Antelope Valley Press

Freshman McCown leads UTSA to 35-17 Frisco Bowl win over Marshall


FRISCO, Texas — Redshirt freshman Owen McCown recovered from a shaky beginning to his first start of the year to complete 22 of 31 passes for 251 yards and two touchdowns as UTSA rallied from a 14-0 deficit to beat Marshall 35-17 in the Frisco Bowl on Tuesday night.

Robert Henry had touchdown runs of 3 yards and 1 yard and Rocko Griffin one for 17 yards for UTSA (9-4), which won a bowl game for the first time following four bowl losses including in each of the previous three seasons.

Joshua Cephus caught a 44-yard TD pass and David Amador II caught one for 19 yards.

Marshall (6-7) lost seven of its final nine games to finish with its first losing season since 2016.

McCown, a transfer who started three games for Colorado last year, stepped in after senior Frank Harris, who recorded 39 wins in 51 starts over seven years in the program, was declared out about an hour before kickoff because of a shoulder injury suffered in UTSA’s previous game on Nov. 24.

The Thundering Herd also played without the quarterbac­k who led them most of the season. Sophomore Cam Fancher, who started 10 games, announced on Dec. 6 that he’d entered the transfer portal. Redshirt freshman Cole Pennington, who made two starts, passed for 257 yards and was sacked six times.

Ethan Payne’s 1-yard touchdown run following the first of McCown’s two first-period intercepti­ons and a 64-yard touchdown run by Rasheen Ali on the first play of the second quarter put Marshall ahead 14-0.

Marshall’s Rece Verhoff kicked a 44-yard field goal.

McCown and Pennington are the sons of former NFL quarterbac­ks Josh McCown and Chad Pennington.

Marshall: It was a tumultuous season for the Herd. A 4-0 start was followed by a five-game losing streak, two changes of quarterbac­ks and the firing of four assistant coaches before the bowl game.

UTSA: The Roadrunner­s were one win short of playing SMU for the AAC championsh­ip in their first season in the conference – and SMU’s departure from the league.


Marshall: Will open the 2024 season at home vs. Stony Brook on Aug. 31 before visiting Virginia Tech and Ohio State.

UTSA: Hosts Kennesaw

State on Aug. 31.

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