Marshall Surges Past Tulane, 42-21; Skinner Throws Three Fourth-Quarter TDs

Nov. 4, 2006

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Backup Jimmy Skinner threw three fourth-quarter touchdown passes Saturday night, lifting Marshall to a 42-21 win over Tulane.

Skinner came on after starter Bernard Morris hurt his leg late in the third quarter to lead the Thundering Herd (4-5, 3-2 Conference USA) to their third straight win.

Marshall built a 21-0 first-quarter lead, saw it slip away and squandered three scoring chances inside the Tulane 30 in the third quarter. Morris and Skinner each threw interceptions and Tulane blocked Anthony Binswanger's 38-yard field goal try.

Early in the fourth, Marshall's Jon Moravec blocked a punt and the Thundering Herd took over at the Tulane 24. Skinner hit freshman Cody Slate with a 14-yard TD pass for a 28-21 lead with 12:34 remaining.

Tulane (3-6, 1-4) drove to the Marshall 22, but Lester Ricard threw incomplete on fourth-and-2. Skinner then took Marshall 78 yards in five plays, capped by his 24-yard TD toss to Emmanuel Spann.

Tulane's Fred Smith fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Marshall's Jeremy Frazie recovered at the Tulane 26. Skinner capped the scoring with an 11-yard TD pass to Ahmad Bradshaw.

Skinner went 9-of-11 for 113 yards. Bradshaw ran for 138 yards on 22 carries.

Ricard, who threw for 409 yards and three TDs in a win last week over Army, had a less-productive game in the cold in Conference USA's northernmost city. He went 26-of-46 for 262 yards with two interceptions.