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Maryland wraps season against Marshall Friday in Military Bowl

Posted on 26 December 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland football team makes its first bowl appearance since playing in the 2010 Military Bowl when the Terps take on the Marshall Thundering Herd for the first time in program history in the 2013 Military Bowl. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Friday from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md., and will mark Maryland’s 25th all-time bowl appearance. The Terps are 11-11-2 all-time in bowl games and have won five of their past six including a 51-20 victory over East Carolina in the 2010 edition of the Military Bowl at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.

LIVE Coverage on ESPN & the Terrapin Sports Radio Network
• Friday’s game will be broadcast on ESPN at 2:30 p.m. Mike Patrick (pbp), Ed Cunningham (color) and Jeannine Edwards (sideline) will call the action. It can also be heard on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (pbp), Tim Strachan (color) and Scott McBrien (sideline) have the call. The game can also be heard on Sirius Radio Channel 91 and XM Radio Channel 91, as well as over the internet at www.umterps.com.

First-and-10

• Maryland eclipsed the 40-point plateau for the third time this season in a 41-21 victory over NC State in the Terps’ regular-season finale in Raleigh on Nov. 30. The Terrapin offense racked up 432 yards of total offense, the fifth-highest total in a game this season and the second-highest in an ACC game (468; Virginia, 10/12). The Terps scored 34 points in the first half, the most since scoring 40 in the first half against FIU in the season opener on Aug. 31 and the most in the first half of an ACC contest since scoring 34 at NC State on Nov. 26, 2011. The Terps finished with 41 points as well in that contest, which is the last time Maryland scored 40 or more points in a conference game.

• With 432 yards of total offense against the Wolfpack, Maryland increased its total offensive yards for the season to 4,769, which is the seventh-highest total in school history. The majority of the yards have come through the air. For only the fourth time in school history, Maryland has passed for 3,000 or more yards. The Terrapins currently sit at 3,034 passing yards, the fourth-highest total in program history. The program record was set in 1993 when Maryland threw for 3,823 yards.

• Quarterback C.J. Brown has been the offensive catalyst through 12 games. Against the Wolfpack, Brown accounted for five Maryland touchdowns (3 rush, 2 pass) for the second time this season and carried the ball for a season-high 138 yards and threw for 259. Brown accounted for five touchdowns in the season opener against FIU (8/31). The last Maryland quarterback to account for more touchdowns in a game was Scott McBrien, who was responsible for six against North Carolina on Nov. 1, 2003. Brown’s three scores on the ground are the most for a Terp since D.J. Adams had four against East Carolina in the 2010 Military Bowl and his 138 yards on the ground is the third-best rushing performance by a Maryland quarterback all-time. The senior signal caller now has five of the top-10 rushing performances for a QB in school history.

• With injuries to wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Deon Long, the Terps’ depth has been tested at the position. Amba Etta-Tawo has stepped up since the duo suffered season-ending injuries at Wake Forest (10/19). Etta-Tawo has totaled over 100 yards receiving twice, is averaging a team-best 84.0 receiving yards in the last four contests, and is averaging a team-high 18.7 yards per reception in the last four. Etta-Tawo had a game-high 101 yards receiving against the Wolfpack on four catches. Over that same span, Nigel King leads the squad with two touchdown receptions, while Levern Jacobs has a team-best 19 catches.

• A constant theme on defense throughout the season has been Maryland’s ability to pressure opposing quarterbacks and attack runners in the backfield. The Terps tallied six sacks against the Wolfpack and have recorded 17 over the last five games of the season. Maryland ranks second in the ACC and is tied for 10th nationally averaging 3.00 pg. The Terps’ 36 sacks are the most by a Terrapin team since 2002 when the team had 37. The unit is led by linebacker Marcus Whitfield who is tied for fifth in the conference with 9.0 sacks. Defensive lineman Andre Monroe is tied for ninth with 8.5. As a team, the Terps are also averaging 8.0 TFL per game, which is second in the ACC and sixth in the nation.

