Sept. 10, 2005
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Allen Webb threw two touchdown passes and Thomas Clayton scored twice for Kansas State, which preserved a 21-19 victory over Marshall on Saturday with an interception in the closing seconds.
Marshall had the chance to win with a field goal from the Kansas State 21 with nine seconds left but decided to try one more play. But Jimmy Skinner, playing the second half in relief of injured Bernie Morris, threw an interception to end the threat.
Kansas State (2-0) went scoreless in the second half but handed Marshall (1-1) only its eighth loss since its stadium opened in 1991.
Clayton had his second-straight 100-yard game since replacing career rushing leader Darren Sproles, finishing with 152 yards on 26 carries. Kansas State fell behind early but Webb quieted the crowd, running for 58 yards and throwing for 126.
Unlike 2003, when Marshall beat then-No. 6 Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan., the Thundering Herd couldn't overcome an eight-point halftime deficit and make a hero of a backup quarterback.
Ahmad Bradshaw ran for two scores, including a 1-yarder that brought Marshall within 21-19 early in the fourth quarter.
Skinner later found Marcus Fitzerald on consecutive pass plays for 46 yards that put the ball at the Kansas State 19. On third down, Bradshaw went airborne after catching a screen pass, was met by Marcus Watts and fumbled. Brandon Archer recovered for the Wildcats at the 4 with 7:29 left.
Webb and Clayton drove Kansas State to the Marshall 5. But on third down, Jermaine Moreira fumbled and Marshall recovered at its 24.
Skinner hit Hiram Moore with a 20-yard pass on fourth down, then found Wilbur Hargrove for 32 yards to the Kansas State 21. But Skinner's next pass, intended for Moore, was picked off by Justin McKinney.
Marshall passed out 20,000 thunder sticks and honored retired coach Bob Pruett
in a pregame ceremony, and the Thundering Herd replied against its highest-profile home opponent since returning to Division I-A eight years ago.
Marshall scored 10 points shortly after the fog had burned off for the 10:30 a.m. kickoff, getting a field goal on the opening drive and Bradshaw's 6-yard TD run after Yamon Figurs fumbled the ensuing kickoff.
But Marshall's defense, which allowed 362 yards last week to Division I-AA William & Mary, struggled early to stop Webb and Clayton. Webb engineered two touchdown drives late in the first quarter, then found Clayton with a 26-yard screen pass for a 21-10 lead.