The United States Naval Academy has accepted a bid to play in the 2009 Texas Bowl, it was announced Saturday.
Navy's 23-21 win over Notre Dame on Saturday secured its spot in the December 31 bowl game, as the Midshipmen will play a team from the Big 12 at Reliant Stadium.
"We are very proud to host the Midshipmen at the Texas Bowl this year, and we want to congratulate Coach [Ken] Niumatalolo and the entire Navy program on the tremendous victory today," said Texas Bowl manager Heather Houston. "Navy has had a great season thus far and will provide a great match-up for the Big 12 opponent. Our fans will be in for quite a game."
Navy's win Saturday improved the team to 7-3, the best record among FBS independent teams. The Midshipmen are the first team this season to accept a bowl invitation.