• Three Terps received All-ACC recognition at the end of the regular season. Linebackers Cole Farrand and Marcus Whitfield, and wide receiver Stefon Diggs were named honorable mention All-ACC members by the media, while Whitfield and Diggs were also selected by the coaches as honorable mention members.

• For the second consecutive season, Maryland needed to shuffle its starting lineup multiple times throughout the season primarily because of injury. The defense was hit the hardest. The unit lost 27 starts to injury and if impactful linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil is included, the total increases to 33. On the other side of the ball, the offense lost 14 starts over the course of the year.

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Bovada establishes Maryland as three point underdogs in Military Bowl

Posted on 17 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).

 

NCAA 2013-2014 Bowl Season Special – Who will be the next Head Coach of the Texas Longhorns?           

Charlie Strong                           2/1

Art Briles                                   9/2

James Franklin                          5/1

Mike Gundy                              7/1

Bill O’Brien                                15/2

Chip Kelly                                 10/1

David Shaw                              10/1

Jim Mora                                  10/1

Jimbo Fisher                             15/1

Jim Harbaugh                            20/1

Mike Tomlin                              20/1

 

Bowl Props

NCAA 2013-2014 Bowl Season – Total Wins – ACC          

Over/Under                               4½

 

NCAA 2013-2014 Bowl Season – Total Wins – Big 12       

Over/Under                               2½

 

NCAA 2013-2014 Bowl Season – Total Wins – Big Ten      

Over/Under                               2½

 

NCAA 2013-2014 Bowl Season – Total Wins – PAC-12     

Over/Under                               6

 

NCAA 2013-2014 Bowl Season – Total Wins – SEC          

Over/Under                               6½

 

2013-2014 Bowl Season – Most Points Scored in a Bowl Game by 1 team 

Over/Under                               62½

 

2013-2014 Bowl Season – Total Bowl Games that go to Overtime?

Over/Under                               1½

 

2013-2014 Bowl Season – Largest Margin of Victory in a Bowl Game         

Over/Under                               30½

 

NCAA 2013-2014 Bowl Season – Most Passing Yards in a Bowl Game      

Over/Under                               524½

 

NCAA 2013-2014 Bowl Season – Most Rushing Yards in a Bowl Game      

Over/Under                               249½

 

NCAA 2013-2014 Bowl Season – Most Receiving Yards in a Bowl Game    

Over/Under                               200½

 

Updated Lines for Each Bowl

NEW MEXICO BOWL @ University Stadium – Albuquerque, NM                      

Colorado State              +4½

Washington State          -4½

 

LAS VEGAS BOWL @ Sam Boyd Stadium – Las Vegas, NV                 

USC                             -6

Fresno State                 +6

 

FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL @ Bronco Stadium – Boise, ID

Buffalo U                      Pick

San Diego State            Pick

 

BEEF O’BRADY’S BOWL @ Tropicana Field – St.Petersburg, FL

Ohio                             +14

East Carolina                -14

 

HAWAII BOWL @ Aloha Stadium – Honolulu, HI                      

Oregon State                -3

Boise State                   +3

 

LITTLE CAESARS BOWL @ Ford Field – Detroit, MI

Pittsburgh                     +6

Bowling Green               -6

 

POINSETTIA BOWL @ Qualcomm Stadium – San Diego, CA               

Utah State                     +1½

Northern Illinois             -1½

 

MILITARY BOWL @ Navy – Marine Corp Memorial Stadium – Annapolis, MD               

Marshall                        -3

Maryland                       +3

 

TEXAS BOWL @ Reliant Stadium – Houston, TX                     

Syracuse                      +4½

Minnesota                     -4½

 

FIGHT HUNGER BOWL @ AT&T Park – San Francisco, CA                  

Washington                   -3

BYU                             +3

 

