WASHINGTON, D.C. — Maryland has accepted a bid to the Military Bowl and will face Marshall on Dec. 27 at 2:30 p.m. in Annapolis, Md.

The Terps (7-5) closed out the regular season with a 41-21 win over North Carolina State.  Marshall (9-4) will enter the bowl game after falling to Rice Saturday in the Conference USA championship.

“I think our football team as a whole is excited to play a team the caliber of Maryland and be playing in the Military Bowl,” said Marshall coach Doc Holliday.

Military Bowl officials had been hoping this matchup would be a possibility for a number of reasons. The game is literally in the Terps’ backyard and the trip from Huntington to Annapolis is certainly drivable, which should translate into a good crowd for the game.  Additionally the bowl game is after Christmas, when many fans will already be off work for the holiday week.

“Marshall travels very, very well and come gameday you’re going to see a lot of Marshall fans there as well,” said Military Bowl President & Executive Director Steve Beck

This was also the bowl’s last chance to get a Maryland vs. Marshall matchup. The Military Bowl is contracted with the ACC and AAC for the next six years. Maryland is moving out of the ACC to the Big Ten and obviously Marshall will remain in C-USA with other bowl tie-ins.

“I think it’s a great opportunity to have a great crowd there and be a great atmosphere.  I know we’ll take a bunch of people too,” said Holliday. “Our fan base can also drive. We have a great fan base over there and they’re excited about the game too.”

This will be the first all-time meeting between The Herd and Maryland. This season the two teams did face a couple of common opponents. Maryland beat Virginia Tech 27-24 in overtime, the same Hokies team that rallied to defeat The Herd 31-29 in triple-overtime. The Terps also dispatched FIU 43-10, while Marshall handled the Golden Panthers 48-10.

“If it’s a Randy Edsell team it will be extremely well coached with extremely physical players,” said Holliday.

This is finals week at Marshall so players have the week off to focus on exams and will begin preparing for the bowl game on Friday.  As for Holliday and his staff, he says they’ll start reviewing game film and preparing for the Military Bowl all this week.

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  • ThomasWV

    I'll be there supporting the Herd. Taking a car load with me. Maryland will be a good opponent, right in their backyard. Let's see if Marshall can pull one out on the road against a decent team.

  • Pat

    Win, lose or draw I will be there, I bleed green as do all my family. We Are...Marshall!

  • Larry

    Coming off such an embarassing beatdown at the hands of Uncle Ben, it will be hard for the herd to overcome, Maryland wins.

  • Mountaineer fanatic

    I am a Mountaineer but I really believe the Herd can beat Maryland. They are no where near as good as their record and their record isn't that good. If the team plays their very best Marshall will win. Go Herd
    Forget Rice, Beat Maryland

  • staci

    Live pretty close to Annapolis. ..looks like I know what my Christmas present will be! !!! Go Herd!!!!!

  • Slapnuts

    Herd gonna get slaughtered!

    • Harpers Ferry

      Maybe, but I bet they at least score a point.

      • Truthteller

        When you play in a BCS bowl and win it then you can talk your talk.

      • Brett

        Herd that!

  • Jason

    Go herd!! I live and work in Maryland. It will be real nice office banter to get a win...haha! Great season. Finish strong. Next year, almost everybody comes back, should be set up for a great year.


    From the "Eastern Panhandle" of WV, we say gooooooooo Thundering Herd!!!!!! Kick some Terrapin butt!!!!