ST. PETERSBURG, FL - DECEMBER 20: Coach Doc Holliday of the Marshall Thundering Herd holds the championship trophy after a 20 - 10 victory against the Florida International University Panthers December 20, 2011 in the Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl 2011: Marshall Treats Itself To 20-10 Win Over FIU

FIU and Marshall offered up a handful of plays worth watching, but you really only had to show up for the very end.

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Marshall Vs. FIU, St. Petersburg Bowl Recap: The Numerical

A look at the numbers that mattered in Marshall's 20-10 upset of Florida International in the Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl.


Marshall Vs. FIU Final Score, Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl 2011: Gutsy Herd Prevail

An entirely unpleasant thing has come to an end: the 2011 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl is over, with the previously 6-6 Marshall Thundering Herd having vanquished Florida International, 20-10. It was a very bad game.

T.Y. Hilton, the lone attraction for the uninvested observer, ended up on the wrong side of the game's key play.

With FIU trailing by only three as five minutes remained, Hilton fumbled the ball for the second time in the game. This one wound up in Marshall's hooves, and a courageous fourth-down conversion near midfield iced the game -- Rakeem Cato threw for a 35-yard touchdown to Aaron Dobson when the average team would've elected to just punt and hope for a stand. That part was pretty good. The rest of this game was so bad.

Young Dobson may get the offensive game ball, catching seven times for 81 yards and both Marshall touchdowns.

Both of these teams made it in over Western Kentucky, which had a better Sun Belt record than FIU and had beaten the Golden Panthers head-to-head. Just wanted to point that out.

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No Cristobal for Pitt

Over the weekend, both the Pittsburgh Panthers and FIU coach Mario Cristobal denied or sidestepped chatter that they're doing business together. Cristobal has reportedly interviewed with Pitt as the Panthers seek Todd Graham's replacement*, but would prefer to leave it at that for the time being:

Greg Auman@gregauman FIU's Mario Cristobal on Pitt rumors: "All I'm really doing is my job as head football coach at FIU and getting ready for this bowl game."

Pitt, meanwhile, blames a very specific kind of report for all the trouble and confusion:

Contrary to Internet reports, the Pitt football head coaching position has not been offered to anyone, nor have any decisions on an offer been made. The search is still an ongoing process.

You never see programs specifically call out NEWSPAPER REPORTS, but that's just life.

* Seeking Todd Graham's replacement is something all of us have to go through at some point in life.

For more from the Panthers' side, visit Pitt blog Cardiac Hill and SB Nation Pittsburgh. For more on the 2011 college football coaching carousel, check out our dedicated section.

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