Games set for 2009 and 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State and the U.S. Naval Academy have announced a two-game football series that will begin in 2009.

The Buckeyes will host the Midshipmen in the 2009 season opener, playing September 5, 2009, at Ohio Stadium. The return game will be August 30, 2014, and will be played at a site in the Annapolis region.

“What a thrill it will be for the Ohio State community to host the proud tradition of the United State Naval Academy,” said Ohio State coach Jim Tressel. “It will be a special memory for our coaches and players to compete against the nation’s finest.”

Ohio State and Navy have met three times previously in football. The Buckeyes were 27-0 winners at Navy in 1930, and Ohio State won 20-0 in Columbus the following season. The teams last met in 1981, with Ohio State posting a 31-28 win in the Liberty Bowl.