Oct. 24, 2009
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Brian Anderson threw for a pair of touchdowns and Darius Marshall scampered for 133 yards and a score to lead Marshall past UAB in a Conference USA gridiron contest on Saturday afternoon at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.
Anderson was 25-for-38 for 315 yards, while D. Marshall ran 32 times for 133 yards. It marked the first time a MU quarterback and running back surpassed the 300-yard and 100-yard plateaus since a 49-33 win against Kent State (10-11-03). In that game, Stan Hill passed for 392 yards, while Earl Charles rushed for 173 yards.
Marshall (5-3, 3-1 C-USA) featured Chuck Walker who made five receptions for 108 yards and a touchdown, while Cody Slate had five catches for 78 yards and a score.
UAB (2-5, 2-2 C-USA) was led by quarterback Joe Webb, who totaled 200 yards and a touchdown through the air and rushed for 129 yards.
MU held a 3-0 edge entering the third quarter thanks to a Craig Rantanamorn's season-long 43-yard field goal. The Herd would take its opening second quarter possession on a six-play 84-yard drive, which included a career-long catch from Walker (42-yards) and was capped off by a 30-yard touchdown pass from Anderson to Slate, giving MU a 10-0 advantage with 12:30 remaining in the opening half.
The touchdown by Slate was his third of the season and 22nd of his career, which tied him with Jim Swierczek (1951-53) for seventh place on the MU all-time touchdown reception list.
On the ensuing Blazers' possession, the Blazers marched down the field but failed to put any points on the scoreboard, missing a 24-yard field goal attempt.
Marshall responded with an 11-play 64-yard surge to the UAB 1-yard line. After a touchdown catch by Walker was overturned by the replay booth, the Herd came up short on a fourth-and-goal when a D. Marshall rushing attempt was stuffed at the line of scrimmage, turning the ball over on downs to the Blazers.
Walker corralled a 15-yard strike from Anderson for a quick score before the end of the first half to push the Herd advantage to 17-0 with 1:43 remaining.
With 26 seconds remaining in the first half, Webb tossed a 12-yard fade pass to Mark Ferrell for a touchdown to conclude a nine-play effort that amassed 68 yards in only 1:17.
On its first possession of the second half, MU embarked on a 19-play effort that encompassed 89 yards and pushed the lead to 24-7. Darius Marshall ended the scoring drive that ate a large portion of the third quarter (9:10) with his 10th rushing score of the season on a 1-yard plunge. During the drive, Marshall ran 14 times for 60 yards, including 10-straight handoffs, ending in the score.
Ratanamorn split the uprights for his second field goal of the game (a 32-yarder), to stay perfect (9-for-9) and tack on three more points and give the Herd a 27-7 lead with 5:35 left in the game and round out the scoring on the afternoon.
Marshall linebacker Mario Harvey made a game-high 15 tackles, while cornerback Ashton Hall registered 11, as the Herd defense gave up the fewest of points (7) of the season.
Next on the schedule for the Herd is a trip to Orlando, Fla., to play UCF on Sunday, Nov. 1. The game is slated for 8:15 p.m. and will be aired on ESPN.