College Football Roundup: Marshall holds off Colorado State in New Mexico Bowl
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Keion Davis rushed for 141 yards, including a 68-yard touchdown run, and Marshall had two other big scoring plays in a 31-28 victory over Colorado State on Saturday in the New Mexico Bowl.
Chase Litton threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Thundering Herd (8-5) hold off the Rams (7-6).
Tyre Brady had 165 yards receiving and gave the Thundering Herd the lead in the second quarter with a 76-yard touchdown reception. Tyler King added a 90-yard rushing touchdown.
The Thundering Herd are 11-2 in bowl games — 5-0 under current head coach Doc Holliday.
For Colorado State, it was another disappointing postseason. The Rams have lost four straight bowl games, and lost four of their last five this season after a 6-2 start.
Nick Stevens threw for 320 yards and ran for two touchdowns for the Rams, but was sacked five times. Olabisi Johnson had 119 yards receiving, but Stevens was unable to connect consistently with standout Michael Gallup. Colorado State’s offense began to surge in the fourth quarter with 14 points, but Marshall’s defense was able to hold the Rams.
Colorado State is 6-11 in bowl games.
Georgia State 27, Western Kentucky 17
ORLANDO, Fla. — Conner Manning threw for 276 yards and a touchdown to lead Georgia State to a winning record with the first bowl victory in the school’s eight-year football history.
Manning threw a 42-yard touchdown pass pass to Roger Carter, Demarcus Kirk scored on a 26-yard run, and Kyler Neal finished a 16-play drive consuming nine minutes of the fourth quarter with a 1-yard scoring run that put Georgia State (7-5) up 27-10.
Mike White had TD passes of 54 and 4 yards to Deon Yelder and finished with 351 yards for Western Kentucky (6-7). Yelder had five receptions for 112 yards.
North Carolina A&T 21, Grambling State 14
ATLANTA — Lamar Raynard scored on a 1-yard sneak with 38 seconds left and unbeaten North Carolina A&T won its second Celebration Bowl in three years.
N.C. A&T (12-0) won its fourth Historically Black College and University national championship. In 2015, the Aggies beat Alcorn State in the first Celebration Bowl. They also won titles in 1990 and 1999
Raynard completed 23 of 43 passes for 225 yards and a touchdown.
Grambling (11-2) beat North Carolina Central 10-9 last year in the title game.