|Written by Mike|
Bet on NCAAFWhile the Marshall Thundering Herd was unable to get their run for a perfect season to work out, the team still capped off a 13-1 record for 2014 with a dominant victory against the Northern Illinois Huskies in the Boca Raton Bowl with a 52-23 victory. This game entailed the Conference USA and MAC champions but Marshall had an -11 line for the game.
The Huskies were only in the lead for fourteen seconds. Drew Hare had a touchdown pass to Juwan Brescacin to start but the Herd's Deandre Reaves had a 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown on the next play.
The Herd would open up the floodgates after that play. While the Huskies were consistently limited to a series of punts and field goal attempts, the Thundering Herb continues to run forward for a 24-13 lead at the half. Rakeem Cato and Devon Johnson both had touchdown runs in the half.
The Huskies pulled off a surprise to start the second half as Tyler Wedel successfully pulled off an onside kick. However, this resulted in a four-and-out for the team. Cato had three more touchdown passes and a touchdown run for the Herd.
Rakeem Cato went 25-37 for the Thundering Herd with three passing touchdowns, two rushing touchdowns and 281 passing yards. Devon Johnson had 131 rushing yards and a touchdown plus Tommy Shuler got 185 receiving yards on eighteen catches with one going for a touchdown.
For Northern Illinois, Drew Hare was 15-27 with 225 passing yards. Christian Hagan was 3-4 on field goals. Two of his field goals were for less than 25 yards as the Herd stopped the Huskies from getting too far through the course.
Marshall's point total was the fourth-highest that the team had all season long. In fact, there were only three games this year where the Thundering Herd failed to score at least forty points. Meanwhile, Northern Illinois' effort tied their match with Arkansas earlier for the most points that the Huskies gave up in a game this year.