Herd Readies for Saturday Showdown at Tulsa|
Nov. 11, 2011
TULSA, Okla.-The Marshall football team (4-5, 3-2 Conference USA) travels to Tulsa (6-3, 5-0) for a 12 p.m. ET (11 a.m. CT) kickoff from H.A. Chapman Stadium Saturday afternoon. The game will be televised by Fox Sports Net and Root Sports.
A.J. Graham threw for five touchdowns and the Herd defense added two scores off of forced turnovers to give the Marshall football team a 59-14 win over UAB two weeks ago. Graham finished the game 19-for-27 with 239 passing yards and threw five touchdowns to four different receivers. The five touchdown feat hadn't been accomplished since Stan Hill threw for five scores against Kent State in 2003. Graham's favorite target was wide receiver Troy Evans who had six catches, 106 yards and two touchdowns.
The Marshall defense combined for five forced turnovers, three of which were interceptions. Two of the turnovers where taken back for touchdowns including an interception return by Omar Brown and a fumble recovery for a touchdown by Billy Mitchell. The effort made it the first time Marshall had two defensive scores since the GMAC Bowl on Dec. 19, 2001.
The University of Tulsa football team defeated the UCF Knights 24-17 last Thursday.
Tulsa's offense piled up the yardage against one of the nation's top defensive units. The Hurricane gained 251 yards rushing, 166 more than UCF had been allowing on the year. Tulsa also passed for 203 yards, 42 yards more than the Knights had been giving up this season.
Tulsa's G.J. Kinne was 15 of 28 passing for 203 yards and a score, while also rushing for 92 yards on 14 carries. Trey Watts added 66 yards on the ground, while Jordan James caught six passes for 74 yards to lead the Hurricane.
Linebacker Curnelius Arnick recorded a career-high 19 tackles. That was the most for a TU player in a single game since Chris Chamberlain recorded 20 against Houston in 2007.
Marshall will travel to Memphis on Thursday for an 8 p.m. ET kick in another contest that will be carried on Fox Sports Net and Root Sports.