Nov. 16, 2007
Marshall will make its first football trip ever to the city of Houston when it travels to face the defending C-USA Champion Houston Cougars on Saturday. UH will be celebrating its 80th anniversary with homecoming activities surrounding the game which is scheduled to kickoff at 3:30 EST from the 32,000-seat Robertson Stadium. The game will be televised in the Charleston/Huntington, W.Va. market via WOWK TV with Dave Weekley and John Gregory.
This will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools in football. In fact, Marshall has visited the Lonestar State only three times in its 112 years of football and all three of those times ended up on the losing end. The Thundering Herd lost 32-14 to the University of Cincinnati in the 2004 Ft. Worth Bowl, lost a 31-3 game at UTEP in 2005 and lost a 31-21 game at SMU in 2006.
Marshall will face a high-powered Cougar football team on Saturday. Houston enters the contest with a 6-4 overall record and a 5-2 league mark. UH is averaging 34.2 points per game and features some of the most explosive players in the conference in senior running back Anthony Aldridge, who leads the Cougars with 130.8 rushing yards per game, and senior receiver Donnie Avery who is averaging 114.7 receiving yards per outing. On the defensive side of the ball, Houston's Phillip Hunt has a whopping 14 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks to his credit to go along with an interception and two forced fumbles.
The Cougars are coming off of a disappointing setback at Tulsa last Saturday that saw their four-game winning streak snapped on the road, while Marshall is coming off arguably its best performance of the season.
The Thundering Herd pulled off an impressive 26-7 upset over East Division leader East Carolina last Saturday. Senior quarterback Bernard Morris had another strong performance with 126 yards rushing, including a 75-yard touchdown run, and 238 yards passing and two touchdowns. Defensively, Marshall blanked the Pirates in the first half and limited ECU to only 259 total yards of offense.
The Thundering Herd continues to get great production from sophomore tight end Cody Slate
. The 6-4, 230-pound standout ranks second in the nation among tight ends in receiving with 72 yards per game. On the year, Slate has 57 catches for 720 yards and five touchdowns.