Oct. 18, 2008
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Marshall football team lost, 23-21, to UAB in a back and forth battle Saturday at Legion Field.
Marshall quarterback Mark Cann finished the day 15-of-25 passing for 201 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Chubb Small and Darius Marshall combined for 85 yards rushing on 24 carries. Receiver Darius Passmore had a huge day with 129 yards receiving on five catches, including a 71-yard touchdown reception.
Joe Webb led the Blazers with an outstanding offensive performance. On the day, Webb totled 352 yards of total offense and scored one touchdown on the ground. Rashaud Slaughter had 52 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown.
Marshall got the ball to start the contest but the Herd's first drive would result in points for the Blazers as UAB's Anthony Barnes tackled Passmore in the end zone for a safety on the game's first offensive play.
The Herd responded with two scoring drives to take a 14-2 lead. The first touchdown came on a 20-yard pass across the middle from Cann to Slate with 2:33 left in the first quarter.
Marshall's next touchdown was on its first drive of the second quarter as Passmore showed off his speed, turning a short completion from Cann into a 71-yard catch and run.
Just as the Herd looked to be settling in and taking control of the game, UAB's offense came to life and provided the Blazers with two scores of their own.
UAB went 93 yards in 19 plays and Justin Brooks cashed in a three-yard touchdown run. The Blazers converted on their next drive as well, as Rashaud Slaughter carried for a one-yard score and UAB converted on the following two-point play to go up 17-14 at the half.
Marshall seemed poised to retake the lead midway through the third quarter. The Herd found itself at the UAB one-yard line with first-and-goal after a 48-yard completion from Brian Anderson
to Passmore. After a penalty moved Marshall back to the six, Anderson fumbled and UAB recovered.
The Blazers proceeded to move 92 yards and Webb scored a 28-yard draw play.
UAB was driving again later in the fourth quarter when Webb was intercepted by Maurice Kitchens. Marshall was unable to move the ball and punted. On first down for the Blazers Aaron Johns carried, but the Herd's Mario Harvey stripped the ball out of his hands and ran 62 yards for a touchdown.
After stuffing UAB on its next drive, Marshall slowly and methodically moved the ball down to the UAB 20-yardline behind hard running from Small and Marshall, but Craig Ratanamorn's field goal attempt sailed wide right.