Find the results of each past game and the offensive and defensive MVPs of past New Mexico Bowls below. 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.
Marshall's victory gives them six consecutive bowl game wins, bringing its all-time record to 11-3.
To keep the undefeated streak going, though, Marshall will have to come up with a counterpunch to a Colorado State attack averaging north of 500 yards a game. Marshall is 8-4 against the spread and Colorado State is 4-8 against the spread. Save for two consecutive drives in the second quarter, the Rams high powered offense was fizzling, giving up five sacks and finding no holes in the run game. Colorado State quarterback Nick Stevens, sacked five times and hit repeatedly, was 25-for-52 passing.
If one man knows how to get the most out of a roster, it's Marshall head coach Doc Holliday. "We hoped we could get some pressure, and we did".
The company line is that the Rams would rise above the loss of two coaches - offensive line and offensive coordinator Will Friend and cornerbacks coach Terry Fair - and Bobo wanted no part of a built-in excuse. "Played pretty good at times, then giving up big plays, explosive plays for touchdowns".
Gallup nearly caught a 61-yard go-ahead touchdown pass on CSU's next set of downs, but Stevens' deep ball fell just out of Gallup's reach.
Marshall's Tyler King (3) breaks away for a touchdown.
Colorado State's offense produces fireworks.
"They have all practiced all week and I expect them to play", Holliday said. "If we'd hit some of those long passes it would be a different story, but we didn't".
Stevens got the Rams a first down at their 39, thanks to a spectacular one-handed catch of 13 yards by Gallup.
"I went out there with no doubt", receiver Detrich Clark said.
When CSU failed to capitalize on an Anthony Hawkins interception and turned the ball over on downs at its 43, it appeared Marshall had righted the ship.
The big plays began when Marshall wide receiver Tyre Brady caught Colorado State's secondary in man-to-man coverage.
The Thundering Herd extended its lead to 17 when Kaaer Vedvik, Marshall's Norwegian kicker, connected from 21 yards out at the end of a 72-yard drive. With two evenly matched teams, the New Mexico Bowl will be an exciting matchup to watch.
Well, a lot more interesting.
All three are second year players and were not expected to start Saturday's game. "We are going to have work on getting past them and making some plays", Keller said. "When you play for yourself, you force things". That eventually led to a 15-yard touchdown pass to MU tight end Ryan Yurachek.
He was joined by Keion Davis, who rushed for 141 yards, including a 68-yard touchdown run.