PINSTRIPE BOWL @ Yankee Stadium – Bronx, NY                  

Rutgers                         +15½

Notre Dame                  -15½

 

BELK BOWL @ Bank of America Stadium – Charlotte, NC                   

Cincinnati                      +3

North Carolina               -3

 

RUSSELL ATHLETIC BOWL @ Florida Citrus Bowl – Orlando, FL                   

Miami (Florida)              +3

Louisville                      -3

 

BUFFALO WILD WINGS BOWL @ Sun Devil Stadium – Tempe, AZ                  

Michigan                       +3½

Kansas State                -3½

 

ARMED FORCES BOWL @ Amon G. Carter Stadium – Fort Worth, TX                         

Middle Tenn State         +6

Navy                             -6

 

MUSIC CITY BOWL @ LP Field – Nashville, TN                        

Mississippi                   -3

Georgia Tech                +3

 

ALAMO BOWL @ Alamodome – San Antonio, TX                    

Texas                           +14

Oregon                         -14

 

HOLIDAY BOWL @ Qualcomm Stadium – San Diego, CA                    

Texas Tech                   +14

Arizona State                -14

 

ADVOCARE V100 BOWL @ Independence Stadium – Shreveport, LA              

Boston College             +7½

Arizona                         -7½

 

SUN BOWL @ Sun Bowl – El Paso, TX                        

Virginia Tech                 +7½

UCLA                            -7½

 

LIBERTY BOWL @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium – Memphis, TN                 

Mississippi State           -7

Rice                              +7

 

CHICK FIL-A BOWL @ Georgia Dome – Atlanta, GA                 

Duke                            +12½

Texas A&M                   -12½

 

GATOR BOWL @ Everbank Field – Jacksonville, FL

Nebraska                      +9

Georgia                        -9

 

HEART OF DALLAS BOWL @ Cotton Bowl – Dallas, TX                       

UNLV                            +6½

North Texas                  -6½

 

CAPITAL ONE BOWL @ Florida Citrus Bowl – Orlando, FL

Wisconsin                     Pick

South Carolina              Pick

 

OUTBACK BOWL @ Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, FL                

Iowa                             +7½

LSU                              -7½

 

ROSE BOWL @ Rose Bowl – Pasadena, CA                 

Michigan State              +4½

Stanford                       -4½

 

FIESTA BOWL @ University of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale, AZ                     

Central Florida               +17

Baylor                           -17

 

SUGAR BOWL @ Superdome – New Orleans, LA                     

Oklahoma                     +15

Alabama                       -15

 

COTTON BOWL @ Cowboys Stadium – Arlington, TX

Oklahoma State            +1

Missouri                        -1

 

ORANGE BOWL @ Sun Life Stadium – Miami, FL

Clemson                       +3

Ohio State                    -3

 

COMPASS BOWL @ Legion Field – Birmingham, AL               

Houston                        +3

Vanderbilt                     -3

 

GO DADDY.COM BOWL @ Ladd Pebbles Stadium – Mobile, AL

Arkansas State              +9

Ball State                      -9

 

BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME @ Rose Bowl – Pasadena, CA            

Auburn                          +8½

Florida State                 -8½

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Edsall, Marshall coach Holliday bring history to Military Bowl

Posted on 13 December 2013 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Maryland head football coach Randy Edsall joined president & executive director of the Military Bowl Steve Beck, and Marshall head coach Doc Holliday for a press conference at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md., on Thursday in preparation for the 2013 Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman.

The Terps and Thundering Herd are scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Friday, Dec. 27.

“It’s a pleasure for the University of Maryland and our football program to be a part of the Military Bowl,” said Edsall. “Our players, when they found out we were coming here, they were very excited about the opportunity that they were going to have to play another game, play it here at Navy-Marine Corps [Memorial] Stadium, here in the City of Annapolis, and also be able to have their family and their friends not have to travel far to see them play.”

