Oct. 31, 2006
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Marshall will be looking to make it three wins in a row Saturday when it hosts Tulane in a Conference USA cross-divisional game that will be televised nationally by CSTV. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
The Thundering Herd (3-5 overall, 2-2 C-USA) now finds itself in the middle of the C-USA East Divsion title chase. Marshall at 2-2 is tied with Southern Miss and UAB for second place in the division, just percentage points behind division leader East Carolina at 3-2. The Herd still has games to play at East Carolina and Southern Miss and owns any potential tie-breaker with UAB by virtue of its win in Birmingham two weeks ago.
Marshall won back-to-back games for the first time since 2004 with a 41-27 decision over Memphis last week. Ahmad Bradshaw continued to shine with a three touchdown performance against the Tigers. The junior standout led MU's rushing attack with 125 yards and two touchdowns. He also added a 26-yard touchdown reception. Marshall also received a strong performance from senior backup quarterback Jimmy Skinner who replaced injured starter Bernard Morris at the start of the second quarter against Memphis. Skinner went on to complete 13 of 21 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns in the win.
Defensively, Marshall was able to come up with several big plays against Memphis. Marshall recorded three interceptions in the contest, including a C.J. Spillman pick that was returned 85 yards for a score in the fourth quarter. The Thundering Herd also forced a fumble during a goal line stand to give Marshall a total of four turnovers and help the Herd win the turnover battle for the first time this season with a 4-2 margin.
Tulane enters the contest following a 42-28 homecoming win over Army.
The Green Wave (3-5 overall, 1-3 C-USA) is led by quarterback Lester Ricard who has passed for 2,176 yards and 16 touchdowns with only five interceptions. Ricard is producing 272 passing yards per game and guiding a Tulane offense that is averaging 23.4 points per game. In addition, Tulane runningback Matt Forte is averaging 99.8 rushing yards per game and has rushed for 798 yards and six score this season. Forte also has 280 yards receiving on the year and leads the Green Wave with 134.8 all-purpose yards per game. Defensively, David Dkehan leads Tulane with 53 tackles and three interceptions.
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