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CFB : First Half Matchup
Saturday 12/16/2017Line$ LineOU LineScore
 First Half Results



MARSHALL (7 - 5) vs. COLORADO ST (7 - 5)
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Week 16 Saturday, 12/16/2017 4:30 PM
GILDAN NEW MEXICO BOWL - Dreamstyle Stadium - Albuquerque, NM
Board First Half
MARSHALL - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games7-5-3.78-45-726.312.8369.7(5.3)1.719.210.0337.7(5)1.2
Road Games3-3+1.45-12-423.714.2366.2(5.3)1.818.39.2337.8(5.1)1.2
Last 3 Games1-2-1.31-21-221.39.0315.0(4.9)
Turf Games7-2-1.75-44-529.314.6375.1(5.3)1.417.28.3317.7(4.7)1.6
MARSHALL - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)26.312.820.631:1735-132(3.8)21-3460.6%238(6.9)69-370(5.3)(14)
Opponents Defensive Avg.2714.520.230:0739-169(4.3)18-3058.5%217(7.1)69-385(5.6)(14.3)
Offense Road Games23.714.219.532:5737-135(3.7)20-3261.8%231(7.3)68-366(5.3)(15.5)
Defense (All Games)
Opponents Offensive Avg.24.713.620.130:5138-165(4.4)19-3258.9%220(6.9)69-385(5.5)(15.6)
Defense Road Games18.39.218.027:0233-115(3.5)19-3357.4%222(6.8)66-338(5.1)(18.4)

COLORADO ST - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games7-5-3.84-86-633.821.0501.0(6.7)1.327.513.7425.8(6.2)1.3
Road Games3-3+0.13-32-424.016.5443.8(6.1)0.822.211.8383.3(6.1)0.8
Last 3 Games1-2-2.80-31-235.724.3507.0(6.3)1.029.710.0424.7(6.2)1.3
Turf Games7-3-2.83-75-538.023.9522.4(7.1)
COLORADO ST - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)33.821.025.431:5541-211(5.2)22-3463.6%290(8.5)74-501(6.7)(14.8)
Opponents Defensive Avg.30.116.321.631:4242-200(4.8)17-2960.0%218(7.6)70-418(6)(13.9)
Offense Road Games24.016.523.333:1742-187(4.5)18-3159.5%257(8.3)73-444(6.1)(18.5)
Defense (All Games)27.513.721.627:5937-183(5)18-3257.0%243(7.6)69-426(6.2)(15.5)
Opponents Offensive Avg.25.212.519.729:1739-165(4.3)18-3058.7%210(6.9)69-375(5.4)(14.9)
Defense Road Games22.211.819.326:4335-178(5.1)17-2858.8%205(7.2)63-383(6.1)(17.3)
Average power rating of opponents played: MARSHALL 24.5,  COLORADO ST 27.5
MARSHALL - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/20/2017@ MIDDLE TENN ST38-10W-2W49.5U45-19816-24-168031-5314-33-2202
10/28/2017FLA INTERNATIONAL30-41L-15L47.5O29-14233-52-363348-22414-18-1770
11/3/2017@ FLA ATLANTIC25-30L6.5W62.5U41-12820-39-253445-18912-18-1640
11/11/2017W KENTUCKY30-23W-10L55U49-14417-28-190119-3428-42-3342
11/18/2017@ UTSA7-9L3W45U23-4016-23-189239-8826-39-2671
11/25/2017SOUTHERN MISS27-28L-2L47.5O26-7426-44-308345-20116-35-1701
12/16/2017*COLORADO ST            

COLORADO ST - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/20/2017@ NEW MEXICO27-24W-10L61.5U35-18017-33-231048-3187-19-1321
10/28/2017AIR FORCE28-45L-10L67.5O23-16617-31-269374-4132-4-641
11/4/2017@ WYOMING13-16L-4L50U55-2358-14-110034-15610-20-1381
11/11/2017BOISE ST52-59L6.5L59.5O52-26129-43-309239-31023-45-3312
11/18/2017SAN JOSE ST42-14W-32L68U45-30126-32-305133-13117-33-2081
MARSHALL: Marshall is loaded with talent on defense, but the Thundering Herd are going nowhere if they can't find a way to run the ball. They rushed for only 108.2 YPG last season, which was bottom-seven in the nation.
COLORADO ST: The Rams allowed 213.1 YPG on the ground last season, which is a number that must go down if this team is going to win the Mountain Division. CSU does, however, return most key players from an offense that put up a ridiculous 35.3 PPG (28th in CFB) a year ago.
Colorado State, Marshall match wits in New Mexico Bowl

New Mexico Bowl opponents Colorado State and Marshall followed similar trajectories on the way to Saturday's matchup at Dreamstyle Stadium in Albuquerque.

