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San Diego State to Play in Poinsettia Bowl

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - On Sunday San Diego State accepted an invitation to play Navy in the Poinsettia Bowl Dec. 23 at Qualcomm Stadium, the Aztecs' fifth consecutive bowl appearance.

The run of bowl games came after San Diego State went to just five bowls over the previous 43 seasons.

San Diego State is 7-5 this year, with all its victories coming by at least 10 points. The Midshipmen are 6-5 entering Saturday's regular-season finale against Army and have won four of their last five games. 

They lead the nation in rushing, averaging 357.8 yards per game.

The teams have two common opponents, Air Force and San Jose State. 

The Aztecs defeated Air Force, 30-14, and San Jose State, 38-7, while the

Midshipmen lost to Air Force, 30-21, and defeated San Jose State, 41-31. San Diego State has won eight consecutive games against service academies.

The Aztecs also played in the Poinsettia Bowl in 2010 and 2012. 

The 2010 game, which was also against Navy, drew the largest crowd in the history of the game, 48,049. 

The Midshipmen also played in the inaugural Poinsettia Bowl in 2005 and in 2007.

The San Diego Bowl Game Association, which conducts the game, announced

on Nov. 6, 2013, that Navy would play in the 2014 game if it won at least six

games to become eligible to play in a bowl under NCAA rules. The Midshipmen won

their sixth game Nov. 28, defeating South Alabama, 42-40.

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