Nov. 29, 2008
HUNTINGTON - Marshall racked up a season-high 437 yards of offense, including 260 on the ground, but it wasn't enough to prevent a 38-35 shootout loss to Conference USA West Division Champion Tulsa on Senior Day in Joan C. Edwards Stadium.
Marshall (4-8, 3-5 C-USA) got a combined 185 yards rushing on 18 carries from Darius Marshall and Chubb Small, including a career-long 69-yard touchdown run from Small. Freshman Terrell Edwards tacked on 53 yards and a score on just three touches.
Brian Anderson started his first game of the season for the Herd and completed 14-of-19 passes for 177 yards and three touchdowns.
Tarrion Adams led the Golden Hurricane with 123 yards on 30 carries and a career-high three touchdowns. Quarterback David Johnson completed 21-of-33 for 313 yards and two touchdowns.
Marshall's defense forced Tulsa to punt on the game's opening possession and the Herd took over at its own four-yard line. Marshall immediately established the ground game, pounding its way down the field on a 14-play 96-yard touchdown drive. Anderson capped the march with a 19-yard pass to Courtney Edmonson.
The Golden Hurricane stormed back with two quick touchdown scores of its own. Adams punched in both touchdowns from one-yard out to give Tulsa a 14-7 advantage.
Small evened the score once again on the Herd's next play with a career-long 69-yard touchdown run right through the middle of the Tulsa defense. It was the longest run given up by the Golden Hurricane all season.
Adams led the way once again on Tulsa's next possession, rushing the ball on five of seven plays to set up a 15-yard touchdown strike from David Johnson to Damarius Johnson.
The two sides traded punts and Marshall took over in Tulsa territory. After going backwards on its first three plays, Marshall went for it on fourth down and Anderson hit Passmore in stride on a 42-yard bomb to tie the game at 21-21.
Tulsa stopped Marshall's first drive out of the locker room and jumped back on top as Johnson found Charles Clay for a two-yard score on third and goal.
Anderson calmly led the Herd back down the field to once again tie the game. The junior hit Slate on a gorgeous 37-yard completion to the sideline and found Passmore in the corner of the endzone three plays later for a 12-yard touchdown.
The Golden Hurricane again came right back to retake the lead. Johnson connected with Brennan Marion on a 37-yard pass down the middle and Adams capped off the six-play scoring drive with his third touchdown of the game.
Marshall then scored on another huge run, this time from Edwards, who bowled over a Tulsa defender during his 53-yard touchdown scamper.
Tulsa looked to be in position to retake the lead in the fourth quarter but Jarod Tracy's 46-yard field goal attempt came up well short.
After Marshall was forced to punt on the ensuing drive, Tulsa took over on its own 27-yardline. The Golden Hurricane moved to midfield after a Johnson pass intended for Trey Johnson deflected into the air and was caught by Marion. A 15-yard penalty on the Herd and a pair of rushes by Adams set up a 22-yard game-winning field goal from Tracy.
Marshall took over with 3:42 remaining and moved the ball to midfield, however, Small was denied on a fourth-and-one try, allowing Tulsa to run out the clock.