Marshall Football Looks For Win In Texas

It is and has been a huge weekend of sports for the Marshall University Thundering Herd athletic teams. While men's soccer is looking to advance to the finals of the Conference USA Tournament Friday, as is volleyball in the Cam Henderson Center Fri.-Sun. and the women's basketball program continues play in the WNIT, the MU football team is looking for a road win in the state of Texas on Saturday.

Football will try to maintain the momentum of Saturday's 26-7 win over East Carolina when the Herd travels to Houston for the first time in football. The ECU Pirates were hoping to clinch the East Division of C-USA, but now must beat Tulane on Nov. 24 and hope for UCF to lose at 1-9 SMU this week or lose to a 4-6 UTEP team on Nov. 24.

Houston was also in a clinching situation, but was blown out by the Golden Hurricane in Tulsa, 56-7. Tulsa will win the West Division with a win at Rice on Nov. 24, but Houston must beat Marshall and have TU lose to win the division.

Marshall was good in all three phases of the game against East Carolina. On offense, Bernard Morris rushed for 126 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown run, and threw for 238 yards and two touchdowns. Morris is the first MU quarterback to rush for over 1,000 yards in his career, and is over 5,000 yards passing to rank eighth all-time.

On defense, C.J. Spillman and Mario Harvey each had 13 tackles as ECU running back Chris Johnson was limited to 72 yards on the ground a week after he ran for more than 300 yards on Memphis. Harvey has 24 tackles in the last two games while starting at the "Will," or wide side, linebacker, while Spillman now is fourth in C-USA and tops on Marshall's defense with 109 tackles on the year. Marshall recorded three sacks in the game, including one by Harvey. In special teams, Anthony Binswanger was 2-for-2 on field goals and has hit 12-of-14 on the season, not missing since the New Hampshire game in week three.

Bernard Morris ran past the East Carolina defense during this 75-yard touchdown run on Saturday night. Morris's run was in the third quarter, and gave Marshall a 16-0 lead over ECU. The Herd travels to Houston Saturday. photo by Greg Perry/HI staff

Marshall will meet the Cougars at 3:30 p.m. Eastern time. The game is being televised by WOWK WV-13 in Charleston and Huntington, as well as the other stations owned by West Virginia Media. The television broadcast will air at 3 p.m. with a pre-game show. The radio broadcast can be heard starting at 1 p.m. with the "Countdown To Kickoff" on WRVC 930 AM and WDGG, "The Dawg" 93.7 FM in Huntington. The Thundering Herd/ISP Sports Network airtime is 1:30 p.m. with the tailgate show.

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