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Buffalo Bulls stampede to victory over Marshall Thundering Herd in Camellia Bowl

The Bulls hang on without star running back Jaret Patterson.

Buffalo Bulls running back Kevin Marks Jr. carries the ball against Marshall Thundering Herd during the first half at Cramton Bowl Stadium. Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

As neither team found 300 yards of offense, it was a closely fought victory in the 2020 Camellia Bowl as the Buffalo Bulls hung on for a 17-10 victory over the Marshall Thundering Herd.

Both teams struggled to move the ball, averaging just 4.2 yards per play in a game with just one turnover. Marshall entered with the No. 1 scoring defense in college football, and Buffalo with the leading rushing offense.

Buffalo found the win without star running back Jaret Patterson who missed the game due to injury, but backup Kevin Marks was still effective with 35 carries for 138 yards and a touchdown. In total Buffalo ran the ball 41 times for 158 yards, with quarterback Kyle Vantrease going 16-27 for 140 yards and an interception.

The Bulls (6-1) drove the field late, and in fact on first down and goal from the one-yard line with under two minutes left, the Herd were attempting to let Marshall score. They finally took the opportunity on second down to take a 17-10 lead, leaving 1:06 for Marshall to try and tie the game.

But Marshall (7-3) quarterback Grant Wells was sacked twice on the drive, including on fourth-and-11 to seal the game. Wells was 13-20 for 114 yards on the day, with Corey Gammage getting most of those yards with six receptions for 88 yards.