Marshall picks up sixth straight bowl win with 31-28 win over Colorado State

Marshall used big plays on offense to defeat Colorado State 31-28 in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.{ }

Marshall used big plays on offense to defeat Colorado State 31-28 in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.

Marshall (8-5) had one of its best offensive performances of the season en route to picking up its sixth consecutive bowl victory.

Three of Marshall’s four touchdowns came on plays of 68 yards or more. Just 30 seconds into the second quarter, junior quarterback Chase Litton connected to junior receiver Tyre Brady for a 76-yard touchdown pass to put Marshall up 7-0.

Later in the second quarter, junior running back Keion Davis broke loose for a 68-yard touchdown run, which put Marshall up 21-14. The 68-yard run in the longest of Davis’ career.

On the Herd’s next drive, freshman back Tyler King raced 90 yards for his longest career touchdown to give Marshall a 28-14 lead.

Coming into the New Mexico Bowl, the Herd averaged just 86 rushing yards per game, but rushed for 240 yards Saturday night. Davis rushed for 136 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown. King ran for 106 yards on just six carries.

Marshall had a balanced offensive attack as Litton threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns. Brady was named the offensive MVP of the Gildan New Mexico Bowl with 165 yards on six catches and a touchdown.

The Thundering Herd defense also stepped up, holding a Colorado State offense, which averaged 501 yards per game in the regular season, to just 390 yards.

With Marshall leading by just three late in the game, the Herd defense made a clutch stop with just 1:46 remaining to seal the 31-28 win.

With the win, Marshall secured its sixth consecutive bowl victory, which is the longest current streak in the FBS.