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  • Thundering Herd vanquish RedHawks, avoid 0-4 start

    Sept. 29, 2004 wire reports
    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Stan Hill and Jonathan Goddard wouldn't let Marshall slip to its worst start in 35 years.

    Hill, playing with elbow tendinitis and a strained thumb on his throwing hand, threw three touchdown passes and Marshall held off a late rally to beat Miami, Ohio 33-25 Wednesday night.

    Marshall (1-3, 1-0 Mid-American Conference) avoided its first 0-4 start since 1969 with the help of its defense. The Thundering Herd sacked Josh Betts six times and converted three turnovers into points.

    Goddard had four sacks, recovered a fumble and forced another.

    "He changed their whole game because they couldn't block him," Marshall coach Bob Pruett said. "Jonathan was whipping their right tackle pretty good."

    Miami (2-3, 1-1) lost to Marshall for the sixth time in seven meetings, the exception a 45-6 home win last year.

    Hill sat out that game, missing the second half of the season with a knee injury.


    On Wednesday, he beat Miami for the second time in Huntington.

    Hill had first-quarter scoring passes of 27 yards to Brad Bates and 16 yards to Josh Davis. He also had a 6-yarder to Bates midway through the third quarter to put Marshall ahead 26-14.

    Hill, who finished 23-of-37 for 184 yards, said having a week off after a 13-3 loss at No. 3 Georgia helped his body recover.

    "My arm felt a lot better," Hill said. "My body was able to heal."

    Betts, the league's top passer, continued an up-and-down season as the heir to Ben Roethlisberger, now the Pittsburgh Steelers' starting quarterback.

    Betts, 14-of-23 for 144 yards, was without his favorite target, Martin Nance, who left the game with a leg injury on Miami's second series and did not return.

    Betts was intercepted twice and fumbled three times, losing two.

    "How can you expect to win a game like that?" Betts said. "I take responsibility for four of those. I need to step up and do something."

    He almost did, nearly bringing Miami back from a 33-14 deficit.

    Betts scored on a 1-yard run midway through the fourth quarter and threw for a 2-point conversion to Ryan Busing to make it 33-25.

    Joey Card intercepted Hill on the next play from scrimmage and returned it 26 yards to the Marshall 16. But Mike Smith couldn't handle Betts' pitch and the ball went through the end zone for a touchback.

    "(I've been) catching balls since the age of 6," Smith said. "Took my eye off of it, looked upfield, dropped it. I take the loss squarely on my shoulders."

    Betts got another chance with 3 minutes left, marching Miami to the Marshall 33. Jamus Martin sacked Betts on third down and Betts threw an incompletion to end the threat.

    "We haven't had this feeling in a while," Pruett said. "We had it, almost let it slip away, and were able to get it back."

    Goddard pressured Betts into turnovers on Miami's first two series and Marshall jumped ahead 10-0.

    Marshall had held Troy and No. 7 Ohio State under 100 yards rushing, but Miami racked up 100 yards in the first quarter to take a 14-10 lead.

    The RedHawks did little on the ground the rest of the game.

    "Once we adjusted to that little trap play they were running, they couldn't run the ball," Pruett said.

    The Associated Press News Service

    Copyright 2004, The Associated Press, All Rights Reserved

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  • DJRamFan
    Frye's three TD passes lead Zips in comeback over Marshall
    by DJRamFan
    Nov. 5, 2004 wire reports
    AKRON, Ohio -- Charlie Frye's three touchdown passes led Akron back from a 21-point deficit and Jason Swiger kicked a 43-yard field goal on the final play after Marshall's punter fumbled, giving the Zips a 31-28 victory on Friday night.

    The win moved Akron (5-4, 5-1 Mid-American Conference) into a three-way tie with Marshall (5-4, 5-1) and Miami of Ohio for first place in the MAC's East Division.

    Ian O'Connor dropped the ball as he attempted to punt and Dwayne LeFall recovered for Akron on the Marshall 26 to set up Swiger's game-winning kick. O'Conner also missed three field goals.

    The Zips, trailing 28-21, recovered an onside kick with 2:16 remaining. On fourth down, Frye scrambled to his right and threw an 18-yard touchdown to Jason Montgomery, who made a leaping catch at the back of the end zone as he was pushed out of bounds by a defender.

    Frye was 28-for-45 for 322 yards and scored on a 31-yard TD run in the first quarter. Domenik Hixon had 192 yards receiving and a touchdown. Montgomery had two scores.

    Stan Hill was 37-of-53 for 439 yards, three touchdowns and an interception for Marshall. Josh Davis caught 15 passes for 197 yards and a TD and Brad Bates had 114 yards receiving and a TD.

    The Associated Press News Service

    Copyright 2004, The Associated Press, All Rights Reserved
    -11-06-2004, 01:10 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Ore, Hokies cruise to victory over Herd
    by DJRamFan
    By Grant Taylor The Parthenon
    Huntington, WV (U-WIRE) -- Virginia Tech scored 17 points during a three-minute span of the second quarter to seize momentum and defeat Marshall 41-14 at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Va. Saturday.

