ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Keion Davis rushed for 141 yards, including a 68-yard touchdown run, and Marshall had two other big scoring plays in a 31-28 victory over Colorado State on Saturday in the New Mexico Bowl.
Chase Litton threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Thundering Herd (8-5) hold off the Rams (7-6).
Tyre Brady had 165 yards receiving and gave the Thundering Herd the lead in the second quarter with a 76-yard touchdown reception. Tyler King added a 90-yard rushing touchdown.
The Thundering Herd are 11-2 in bowl games — 5-0 under current head coach Doc Holliday.
For Colorado State, it was another disappointing postseason. The Rams have lost four straight bowl games, and lost four of their last five this season after a 6-2 start.
Nick Stevens threw for 320 yards and ran for two touchdowns for the Rams, but was sacked five times. Olabisi Johnson had 119 yards receiving, but Stevens was unable to connect consistently with standout Michael Gallup. Colorado State’s offense began to surge in the fourth quarter with 14 points, but Marshall’s defense was able to hold the Rams.
Colorado State is 6-11 in bowl games.
COLORADO STATE: The Rams continued to struggle despite having being ranked 10th in the FBS in yards per game with 501.1. Stevens and Gallup failed to challenge Marshall’s stingy defense and couldn’t respond to Marshall’s big plays despite a late game scoring surge.
MARSHALL: Marshall’s defense also kept constant pressure on Colorado State’s high-octane offense preventing the Rams from threatening with an air attack most of the game.
COLORADO STATE: Head coach Mike Bobo has led the Rams to three bowl games in each of his first three seasons. He recently signed a contract extension where he will earn $2 million by 2020. But at the same time, he’s only won seven games each season and lost all his bowl games so 2018 may be key season for him.
MARSHALL: The Herd are losing 13 seniors, including key tight end Ryan Yurachek. The four-year players in that group won 34 games and a conference championship and went to three bowl games.