IRVING Texas — Conference USA Football Champion Rice leads six teams into bowl games, joined in the postseason by East Carolina, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, North Texas and Tulane.
Rice will play in the 55th annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl at 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31 in Memphis, Tenn. The Owls will be making their first appearance in the Liberty Bowl as they make back-to-back bowl appearances for the first time since 1960-61 after winning last year's Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. Rice will meet SEC member Mississippi State in the game.
Marshall returns to the postseason for the second time in three years as the Thundering Herd will play in the Military Bowl in Annapolis, Md. Marshall is scheduled to play Maryland from the ACC on Friday, Dec. 27. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
East Carolina will play postseason football for the seventh time in eight seasons when it plays in the Beef `O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl on Monday, Dec. 23, at 2 p.m. The Pirates will play Mid-American Conference member Ohio. It will be ECU's first appearance in St. Petersburg.
WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman, benefiting the USO, announced Sunday 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 and C-USA Championship game finalist 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.
HUNTINGTON – Marshall’s football team didn’t get what it wanted on Saturday afternoon … but the Military Bowl certainly did.
In the minutes after a 41-24 Conference USA Championship Game loss at Rice, the Herd accepted a berth in the Dec. 27 Military Bowl, a 2:30 p.m. postseason game that really wanted the Herd a year ago.
HOUSTON – The early week controversy and Marshall’s kelly green rancor over the site of the 2013 Conference USA Championship football game was no factor here Saturday.
Not only did Rice play host to the game, but the Owls also played at another level.
No tiebreaker was needed on this windy, cold day, as the C-USA West Division champs scored on their first two possessions, and rolled past the Thundering Herd, 41-24, at Rice Stadium.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The road continues to be an adventure for the Marshall men’s basketball team, and the Thundering Herd fell to Penn State, 90-77, Saturday at Bryce Jordan Center.
With the win, Penn State improves to 7-3, while the Thundering Herd falls to 4-5 on the year, 0-4 on the road in 2013-14.
Freshman guard Kareem Canty had a career high 28 points against the Nittany Lions, shooting 10-of-19 shooting from the field, 5-of-8 from three and 3-of-5 from the line, leading the Herd with 39 minutes played.
As a team, the Herd went 26-of-66 from the field for 39.4 percent, and even better 45 percent from three, 9-for-20.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman, will include the Marshall Thundering Herd on Dec. 27 at 2:30 p.m. at 34,000-seat Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland.
Marshall accepted the invitation right after the conclusion of the Conference USA Championship in Houston, Texas on Dec. 7.
The Thundering Herd, C-USA East Division champs at 7-1 and 9-4 on the season, will face an Atlantic Coast Conference team in the six year old bowl, presumed to be the nearby Maryland Terrapins. ACC bowls will be made on Sunday.
“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.
The Thundering Herd has 10 players from the Washington area on its roster.