UPDATE 12/21/11 @ 1:03 a.m.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Rakeem Cato threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns to help Marshall beat Florida International 20-10 in the Beef `O'Brady's Bowl on Tuesday night.
Tyler Warner kicked a pair of field goals and Cato threw TD
passes of 31 and 35 yards to Aaron Dobson, the latter putting the game away in the closing seconds. Warner's 39-yard field goal set up by a blocked punt snapped a 10-10 tie with 5:16 remaining.
Marshall (7-6) overcame a slow start to win five of its last
seven games and avoid a losing record in its second season under coach Doc Holliday.
FIU (8-5) was denied a school-record ninth victory amid
speculation that coach Mario Cristobal may be a leading candidate to fill a job opening at Pittsburgh.
UPDATE 12/20/11 @ 11:35 p.m.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WSAZ) – The Marshall University Thundering Herd football team has captured the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl.
Marshall beat the Florida International Golden Panthers 20-10. The game wrapped up just after 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.
WSAZ Sports Director Keith Morehouse is in St. Petersburg and closely following this developing story.
Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.
The Golden Panthers have won a program-best eight games this season and face Marshall in the Beef `O' Brady's Bowl on Tuesday night.
The postseason appearance is the second in school history for
FIU (8-4), which is only in its seventh season in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Coach Mario Cristobal not only proud of beating Toledo in last year's Little Caesars Bowl, but of having the best record among FBS programs in the Sunshine State in 2011.
That includes the tradition-rich Big Three of Florida, Florida
State and Miami, as well as South Florida and Central Florida.