BOCA RATON, Fla. — When Marshall University accepted the bid to the Boca Raton Bowl, the Thundering Herd said it wanted to show what it could do against the best possible opponent.
Mission accomplished Tuesday night.
The Herd football team seized control early in a 52-23 win over Northern Illinois in the inaugural Boca Raton Bowl at FAU Stadium. The announced crowd was 29,419 — the stadium’s capacity — but many empty seats were seen.
Marshall finished the season at 13-1 and matches its record for all-time wins at the FBS level. The 13 wins matched the undefeated 1999 team that was 13-0.
“I thought our kids played tremendous,” Marshall head coach Doc Holliday said. “We’re going to miss these seniors. We’ve got a great group of seniors that changed the culture of Marshall football, won 13 games and was one point away from going undefeated…