Herd Hosts Blazers Saturday at High Noon|
Oct. 28, 2011
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.-The Marshall football team (3-5, 2-2 Conference USA) hosts UAB (1-6, 1-3) for a 12 p.m. ET kickoff from Joan C. Edwards Stadium Saturday afternoon. The game will be televised by Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS) and will be carried locally on WSAZ-TV and can also be seen on Herdzone.com's All-Access portal.
The Herd threw for 309 yards and rushed for 197 yards for a total of 506 in its 63-28 loss at No. 17 Houston last Saturday, the most since putting up 562 yards against New Hampshire on Sept. 15, 2007. The last time the program piled up that many yards against an FBS opponent was Nov. 5, 2004 when the Akron Zips defeated the Herd 31-28.
In the second start of his career, sophomore quarterback A.J. Graham had his best game yet as he was 27-for-35 for 257 yards and passed for two touchdowns. He made the most of his chances on the ground as well, rushing for a team-high 74 yards and one touchdown on 12 carries.
Sophomore running back Tron Martinez ran for 45 yards on 16 carries. The Herd receivers were led by senior Troy Evans who had six receptions for 86 yards. Junior Antavious Wilson also caught six passes for 79 yards. Senior Wayne Bonner caught his first touchdown pass of the season for one of two completions for 52 yards.
Junior Aaron Dobson entered the game as the team leader in touchdown receptions and added two to his total on Saturday. His scores of one and 17-yards gave him six for the season.
Senior linebacker George Carpenter led the Herd defense with 12 tackles, five solo.
Ty Long kicked a 40-yard field goal with 21 seconds left to give UAB its first victory of the season last Thursday night, 26-24 over UCF.
Jonathan Perry completed 31 of 42 passes for 327 yards and two touchdowns while subbing for injured starter Bryan Ellis. Perry had started two games while Ellis was out with a concussion and the starter was injured again in his return last week against Tulsa.
UAB gained 501 yards against the nation's No. 3 defense while holding UCF to 331. Perry also ran for 33 yards on eight carries, while Reaves gained 83 yards.
Jackie Williams, who had 10 catches for 82 yards, scored on a 4-yard end around on third-and-goal for the nine-point lead in the opening minute of the fourth.
Marshall will finally have a bye week following Saturday's game and will travel to Tulsa for a Nov. 12 contest. The time for that game, which will be televised on Fox Sports Net, has not been set.