Dec. 27, 2013
Marshall’s captains – James Rouse, Gator Hoskins, Monterius Lovett, Chris Jasperse and Rakeem Cato – were voted as 2013 season captains by teammates, and also serve as the Military Bowl captains. Cato is a captain for the ninth time this season, with Rouse eight, Jasperse eight, Lovett seven and Hoskins five. For the first 13 games, captains were selected by the coaching staff.
Marshall’s honorary captains for the Military Bowl were retired U.S. Marine and Medal of Honor recipient Hesrchel “Woody” Williams, Marshall “Young Thundering Herd” (1971) coach and former Navy Athletic Director Jack Lengyel, former star Herd quarterback and 10-season NFL veteran Byron Leftwich and Senator Joe Manchin (D.-W.Va.).
With nine receptions in the game, receiver Tommy Shuler (Miami) moved into sole possession of fourth place on the Herd career list with 230 catches. He also passed 1,100 yards for the season, becoming only the third receiver in Herd history with multiple 1,100-yard seasons (Mike Barber with three, Randy Moss with two).
Shuler’s nine receptions give him 106 on the season, making him only the eighth player in major college football history with two 100-catch seasons. Shuler’s 110 catches last season is the school record.
Junior quarterback Rakeem Cato’s (Miami) three touchdown passes extended his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to 32, which leads active FBS quarterbacks. The NCAA record belongs to Russell Wilson (N.C. State and Wisconsin), with 38 from 2009-11.
Cato’s three touchdown passes give him 91 for his MU career, passing Byron Leftwich for second on the Herd career list (Chad Pennington with 115). Cato also tied Chad Pennington’s school record of 39 touchdown passes in a single season (1997).
Cato’s two first-half touchdown passes, from one and eight yards, give him 57 red-zone touchdown passes in his career, with only one interception (Nov. 14, 2013, at Tulsa).
Senior tight end Gator Hoskins’ (Gainesville, Fla.) two touchdown receptions give him 28 for his career, moving him into sole possession of third place on the all-time list (Randy Moss with 54, Darius Watts with 47). Hoskins has 16 touchdown catches in 2013, tying him for fourth place in a single season at Marshall with Troy Brown (1992) (and most for a tight end).
Redshirt senior defensive lineman James Rouse’s (Harrisonburg, Va.) second sack of game (early third quarter) ties the Military bowl game record (tw0 by Kyle Bosworth, UCLA, vs. Temple, 2008).
Running back Essray Taliaferro (Washington, D.C.) reached 81 yards in the game, giving him 1,140 rushing yards this season – the most for a Herd player since Ahmad Bradshaw had 1,523 in 2006. Darius Marshall had 1,131 in 2009.
The Herd’s previous 11 bowl appearances (8-3):
(Year listed in season ended by bowl)
- 1947 – Tangerine Bowl (Orlando, Fla.)
- Catawba (N.C.) 7, Marshall 0
- 1997 – Motor City Bowl (Detroit)
- 1998 – Motor City Bowl (Detroit)
- Marshall 48, Louisville 29
- 1999 – Motor City (Detroit)
- 2000 – Motor City Bowl (Detroit)
- Marshall 25, Cincinnati 14
- 2001 – GMAC Bowl (Mobile, Ala.)
- Marshall 64, East Carolina 61, 2OT
- 2002 – GMAC Bowl (Mobile, Ala.)
- Marshall 38, Louisville 15
- 2004 – Fort Worth Bowl (Fort Worth, Texas)
- Cincinnati 32, Marshall 14
- 2009 – Little Caesars Pizza Bowl (Detroit)
- 2011 – Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
- 2013 Military Bowl (Annapolis, Md.)