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Rakeem Cato’s 3 TDs lead Marshall past Big Ten-bound Maryland in Military Bowl

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Marshall has struggled at times when playing away from home this season, but the Thundering Herd put together a fine performance in a neutral site game by definition only. Rakeem Cato passed for 337 yards and three touchdowns to lead Marshall to a 31-20 Military Bowl victory over Maryland in Annapolis Friday afternoon.

Gator Hoskins led Marshall with 104 receiving yards and two touchdowns, but Maryland’s Brandon Ross led all players with 116 yards in a losing effort. In what had been a bit of a back-and-forth game for most of the afternoon, Marshall pulled away with a go-ahead touchdown run by Essray Taliaferro early in the fourth quarter, after Maryland had completed a 99-yard touchdown drive to take a 20-17 lead. Cato’s third touchdown pass of the game padded the lead later in the fourth quarter as the Terps were forced to punt twice and had another drive in the fourth quarter end with an intercepted pass thrown by C.J. Brown. Maryland was held to just two third down conversions out of 14.

This was the third straight bow victory for Marshall, although that bowl winning streak spans over five seasons. The Thundering Herd will head in to 2014 hoping for one more year with Cato at the helm. If he does return, Marshall should once again be considered one of the favorites in Conference USA.

Maryland has now played their final game as a member of the ACC. Now the football program will begin to make the transition to the Big Ten. Maryland officially becomes a full member of the Big Ten in the summer of 2014 and begins Big Ten play in football next season in the same division as Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and fellow Big Ten newcomer Rutgers.

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12 Responses to “Rakeem Cato’s 3 TDs lead Marshall past Big Ten-bound Maryland in Military Bowl”
  1. jyoung1891 says: Dec 27, 2013 6:17 PM

    And the final score was…….. ?

  2. classyjacklambert says: Dec 27, 2013 6:18 PM

    Good riddance Maryland. They will be a ten win team in the B1G next year.

  3. jrs45 says: Dec 27, 2013 6:25 PM

    Maryland blows in football….they’ll be awful in the B1G also!

  4. rockthered1286 says: Dec 27, 2013 6:29 PM

    I still cannot shake the feeling that the Terps conditioning is seriously questionable. Last year losing 3 QB’s to knee injuries. This year losing your top 2 corners, then your top 2 wideouts and a starting LB? Injuries have piled up since Edsall took the reigns and I’m having a hard time believing its just bad luck.

  5. longtallsam says: Dec 27, 2013 6:35 PM

    It has always bugged me to read an article on a game, and the score isn’t mentioned in the first paragraph. But to not mention it in the entire article is really bad.

    It looks like Maryland will fit right in, in the Big 10.

  6. mdp44 says: Dec 27, 2013 6:47 PM

    Doc Holliday, love the coaches name

  7. northstarnic says: Dec 27, 2013 6:48 PM

    So there’s going to be 6 teams in the big 10 next year? Weird.

  8. normtide says: Dec 27, 2013 7:16 PM

    Looks like the terps are going to fit right in the b1g, losing their bowl game and all.

  9. hor2012 says: Dec 27, 2013 8:59 PM

    So what was the final score?

  10. youcantmakemepickausername says: Dec 27, 2013 10:09 PM

    Of course, the headline could also read “Current ACC team loses to Conference USA team”.

  11. watermelon1 says: Dec 28, 2013 3:17 AM

    Remember when Ralph was still the coach and the TERPS football team looked like they were going places?

    Yeah, awesome decision AD!

  12. pastabelly says: Dec 28, 2013 8:50 AM

    The sad thing about Maryland leaving the ACC is that nobody really cares. Once upon a time, it might have been a big deal to UVA, but VA Tech is their real rival. Still, this move should not have happened, but for mismanagement of finances by the Maryland AD and university. It forced them to scramble for dollars. Good luck to Maryland, but this is not something they wanted or the ACC wanted. It has a similar feel to BC leaving the BE. The only difference is that BC understood the BE was falling apart because of the basketball football divide.

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