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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP and UMTerps.com) - Rakeem Cato threw for 337 yards and three touchdowns, and Marshall used two fourth-quarter scores to rally past Maryland 31-20 Friday in the Military Bowl.
The Thundering Herd (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.
Cato completed 28 of 44 passes - with no interceptions - to help Marshall reach double digits in wins for the first time since 2002. The Thundering Herd came in averaging 43 points per game, but its underappreciated defense played a huge role in this one.
Maryland (7-6) scored only one touchdown after halftime, and A.J. Leggett followed Cato's final TD pass with an interception to set off a celebration among the huge gathering of Marshall fans among the crowd of 30,163.
For the Terps, quarterback C.J. Brown threw for 197 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 38 yards to become Maryland's single-season rushing leader for quarterbacks with 576 yards surpassing his mark from 2011 (574).
Running back Brandon Ross rushed for 116 yards on 20 carries eclipsing the 100-yard mark for the second time this season and fourth time in his career. Wide receiver Levern Jacobs had seven catches for 100 yards and a touchdown.