South Florida stays home to face Marshall in Gasparilla Bowl

Marshall head coach Doc Holiday reacts on the sideline during an offensive series in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Blacksburg Va. Saturday, Dec. 1 2018. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP)

By The Associated Press
Marshall (8-4, Conference USA) vs. South Florida (7-5 American Athletic Conference), Dec. 20, 8 p.m. ET
Location: Tampa, Florida.
TOP PLAYERS
Marshall: WR Tyre Brady, 66 catches for 914 yards and 9 touchdowns.
USF: RB Jordan Cronkrite, 173 carries for 1,095 yards and 9 touchdowns
NOTABLE
Marshall: The Thundering Herd had won three straight games before falling 41-20 at Virginia Tech on Saturday. Marshall owns a 5-0 bowl record during Doc Holliday’s coaching tenure.
USF: The Bulls raced to a 7-0 start and then lost their final five regular-season games. They will try to end that skid by playing a bowl game at their home stadium.
LAST TIME
This is the first meeting between the teams.
BOWL HISTORY
Marshall:
USF: 10th bowl appearance. This marks the fourth straight season the Bulls have gone bowling.
Marshall: 15th bowl appearance. Marshall’s 11-3 record in NCAA-sanctioned bowl games leads all programs that have made at least five bowl appearances.
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