FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – TCU will play in the first bowl of the season, accepting a bid Monday to represent the Mountain West Conference in the Poinsettia Bowl.

The Horned Frogs will play an undetermined at-large team in the Dec. 19 game at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, where former TCU standout LaDainian Tomlinson plays for the Chargers.

TCU (9-2) has won six straight games and will play its regular-season finale at home Saturday against Air Force. The Frogs are going to a bowl for the eighth time in nine seasons and 23rd overall.

“We are excited to receive the invitation to play in the Poinsettia Bowl,” coach Gary Patterson said. “We look forward to going to San Diego. This is a great destination trip for our fans and alumni.”

Navy beat Colorado State 51-30 last year in the inaugural Poinsettia Bowl, sponsored by the San Diego Credit Union.

AP-ES-11-27-06 1912EST

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