Two costly Will Likely pass interference penalties have led to two Marshall touchdowns, as the Terrapins trail 14-7 after quarter number one.
Marshall went three-and-out on their first drive of the game, with Andre Monroe recording a sack on the first play from scrimmage. The Terrapins started their first drive with a promising play, as Brandon Ross ran for six yards, but a penalty and a sack resulted in a punt. The Thundering Herd responded with a quick three-and-out of their own, failing to capitalize on strong field position, but pinning Maryland on the one. The Terps went three-and-out again, giving the Thundering Herd the ball in Maryland territory.
Marshall got the first first down of the game with just over eight minutes left in the quarter, when Will Likely collided with the Thundering Herd receiver just a step too early, drawing a pass interference call. Just three plays later, Essray Taliaferro burst up the gut for 18 yards -- originally called a touchdown, it was reversed upon review. Two plays later, Rakeem Cato found Tommy Shuler for the score and the lead.
C.J. Brown and the Terps put together a quick scoring drive in response, led by 20 rushing yards from Brandon Ross. On second-and-six, Brown was wrapped up in the backfield, but found Amba Etta-Tawo over the middle while he was falling, gaining 16 yards. Two plays later, Brown connected with Levern Jacobs over the middle for a 29-yard touchdown to tie up the game.
Marshall moved just as quickly right back at Maryland, using Remi Watson's speed and Rakeem Cato's arm to move down to the goal line. Will Likely was called for his second pass interference of the game on a questionable play in the end zone, and two plays later Gator Hoskins beat Cole Farrand with ease, as the Thundering Herd took a 14-7 lead.