Bulls defeat Thundering Herd at 2020 Camellia Bowl for first win in series

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Buffalo Bulls defeated the Marshall Thundering Herd on Christmas Day. The Bulls won 17-10 over the Thundering Herd in the Camellia Bowl at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama.

This was the second Bowl game hosted at the venue in the past three days. On December 23rd, the Memphis Tigers defeated the Florida Atlantic Owls in the Montgomery Bowl at the facility.

Buffalo Bulls quarterback Kyle Vantrease prepares to take a snap against the Marshall Thundering Herd in the 2020 Camellia Bowl
Kyle Vantrease prepares to take a snap against the Marshall Thundering Herd in the 2020 Camellia Bowl (Photo by Buffalo Bulls Football/Instagram)

With the win, the Bulls conclude their 2020 season with a 6-1 record. The Thundering Herd fell to 7-3 to end their season with the loss.

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This is the first-time that the Bulls defeated the Thundering Herd. Previously, from 1963 through 2004, Marshall had an 8-0 record against Buffalo.

Bulls quarterback Kyle Vantrease went 16 of 27 for 140 yards. He had one interception.

Kevin Marks Jr. Had 35 carries for 138 yards and a touchdown. Jovany Ruiz had seven receptions for 61 yards.

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The Bulls were without running back Jaret Patterson, who had star numbers in two games, before falling off with less than 200 yards in his last two games. Patterson missed the Bowl game due to knee issues.

Thundering Herd quarterback Grant Wells went 13 of 20 for 114 yards.

Sheldon Evans had 18 carries for 79 yards. Corey Gammage had six receptions for 88 yards.

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The Bulls led 10-0 before the Thundering Herd even scored.

Vantrease and Marks Jr. scored the aforementioned rushing touchdowns for the Bulls. Kicker Alex McNulty also made a field goal.

Knowledge McDaniel scored the Thundering Herd’s lone touchdown. Kicker Shane Ciucci also made a field goal.

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