Military Bowl: Maryland (7-5) vs. Marshall (9-4)
When: Friday, 2:30 p.m.
Site: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis
Radio: 105.7 FM, 980 AM
Series: First meeting
Maryland offense vs. Marshall defense: The Thundering Herd defense surrenders 366.8 yards per game and an average of 23.2 points per game. Marshall took Virginia Tech to triple-overtime, losing 29-21 on Sept. 21. Maryland's offense seemed rejuvenated after quarterback C.J. Brown, who battled various injuries, got healthy. The Terps averaged 31.3 points over their past three games. Brown has accounted for five of the top 10 rushing performances by a quarterback in team history.
Maryland defense vs. Marshall offense: Marshall had won five games in a row — never scoring below 45 points — before losing to Rice in the Conference USA championship game. The Herd possess the leading offense in Conference USA, paced by quarterback Rakeem Cato's 275.3 passing yards per game. But the Marshall has a balanced act. Running back Essray Taliaferro, who is from Washington, rushed for 1,059 yards during the regular season. Maryland will try to counter with pressure. The Terps, who had 17 sacks over the last five games of the regular season, average three per game. Their sack total (36) is the most for a Maryland team since 2002. Linebacker Marcus Whitfield leads with nine.