Defensive Test

Like Florida State, West Virginia is also looking to end its season on a positive note in the Jan. 1 Gator Bowl. The Mountaineers feature a number of offensive weapons, starting with senior quarterback <b>Rasheed Marshall.</b> With 1,969 career rushing yards, the Pittsburgh native has set the all-time BIG EAST record for career quarterback rushing yards, a mark previously held by Syracuse's <b>Donovan McNabb.</b>

West Virginia's offense is capable of big things under senior quarterback Rasheed Marshall.

In fact, the Mountaineers have won 29 games in a row when scoring 30 points or more in a game.

Dating back to 1980, West Virginia is 108-6-1 record when scoring 30 or more. The last loss when scoring 30 or more in a game was a 34-31 loss to Missouri at the Insight.com Bowl in 1998.

The athletic Marshall, meanwhile, is considered one of the country's better quarterbacks due to his versatility. Florida State will need to contain Marshall's feet and throwing arm if it wants to be successful in the Jan. 1 Gator Bowl

With 1,969 career rushing yards, the Pittsburgh native has set the all-time BIG EAST record for career quarterback rushing yards, a mark previously held by Syracuse's Donovan McNabb.

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Marshall rushed for 87 yards in the win over Syracuse, while passing for three scores. He added 79 yards rushing, a rushing touchdown and two more touchdown passes in the Rutgers win, and was WVU's leading rusher against Temple with 81 yards, along with three scoring passes and 174 yards through the air.

Marshall holds the West Virginia record for career touchdowns responsible for with 67, breaking the 85-year-old mark set by Ira Errett Rodgers (1915-19) with 66.

That came after he had a career-best 324 yards total offense against Boston College, with 100 yards rushing and 224 yards passing.

He had 104 yards rushing and 249 total yards versus Pitt. After throwing for four touchdowns (equaling a career best) and 225 yards in the win at Central Florida, Wallace tossed the game-winner against Maryland to receiver Chris Henry in overtime, a 7-yard score.

Through the air, Marshall ranks second place in all-time career touchdown passes at WVU with 44, ahead of Oliver Luck and Chad Johnston.

Marc Bulger (1996-99) is WVU's all-time leader with 59. With 224 yards against BC, Marshall is in fourth place on WVU's all-time career passing yardage list, now showing 5,427 career yards.

With 7,396 yards career total offense, Marshall ranks second all-time. Marshall has 17 career 200-yard total offense games. He is third all-time behind Bulger, who tallied 21 200-yard total offense games.

Marshall tops the BIG EAST with a 147.86 QB rating, ranking 17th nationally.

And, to top it off, Marshall is one of only two WVU quarterbacks to rush for more than 1,000 career yards (Major Harris).

Marshall was WVU's leading rusher at Virginia Tech with 74 yards, including a 46-yard touchdown run (the longest run of his career). He added 110 yards rushing on 18 carries at Connecticut, the first 100-yard rushing performance by a WVU quarterback since Harris gained 163 against Rutgers in 1989.


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