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Fans wear Marshall University school colors to the Military Bowl at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Md., on Dec. 27.
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Fans wear Marshall University school colors to the Military Bowl at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Md., on Dec. 27.

Fans are flocking to Annapolis, Md., today for the annual Military Bowl.  The University of Maryland and Marshall University will face off this afternoon at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Proceeds will benefit the United Service Organizations, or USO.

Matthew Robinson just graduated from the University of Maryland.  He's decked out from head to toe in school colors of red, yellow and white, and he spent much of the afternoon grilling up game day grub that he says mainly centered around bacon.

But Robinson is also a veteran who served for five years in the Army, including a tour in Afghanistan. He says the bowl's support for the USO really means something to him.

"I know a bunch of times I went to the USO myself for support. They helped out, you know, here's a sandwich while you're traveling. Really good people.  They really do help out," Robinson said.

Bowl organizers say the group will donate more than $100,000 to the USO.

Stephanie Hungerford of Glen Arden, Md., is here supporting two men in her life: her son, an active duty member of the military, and her nephew Stefan, who's playing defense today for Marshall.

Donning green and white facepaint and a bright green wig, Hungerford said she just wanted to get in the spirit and support her team.

"I'm looking for a lot of explosiveness and just excitement in the air," she said.

The Military Bowl is being played in Annapolis for the first time, after several years at RFK Stadium in Washington. It's also the first bowl game ever at a military academy.

University of Maryland alum Zac Chillemi set up a bean bag toss game painted with the state colors. The Terps fan is sporting a camouflage jersey and says it's fitting to have the Military Bowl here at the Naval Academy for the first time.

"I mean you can't give enough support to the military, that's for sure," Chillemi said. 

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