Bits & Bytes: WVU-Marshall

We round up the last bits of information and insight before the West Virginia - Marshall game Game Scorecard
Series: 6-0-0 WVU
Sat 9/8/07 11:00 am
Huntington, WV

Joan C. Edwards Stadium
Record: 1-0
USA/ Coaches: 4th
Last Game
WMU 62-24 W

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Record: 0-0
USA/ Coaches: NR
Last Game
Miami (Fl) 3-31 L
Rosters/ Bios
Press Release
Season Stats
2007 Schedule
First Meeting: 1911
Last Meeting: 2006
Press Release
Season Stats
2007 Schedule


West Virginia's 92 points and 14 touchdowns against Marshall in the 92-6 blowout in 1915 are both team records. However, 1915 also marked another milestone for the state's flagship university. Can you name the event that first occurred in that same year? Answer, as always, at the end of this column.


Patrick White and Steve Slaton are more than halfway to the NCAA career record for rushing yards by two teammates. White and Slaton have combined for 5,250 rushing yards during their meteoric careers. The record of 8,193 yards has been held since 1982 by Southern Methodist's Eric Dickerson and Craig James.


West Virginia has now played 15 consecutive games without scoring a defensive touchdown. WVU's last visit to paydirt on that side of the ball came when Jahmile Addae capped his home career with a 40-yard pick and run against Pitt in 2005.


There was once serious consideration, and even a vote, as to whether or not Marshall would use the nickname "Boogercats". In case you doubt me, it's all there on page 200 of the Marshall media guide.


Marshall head basketball coach Cam Henderson contributed directly to the Herd's defeat in its first bowl game. A schedule conflict put the 1947 Tangerine Bowl up against a holiday basketball tournament, and Henderson snared three of the football team's top players for his hoop squad. The move paid off for Henderson, as his team won the tourney, but certainly didn't help the grid team, which lost 7-0 to Catawba.


Wide receiver Darius Reynaud doesn't get as much attention as he deserves. Part of that is due to the fact that he plays alongside a pair of Heisman Trophy candidates (Patrick White and Steve Slaton) and a folk hero (Owen Schmitt). Another contributing factor is his avoidance of interview requests (we've managed to catch him just once, following WVU's Sugar Bowl win over Georgia). But he can't escape the eye of Bits & Bytes!

Reynaud is currently second all-time in career kickoff return average at West Virginia. The diminutive dynamo has averaged 27.2 yards per kickoff return during his time at WVU, and trails all-time leader Shaw Terry by just a half-yard per attempt. One long TD return this year would likely put Reynaud into the lead in this category, and quite frankly I hope he does it. Nothing against Terry, but Reynaud deserves some time in the spotlight – even if it's not a place he chooses to be.


The Herd, like every other school except Western Michigan on WVU's schedule, uses all of the NCAA-allotted 208 pages to get the word out about its program. The problem is, there is simply a great deal of filler in the Marshall guide. The first 24 pages include the obligatory trumpeting of facilities, etc., but there is hardly any mention of the football team. Photos of cheerleaders running onto the field and static building shots dominate – there's not a live action shot until page 18.

The movie "We Are Marshall" also figures heavily in the guide, with multiple mentions and photos throughout. Let me be clear on this – I am not ripping in any manner on the way in which Marshall commemorates the tragic airplane crash of 1970. That was a horrendous event, and Marshall is right to remember and honor the victims and their memories in whatever manner they feel appropriate. It's simply that I believe that the excellent documentary, "From Ashes to Glory" and the section in the guide listing everyone on that ill-fated plane and the review of the 1970 team, is a far better memorial.

Other than that, it's pretty standard fare, other than the article about the debate of Boogercats, Judges, Big Green and Thundering Herd (which was once used by the University of Southern California). The inclusion of a map of local amenities on the last page is a nice touch, especially for out of town media visiting the game, but what is the deal with cramming the previews of all 12 opponents onto one page? The typeface is so small it practically requires a magnifying glass for reading.


"Hail West Virginia" was first sung in 1915.

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