Sept. 11, 2008
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The Thundering Herd returns home on Saturday for its Conference USA opener, playing host to the Memphis Tigers at 7 p.m. at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. The contest will be televised on CSS.
Marshall is looking to rebound from a 51-14 loss to No. 11 Wisconsin in front of 80,396 fans at Camp Randall. There were several bright spots for Marshall in that contest as the Herd took an early 14-0 lead over the Badgers. Redshirt freshman quarterback Mark Cann finished with 211 yards passing and was helped by Darius Passmore's seven catches for 95 yards. Tight end Lee Smith was solid with six receptions for 53 yards. The offensive line continued its solid play in Madison, failing to allow a sack for the second time in two contests thus far in the season.
Memphis comes into the weekend with a record of 0-2. In their opener on the road at Ole Miss, the Tigers were on the losing end of a 41-24 decision. Last weekend, Memphis opened up its Conference USA schedule, dropping a 42-35 decision to Rice at the Liberty Bowl. The Tigers held a lead of 15 points on two occasions in the fourth quarter, however, two touchdowns in the final 1:15 of the contest sealed the win for Rice.
The Tigers boast a high-powered offense that is averaging 488 yards and 29.5 points per game. They are led by quarterback Arkelon Hall. Through two games in 2008, Hall has passed for 532 yards completing 67.6% of his pass attempts. Hall has thrown three touchdown passes, all of which have been caught by wide receiver Maurice Jones. Jones has 12 receptions for 234 yards in the Tigers first two games.
Marshall will be facing Memphis for the fourth time on Saturday. The Tigers lead the series 2-1, following a 24-21 win over the Thundering Herd last season in Memphis. The home team has won each of the three games, with Marshall taking a 41-27 decision over Memphis in their only visit to Joan C. Edwards Stadium in 2006.
Saturday is Medical Appreciation Night with $15 tickets available to all hospital and other medical facility employees with valid work identification cards. The game will also mark Band Day as 11 local bands will perform on the field at halftime. Marshall's M-Club will honor the 1984 Thundering Herd football team during the game while Marshall's student-athletes of the year for 2007-08 will be introduced at the game - they are Kellie Schmitt from women's tennis and Adam Yeager from baseball.
Bob Neal will handle play by play, Chuck Oliver will serve as analyst and Allison Williams will serve as the sideline report on the CSS telecast. The audio from the Thundering Herd/ISP Network radio broadcast featuring Steve Cotton, Greg Cyrus and Rocky Smith will be available to all-access subscribers on Herdzone.com in addition to the over-the-air radio network.