Marshall Takes Care of UAB, 27-7|
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.
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.
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.