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.