But that's where the similarities ended - Marshall running back Tyler King broke through the defense and went 90 yards for a touchdown, the longest touchdown run in New Mexico Bowl history. However, the drive flamed out at the 43-yard line and the Rams wasted an incredible one-handed catch by Gallup. Marshall got the ball back with a chance to take a two-touchdown lead, but a big sack from Evan Colorito caused an 11-yard loss that forced The Herd to punt. On the ground, Colorado State got 1,349 yards from Dalyn Dawkins.
"I thought we were one-dimensional tonight", Bobo said.
Anderson immediately responded with a 55-yard run on the final play of the first quarter, and Silvers completed the drive four plays later with a 7-yard strike to Damion Willis at the 14:24 mark of the second quarter.
Yurachek, a senior who was named first-team All-Conference USA, caught a 15-yard touchdown in the second quarter to give Marshall a 14-7 lead. With 6:37 to play, the Rams were only down by a field goal, 31-28.
"I think it's the entire defense played tremendous", Holliday said. Max McDonald, who started the final three games of the regular season beside him, led the team with nine stops, including a sack.
CSU answered the quick strike with a drive of polar opposite composition.
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Big plays by the Marshall Thundering Herd sunk the Colorado State Rams.
Colorado State followed with a 15-play, 75-yard drive that chewed up 6:12.
In their final games at CSU, Nick Stevens and Michael Gallup were unable to settle into a grove. However, it was quickly snuffed out when Chase Litton threw into double coverage and was intercepted by Jordan Fogal at the CSU eight. Stevens capped the drive with a 9-yard touchdown scamper. Similar to last year's thumping at the hands of Idaho, CSU's defense consistently found itself chasing the back of Thundering Herd jerseys into the end zone in another lackluster defensive performance.
Josh Watson had to miss the first half from the targeting call he drew in the second half of the San Jose State season finale, but he produced six tackles in the second half, second best on the team. The game will air following the New Orleans Bowl. The Rams were set up on the east sideline as they won the 2008 and 2013 New Mexico Bowls while on that same sideline.
The 2017 New Mexico Bowl game between Colorado State and Marshall can be live streamed on WatchESPN if you have a subscription.