Despite it being the first all-time matchup between Maryland and Marshall, Edsall and Holliday have history as both coaches have faced each other on the field and on the recruiting trail. With that experience in mind, Edsall expects a stiff challenge from Holliday’s Herd.

“And you know, I’m excited from the standpoint that I get a chance to be around Doc again for a while,” said Edsall. “We kind of cut our roots together in the coaching profession as assistants, and spending a lot of time on the road down in Florida, and recruiting. I know we have a tremendous challenge in front of us playing against his team, and you watch them on film and you just see a team that is very athletic, very fast and they’re well coached. I wouldn’t expect anything less from a Doc Holliday Team.”

“Believe it or not I’ve had the opportunity to play Maryland 27 times in my career,” said Holliday. “I’ve been on the sideline 27 times against them, I’ve got great, great respect for their program. They’ve got tremendous athletes. Randy being the coach there, they’re going to be very well-coached, they’re going to be extremely physical, and they’ll get after us and they’ve got really good players.”

With a stiff test from Marshall on the horizon, Edsall still views the trip to the Military Bowl as reward for the team’s hard work and is happy for the team.

“I feel great for our kids,” said Edsall. “I have been able to experience bowls in a lot of different place. For some of our players, it will be their first experience. That’s what you do it for. You do it for them. It’s a reward for their hard work and perseverance they put in.”

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Edsall expects significant local support at Military Bowl

Posted on 08 December 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

Head Coach Randy Edsall

 

Opening Statement:

 

“I’d just like to thank the Military Bowl for extending the invitation to our program. Our players are very excited about the opportunity to play Marshall University and play a game that’s going to benefit the USO. We appreciate everything our military does for us and to be able to play in a game that supports those endeavors is something very special for us.”

 

On if the team expected an invitation from the Military Bowl:

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“It’s one of those things where we’re very excited to get the opportunity to play in the Military Bowl. One of the things we’ve talked about is Maryland Pride and we get a chance to play in our state capital. It just continues along the lines with what we’ve tried to do since last spring, taking our team into the community and holding scrimmages in Baltimore and in Frederick. Now what we hope is that we get all of our fans to come out and support us and be part of the great game day action that’s going to be taking place in Annapolis. For us to be able to get back and to play in Annapolis will be great. We haven’t played there since 1965. Again, it being close to home, it allows us to play in front of our recruiting base. We’ll be playing on national TV. It’s great for our player’s parents and families to be out in full force to watch us play. We want everyone to come out and support the bowl and support our kids and to continue the Maryland Pride and make it a really big home field advantage as we take on Marshall.”

 

On creating a bowl experience for the players locally:

 

“We’re going to make sure our players have a good time. This is a reward for them and the hard work they’ve put forth last winter, the spring, summer and during the season. All the things that they had to overcome to get us to this point. I’ve had enough experience with bowls that we’re going to work, but we’re also going to take advantage of the sights that we have here in this area that some of our kids have never had the opportunity to visit or be a part of. It’s going to be a great experience for them, but as I told the players; they’ll be plenty of time for them to enjoy themselves before we practice and practice hard and with a purpose. We’re working to try to get win number eight. Again, we’ll balance practice with them being able to enjoy the festivities that surround the Military Bowl.”

 

On Marshall head coach Doc Holliday

 

“I’ve known Doc for many, many years. We came up through the coaching ranks as assistants. When he was at WVU and I was at Syracuse, we both recruited down in the state of Florida and spent a lot of time together. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Doc as a football coach and as a person. You can see that he has his team playing very well. He’s got his program going where he wants it to go. I know it’s going to be a tremendous challenge for us. When you take a look at what they’ve done. They’ve had a great year and congratulations to them. They played in their conference championship game. They’re a talented football team that is pretty well coached. They’re averaging 43 points per game and only giving up 23 and they’re averaging 502 yards per game and only giving up 364; they’re very talented on both sides of the ball. This is what you’d expect out of a Doc Holliday team.”

