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Cato's Marshall-career finale set to come against Northern Illinois in Boca Raton Bowl

  • Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato drops back to pass as the Herd takes on Louisiana Tech in their NCAA college football, C-USA Championship game on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. Marshall would win the C-USA title by a score of 26-23. (AP Photo/The Herald-Dispatch, Sholten Singer)

    Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato drops back to pass as the Herd takes on Louisiana Tech in their NCAA college football, C-USA Championship game on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. Marshall would win the C-USA title by a score of 26-23. (AP Photo/The Herald-Dispatch, Sholten Singer)  (The Associated Press)

  • The Northern Illinois Huskies raise the trophy after winning their Mid-American Conference championship NCAA college football game against Bowling Green 51-17 in Detroit, Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    The Northern Illinois Huskies raise the trophy after winning their Mid-American Conference championship NCAA college football game against Bowling Green 51-17 in Detroit, Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)  (The Associated Press)

Marshall and Northern Illinois will meet in the Boca Raton Bowl on Dec. 23 in a matchup of conference champions.

Marshall (12-1) won Conference USA. Northern Illinois (11-2) won the Mid-American Conference. The game will be played at Florida Atlantic University.

It'll be the last game of Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato's record-setting career. Cato, a native of Miami, has thrown a touchdown pass in each of his last 45 games, the record for Football Bowl Subdivision quarterbacks.

Northern Illinois and Oregon are the nation's only teams with at least 11 wins in each of the last five seasons. The Huskies are 4-3 all-time against Marshall, winning the last meeting in 2001.

Marshall is looking for bowl wins in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2001 and 2002. Northern Illinois is bowl-bound for the seventh straight year.