MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The Marshall Thundering Herd and the Buffalo Bulls spent Christmas at the Cramton Bowl this year. It was a chilly afternoon as both teams hoped to end the season with a win in the Capital City.
Both squads were coming off conference championship losses, so a Camellia Bowl trophy would be a great Christmas gift.
On the opening drive, the Bulls nearly drove the length of the field but were stopped short in the red zone, and after a missed field goal, a Camellia Bowl tradition lived on. In seven years, there has never been a score on the opening drive of the bowl.
Neither team would put points on the board in the first quarter, which was the first time there were no scores in the opening quarter in the history of the bowl.
But in the second, Buffalo wasted no time finding the end zone. Quarterback Kyle Vantrease kept it for a yard, and his fourth rushing touchdown of the season gave Buffalo a 7-0 lead.
They’d tack on a field goal midway through the quarter to make it 10 unanswered points.
However, with time winding down in the half, the Thundering Herd began their march. Knowledge McDaniel capped off a seven-yard drive with a two-yard rushing score just before the break. The Bulls led 10-7 at halftime.
Marshall would tie it midway through the third with a 21-yard field goal. But after that, the Christmas cheer fizzled out. No scores until the closing minutes of the fourth when Kevin Marks punched in the game-winner. Marshall tried one last time to tie it up, but quarterback Grant Wells was sacked with three seconds left in the game.
Buffalo won the 2020 Camellia Bowl 17-10.
Marks was named the Bart Starr MVP. He finished the game with 138 yards on 34 carries and one touchdown.