Marshall to face Colorado State in Gildan New Mexico Bowl

The Marshall Thundering Herd will be traveling west to take on Colorado State in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. (WCHS/WVAH)

The Marshall Thundering Herd will be traveling west to take on Colorado State in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.

The Herd (7-5) has won five consecutive bowl games, which is the longest streak in the FBS. It will be that streak on the line when it takes on the Colorado State Rams (7-5) on Dec. 16.

Marshall got off to a 6-1 start to the season, but since defeating Middle Tennessee 38-10 on Oct. 20, the Herd has gone 1-4.

Offensively, Marshall is scoring just over 26 points a game and is led by junior quarterback Chase Litton. Litton has thrown for 2,853 yards, 23 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions.

Litton’s two favorite targets are receiver Tyre Brady and tight end Ryan Yurachek. Brady has caught 56 passes for 777 yards and has scored seven touchdowns. He is averaging 13.9 yards per catch.

Yurachek, who has caught a pass in 41 consecutive games, has 430 receiving yards on 47 catches and has scored nine touchdowns.

Marshall’s defense has been stingy this season, allowing just 19.2 points a game. The Herd defense has also scored four touchdowns this season.

Keion Davis has also been an X-factor for Marshall this year on special teams. Davis is averaging 30.9 yards on kick returns and has returned two for touchdowns.

Colorado State lost three of its final four games and finished third in the Mountain West Conference.

The Rams’ balanced offensive attack is scoring 33.8 points a game this season. The Rams are averaging 211 rushing yards a game and are led by Dayln Dawkins who has rushed for 1,386 yards and eight touchdowns. Izzy Matthews has also rushed for eight scores and has tallied 611 rushing yards on the season.

Quarterback Nick Stevens is completing 63.6 percent of his passes and has thrown for 3,479 yards, 27 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. Stevens’ favorite target is receiver Michael Gallup, who has 1,345 yards on 94 catches and seven touchdowns. Gallup is averaging 112 receiving yards a game.

The Herd and Rams will kick off at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 16 at Dreamstyle Stadium in Albuquerque.

Dreamstyle is the home of the New Mexico Lobos and sits at 5,100 feet above sea level.

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