    Third quarters have been a thorn in Marshall's side for much of the season and Saturday proved to be no different as the Hokies took full advantage of Marshall's miscues, building an insurmountable lead.

    After leading 14-7 at the half, the Hokies took to the turf running Marshall's defense into the ground.

    "That was a very pivotal series for us," Snyder said. "We took the wind (at halftime) and we needed a defensive stop, but we couldn't stop the rush when we needed to."

    It appeared the Hokies were going to waltz in for an easy score, but the defense tightened, aided by Chris Royal's pass breakup in the end zone on a third down pass from the Marshall two-yard line. The Hokies settled for a field goal and Marshall appeared to be back in control.

    The momentum shifted to the Hokies for good just 40 seconds later when quarterback Bernie Morris was stripped. The football fell into the waiting arms of Vince Hall, who caught it in stride and raced into the end zone to give Virginia Tech a 24-7 lead four minutes into the second half.

    "We wanted to see if we could play field position with them," Snyder said. "They ran down our throat, we come back and turn the ball over and that changed the momentum in the game."

    After Marshall was forced to punt, VT quarterback Marcus Vick used his quick strike ability to light the scoreboard again.

    Vick gave a pump fake, which froze Willie Smith, allowing David Clowney to get in behind the defense and catch a 48-yard touchdown pass. Clowney's catch capped a 78-yard drive that took only three plays.

    The Hokies gained 200 yards in the third quarter while Marshall's offense got a dismal two yards. It was a contrast to a first half which saw Marshall and Virginia Tech virtually even with the teams being separated by only six yards (155-149).

    Marshall had an impressive first half, leading the statistical column for much of the opening half. VT took the lead with 5:09 left in the first half when Brandon Ore took a handoff over the right edge of the end zone for a 13-yard score. Ore had much success, finishing with 146 yards on 19 carries. The running back was not stopped for a loss on the day.

    Snyder said there was little preparation for Ore, who is the third-string running back on the Hokie depth chart. However, he was forced into action when second-string tailback Cedric Humes went down with a broken arm early in the second quarter.

    Humes was in for starter Mike Imoh, who took the week off to rest a sprained ankle. The stable of running...
    -10-12-2005, 03:51 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Golden Knights to Open Conference USA Play Against Marshall
    by DJRamFan
    UCF makes 2005 home debut Saturday

    Sept. 23, 2005

    ORLANDO- Playing in its Conference USA contest, UCF makes its 2005 home debut on Saturday, hosting Marshall at the Citrus Bowl. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. The two squads are no strangers having met three times as members of the Mid-American Conference. UCF (0-2) will be seeking its first victory of the year while Marshall enters the game at 1-1.

    The contest is the first of five UCF games that will be broadcast as part of CSTV's "All-Access package. Dish Network subscribers can view the game via pay-per-view. The broadcast will also be available on on a subscription basis. Fans call also call their local cable operators to see if the CSTV's "All-Access" is available.

    The UCF ISP Network and its flagship station 740- The Team AM (WQTM) will broadcast live from Orlando. Marc Daniels will once again have the call with Gary Parris. Jerry O'Neill will handle the sideline duties. Network affiliates in include WMMV-1350 in Cocoa, WDCF-1350 Dade City, WROD-1340 in Daytona Beach and WMMB-1240 Melbourne.

    Fans looking for a more extensive preview, as well as Coach O'Leary's thoughts on Marshall this week, should tune into "The George O'Leary Show," which will air Friday at 5:30 p.m. on Sun Sports, and again Saturday at 1 p.m. on WESH-2.

    Prior to the game, members of the UCF volleyball game will be on hand at the Citrus Bowl, collecting donations to aid the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. All contributions will be given directly to the United Way to help those in need following the storm.

    Tickets for the game are still available and can be purchased at the Citrus Bowl.

    About Marshall

    Marshall opened the season with a 36-24 victory over William & Mary, but then fell at home to Kansas State on Sept. 19, 21-19. The team had a bye last weekend.

    The Thundering Herd have a new head coach on the sideline as Mark Snyder, who served as a graduate assistant at UCF from 1989-90, takes over for Bob Pruett. Snyder comes to Marshall from Ohio State, were he worked for four years.

    Despite the change on the sidelines for Marshall, UCF head coach George O'Leary does not expect many changes from the Thundering Herd.

    "He (Snyder) changed the defense some. That was his background at Ohio State," said O'Leary. "They are doing a little bit different coverage concepts. Offensively, they kept the same coordinator there, so they are very similar to what they were last year."

    Offensively, Marshall is led by sophomore running back Ahmad Bradshaw, perhaps the team's most versatile player. Bradshaw, who is a Doak Walker Award candidate, averages 65 rushing yards and 53 receiving yards per game and also leads the team with four touchdowns....
    -09-23-2005, 02:17 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Missouri's visit a major coup for Troy
    by DJRamFan
    Posted: Wednesday Sep 8, 2004 2:00 PM

    TROY, Ala. (AP) -- Alfred Malone isn't just interested in letting people outside the state know Troy football exists or proving the Trojans can hang in there against a major conference team.

