Every football member of Conference USA and the Mountain West is in action this weekend. There are three games against the nation’s top-15, highlighted by WKU at No. 4/7 Wisconsin. Eight match-ups are against FCS programs, including C-USA’s UAB and the MW’s San Jose State, who kick off Thursday night on ESPN+.
The preseason college bowl projections are out and there are five different teams from Conference USA and the Mountain West projected in the 2018 New Mexico Bowl. Middle Tennessee is the favorite to represent C-USA. It would be the Blue Raiders first appearance in the Albuquerque-based game. Wyoming is favored out of the MW. The Cowboys have played in two New Mexico Bowl games, winning the 2009 game in double overtime against Fresno State and falling in the 2011 game to Temple.
2017 GILDAN NEW MEXICO BOWL
MARSHALL THUNDERING HERD (C-USA) VS. COLORADO STATE RAMS (MW)
Saturday’s Gildan New Mexico Bowl attendance was 26,087.
The scoreless first quarter was just the second in Gildan New Mexico Bowl history. The only other game with a 0-0 first quarter was the inaugural game in 2006 between San Jose State and New Mexico.
Tyre Brady’s 76-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter tied the third-longest in Gildan New Mexico Bowl history, and Chase Litton tied for third-longest pass on the same play.
Tyre Brady’s 165 receiving yards and 27.5 yards per catch are third-most in Gildan New Mexico Bowl history.
Marshall running back Tyler King’s 90-yard touchdown run was a new long in Gildan New Mexico Bowl history, breaking a previous record 77-yard run set by Colorado State’s Gartrell Johnson in 2008.
Colorado State and Marshall combined for 35 points in the second quarter to tie the most in one quarter at the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, and Marshall’s 21 points were the most by a single team in one quarter.
Saturday marked the first time in the last six years that the team that scored first won the game.
Marshall becomes the eighth team in Gildan New Mexico Bowl history to win the game after leading at the half.
The 3:46 length of game was the second longest behind the record 4:06 set by Washington State and Colorado State in 2013.
Marshall Thundering Herd (8-5)
Marshall’s win marks the first Gildan New Mexico Bowl victory for Conference USA after losing in 2010, 2014 and 2016.
Marshall’s 12 tackles for loss broke the previous record of nine held by BYU (2010) and Fresno State (2009), and the 40 yards recorded are third most in Gildan New Mexico Bowl history.
Channing Hames recorded 2.5 tackles for loss, tying the second most in Gildan New Mexico Bowl history.
Marshall’s 11 penalties and 107 penalty yards are the most in Gildan New Mexico Bowl history, breaking previous records of 10 penalties and 103 penalty yards by Washington State and New Mexico respectively.
Chris Jackson’s two breakups are tied for the most by one player.
Marshall recorded five sacks to tie the Gildan New Mexico Bowl record set by Colorado State in 2013, and the total loss of 31 yards is the third most.
Marshall’s 7.2 average yards per rush are second most behind CSU’s 9.3 average yards per rush in 2008.
Marshall now holds the Gildan New Mexico Bowl record for touchbacks with six, breaking the previous record of five set by Arizona in 2012.
Colorado State Rams (7-6)
CSU is now 2-1 in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, suffering its first loss after winning the game in 2008 and 2013.
CSU won the coin toss and deferred.
Ryan Stonehouse’s eight punts tied for second most punts in Gildan New Mexico Bowl history, and his 334 yards are the third most.
CSU recorded four punts inside the 20-yard line, breaking the previous record of two on seven occurrences.
CSU’s six fair catches forced breaks the Gildan New Mexico Bowl record of four set by New Mexico in 2015.
Nick Stevens’ 52 passing attempts are second all-time behind Washington State’s Connor Halliday in 2013.
CSU had five first-down penalties, ahead of the previous record three set by Temple in 2011.
CSU tied for third all-time with nine completed third-down conversions.
The Offensive MVP was Marshall wide receiver Tyre Brady. Brady led the Thundering Herd with 165 receiving yards and one touchdown.
The Defensive MVP was Marshall defensive tackle Channing Hames. Hames led the Thundering Herd with 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.
Today was the final day of prep before the 12th annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl kicks off tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. The day started with a pre-game press conference followed by lunch at Isleta Resort and Casino. The crowd was entertained by keynote speaker Ron Jaworski. Check out some of the action below.
This evening fans gathered at Old Town for the annual pep rally with the bands, cheerleaders and mascots.
Join us tomorrow for Fan Fest at 11 a.m. in the lot North of Dreamstyle Stadium.
The Marshall Thundering Herd make an historic comeback, claiming the Survey Says crown at tonight’s team dinner at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The Herd trailed 200-83 in the third and final round before stealing all of Colorado State’s point for the win.
The game started out with the offenses battling in round one. Colorado State swept all three questions to take the round 562-0. Round two saw the defenses square off and Marshall got its revenge, sweeping the Rams, 469-0.
Round three saw the coaches face off in a winner take all game. In Gildan New Mexico Bowl history, the winner of Survey Says is 5-3 in the bowl game since we began the competition in 2009. The teams split the first two questions and the Rams held a 200-83 lead going into the final question. Gus asked, “Name something you would hate to be on when it broke.” Marshall buzzed in first and said “Bicycle” but it was not on the board. Colorado State responded with the top answer, roller coaster. After choosing to play the, they couldn’t find another correct answer, setting up The Herd for the steal. Marshall shouted out “elevator” which was the No. 3 answer and stole the points and the win, 203-200.
Earlier in the day, both teams visited a local elementary school and the UNM Children’s Hospital. Players and coaches interacted with the children, signed autographs, took pictures and gave gifts to the children.