ANNAPOLIS, MD—It was the exclamation point Marshall needed to end the 2013 season, a 31-20 win over Maryland in the Military Bowl.

“This is huge,” said an elated Doc Holliday following the win.   “Our offense played tremendous. Our defense played lights out and our special teams played good.  It’s just great to get that momentum headed into next season and send our seniors out the right way.”

Bowl MVP Rakeem Cato threw for 337 yards and three touchdowns as Tommy Shuler and Gator Hoskins combined for more than half of The Herd’s receptions.  Shuler had nine catches for 68 yards and touchdown while Hoskins caught six passers for 104 yards and two scores.

Defensively, tackle James Rouse registered a pair of sacks and Maryland quarterback CJ Brown could never quite find his rhythm.

Marshall led throughout the ball game giving up the lead just once in the second half before storming back to take control for good.

Leading 17-13 at halftime, Marshall’s offense sputtered in the third quarter.

The Herd had two drives stall out inside Maryland territory and both times elected to punt on fourth-and-short situations.  Both times punter Tyler Williams was able to pin the Terps in the shadow of their own goal post.

Trailing by four points, Maryland got the ball on its own one yard-line with 7:40 left in the third quarter and methodically moved down the field.  Quarterback C.J. Brown orchestrated a 17-play drive that ate up 7:40 of the second half culminating with a two-yard touchdown pass to Dave Stinebaugh, giving the Terrapins a 20-17 early in the fourth quarter.

“These kids didn’t flinch.  The one thing I like about this group is that it didn’t matter that they went down the field.  The one thing we talked about all week was to go out and play great and they did.  They were not concerned about the scoreboard, they were not concerned about anything else except playing extremely hard.  Being able to respond back from that drive was huge,” noted Holliday.

Maryland’s advantage would be short lived.

On the ensuing drive, Marshall converted a pair of third downs, including a 23-yard pass play from Cato to Craig Wilkins to move down to the Maryland seven yard-line.  Essary Taliaferro put The Herd back in front with a seven-yard touchdown run, giving The Herd a 24-20 advantage it would not relinquish.

The dagger came with 3:42 left to play when Cato found his tight end Gator Hoskins one more time in 2013 for an eight yard touchdown pass to stretch Marshall’s lead to 31-20.

Marshall’s defense took care of the rest.

Maryland’s last-ditch efforts to get back in to the ball game were stifled by a pumped defensive unit.  A.J. Leggett picked off C.J. Brown and with less than two minutes to play, Brown threw three incomplete passes, turning the ball over on downs back to The Herd.

“I told them in pregame, ‘What are you going to talk about when you come back to bowls down the road and talk to our team?’  This senior class is going to be known as the class that got us back to winning championships,” said Holliday.

Marshall got on the scoreboard first with a one-yard touchdown pass to Tommy Shuler in the first quarter.  Cato also found Gator Hoskins for an eight-yard scoring toss and Justin Haig tacked on a 27-yard field goal in the first half.  Meanwhile, Levern Jacobs reeled in a 29-yard touchdown and Brad Craddock connected on a 33-yard field goal.

Marshall finishes the season 10-4, its first 10-win seasons since it won 11 games in 2002.

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  • Keesha

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  • Mountaineer fanatic

    Truly enjoyed the game. Congrats to the Thundering Herd. Great season.
    I also want to thank K. State for beating the garbage out of Michigan. Now they know the Big 12 is a much better conference.

  • Josh

    Great win for Marshall - but honestly, just a good game to watch in general. I wouldn't mind seeing Marshall push for some sort of series with Maryland in the future.

  • justme

    I am not a WVU grad. or fan was just making a point. I doubt WV fans got on here and talked bad about MU after they won the Sugar,Orange and Fiesta Bowls.Just thought it was strange that a Herd victory turned into WV bashing and wondered why. As to the post I did not put a lot of effort into it cause I knew people with the name like Heywoooood would be reading it! This is why I don't waste time with this cause you can't fix stupid . i.e. Big Larry


    MARSHALL beat Maryland by 11 points; great job go to the HERD, and Doc and his staff, and their super fans. The same Maryland team that beat WVU 37-0.

  • Big Larry

    Marshall has almost everyone coming back and should be a pre season top 25 team. They could easily go undefeated.

    WVU on the other hand, will be hard pressed to win 4 games next year under the direction of Dana "The Man in Black" Holgorsen.

    WVU's first game against Alabama will be a beat down of Epic proportions and will set the tone for the rest of the season.

    You can hate the messenger, but don't hate the message because it is starring you right in the face...

    • I'm honest at least

      All wrong we all got the message and didn't need your help little larry. Its pretty clear we all MU and WVU dislike you and your thoughts..

  • Kevin

    I'm surprised doc is not getting offers from bcs conference schools


    Congrat's to Marshall

  • DB

    I miss WVU playing Marshall and Pitt already.

  • Duck

    Great game, Herd, and a great season! I'm a proud West Virginian, and you guys are my second-favorite team. (I'm WVU all the way--two-time graduate, employee for 30 years, attending games since the time of Braxton and Buggs--but we sucked this year and you would have beaten the crap out of us!)

  • shipbldrmtneer

    Great job Marshall. I like your new billboard.

  • RB

    Congratulation Marshall! Way to coach Doc. Here hoping next season is even better!

  • susanf1218

    Congratulations to the Marshall Thundering Herd!

  • Grant

    Proud WVU Alumni and football season ticket holder. Congratulations to Marshall for their bowl win and great season.

  • Bill Hill

    Way to go, Marshall Thunder Herd.