Texas Bowl 2009: Missouri Tigers vs. Navy Midshipmen

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The Missouri Tigers and the Navy Midshipmen will face each other for the first time in almost five decades, as they clash in this year’s Texas Bowl, one of 34 bowls on the postseason landscape.

Both squads enter this match with four losses, but thanks to a road trip to Hawaii—and thus an extra game—the Midshipmen have a ninth victory on their account.

Navy, who is playing in its seventh straight bowl game, uses an old-fashioned offensive method. Missouri, on the other hand, runs the popular pass-happy spread offense.

The Midshipmen are averaging 27.5 points per-game, while the Tigers are holding opponents to 24.6 points and 358 yards per-game.

Whether it’s by the air, which is Missouri’s specialty, or on the ground, which is Navy’s expertise, it’s possible plenty of points could be scored in this match.

The game kicks-off at 3:30 p.m. ET at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

UPDATE: Navy executed better on both sides of the ball, and quarterback Ricky Dobbs rushed for three touchdowns and threw another, as the Midshipmen defeated Missouri 35-13.

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