GAMEDAY College Football

Myrtle Beach Bowl: Marshall 28, Connecticut 14

By PETE IACOBELLI
AP Sports Writer

CONWAY, S.C. - Cam Fancher threw for two touchdowns and Marshall held off UConn's second-half rally to close the season with a fifth straight win, 28-14 in the Myrtle Beach Bowl.

The Thundering Herd (9-4) seemingly had things in hand, ahead 28-0 after Raseen Ali's 2-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter.

But the Huskies rallied with 14- and 24-yard TD runs by Victor Rosa and, after an interception, drove into Marshall territory with 10 minutes to play.

That was as close as UConn (6-7) could get in its first postseason appearance since 2015.

Fancher finished 10-of-20 passing for 93 yards, including a 9-yard scoring pass to Corey Gammage and a 10-yard TD toss to Devin Miller, as Marshall led 21-0 at the half.

Ali ran for 92 yards and Khalan Laborn 90 as Marshall put up 210 yards rushing.

Marshall had one of the season's most surprising victories, winning at No. 19 Notre Dame, 26-21, in September. It ended the regular season as one of college football's hottest teams and posted its most victories in a season since winning nine games in 2018.

The Herd also ended a three-game bowl losing streak dating to that same season.

Not that UConn didn't make it interesting down 28-14. The Huskies got to Marshall's 42, and when receiver Keelon Marion was bumped on a long pass by defensive back Steven Gilmore without a penalty flag, first-year coach Jim Mora Jr. argued loudly and drew his own 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct flag that stalled the drive.

Two series later, UConn drove to Marshall's 8, but Turner was picked off in the end zone by Micah Abraham with 5:09 to go.

Turner was 9 of 27 passing for 166 yards with three interceptions and a fumble.

The Herd took advantage of UConn mistakes to build their lead.

After Marshall fumbled the ball away in UConn territory in the opening quarter, Turner fumbled it back on the next play. That led to Gammage's scoring catch.

Later in the first period, Turner threw a pick-6 that defensive lineman Damion Babers Jr. caught cleanly and carried 34 yards to the end zone for a 14-0 lead.

Marshall followed up UConn's field goal miss in the second quarter with a long scoring drive that ended with Miller's scoring catch.

THE TAKEAWAY

UConn: The Huskies had won a total of seven games the past five seasons - they didn't play during the COVID-19-impacted 2020 season - yet looked revived much of the year in Mora's debut season. UConn has some blocks to build with for next season, especially in the run game where they averaged just under 200 yards per game.

Marshall: The Thundering Herd expect their strong finish to push them into the 2023 Sun Belt Conference championship chase in their second season in the league. Marshall was picked fourth in the Sun Belt's East Division this season and ended third.

December 19, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter MarshUConn
Marsh TD 11:15 Corey Gammage 9 yard TD pass from Cam Fancher (Rece Verhoff Extra Point) 7 0
Marsh TD 3:23 Damion Barber 34 yard interception return for TD (Rece Verhoff Extra Point) 14 0
Second Quarter MarshUConn
Marsh TD 7:05 Devin Miller 10 yard TD pass from Cam Fancher (Rece Verhoff Extra Point) 21 0
Third Quarter MarshUConn
Marsh TD 9:51 Rasheen Ali 2 yard TD run (Rece Verhoff Extra Point) 28 0
UConn TD 5:35 Victor Rosa 14 yard TD run (Noe Ruelas Extra Point) 28 7
UConn TD 0:00 Victor Rosa 24 yard TD run (Noe Ruelas Extra Point) 28 14
Team Stats
  Marshall Connecticut
First downs 19 18
  Rushing 13 8
  Passing 2 5
  Penalty 4 5
3rd Down Efficiency 7-16, 44% 3-12, 25%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 0-2, 0%
Rushes-Yards 45-210 38-144
Passing Yards 93 172
Return Yards 84 61
Completions-Attempts-Int 10-20-1 11-30-3
Sacks-Yards Lost 1-1 1-2
Punts 7 5
Fumbles Lost 2-1 1-1
Penalties - Yards 11-112 10-115
Marshall Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Fancher 10 20 93 2 1
Connecticut Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
Z. Turner 9 27 166 0 3
C. Millen 2 3 6 0 0
Marshall Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Ali 15 92 6.1 1
K. Laborn 21 90 4.3 0
E. Payne 3 18 6.0 0
C. Fancher 6 10 1.7 0
Connecticut Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
V. Rosa 16 75 4.7 2
D. Houston 5 40 8.0 0
Z. Turner 6 25 4.2 0
B. Brewton 5 5 1.0 0
R. Burns 3 3 1.0 0
C. Millen 3 -4 -1.3 0
Marshall Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
C. Gammage 3 50 16.7 1
D. Miller 2 17 8.5 1
K. Laborn 1 9 9.0 0
C. Montgomery 2 8 4.0 0
S. Ahmed 1 5 5.0 0
C. McMillan 1 4 4.0 0
Connecticut Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Marion 2 69 34.5 0
A. Turner 5 65 13.0 0
C. Ross 2 21 10.5 0
J. Joly 1 12 12.0 0
J. Flynn 1 5 5.0 0
Marshall Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. Barber 1 34
M. Abraham 1 0
C. Gammage 1 0
Connecticut Interceptions
Player Int Yards
M. Dixon 1 0
Marshall Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. McConnell 7 230 32.9
Connecticut Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
G. Caratan 5 201 40.2
Marshall Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
S. Gilmore 1 -5 -5.0
Connecticut Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Ross 3 5 1.7
Marshall Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Harrison 3 55 18.3
Connecticut Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Houston 1 8 8.0
V. Rosa 1 24 24.0
R. Burns 1 24 24.0
Marshall Missed FG
Player Length
Connecticut Missed FG
Player Length
N. Ruelas 45




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