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Marshall University falls to Rice in Conference USA Championship

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In their first ever Conference USA Championship game in school history, the Thundering Herd fell to Rice, 41-24. 

Rice got out of the gate with a 14-0 lead. Marshall cut the lead to 11 as they trailed 21-10 at halftime. But two Rice touchdowns in the third quarter extended that lead up to 24, as they led 34-10 going into the fourth quarter. A Marshall late touchdown made the school what it was to end the game. 

Of Rice's 487 total yards, 248 of them came on the ground.

Rakeem Cato threw for 265 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. 

Marshall has accepted the bid to play in the 2013 Military Bowl on Friday, Dec. 27.

They will face an ACC team, which has yet to be determined.