Saturday, December 28, 2013

Marshall Football: Herd Sinks Maryland in Military Bowl, 31-20

No one panicked. Maryland had just completed a 17-play, 99-yard drive that gave the Terrapins a 20-17 lead, its first of the game. With the fourth quarter just underway, Marshall marched back down the field for a nine play drive capped by a seven yard touchdown run from Essray Taliaferro. The Thundering Herd added another late touchdown and did not allow Maryland to score again as Marshall won the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman 31-20.

The victory, Marshall's first over an ACC opponent since defeating Clemson in 1999, was also the Herds tenth of the season. Marshall last finished a season with double-digit wins in 2002.

Rakeem Cato was named the games MVP. The Thundering Herd quarterback completed 28 of his 44 pass attempts for 337 yards and three touchdowns. Two of those touchdown receptions went to tight end Gator Hoskins, who caught six passes for 104 yards.

On defense, the Herd limited Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown to 197 passing yards. They also sacked Brown three times and held him to 38 rushing yards. Marshall safety A.J. Leggett intercepted a Brown pass late in the forth quarter, setting up the Herds final scoring drive.

Marshall did a good job in all three phases of the game. Punter Tyler Williams and the punt coverage unit downed the ball inside Maryland's 5-yard line three times.

With the win, Marshall moves to eight and three all-time in bowl games.



Herd Defeats Maryland in 2013 Military Bowl

BOGACZYK: Herd Has Many Reasons for Military Night

Huntington Herald Dispatch

A proper salute

Chuck Landon: Bowl win sets Herd ship back to right

Hoskins shows his heart

Maryland defense let Gator go free

Chuck Landon grade the Herd

Grant Traylor's game balls

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