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Chris O'Meara, Associated Press
CORRECTS CITY TO ST. PETERSBURG, INSTEAD OF TAMPA - Marshall running back Tron Martinez (2) is tripped up by Florida International linebacker Jordan Hunt (25) during the first quarter of the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl college football game Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, in St. Petersburg, Fla.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Rakeem Cato threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns to help Marshall beat Florida International 20-10 in the Beef 'O'Brady's Bowl on Tuesday night.

Tyler Warner kicked a pair of field goals and Cato threw TD passes of 31 and 35 yards to Aaron Dobson, the latter putting the game away in the closing seconds. Warner's 39-yard field goal set up by a blocked punt snapped a 10-10 tie with 5:16 remaining.

Marshall (7-6) overcame a slow start to win five of its last seven games and avoid a losing record in its second season under coach Doc Holliday.

FIU (8-5) was denied a school-record ninth victory amid speculation that coach Mario Cristobal may be a leading candidate to fill a job opening at Pittsburgh.