Oct. 22, 2009
Marshall will host Conference USA East Division rival UAB on Saturday at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon and the game will be televised by CSS.
The game is a key divisional contest between two teams with identical 2-1 league marks. Marshall (4-3 overall, 2-1 C-USA) and UAB (2-4, 2-1 C-USA) are currently just one half game behind division leader East Carolina (3-1 C-USA).
Both teams feature tremendous offensive standouts that rank among the national leaders in rushing yards per game.
UAB is led by quarterback Joe Webb, who also happens to be the top rushing quarterback in the country. Webb has averaged 122.2 yards of passing per game, but his eye catching stat has been on the ground, where he is averaging 115.2 rushing yards per game. His rushing average is 11th in the nation and is tops among all quarterbacks at the FBS level. The second leading rushing QB is currently Josh Nesbitt of Georgia Tech, whose average of 89.29 YPG places him 36th in the country.
Marshall has junior running back Darius Marshall who continues to rank among the top rushers in the nation. He leads Conference USA and ranks second nationally in rushing yards per game with 136.50, trailing only Ryan Mathews of Fresno State (162.33). Marshall, an ouststanding kick returner, also ranks second in the nation in all-purpose yards with 197.33 yards per game - second only to Maryland's Torrey Smith (207.71). Smith a wide out returns kicks and punts for the Terps.
Marshall holds a 3-1 advantage in its series against the Blazers. Marshall won the first three matchups from 2005-07 before dropping a 23-21 game in Birmingham last season. All four games in the series have been extremely competitive with neither team winning by more than seven points. Marshall defeated UAV 20-19 in Huntington in 2005, posted a 31-24 win in Birmingham in 2006 and edged UAB 46-39 in Huntington in 2007, before last seasons loss at Legion Field.
TELEVISION INFORMATION: The game will be televised live by Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (Comcast Cable Channel 68 in Huntington, W.Va.) with Tom Hart handling play-by-play and Chuck Oliver serving as analyst. Allison Williams will provide sideline reports.
INTERNET FEED: Game video will be streamed to Herd All-Access for all-access subscribers.
YOUTH DAY: Children who participate as players or cheerleaders in an area youth league can wear their uniform to the game on Saturday and receive a discounted $15 endzone ticket.
PARKING INFORMATION: All stadium parking lots will open at 8 a.m. on Saturday.
TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets can be purchased in advance by going online to Herdzone.com's online ticket center, by calling 1-800-THE-HERD or visiting the Cam Henderson Center ticket office Friday during normal business hours. Saturday tickets may be purchased at the Joan C. Edwards Stadium GATE A ticket window beginning at 7:30 a.m. All other stadium ticket counters will open at 8 a.m.
THUNDER WALK: The football team's "Thunder Walk" to the stadium will begin approximately two hours prior to kick off at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The walk will begin in front of Hodges Hall and continue through campus to the new Student Recreation Center before turning down the Marshall Memorial Boulevard sidewalk and into the north gate of the stadium's West Lot. Fans are encouraged to line the route and cheer on the team as it enters the stadium.