Total Team Effort Lifts Football Past Tulane on Senior Day, 38-23


Mario Harvey

Mario Harvey

Nov. 27, 2010

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University football team scored a season-high 31 points in the first half and recorded touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams to win the 2010 season finale against the Tulane Green Wave, 38-23, on Saturday afternoon at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

Senior linebacker Mario Harvey had a standout performance collecting a career-high 21 tackles (nine solo, 12 assist) along with five pass break-ups, three tackles for loss, two sacks and one forced fumble in his final game suiting up for the Thundering Herd.

Safeties Donald Brown and Omar Brown also each contributed solid defensive efforts in the victory.  D. Brown finished with 11 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack, while O. Brown registered two interceptions  along with ten tackles.

Seniors Courtney Edmondson and Chuck Walker, along with freshman Tron Martinez, each hauled in touchdown receptions as Marshall concludes the season with a 5-7 overall record, 4-4 against Conference USA opponents.

Playing in his final game for the Thundering Herd, quarterback Brian Anderson fired a pair of touchdowns through the air along 162 passing yards.

Tulane (4-8, 2-6 C-USA) received 370 yards passing yards from quarterback Ryan Griffin.  He completed 36-of-64 pass attempts and a score, but was intercepted three times on the afternoon.  Running back Orleans Darkwa rushed for a pair of scores in the loss.

The Green Wave took an early lead in the first quarter when Darkwa dashed in from eight yards out for a score, after a Herd fumble on its first possession of the game.

Marshall would strike right back on the ensuing possession when MU running back Jermaine Kelson used some trickier by taking a pitch from Anderson and completed an 18-yard touchdown to Walker to even the score.

On the first play of the second quarter, Anderson hooked up with Edmonson for a 20-yard touchdown to take the lead that the Herd would not relinquish. 

The Herd tacked on seven more points, when Essray Taliaferro blocked a punt that was scooped up by Kevin Perry at the two-yard line and plunged in for the score.  It marked the first time Marshall scored on a blocked punt since Sept. 16, 2006 at Kansas State. 

Following a touchdown reception from Griffin to wideout Ryan Grant with eight seconds remaining in the opening half, Marshall was able to add on three additional points when Tyler Warner split the uprights from 33 yards out to take a 31-14 lead into the locker room.

A Rashad Jackson 84-yard interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter would cap off the scoring for the Herd on the day.  Tulane added another touchdown from Darkwa and a safety to bring the final score to 38-23.

 

POST GAME MARSHALL NOTES

STRONG FINISH:  Marshall finished the season winning four of its last five games to end the season 5-7 overall.  The Thundering Herd lost six of its first seven.

SENIOR DAY:  Saturday's game marked the final collegiate contest for 19 seniors on the Marshall football team, including:  Brian Anderson, Mark Cann, Pete Culicerto, Courtney Edmondson, Mario Harvey, Michael Janac, Johnny Jones, Howard King, Cody Ochoa, Kevin Perry, Landis Provancha, Chad Schofield, Lee Smith, Press Taylor, Demetrius Thompson, Tavaris Thompson, Erik Vint, Chuck Walker and D.J. Wingate.

SUPER MARIO REACHES 400:  On the first Tulane drive of the game, Mario Harvey became just the eighth player in Marshall history to record 400 career tackles.  He ended his four-year career with 420 tackles, tying with Donahue Stephenson (1990-93) for fifth all-time at Marshall.

HARVEY SETS CAREER-HIGH:  Senior Mario Harvey recorded a career-high 21 tackles (nine solo, 12 assist) in his final game of his career.

KELSON TRICKERY:  Running back Jermaine Kelson fired his first collegiate pass, an 18-yard touchdown toss to Chuck Walker, with 4:32 remaining in the first quarter.

CHUCK MAKING IT COUNT:  Senior wide receiver Chuck Walker hauled in his first touchdown of the season in his final game for the Thundering Herd on the18-yard half-back pass from Jermaine Kelson.  Walker ended his career with four career touchdown receptions.

HERD BLOCKS PUNT:  Redshirt-freshman Essray Taliaferro recorded his first career blocked punt, marking the first by Marshall since Sept. 22, 2007 at Cincinnati by Ashton Hall.  Senior Kevin Perry scooped up the blocked punt and returned it two yards for his first career touchdown and the first blocked punt return for a score since Sept. 16, 2006 at Kansas State when J.J. Johnson returned a 17-yard touchdown.

NICE HANDS TRON:  Freshman Tron Martinez hauled in his first career touchdown reception on a 19-yard pass from Brian Anderson in the second quarter.

POINTS, POINTS, POINTS:  Marshall matched its season-high of 31 points in the first half against the Green Wave.  The Thundering Herd ended the night with 38 points.

THE JACKSON 6:  Junior defensive back Rashad Jackson recorded his third interception in two weeks, returning it 84 yards for his first career touchdown.

SACK OF CURRY:  Junior defensive end Vinny Curry added a half sack to his season total, giving him 12 for the season, tops in Conference USA.  His sack total is tied for the sixth most in a single-season with former Marshall players William King (1993) and B.J. Cohen (1994).