Marshall 24 - Rice 20
Oct. 15, 2011
Junior quarterback A.J. Graham made his first career start.
Marshall scored its first rushing touchdown of the season when Graham scored on a 15 yard run in the first quarter.
Graham's 129 yards rushing was the first time a Marshall quarterback had gone over 100 yards on the ground since Bernard Morris rushed for 126 yards on 11 carries in a 26-7 win over ECU on Nov. 10, 2007.
Marshall's 87-yard drive that concluded in the second quarter with a Graham 5-yard touchdown run was its longest scoring drive of the season. It took 11 plays and 4:38 to complete.
At the 10:40 mark of the second quarter, Marshall had out-rushed Rice 118-25.
Rice's six points at halftime was the least amount of points Marshall has allowed in in the first half all season. Also, the 17 points by the Herd was a season-high for most scored in the first half.
Freshman Rakeem Cato entered the game at quarterback for one offensive series in the third quarter and one in the fourth quarter. He completed two of four passes for one yard.
Marshall rushed for a season-high 217 yards. Its previous high was 172 yards against Ohio.
Senior defensive end Vinny Curry entered the game leading Conference USA in sacks and added to that total with 3.5 on Saturday. He also recovered a fumble and on a separate play, forced a fumble in the fourth quarter. Curry also totaled nine tackles, four for loss.
Senior safety Omar Brown, who ranks fourth in the conference in tackles, led the Herd with 12 on Saturday.
Senior kicker Tyler Warner's 45-yard kick to end the first half tied his season-long.