The Wake Forest University Demon Deacons and the Temple University Owls will play in the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman, on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016. The ninth annual Military Bowl will be played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland. The Military Bowl is organized by the DC Bowl Committee and it benefits the United Services Organization (USO). Thanks to the Military Bowl, the USO has received more than $600,000 since the game’s inception; the bowl has also provided more than 25,000 complimentary tickets for service members and their families.

Wake Forest and Temple Square Off in the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman
Wake Forest defensive back Jessie Bates III advances the ball after an interception. (Photo credit: Wake Forest University)

The Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman is dedicated to giving back to the community through its partnership with the USO, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. The bowl exemplifies the gratitude that the USO, Northrop Grumman, Military Bowl personnel and the participating schools have for servicemen and women, and their families, for their sacrifices. The bowl celebrates and appreciates their dedication. Six or more Medal of Honor recipients are also expected to be in attendance for the game between Temple and Wake Forest.

Wake Forest, representing the Atlantic Coast Conference, is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and has more than 7,000 students enrolled. The Demon Deacons’ football team finished the season with a record of 6-6, and looks to rebound from three straight losses with a victory in the Military Bowl.

“It will be a very challenging game for us. We’re looking forward to it,” said Dave Clawson, head coach, Wake Forest University. “We’re absolutely thrilled, exited and honored that we’ve been invited to the Military Bowl to play in this year’s game. A major goal of ours at Wake Forest is to go to a bowl,” he added.

Clawson is no stranger to the Military Bowl, as he coached Bowling Green in the 2012 bowl. Bowling Green came up short as they lost to the San Jose Spartans, 29-20, back when the game was played at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, in Washington D.C.

“In 2012, we just had an absolutely great experience. [The Military Bowl] is extremely well run, lots of things for our players and activities. When our team found out this is where we were going, we were excited,” said Clawson.

Wake Forest and Temple Square Off in the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman
Temple quarterback Phillip Walker drops back to pass. (Photo credit: Temple University)

The Temple Owls were equally excited when they were invited to participate in this year’s Military Bowl.

“On behalf of our entire team, all the Temple Owl players, all our support staff, everyone at Temple University, President Richard Englert and the athletic administration, I know how excited we are to come back to Annapolis,” said Matt Rhule, head coach, Temple University.

Temple, representing the American Athletic Conference, is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and has more than 37,000 students enrolled. The Owls finished with a record of 10-3 and ended their season on a seven-game win streak. Head Coach Matt Rhule has since accepted a job to coach Baylor University and will be replaced by Assistant Head Coach Ed Foley for the Military Bowl.

Temple finished the season ranked 23rd in the nation and this will be Wake Forest’s fist bowl game since 2011. The game will be televised live on ESPN.

Wake Forest and Temple Square Off in the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman
Temple defensive lineman Haason Reddick rushes the passer. (Photo credit: Temple University)