The Rams have qualified for a postseason game in each of the last three seasons, but they came up short in the Las Vegas Bowl in 2014, the Arizona Bowl in 2015 and the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl last season. Quarterback Nick Stevens threw for 3,479 yards, 27 touchdowns, 10 interceptions and had a 63.6 completion percentage.
Line: Colorado State is -5.5 favorite over Marshall in the New Mexico Bowl. Colorado State lost three of its last four games, while Marshall dropped four of its last five contests after staring the season 6-1.
Colorado State is 6-11 in bowl games. 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.
Colorado State: Senior running back Dalyn Dawkins leads the Rams with 1,349 rushing yards and is ranked 16th in the country.
In the absence of a dominant performance from receiver Michael Gallup, Johnson stepped up with six catches for 119 yards.
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Marshall tight end Ryan Yurachek, the son of new Razorbacks athletics director Hunter Yurachek, had seven catches for 60 yards and scored a touchdown in the Thundering Herd's 31-28 win over Colorado State.
It is definitely a nice finish to his career after catching 136 passes with 25 TDs throughout his career, but his TD celebration was an interesting choice.
The Marshall Thundering Herd defeated the Colorado State Rams, 31-28, on Saturday night at the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. They combined for 35 points with Marshall taking a 21-14 lead into halftime.
Make that four bowl game losses in a row. Only three other quarterbacks have thrown for at least 8,000 yards and 70 touchdowns for the Thundering Herd, including former Jets quarterback Chad Pennington.