The Army West Point Black Knights have accepted a bid to the 2020 AutoZone Liberty Bowl to play against West Virginia of the Big 12 Conference on December 31 at 3 p.m. CT. The game will be televised live on ESPN.
After the 9-2 Black Knights' had their original bowl game cancelled due to opt-outs and not enough opponents available to fill the slot in the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl, the opportunity became available for the Black Knights to fill an open slot in the Auto Zone Liberty Bowl, it was announced this evening.
“The men on our football team deserved this opportunity and we were not going to rest until we exhausted every potential pathway to a bowl game,” said Army Director of Athletics Mike Buddie. “We are thrilled our guys will get to suit up one more time to represent Army West Point in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.”
The Black Knights were invited to participate in the bowl after the University of Tennessee was unable to compete in the 62nd AutoZone Liberty Bowl due to its pause in team activities.
“Our young men are so deserving of this and I am excited that this special team and this senior class will get an opportunity to play together one more time. Sometimes things turn out even better than you thought they would, and we are so thankful to everyone who supported our program and worked to make this happen. A big thank you to the AutoZone Liberty Bowl and we can't wait to get to Memphis to play an outstanding Power Five opponent in West Virginia,” said head coach Jeff Monken.
The Black Knights are headed to their fourth bowl game under seventh-year head coach Jeff Monken. They are 3-0 in three previous bowl appearances under Monken. Read more.