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Military Bowl Selects UVa; Cavaliers will Face Navy on December 28th

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UVa head coach Bronco Mendenhall UVa head coach Bronco Mendenhall
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

The Virginia football team will take on Navy in the Military Bowl in Annapolis, Maryland on December 28th.

UVa (6-6) was selected for a bowl game for the first time since 2011.

The Cavaliers lost 43-24 against Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Bowl that season.

Virginia's last victory in a bowl game was a 34-31 victory against Minnesota in the Music City Bowl in 2005.

Head coach Bronco Mendenhall coached in the postseason in each of his eleven years at BYU, before missing out with the Cavaliers last season.

He says while winning the game is the top priority, the extra practice time for the younger players is invaluable.

"It gives us a chance to get more repetition, and more practice, and more time with the development of our younger players, and accelerate their growth," says Mendenhall.  "If you don't have those times, you're forced to do it in the spring and the summer, but this time has been earned.  The programs that have enough success get the bonus of developing their team at a higher level, which accelerates the speed at which you can develop your team.  That's a huge advantage.  After having done it eleven years in a row, that was one of the keys to our consistency."

The Wahoos have a record of 7-11 all time in bowl games, and they will be making their first-ever appearance in the Military Bowl.

The game will be the 39th all-time meeting between UVa and Navy, but the first since 1994.

The Midshipmen lead the series 27-11.

Kickoff in the Military Bowl is set for Thursday, December 28th at 1:30 PM at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland.