Military Bowl 2013 final score: Marshall stomps Maryland, 31-20

Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Marshall picked up its 10th win of the season on Friday afternoon with an impressive showing against Maryland. Rakeem Cato had a huge game, throwing for 337 yards and three touchdowns.

Marshall won the 2013 Military Bowl on Friday afternoon at Navy Memorial Stadium by a score of 31-20 over Maryland. The victory gives the Thundering Herd their first 10-win season since 2002.

The game was close throughout. Behind a couple of early Rakeem Cato touchdown passes, Marshall took a 17-13 lead into halftime. The score held throughout the third quarter, and then a C.J. Brown touchdown pass to Dave Stinebaugh gave the Terrapins a 20-17 lead in the opening minute of the fourth quarter.

With the momentum shifting to Maryland's side, Cato orchestrated a 63-yard drive that was capped off with a Essray Taliaferro touchdown run to give the Thundering Herd the lead once again. Cato then connected with Gator Hoskins in the back of the end zone with 3:42 remaining to make the score 31-20.

Maryland still had a chance to make a comeback, but an errant pass was intercepted by A.J. Leggett to put the nail in the Terps' coffin.

Box Score Hero:

Rakeem Cato: 28/44, 337 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT

Gator Hoskins: 6 receptions, 104 yards, 2 TD

Rankings Ramifications: Neither team came in ranked, and while it was a nice win by Marshall to close out the season, it likely won't be enough to move the Thundering Herd into the top 25 to close out the season.

But Did They Cover? Marshall came in as a three-point favorite on most betting sites and covered the spread. The two teams also came up short of the 65-point over/under line.

For More On This Game: For more on Terps football, visit Maryland community Testudo Times, plus Big Ten community Off Tackle Empire.

More from SB Nation college football:

Bowl season TV schedule, with scores and recaps along the way

Modern Hate: Four huge, behind-the-scenes stories on college football rivalries

The big, beautiful SB Nation All-America Team

College football news | Bill O’Brien could leave Penn State for NFL

Long CFB reads | The death of a college football player

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.