 

On fan support at the Military Bowl:

 

“I think the fanbase will come out and support us. When you take a look at our team and how we finished. We came on strong there at the end winning two out of the last three and having a heartbreaker in the Boston College game. Our guys are healthy again. It’s an opportunity for our fans to come out and support us and watch us play. It’s the last ACC appearance for us. When this is over, we move onto the Big Ten and we hope that people will be a part of that. It leads us into a different chapter in University of Maryland athletics. To have the people come out would mean a lot to our players. To have a big home crowd would certainly enhance our opportunity against Marshall.”

 

On getting to experience the military aspect of the bowl game:

 

“I think it’s very important. That’s something we will talk about with our team, about how grateful we are for everything the military does for us to give us the freedom that we have here. Anytime you can do something that benefits our armed forces and the people that serve our country is a tremendous opportunity. Looking forward to having all those military families come and enjoy the game and to get a chance to visit with them as much as we can. I know that our young men and our institution really appreciate what they do to keep us safe and give us the opportunities that we have here in the United States of America.”

 

On Marshall’s offense:

“When you take a look at the quarterback, I think it all starts with Rakeem Cato. He’s the guy that stirs the drink in terms of 60 percent completion percentage, 36 touchdowns and only nine interceptions. Then you see a 1,000-yard rusher in [Eassray] Taliaferro. You see a guy like Tommy Shuler with 97 catches and Gator Hoskins with 44, Devon Smith with 34 and Craig Wilkins with 29. You see a well-balanced offense. We you see a team that’s rushed for 3,000 yards and passed for 3,700 yards; that’s pretty good balance. Then you see a defense that gets turnovers and is very athletic and runs to the ball. You see a team that plays hard. Again, it all starts with the quarterback on offense and his ability to distribute the ball and do the things they need him to do in terms of beating the number of people in the box.”

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On how sharing Virginia Tech as a common opponent helps game preparation:

 

“We’re a different than Virginia Tech. It just kind of gives you a familiarity from a personnel standpoint of what we know what Virginia Tech is and what they do.  Marshall very easily could have won that game. It went to triple overtime and we beat Virginia Tech in overtime on Blacksburg.  It tells you that Marshall is a very good football team and has a very good football program. I think that’s what you gain from it. We don’t play the same style of offense or defense that Virginia Tech does, but we know how tough Virginia Tech is and for Marshall to play them the way they did and then to see all the high scoring games Marshall had. It gives us an opportunity to understand that Marshall is a very good football team.”

 

On Marshall’s defense:

“Again, I wasn’t really studying Marshall, but I was just really impressed with the speed and athleticism on defense that we saw on that tape.”

 

– Maryland –

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Terps head to Annapolis for first bowl game of Edsall era

Posted on 08 December 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland football team will make its first bowl appearance since 2010 and its first under head coach Randy Edsall on Friday, Dec. 27 when the Terps take on Marshall in the Military Bowl presented by Northrup Grumman in Annapolis, Md., president and executive director of the Military Bowl Steve Beck announced on Sunday.

 

The game is scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff from Navy-Marine Corps Stadium and will be televised nationally on ESPN. It is the first year the bowl will be played at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium after being held at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., the past five years.

 

With a 41-21 victory over NC State on Nov. 30 to close the regular season, the Terps improved to 7-5 and will look for its eighth win for the first time since 2010, when Maryland finished 9-4 and capped its season with a 51-20 victory over East Carolina in the Military Bowl.

 

Maryland’s matchup with Marshall will be its 25th all-time bowl appearance and second in the Military Bowl. The Terps are 11-11-2 all-time in bowl games and have won five of their past six.

 

For the Terps, it is their fifth bowl appearance in the last eight seasons and will be their first matchup all-time with the Thundering Herd.

 

Marshall (9-4), which won the Conference USA East Division title, faced two opponents that appeared on Maryland’ schedule this season. The Herd lost 29-21 to Virginia Tech in triple overtime on Sept. 21, and defeated FIU, 48-10, on Nov. 23.

