Sept. 9, 2006
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HUNTINGTON - Marshall's junior offensive duo of Ahmad Bradshaw (Bluefield, Va./Graham) and Bernard Morris (Orlando, Fla./Jones) combined to rush for 303 yards to lead the Thundering Herd to an impressive 54-31 win over Hofstra Saturday night at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.
Bradshaw led all rushers with 152 yards on 17 carries and a career-high four touchdowns. It was Bradshaw's fifth 100-yard rushing game of his career. Morris added 151 yards on 14 carries, becoming the first Marshall quarterback since 1978 to rush for 100 yards in a single game. Danny Wright was the last Herd signal caller to accomplish the feat when he rushed for 141 yards against Furman on Oct. 28, 1978.
It was also the first time since Nov. 20, 2004, that the Herd had two 100-yard rushers in the same game. Bradshaw and Earl Charles rushed for 145 and 140 yards, respectively, against Western Michigan.
The Herd (1-1) rushed for 313 yards - the most since Marshall posted 374 yards against Akron Nov. 1, 2003. Hofstra (1-1) rushed for negative-five yards in the loss.
"It's good to get the win in front of the home crowd," Marshall head coach Mark Snyder said. "We started slow, but I felt like we came back in the second half just a little bit faster. We need to be able to start the game faster.
"We had turnovers and you can't turn the ball over on special teams. Special teams had two
today and we can't have that. We have to correct that in a hurry."
Morris went 20-of-27 passing for 153 yards and two touchdowns, while Jimmy Skinner (Chillicothe, Ohio/Chillicothe) went 5-for-6 for 53 yards and one touchdown.
Emmanuel Spann (Atlanta, Ga./Westlake) led the Herd with 10 catches for 97 yards and one touchdown. Mike Nolan (Swiftwater, Pa./Pocono Mountain) had two receptions for 20 yards, including his first career touchdown.
Hofstra's Shaine Smith led all receivers with seven receptions for 118 yards and two touchdowns. Anton Clarkson went 25-of-49 for 256 yards and two touchdowns.
Hofstra took control of the game early, scoring 14 points in the first minutes of the first quarter to take a two touchdown advantage. The Pride drove 82 yards on nine plays in 4:14 on its opening drive to take a 7-0 lead.
Anton Clarkson connected with Shaine Smith on a 45-yard touchdown pass for the Pride's first score.
On the ensuing kickoff, Hofstra kicker Chris Hanly recovered a fumble by Chubb Small (Auburndale, Fla./Hargrave) at the Marshall 20-yard line. Two plays later, Kareem Huggins scored from seven yards out for the Pride's second score.
However, the Herd would respond with 20 unanswered points to take a 20-14 lead. The Herd's third drive of the opening quarter resulted in a Marshall touchdown. A 42-yard run by Morris opened the door for Bradshaw, who scored on a 24-yard touchdown run.
In the second quarter, Marshall pulled to within one point, 14-13, on Bradshaw's second rushing touchdown of the game. The Herd was unable to provide the equalizer as Hofstra's Ken Sussman blocked Anthony Binswanger's (Pleasant Hill, Calif./Diablo Valley CC) point after attempt.
Bradshaw single-handedly gave the Herd its first lead of the game later in the second quarter. Following a Hofstra punt, Bradshaw reeled off a 19-yard run and a 40-yard touchdown scamper, giving the Herd a 20-14 lead with 9:26 remaining.
Hofstra scored for the first time in the second quarter just before halftime. Zarrilli connected on a 21-yard field goal with 12 seconds left, cutting the lead to 20-17.
Marshall began to pull away in the third quarter. Morris connected with freshman tight end Cody Slate (Chipley, Fla./Hargrave) on a 13-yard fade route in the end zone, extending the Herd lead to 27-17 at the 10:40 mark.
Less than 30 seconds later, the Herd defense reached the end zone for the first time this season. Dennis Thornton (Spotsylvania, Va./Hargrave) sacked Clarkson, forcing a fumble. Shavar Greer (Beckley, W.Va./Woodrow Wilson) picked up the loose ball and ran it in for the 10-yard score. Sussman blocked a second Binswanger point after attempt to give the Herd a 33-17 advantage.
Bradshaw added his fourth touchdown at the 7:17 mark of the third quarter, extending the lead to 23 points, 40-17.
Hofstra cut the Herd lead to 40-25 in the fourth quarter, but the Herd put the game out of reach with touchdowns by Spann and Nolan to give the Herd a 54-31 win.
The Marshall Thundering Herd returns to the road for a pair of away games. The Herd will travel to Manhattan, Kan., to face Kansas State Saturday, Sept. 9 at 12:30 p.m. (EDT). The game will be televised live on Fox Sports Net.