MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Kevin Marks seemed like an excellent sub early, stalled towards a stingy protection after which delivered the decisive blow.
Marks scored on a 1-yard landing run with 1:09 left after a clock-eating drive and Buffalo made a closing defensive cease to beat Marshall 17-10 within the Camellia Bowl on Friday.
Subbing for the nationwide chief in dashing yards per sport, Jaret Patterson, Marks carried 35 time for 138 yards for the Bulls (6-1) towards one of many nation’s prime run defenses.
Buffalo milked greater than six minutes off the clock on the ultimate 13-play, 88-yard drive. Quarterback Kyle Vantrease took a knee on first down and coach Lance Leipold even thought-about calling for a second one for a group that had solely made its first subject purpose of the season within the first half.
”Clearly. we would have liked each second we may get there towards the top,” Leipold stated.
Grant Wells then took Marshall (7-3), which had rallied from a 10-0 deficit, to the Buffalo 20 with no timeouts. Kadofi Wright’s sack helped drive a fourth-and-11 and Eric Black added his second sack to finish the risk.
Each groups misplaced their convention championship video games.
Buffalo improved to 2-3 in bowls, additionally beating Charlotte within the 2019 Bahamas Bowl. The Thundering Herd dropped their closing three video games after a 7-0 begin and No. 15 rating.
”We simply did not make sufficient performs offensively the final three weeks,” Marshall coach Doc Holliday stated.
The matchup between the nation’s prime dashing group and the No. 2 run protection misplaced a few of its luster even earlier than kickoff.
Patterson, who had 1,072 yards and 19 touchdowns in six video games, did not gown out after sustaining a proper knee harm within the Mid-American Convention Championship Sport. He served as a cheerleader on the sideline.
”We thought it might be greatest for his future,” James Patterson, Buffalo’s linebacker and Jaret’s brother, stated of the prolific runner’s resolution to not play. ”That is all that went into it. Nothing else.”
Marks had 23 carries for 117 yards by halftime, although he was largely shut down within the second half by a protection giving up simply 88.9 dashing yards a sport coming in. Marks stated he discovered he can be beginning ”on the finish of the week.” He wasn’t stunned yards had been exhausting to come back by.
”It was all about endurance,” he stated. ”With protection like that it’s a must to take what they provide you.”
The Thundering Herd nonetheless held Buffalo to 155 dashing yards, half of its personal common.
Marshall tied it on Shane Ciucci’s 21-yard subject purpose with 8:48 left within the third quarter, and that is the place the rating stood till Marks’ landing.
Like Buffalo, Marshall wasn’t at full energy. Main rusher Brenden Knox, C-USA defensive participant of the yr Tavante Beckett and beginning proper deal with Josh Ball opted out of the sport. Beckett was one among three defensive starters lacking.
It was the primary NCAA bowl sport performed on Christmas Day since 2003.
Marshall: The offense went nowhere early however the protection withstood early scoring threats to maintain the sport tight. Punter Robert Lefevre helped out with fourth-quarter punts of 59 and 61 yards.
Buffalo: Acquired zip out of two spectacular drives to open the sport. Alex McNulty missed a 34-yard subject purpose – falling to 0 of three on the season – after which the Bulls failed on a fourth-down attempt from the Marshall 25. … McNulty made a 25-yarder within the second quarter.
Leipold gave receiver Jovany Ruiz a scholarship the evening earlier than the sport, and Ruiz responded with seven catches for 61 yards. ”It seemed like a fairly good transfer,” the coach stated.
Holliday wasn’t fascinated about discussing his personal future with a contract that expires on June 30. ”I have never even thought of it,” he stated. ”I am making an attempt to go see my household for a little bit bit. You understand what I imply?”
Marshall: Wells returns after incomes Convention USA freshman of the yr honors to steer the offense. Many of the beginning defenders return however Beckett was one of many program’s prime go rushers.
Buffalo: Patterson and Vantrease are solely juniors so Buffalo may get them again for one more season. However three offensive line starters and three beginning receivers are seniors and so is defensive finish Malcolm Koonce, a two-time All-MAC choice.
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