Football Downs UAB, 31-17


Brian Anderson threw a touchdown pass with 5:02 left in the game for the win

Brian Anderson threw a touchdown pass with 5:02 left in the game for the win

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Nov. 6, 2010

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Brian Anderson threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns to lead Marshall to a 31-17 win over UAB on Saturday.

Anderson, who completed 25 of 41 passes with one interception for the Thundering Herd (3-6, 2-3 Conference USA), threw two first-quarter touchdown passes.

UAB quarterback Bryan Ellis also had two scoring passes in the first half, the second a 43-yarder to Patrick Hearn to tie the game at 14 with 1:03 to go until halftime.

Marshall then went seven plays in 58 seconds, culminating in Tyler Warner's 41-yard field goal.

The Blazers (3-6, 2-3) tied the game early in the fourth quarter on Josh Zahn's 20-yard field goal.

After the Thundering Herd's Troy Evans recovered his own fumble in the end zone for 24-17, Lee Smith caught his second touchdown pass from Anderson with 5:02 to go.

Lee Smith led all receivers with nine catches for 81 yards and the two scores, while Aaron Dobson added three catches for 74 yards.

Defensively, Marshall was led by senior linebacker Mario Harvey's 10 tackles, while UAB was paced by Marvin Burdette's 20 stops.

The Thundering Herd out-gained UAB, 400 yards to 318 and controlled the time of possession 34:11 to 25:49.

Marshall has now won two in a row after a three-game skid and picked up its first road win of the 2010 campaign.

The Herd returns home next Saturday to take on Memphis. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Joan C. Edwards Stadium and the game will not be televised.