Sept. 12, 2006
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Marshall returns to Manhattan, Kansas, on Saturday for the rubber match of a three game series with Kansas State that started in 2003.
Fox Sports Net will televise the contest which is scheduled to begin with a 12:40 (EDT) kickoff. Bill Land will handle the play-by-play duties, with former New York Giants linebacker Gary Reasons serving as the analyst. Emily Jones will be on the sidelines.
Marshall ended Kansas State's 41-game home non-conference winning streak with a 27-20 win over the then sixth-ranked Wildcats in the first meeting between the two schools in 2003. Kansas State evened the series at 1-1 when it escaped Huntington last season with a 21-19 win.
Both contests went down to the wire in the previous meetings. KSU had a potential game-tying six-yard pass fall incomplete to end the game in 2003 and Justin McKinney intercepted a Jimmy Skinner pass at the KSU 12-yard line with only three seconds to play to hold on to its win in 2005.
Marshall (1-1) is coming off of a 54-31 win over Hofstra last Saturday in Huntington.
Marshall's junior offensive duo of Ahmad Bradshaw (Bluefield, Va./Graham) and Bernard Morris (Orlando, Fla./Jones) combined to rush for 303 yards and become the first backs in school history to rush for more than 150 yards in the same game. Bradshaw led all rushers with 152 yards on 17 carries and a career-high four touchdowns. It was Bradshaw's fifth 100-yard rushing game of his career.
Morris added 151 yards on 14 carries, becoming the first Marshall quarterback since 1978 to rush for 100 yards in a single game. Danny Wright was the last Herd signal caller to accomplish the feat when he rushed for 141 yards against Furman on Oct. 28, 1978.
It was also the first time since Nov. 20, 2004, that the Herd had two 100-yard rushers in the same game. Bradshaw and Earl Charles rushed for 145 and 140 yards, respectively, against Western Michigan.
Kansas State (2-0) is coming off of a 45-0 win over Florida Atlantic and opened the season with a 24-23 win over Illinois State.
Kansas State is led offensively by running back Clayton Thomas who carried the ball 16 times for 89 yards and a TD in the win over FAU. Defensively, linebacker Brandon Archer leads the team with 19 tackles.