    When No. 19 Missouri visits Thursday night, the defensive tackle wants to win.

    "Second place in football is nothing,'' Malone said. "You can have individual success and say, 'Yeah, OK, we played good,' but there's nothing like a win. That's what we go out for every Saturday is a win. How can you celebrate just playing good?''

    A win, Troy coach Larry Blakeney said, would be "monumental for this program, for this university and for this conference.''

    Actually, for the fledgling Division I-A program and new Sun Belt Conference member, just having a team from the Big 12 come to town is a coup. Playing on national television for the first time (ESPN2) is a huge bonus.

    Facing fleet-footed, strong-armed Missouri quarterback Brad Smith, on the other hand, might not be so much fun.

    Smith ran roughshod over Troy -- formerly Troy State -- as a freshman in a 44-7 victory in 2002. He showed in Missouri's opener why many consider him a Heisman Trophy candidate, passing for three touchdowns and running for a 34-yard score in a blowout of Arkansas State.

    The Trojans racked up eight sacks in a road upset of Marshall in their season opener, but will have a much harder time catching up with Smith.

    "He can do so many things,'' Blakeney said. "He can beat you with his speed and carrying the football. He's the total player.''

    But, Malone points out, "It's always better when you sack a big name.''

    The Trojans caught Smith's attention in holding Marshall, normally an offensive power, to 177 total yards and constantly hounding quarterback Stan Hill. He's wary of Troy's pass rushers led by defensive end Demarcus Ware, who had three sacks and forced two fumbles in the opener.

    "You definitely have to be aware of them and you've got to make quicker decisions,'' Smith said. "That's probably the big thing is to get the ball out and let the guys run with the ball.''

    The Tigers showed their firepower early against Arkansas State, scoring 21 points in a 5:17 stretch of the first quarter. However, the game also exposed a weak spot -- the Tigers allowed 350 passing yards to two Arkansas State quarterbacks.

    Troy's strength is expected to be running the ball with DeWhitt Betterson and Jermaine Richardson, though both were mostly shut down against Marshall.

    Quarterback Aaron Leak had one of his better games, throwing for 196 yards and running for a touchdown.

    "They're going to watch the film against Marshall and know we're not only a running threat now, we're a passing threat,'' receiver...
    -09-09-2004, 10:21 AM
  • DJRamFan
    Marshall player arrested before Ohio St. game
    by DJRamFan
    Posted: Wednesday September 8, 2004 2:23AM; Updated: Wednesday September 8, 2004 2:23AM

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A Marshall defensive lineman was charged Tuesday with malicious wounding in an Aug. 22 fight outside a bar that injured an Ohio State player.

    Sophomore Roger Garrett was arraigned in Cabell County Magistrate Court, team officials said.

    A telephone call to the court went unanswered Tuesday night.

    "We're going to allow the court system to take its course. Roger will not make the Ohio State trip," Marshall coach Bob Pruett said in a statement.

    Ohio State defensive end Redgie Arden, 22, suffered a broken nose and other facial injuries in the fight.

    Marshall (0-1) plays at No. 9 Ohio State (1-0) on Saturday.

    Following the fight, Marshall defensive end Jonathan Goddard was arrested after allegedly shoving a police officer who tried to pull him off a Huntington man. The Huntington man was later arrested on drug and weapons charges.

    Goddard pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor last week in Cabell County Magistrate Court. He sat out the first half of Saturday's 17-15 loss to Troy, but it wasn't known if the disciplinary action was related to his arrest.

    Arden last season played seven minutes total in seven games, mainly on special teams.

    He was expected to miss most of the current season after suffering a shoulder injury during preseason practice, Ohio State spokesman Steve Snapp has said.

    Buckeyes may live with, learn from QBs' mistakes
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio State coach Jim Tressel has always said that he will never have a quarterback who regularly coughs up the ball to the other team.

    Maybe now he has no choice.

    Committed to weathering a learning curve with sophomores Justin Zwick and Troy Smith, Tressel says he just hopes his young quarterbacks learn from their mistakes. In other words, the unacceptable has become almost unavoidable.

    "We're committed to growing through the process and there's no doubt about it, our quarterback being mistake-free is huge," Tressel said Tuesday. "There are some mistakes that we're not going to be able to live with, but Justin knows that, Troy knows that. You learn from those experiences."

    Zwick threw two interceptions and had four fumbles in the No. 9-ranked Buckeyes' 27-6 lashing of Cincinnati on Saturday, but kept the starting job over Smith heading into Saturday's game against Marshall.

    Zwick completed 14 of 26 passes for 213 yards and Smith came on to complete 2 of 3 passes for 29 yards. Each had a touchdown pass. Smith gained 7 yards on five rushing attempts and Zwick lost 8 yards on four carries, including the only sack of the game.

    "You've got to win. That's what it's all...
    -09-09-2004, 10:18 AM