Marshall Football Postgame Notes
Marshall 31, Colorado State 28 (Gildan New Mexico Bowl)
Game notes – Gildan New Mexico Bowl, Colorado State vs. Marshall – Dec. 16, 2017
The game captains, which were announced at Marshall’s end-of-season banquet, are senior tight end Ryan Yurachek (offense), junior linebacker Chase Hancock (defense) and senior specialist Kaare Vedvik (special teams).
Marshall faced Colorado State for the first time and played in the state of New Mexico for the first time in school history.
Marshall has won six straight bowl games and is 11-2 all-time. The Thundering Herd’s last bowl loss was Dec. 23, 2004, vs. Cincinnati, in the Fort Worth Bowl. The Herd is now 5-0 in bowl games under Doc Holliday.
The Offensive MVP was awarded to receiver Tyre Brady, who caught six passes for 165 yards and a touchdown. The Defensive MVP was award to defensive lineman Channing Hames, who tied for the team lead in tackles (eight), recorded 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for a loss, and was credited with two quarterback hurries.
Ryan Yurachek extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 42 games, tying a school record. Fuzzy Filliez recorded 42 consecutive games with a reception from 1973-76. Yurachek’s streak began Nov. 15, 2014 against Rice.
The scoreless first quarter is the second in the history of the New Mexico Bowl (2006).
The 35 combined points scored in the second quarter are tied for the most in the second quarter in New Mexico Bowl history, which also occurred in the 2015 game.
The 76-yard second quarter touchdown connection between Marshall’s Chase Litton and Tyre Brady is tied for the third longest passing play in New Mexico Bowl history. The pass play is the longest by Litton this season and the longest reception of Brady’s college career.
Chase Litton established a new personal best for touchdown passes in a single season (25), surpassing the 24 he threw in 2016.
Ryan Yurachek caught the 26th touchdown of his career, the second most for a tight end in Marshall history (Gator Hoskins, 28). Yurachek has 10 touchdown receptions this season, a new personal best for a single season.
Keion Davis’ 68-yard touchdown run in the second quarter is the longest of his career (previous best, 59 yards) and the fourth-longest run in the history of the New Mexico Bowl. The rushing touchdown was No. 14 of Davis’ three-year career.
Marshall recorded three first half sacks against Colorado State, which entered Saturday’s bowl game having allowed only eight sacks this season. Sophomore linebacker Omari Cobb recorded a sack, the third of the season for him and sixth of his career. Senior Blake Keller also recorded a solo sack, the second of his season.
Freshman running back Tyler King scored on a 90-yard run in the third quarter, which set a New Mexico Bowl record and tied a Marshall program record. King’s run broke the bowl record set by Colorado State’s Gartrell Johnson, 77 yards, in 2008. King’s run also tied the school record set by Len Hellyer in 1955 vs. Bowling Green. Hellyer’s run did not result in a touchdown.
Marshall running backs Keion Davis and Tyler King each eclipsed 100 rushing yards, the first time the Herd has had two running backs with 100-plus yards on the ground since Devon Johnson (198) and Remi Watson (102) did it on Oct. 4, 2014 against Old Dominion.
Davis’ rushing total, 141 yards, is a single-game career high and his second 100-yard rushing game of his career (both this season).