Marshall (7-5) opened the season 6-1 before a 1-4 slide to close the campaign. The Thundering Herd lost three games in that stretch by less than a touchdown, including decisions of two points to UTSA and one point to Southern Mississippi in the final two games.

Likewise, Colorado State (7-5) opened 6-2, but went 1-3 down the stretch with losses of three points at Wyoming on Nov. 4, and a 59-52 overtime defeat against Boise State on Nov. 11 in which the Broncos rallied from a two-touchdown deficit in 1:41.

Colorado State salvaged the regular season and guaranteed itself a bowl bid with a 42-14 rout of San Jose State on Nov. 18.

"It's been a difficult last three weeks, but our guys responded and came out and finished the way that I wanted to in the regular season," coach Mike Bobo said in his postgame press conference following the win.

The New Mexico Bowl offers an opportunity to close 2017 on a high note. And while the Thundering Herd and Rams followed similar paths to this game, their recent results in the postseason have been polar opposites.

Marshall is 5-0 in bowl games since 2009. The Herd missed the 2016 postseason, but Saturday's contest marks a chance for the outgoing seniors to finish their careers at 3-0 in bowls.

"Our kids understand the only good bowls are the bowls you win," Marshall coach Doc Holliday said. "You can win that bowl game, (tight end Ryan) Yurachek can walk out of here saying, 'You know what? We won three straight bowls.'"

Conversely, Colorado State dropped its past three bowl games in 2014 (Las Vegas), 2015 (Arizona) and 2016 (Famous Idaho Potato). The Rams' last postseason win came in the 2013 New Mexico Bowl.

A loss Saturday would mark three straight 7-6 finishes for Colorado State under third-year coach Bobo.

"It's all about building momentum and continuing off what you finished with in a previous season," Rams quarterback Nick Stevens said of the bowl game following Colorado State's regular-season finale. "It means a lot to us seniors."

Marshall and Colorado State have never played, but the programs have some recent shared history. Both programs were in the mix for the Power Five conferences' automatic berth into a New Year's Six bowl game in 2014, but dropped games to close the regular season.

In 2017, Colorado State plays with a style similar to that of Holliday's 2014 Marshall bunch, which finished third in the nation in scoring. The Rams average 501 yards of total offense per game, No. 10 in the nation, and score at a 33.8-points per game clip.

Stevens ranks No. 15 nationally at 289.9 passing yards per game, and wide receiver Michael Gallup accounts for 112.1 of that. Gallup was one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation's top wide receiver.

Holliday said he anticipates the Stevens-Gallup connection to remain dangerous despite coaching staff shake-ups at Colorado State. The Rams lost offensive coordinator Will Friend, who is joining newly named head coach Jeremy Pruitt at Tennessee. The New Mexico Bowl is also the final game for Rams defensive coordinator Marty English before he retires.

Staff changes and bowl-game festivities are just some of the background noise that could impact Saturday's outcome.

"The team that handles the distractions, that has the best week of preparations between now and Saturday, with all that goes in, will win," Holliday said.

While All-Conference USA defensive back Malik Gant and the Marshall defense prepare to slow Colorado State's potent passing attack, senior quarterback Chase Litton aims to attack a Rams defense that surrendered 27.5 points per game.

Yurachek should play a key role. He closed out his all-conference regular season with three touchdown receptions against Southern Miss on Nov. 25.

For the seniors, the New Mexico Bowl is one last opportunity to go out a winner.

"Ryan, (running back) Tony (Pittman), they're my best friends," Litton said following the loss. "When I first came in, I was the fourth-string. I was a freshman who people really didn't expect much from. I stuck with them. I came in and studied film with these guys and lifted with them. They believed in me."

Last Updated: 6/17/2019 2:48:16 AM EST

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