WASHINGTON, D.C. — Friday is Game Day for Marshall University.

The Thundering Herd (9-4) will take the field on Friday afternoon for the 2013 Military Bowl against the Maryland Terrapins (7-5) at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland.

It’s the first Military Bowl appearance for Marshall.

Members of the Herd arrived in Washington, D.C. back on Monday and have been working in sightseeing trips around daily practices and the Christmas holiday.  “There’s plenty of things to do when you’re in Washington, D.C. to educate and entertain,” said Steve Cotton, Marshall play-by-play announcer.

Cotton was a guest on Thursday’s “Morning News.”  “You have, on the Marshall team, several guys from the D.C., Maryland, northern Virginia area and they were the center of attention,” he said.  “They were telling others, ‘Here’s how we’re going to go this.  Here’s something we want to go check out.’”

The Military Bowl, now in its sixth year, is presented by Northrop Grumman and benefits the USO along with other organizations that support members of the Armed Forces and their families.  At least $100,000 from the Military Bowl will be donated to the USO.

Active duty military members and their family members are eligible for free tickets to the game.

This is the first year the game is being played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md.  Up until Friday, the bowl activities had been focused on Washington, D.C. but were shifting to Annapolis for Game Day.

The Military Bowl Parade, led by the Budweiser Clydesdales, was scheduled to step off at 11 a.m. Friday at Annapolis’ City Dock and end at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium where an official tailgate party will be held ahead of kickoff at 2:30 p.m.  The game will be televised on ESPN.

Marshall’s Honorary Captains for the game will be Jack Lengyel, the coach of the Young Thundering Herd from 1971-1974, and Hershel “Woody” Williams, a Medal of Honor recipient.  Marshall won Conference USA’s East Division this year.

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  • Greg

    Maryland just scored again... on wvu

  • 5toldU1s

    Congratulations to the Herd, and especially Doc, one of our own. May the Florida pipeline never run dry.

    • WVU grad

      Herd 31--MD 20!
      Where's the story?
      At last our state has something to be proud of!

  • 4WVUinKY

    Go Herd! Pound MD!

  • justme

    wv should be rooting for mu stop all the emotion and think yes wvu does play at a higher level (mu is 0-10 all time) and play in conf. usa but if wvu had cato this year they could have gone 8-4 so yes wvu would like to have a qb of catos talent wvu plays in front 65,000 mu cant fill their 35,000 seat stadium Doc is a good coach and a great recruiter and a wvu grad most recruits will pick wvu over mu because wvu has won the orange sugar and fiesta bowl mu will never play in those games but mu does play in bowls and represents the state well so lets all root for the herd

  • Bandmom

    I do not understand this rivalry in WV. As a life long resident of WV I am always proud when any West Virginia college or university brings positive national recognition to WV. As West Virginians, we should support each other. If you are truly proud to be a West Virginian, that means all of WV not just WVU, you should stand behind all of WV!

  • Rayzer

    The eers were playing The Terps a few months ago. Have they scored yet?

  • mauldawg

    Go Terps. To bad Long and Diggs wont be playing. Will be rooting hard for the Turtles!! Send the herdies back home with a big L.

    • Barry

      Wouldn't it be something if Marshall beat Maryland, the team who killed WVU.

      mauldawg, don't be a hater just because WVU stunk it up this year. I think you are "Green" with envy. At least one West Virginia D-1 team is having some success.

      • mauldawg

        Barry I never watched MU football,if they were ever on TV. MU football was just after thought. They were never anything more than a little Div II school. One day they put on there big boy pants,won a few games against a very week schedule.Yes they did pull a surprise now and then and all of a sudden the MU fans became idiots. All of a sudden MU fans thought they belonged in the SEC,Big 10,Big 12 or the ACC. The fans are what turned me off with MU football. They were and still are drinking the green Kool Aid. MU will never be big time football. C-USA is a joke. Rated #10 out of 11 leagues.Today they play a banged up Terps team and if they win MU fans will want to be #1 in college football. All I can say is 12-0. MU will always be the little sister in WV.

        • Interesting123

          Kind of like your precious Mounties think they belong with the Big boys? Hows that new conference been working out so far?

        • Barry

          mauldawg, I never watch MU either but am glad they are doing well.
          What I don't understand is you are always berating people on WVU articles and calling them Marshall Trolls and Idiots. Are you any different?

        • Rick

          Hey mauldawg, how about little brother having to take care of big brothers business. WVU can't even score against Maryland and Marshall drubbed them. Oh what a great day to be a herd fan where ever you may be.

  • Ed

    Go get them Marshall! Take the Turtles down. That would be a huge step in the right direction and help in the recruiting wars! We Are Marshall!!!!

  • justme

    its obvious why to play at a higher level and in a big time conference wasnt trying to start a civil war just asking

  • Joe

    Best of luck to Doc and The Herd. Go get em'!!

  • Harpers Ferry

    Annapolis is in Maryland, not in DC

    • Wow

      Thats where the stadium is, the story says they are staying and taking in The D.C. area.

  • justme

    is there any truth to the rumors QB Cato is transferring to WVU

    • Interesting123

      Only in their dreams will that happen.

    • Greg

      I'm sure he'd like to get out of Little Detroit. Whether he could play up at the next level of college football with Big Brother remains to be seen. That being said, he couldn't do much worse than what we have right now.

    • Wow

      Why would he ?

      • Bondo

        Good luck Herd ! By the way, we don't want Cato, he's all yours.

        • Interesting123

          There was never ANY chance he wanted to go there so who cares if you wanted him. This we do agree on good luck Herd.

          • Bondo

            You're right. There was never a chance.