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Marshall’s Herd to play in first Boca Raton bowl

Herald-Dispatch photo by Sholten Singer Marshall takes on Louisiana Tech in the C-USA Championship game on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. Marshall would win the C-USA title by a score of 26-23.
Herald-Dispatch photo by Sholten Singer
Marshall takes on Louisiana Tech in the C-USA Championship game on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. Marshall would win the C-USA title by a score of 26-23.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The state of Florida has been good to Marshall coach Doc Holliday through recruiting over the years.

As it turns out, he hopes Florida is just as good to him in bowl season.

On Sunday, Marshall accepted a bid to play Northern Illinois, the Mid-American Conference champion, in the inaugural Boca Raton Bowl, which will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida.

Tickets for the Boca Raton Bowl are $40 each and can be bought online through Herdzone.com. They can also be purchased during normal ticket office hours at the Cam Henderson Center.

Conference USA’s bowl tie-ins could’ve had Marshall the Conference USA Champion heading to the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl to take on a bowl-eligible Big Ten team.

Unlike many conferences, Conference USA no longer denotes a “home bowl” for its champion an aspect which dissolved two years ago when the conference and the Liberty Bowl cut ties.

Now, factors such as school preferences, bowl preferences, geography and strength of matchups all factor into choosing where Conference USA’s bowl-eligible teams end up.

“We indicated to Conference USA, who makes the ultimate decision, that we would like to play the best possible opponent, and that is what we received in Northern Illinois…

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