Marshall-Buffalo Game Notes
Heisman Trophy candidate Byron Leftwich threw for 447 yards, 28-for-35, and 4 TDs in the first half before being removed from the game. His performance was just shy of the NCAA record for passing yards in a half. Houston's Andre Ware threw for 517 yards against SMU on Oct. 21, 1989.
It was Leftwich's 18th 300-yard passing game and his 8th career 400-yard passing game. It also marked the sixth time in his career that he has thrown for four or more touchdowns in a game.
Leftwich moved past East Carolina's David Garrard and tied Florida's Danny Wuerffel in NCAA career attempts with 1170, which puts him at 19th all-time.
Leftwich now stands only 75 total yards behind Donovan McNabb's 9,950 career total yards, which ranks 23rd all-time in NCAA history.
Leftwich moved five spots and into a tie for 18th for NCAA career touchdown passes with 74. He is tied with Tim Couch, Shane Matthews, and Dan Marino. He now ranks 12th in NCAA career passing efficiency. He moved past Steve Young, Robbie Boscoe, and Mike Maxwell of Nevada with a 142.92 career rating.
He also moved up eight spots on the NCAA career attempts list into a tie with Danny Wuerffel for 19th at 1,170. He moved three spots on the NCAA career completions list all-time into 14th, with 753.
In his career against UB (three games), Leftwich is 90-of-120 for 1,280 yards and nine touchdowns.
Marshall's 52 points in the first half are the most points scored by a MU team in one half in modern history. The 52 points surpassed the Herd's 49 first half points scored against Western Carolina in 1994.
Curtis Head's 53 yard field goal in the third quarter was the longest field goal in Marshall University Stadium history, surpassing Tim Openlander's 52 yarder against Howard in 1996 and Eastern Michigan's Justin Ventura's 52 yarder in 1997.
Redshirt freshman Wilbur Hargrove recorded the first touchdown of his career on the Herd's longest run of the year, a 78 yarder in the third quarter.
Junior wide receiver Darius Watts moved past Mike Barber into second all-time at Marshall in career touchdown receptions with 27. He also moves into a tie with Steve Neal of Western Michigan and Ronnie Redd of BGSU for third all-time in the MAC. Watts now stands all-time in the Mid-American Conference with 2,345 career yards receiving.
Running back Franklin Wallace eclipsed the 1,600 yard rushing mark and now has 1,620 career rushing yards.
Marshall's crowd of 28,200 coupled with the previous crowds of 32,042 and 32,900 gave Marshall its highest three-game attendance total in history (92,142).
UB's Scott McMahan's 62-yard punt in the second quarter is the longest by an opponent in MU Stadium history. Ohio Dave Zastudil's 61-yarder in 2001 was the previous record.