Annapolis, MD, United States (4E Sports) – Rakeem Cato threw for 337 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Marshall Thundering Herd past the Maryland Terrapins 31-20 Friday in the Military Bowl at Navy Memorial Stadium.
Marshall (10-4) went up 7-0 with a 37-yard drive that ended with Cato’s 1-yard touchdown pass to Tommy Shuler.
Maryland (7-6) answered with a 29-yard touchdown throw from C.J. Brown to Levern Jacobs, but Marshall regained the lead with an 8-yard touchdown pass from Cato to Gator Hoskins.
After Maryland kicked a field goal, Marshall got one of its own for a 17-10 lead.
Maryland moved 81 yards in 10 plays to set up Brad Craddock for his second field goal and cut Marshall’s lead to 17-13 at halftime.
A 99-yard march by Maryland produced a 2-yard pass from Brown to tight end Dave Stinebaugh, giving Maryland a 20-17 lead with 14:56 left.
Cato directed a 63-yard march to put Marshall up 24-20 with 12:05 left. Cato clinched it with an 8-yard touchdown throw to Hoskins with 3:42 to play.
A.J. Leggett followed Cato’s final TD pass with an interception.
Making its first bowl appearance under third-year coach Randy Edsall, Maryland closed out its association with the Atlantic Coast Conference by falling to the runner-up in Conference USA. Maryland will join the Big Ten next year.
Brandon Ross rushed for 116 yards for Maryland, and Brown went 14 for 24 for 197 yards.