Terps headed to the Military Bowl to face Marshall

December 8, 2013

(Associated Press)

UPDATE (8:49 p.m.): Both Maryland and the Military Bowl made it official, announcing the in separate press releases. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. and it will be televised nationally on ESPN.

“We are looking forward to a first-rate matchup,” Military Bowl president and executive director Steve Beck said in the release. “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.”

The original post is below. Check back later for updates after the scheduled teleconferences.

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The Maryland football team will return to the Military Bowl for the second time in four seasons, staying in-state for its first postseason trip under Coach Randy Edsall, an individual with knowledge of the situation said. The widely held assumption that the Terrapins would play in Annapolis on Dec. 27 is expected to be made official with a formal announcement on Sunday night.

Maryland finished the regular season at 7-5 overall, one more victory than Edsall aggregated during his first two seasons, and 3-5 in the ACC. Unlike in 2010, when an eight-win Terps team under Ralph Friedgen plummeted down the bowl selection process and also wound up headed to the Military Bowl, this one will feel like less of a disappointment in College Park. For a cash-strapped athletics department, this means it won’t have to make personnel cuts — like keeping home band members or cheer leaders for the trip — in order to break even. For the team, it provides an opportunity to remain in-state, where fans can migrate a half-hour’s drive from campus to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for the game.

There the Terps will face Marshall, which lost in the Conference USA championship game by 17 points to Rice but enters at 9-4. The Thundering Herd boast the Football Bowl Subdivision’s seventh-best scoring offense (43.0 points per game) and 34th best scoring defense (23.2 points per game). They share two common opponents with Maryland, having lost to Virginia Tech in triple overtime and crushing Florida International. The Terps gained bowl eligibility by topping the Hokies in overtime at Lane Stadium and opened their season by similarly routing the Panthers.

More to come. Separate teleconferences with Military Bowl officials and Edsall are expected Sunday night.

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.
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