The Marshall Thundering Herd (7-5) looks to claim a victory at the 2017 GILDAN New Mexico Bowl after missing the 2016 bowl season while the Colorado State Rams look for their first victory in a bowl game after five straight bowl appearances.
Backfield pressure - Both teams feature talented quarterbacks that will face underwhelming pass rushes, with Colorado State averaging two sacks a game and Marshall 2.25 per game.
In the absence of a dominant performance from receiver Michael Gallup, Johnson stepped up with six catches for 119 yards.
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.
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The Colorado State Rams have lost each of their last three bowl games from 2014 to 2016, including being outscored in a shootout previous year with the Idaho Vandals, 61-50.
HISTORICAL TRENDS LIKE: The Thundering Herd is a flawless 5-0 against the spread in their last five bowl games.
"I got to hit Gallup in those shots".
Nick Stevens threw for 320 yards and ran for two touchdowns for the Rams, but was sacked five times.
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Yurachek isn't the first player to do a beer-related celebration this season. While Marshall found its stride, however, Colorado State never looked in sync, getting outgained on offense by a 501-390 margin.
Colorado State has been seemingly stuck in neutral since a 10-3 showing in 2014.
"This hurts but we'll regroup and get ready for next year", Bobo said.
Head coach Mike Bobo will not have a lot of time to feel sorry for his team since it will be a busy offseason. He recently signed a contract extension where he will earn $2 million by 2020.
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It was all for naught, however, because Stevens missed Gallup on a downfield throw three plays later and then the Rams turned the ball over on downs. It's been quite the opposite for the Marshall Thundering Herd, who can boast four straight bowl wins under Doc Holliday, and their last five in total, most recently a narrow 16-10 victory over CT to end the 2015 season.