 

The Thundering Herd is led by quarterback Rakeem Cato, who ranks second in Conference USA in passing (275.3 ypg) and total offense (296.8 ypg). Cato has thrown for 36 touchdowns this season, which is the most in C-USA and tied for third nationally.

 

Offensively, Marshall is averaging a Conference USA-best 43.0 points per game, the seventh-highest total nationally, and is averaging a league-high 502.3 yards per game of total offense.

 

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Maryland accepts bid to face Marshall in Military Bowl

Posted on 08 December 2013 by WNST Staff

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND ACCEPTS BID TO THE 2013 MILITARY BOWL PRESENTED BY NORTHROP GRUMMAN

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman, benefiting the USO, tonight announced that the University of Maryland has accepted an invitation to play in this year’s game. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. EST on Dec. 27 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.

The Terrapins (7-5) will play Conference USA East Division champion Marshall (9-4).

It will be the first meeting between the teams.

“We are looking forward to a first-rate matchup,” Military Bowl President & Executive Director Steve Beck said. “Maryland has built plenty of momentum and finished this season strong, while Marshall features a high-powered offense. We’re excited about this game being one of our best ever.”

This will be the fifth bowl appearance in the past eight seasons for the Terrapins, whose last bowl game was a 51-20 victory in the 2010 Military Bowl. Maryland played one opponent from Conference USA this season, beating Florida International, 43-10, in its season opener.

Led by dynamic quarterback C.J. Brown, Maryland started this season 4-0 and entered the national rankings for the first time under third-year coach Randy Edsall. The Terrapins closed strong down the stretch, posting road victories at Virginia Tech and North Carolina State.

Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato guided an offense that averaged 43 points per game this season. This will be the Thundering Herd’s second game this season against an opponent from the Atlantic Coast Conference. Marshall lost to Virginia Tech, 29-21 in triple overtime, on Sept. 21.

In its sixth year, the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman brings the excitement of postseason football to the Washington, D.C., area while also supporting the USO and our nation’s military personnel. Once again, the Military Bowl this year will donate at least $100,000 to the USO and provide complimentary tickets for active-duty military personnel and their families.

Tickets for the Military Bowl are on sale now at militarybowl.org, with prices starting at $20.

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Marshall accepts bid to Military Bowl in Annapolis

Posted on 07 December 2013 by WNST Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman, benefiting the USO, today announced that Marshall University has accepted an invitation to play in this year’s game. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. EST on Dec. 27 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have the Thundering Herd travel to the National Capital Region,” Military Bowl President & Executive Director Steve Beck said. “As evidenced on the field this season, Marshall has a terrific team and we are sure their fans will enjoy our hospitality.”

Marshall (9-4) won the Conference USA East Division title.

The Thundering Herd, which includes 10 players from the Washington area on its roster, will play a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference. It will be Marshall’s second game this season against an ACC opponent; the Thundering Herd lost to Virginia Tech, 29-21 in triple overtime, on September 21. The ACC representative in the Military Bowl will be announcedSunday.

Marshall won seven of its final eight regular season games, the only loss coming on a last-play touchdown. The Thundering Herd’s high-powered offense, led by junior quarterback Rakeem Cato, led Conference USA in scoring (44.6 points per game) and total yardage (513.2 per game) during the regular season. Senior Gator Hoskins led all tight ends nationally with 13 touchdown catches. On defense, Marshall made the biggest year-to-year improvement nationally, allowing 21.4 fewer points per game this season.

This will be the Thundering Herd’s 11th bowl appearance, but first appearance in the Military Bowl. Marshall is 7-3 all-time in bowl games.

In its sixth year, the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman brings the excitement of postseason football to the Washington, D.C., area while also supporting the USO and our nation’s military personnel. Once again, the Military Bowl this year will donate at least $100,000 to the USO and provide complimentary tickets for active-duty military personnel and their families.

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