7 81 2:45 CIN Chris Moore 43-yard touchdown reception from Michael Colosimo, Andrew Gantz kick good 17 30
4 8:52 6 27 1:43 VT 33-yard field goal by Joey Slye 17 33
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 17 33

Source: [3]

StatisticsEdit

Statistics[3] CIN VT
First downs 19 18
Plays–yards 70–489 69–334
Rushes–yards 33–144 44–210
Passing yards 345 124
Passing: Comp–Att–Int 18–37–2 15–25–1
Time of possession 29:04 30:56

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ mlicursi (December 28, 2014). "VIRGINIA TECH WINS MILITARY BOWL PRESENTED BY NORTHROP GRUMMAN AS MVP J.C. COLEMAN RUSHES FOR 157 YARDS AND A TOUCHDOWN". militarybowl.org. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  2. ^ Odds
  3. ^ a b c d Stats Archived 2014-12-28 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Virginia Tech and Cincinnati Accept Invitations to Play in the 2014 Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman
  5. ^ Barber, Mike (December 7, 2014). "ACC Virginia Tech to Military Bowl to face Cincinnati". Richmond Times-Dispatch.
  6. ^ "Football Will Play Virginia Tech In Military Bowl". GoBearcats.com. Cincinnati Bearcats. December 7, 2014. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  7. ^ "Virginia Tech selected for Military Bowl". HokieSports.com. Virginia Tech Hokies. December 7, 2014. Retrieved December 8, 2014.