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Mississippi State beats Miami on PAT block in St. Petersburg Bowl

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It might not have been one of the premier bowl games of the season, but the St. Petersburg Bowl delivered on drama Monday afternoon. Nelson Adams blocked a 37-yard field goal attempt by Miami of Ohio’s Nick Dowd, preserving a 17-16 victory by Mississippi State. It ended a six-game winning streak by Miami and left the Redhawks 6-7 on the season. Mississippi State finished 6-7 as well, making it a rare bowl game where both teams left with losing records.…

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UCF returns to bowl action against Arkansas State

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The University of Central Florida Knights look to start another string of bowl appearances when they face the Arkansas State Red Wolves in Saturday’s AutoNation Cure Bowl. They are not traveling far as the game will take place in Orlando’s Camping World Stadium. Players are always happy to be in a bowl game, but normally look forward to a trip away from home. For a team that went 0-12 the year before, the Knights are more than happy to stay…

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Keyna Cory named to Florida Sports Hall of Fame leadership role

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Two longtime public relations and sports administration veterans have been named to leadership positions with the Florida Sports Hall of Fame. Collegiate athletics administrator and public relations specialist Wayne Hogan will serve as Executive Director while Tallahassee-based consultant Keyna Cory is the newest member of the 22-person board of directors. Hall of Fame Board President Barry Smith announced the changes in a statement Friday. Hogan is owner and CEO of Mango Media, a public relations consulting firm in St. Petersburg,…

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Marshall relies on defense to beat UConn in St. Petersburg Bowl

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It was nice enough that Chase Litton got to come home. It was even nicer that he got to bring the Marshall defense along with him. Then he and his Marshall teammates shut down the UConn offense in Saturday’s St. Petersburg Bowl, winning a 16-10 victory over the Huskies. Litton, a graduate of nearby Wharton High School in Tampa, has had a fine true freshman season for the Thundering Herd. He threw four touchdown passes in his first game, and…

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Marshall football a program with long history

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Marshall University brings a sad, but proud history to Saturday’s matchup with Connecticut in the St. Petersburg Bowl. Several NFL stars played for the Thundering Herd, but the school is also known for those who lost their lives in a horrific plane crash that wiped out the team more than a generation ago. Among those was Chad Pennington, who quarterbacked the Herd from 1995 to 1999. In his four years as a starter, Marshall won 47 games and lost only…

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Defenses expected to rule as Marshall plays UConn in St. Pete Bowl

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Don’t expect a lot of points when the Marshall Thundering Herd takes on UConn in the St. Petersburg Bowl on Saturday. Defense is the calling card of both teams, with UConn ranked 18th in the nation and Marshall tied for 32nd. The Thundering Herd enters the game 9-3, losing once in double overtime and once in triple overtime. UConn at one point lost five of six games and finished 6-6. The Huskies, in particular, will count on their defense to…

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St. Petersburg Bowl: Don’t underestimate UConn

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Those underestimating the University of Connecticut Huskies on Saturday would be making a mistake when it takes on the Marshall Thundering Herd at Tropicana Field in the St. Petersburg Bowl. It is easy to look at some of their losses this year and think Marshall could roll over them. There was the 37-13 rout at the hands of Cincinnati and the season-ending 27-3 pasting from Temple to look at as evidence. But this Huskie team did something no other team…

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