Oct. 21, 2011
Marshall-Houston Game Notes
HOUSTON, Tx.-The Marshall football team (3-4, 2-1 C-USA) travels to Houston (6-0, 2-0 C-USA) for a 4:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. CT) kickoff from Robertson Stadium Saturday afternoon. The game will be televised by Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS) and will be carried locally on WSAZ-TV.
Vinny Curry continued his dominance in the trenches and collected 3.5 sacks in the game. The senior finished with nine tackles and added 4.0 tackles for a loss for a career total of 44.0. Senior safety Omar Brown, who ranks fourth in the nation in tackles, led the Herd with 12 and Devin Arrington and Kellen Harris produced eight tackles each. Offensively, both teams used a wide variety of quarterbacks, with Marshall using two and Rice using three. For Marshall, Graham finished 12-for-23 for 110 yards and gained 129 yards on the ground. The Herd ground game finished with 217 yards and a 5.0 rushing average.
The Cougars, who are ranked in the top 21 in both national polls, are ranked 19th in the season's first release of the BCS standings. Prior to last week's bye week, the squad downed East Carolina 56-3 on Oct. 8. Quarterback Case Keenum threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns and completed 81 percent (30-of-37) of his passes, surpassing the 300-yard mark for the 31st time in his career. Senior receiver Patrick Edwards was Keenum's top target on the night, hauling in a career-high 12 receptions for 133 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore running back Charles Sims led the ground attack with 84 yards and two touchdowns, while senior running backs Michael Hayes (60 yards) and Bryce Beall (47 yards) also added scores on the ground. The Houston defense held the Pirates to only three points and 218 total yards, with just 21 coming on the ground.
Following Saturday's game, the Herd will return home for a noon Saturday kickoff against UAB (1-6, 1-3 C-USA), who defeated UCF 26-24 at home Thursday evening.