MARYLAND HAD JUST marched 99 yards to take a fourth-quarter lead, and it was up to Marshall to either respond or succumb.
"These kids never flinched," coach Doc Holliday said. "The one thing I like about this group is that it didn't matter."
With standout quarterback Rakeem Cato leading the way, the Thundering Herd scored two touchdowns in the final 12 minutes to pull out a 31-20 victory yesterday over the Terrapins in the Military Bowl in Annapolis, Md.
Cato went 28-for-44 for 337 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions.
Marshall (10-4) trailed, 20-17, before Cato brought them back. After directing a 63-yard march to put Marshall up 24-20 with 12:05 left, Cato clinched it with an 8-yard touchdown throw to Gator Hoskins with 3:42 to play.
Maryland (7-6) scored only one touchdown after halftime.
Brandon Ross rushed for 116 yards for Maryland, and C.J. Brown went 14 for 24 for 197 yards.
Despite the loss, Maryland had its first winning season since 2010.
In another bowl game
* Texas Bowl: Terrel Hunt scrambled 12 yards for a touchdown with 1:14 remaining to lift Syracuse (7-6) to a 21-17 win over Minnesota in Houston. He finished with 188 yards passing, 74 yards rushing and two scores. The Golden Gophers (8-5) got a boost to start the second half when coach Jerry Kill, who has been battling epilepsy, returned to the sideline for the first time since Sept. 28.
* Fresno State receiver Davante Adams will skip his final two seasons of college to enter the NFL draft. Adams caught 233 passes for 3,031 yards and 38 touchdowns in 26 games at Fresno State over the past two seasons. He sat out his first year as a redshirt so he is eligible for the draft.