Sept. 19, 2009
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University junior running back Darius Marshall rushed for a career-high 186 yards, including an 80-yard game-winning touchdown as the Thundering Herd football team downed Bowling Green, 17-10, Saturday evening at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.
With the score tied 7-7 with 10:29 remaining in the game, Marshall carried the ball 80 yards in for the score to give the Herd (2-1) a lead it would not surrender. The touchdown marked a career-long, surpassing his 61-yard score last week against Virginia Tech.
The Falcons (1-2) opened up the scoring as BGSU QB Tyler Sheehan found an open Chris Wright down the middle for a 50-yard touchdown in the second quarter. The score remained 7-0 in favor of BGSU until the third quarter when Marshall QB Brian Anderson hooked up with Antavious Wilson on an 11-yard score to put the Herd on the board.
Following Marshall's touchdown, which gave the Herd its first lead of the game in the fourth quarter, the Herd defense forced a Bowling Green turnover deep in its own territory, which Marshall converted into a field goal to take a 17-7 lead.
Bowling Green fought back, hitting a field goal with 3:19 left in the contest to get within a score, 17-10. The BGSU defense forced Marshall into a three-and-out, giving its offense one final shot to tie the game.
The Falcons began the drive at their own 16 yard line and marched down to the Herd 15 in the final minute. After an incompletion on first down, MU linebacker Mario Harvey sacked Sheehan for an 11-yard loss. The defense forced incompletions on third and fourth down to seal the game.
The Thundering Herd racked up 346 yards of offense with 246 coming on the ground. Marshall was responsible for 186 of those yards while Martin Ward rushed for 34 and Brian Anderson recorded 21.
Anderson finished the game with 100 yards and a touchdown. He completed 11-of-21 passes for 100 yards. Antavious Wilson led all MU receivers with 30 yards and a score.
Sheehan completed 43-of-62 pass attempts for 383 yards. Freddie Barnes led all pass catchers in the game with 109 yards while Chris Wright caught five balls for 104 yards and a touchdown.
Marshall's defense had a stellar outing, led by Albert McClellan. The senior defensive end recorded 15 tackles and two sacks to lead all players. His effort against BGSU pushed his career total to 20 sacks, placing him sixth on the all-time list. As a whole, MU sacked Sheehan six times.
The Herd rush defense put forth an outstanding effort. After allowing 444 yards on the ground last weekend at Virginia Tech, the unit held the Falcons to just ten yards on the ground, the lowest amount Marshall has given up since allowing UTEP to rush for 25 yards in 2006.
Next weekend, the team will be back in action, opening up its Conference USA slate at Memphis. CSS will broadcast the game, which is set for a 1 p.m. kickoff at the Liberty Bowl.