Oct. 10, 2009
Marshall 31, Tulane 10
Tulane Game 5
New Orleans, La.
Saturday's game was just the third meeting between Tulane and Marshall, and the Thundering Herd improved to 3-0 in the all-time series with Saturday's win.
With the loss, Tulane saw its two-game winning streak come to and end as the Green Wave fell to 2-3 for the second straight year.
Senior wide receiver Jeremy Williams posted eight catches - the third highest total of his career - for 53 yards in the ballgame. He now stands sixth in Tulane history with 2,272 career receiving yards and ninth in catches with 147.
Senior running back André Anderson tallied a team-high 135 all-purpose yards - 92 rushing on 18 carries and 43 receiving on three catches. He now ranks 13th in Tulane history with 1,439 career rushing yards.
The Green Wave defense held the nation's leading runner - Marshall's Darius Marshall, who entered the game with 159.75 yards per game - to 98 yards on 20 carries.
Junior defensive back Alex Wacha tied his career high with eight tackles (five solo, three assists) Saturday afternoon against Marshall.
Junior cornerback Phillip Davis recorded his first career interception with a pick of Marshall quarterback Brian Anderson in 5:28 left to play in the third quarter.
Jeremy Williams has now caught a pass in 18 consecutive games dating back to the 2007 season. The last time Williams failed to record a catch was against LSU on Sept. 29, 2007, in the Louisiana Superdome. During his current streak, Williams has hauled in at least three passes on 14 occasions.
Redshirt-freshman quarterback Ryan Griffin came off the Green Wave bench to post career highs across the board, completing 9-of-17 passes for 99 yards. He also threw his first career interception in Saturday's ballgame.
Freshman running back Payten Jason tallied career highs both on the ground and through the air on Saturday against Marshall - rushing 10 times for 53 yards and hauling in four passes for 22 yards. Entering the game, he had 34 yards on nine carries while catching three passes for 14 yards.
Freshman WR Jordan Sullen made his first collegiate touch a memorable one, taking an end-around handoff 32 yard for a touchdown with 11:18 left in the first quarter. He also posted his first collegiate kickoff return with a 22-yarder early in the fourth quarter.
With a start at center today against Marshall, junior Andrew Nierman has now started all 29 games so far in his collegiate career. Also extending double-digit start streaks for Tulane were junior OT Pete Hendrickson and senior DE Adam Kwentua with 15 straight each, junior WR Casey Robottom at 11.
Saturday's game marked the fourth contest the Thundering Herd has played in the state of Louisiana. In its first three games, Marshall posted a 1-2 mark, losing to Louisiana Tech, 26-0, in 1942 before falling to McNeese State, 34-9, in a 1976 matchup in Lake Charles. In 1995, MU and McNeese squared off in the I-AA Playoffs with the Herd taking a 25-13 victory.
In 2005, following Hurricane Katrina, the Herd and Green Wave played in Mobile, Ala. in what was a home game for Tulane. The Herd grabbed a 27-26 win in that contest, which took place on October 29, 2005.
With 8:31 remaining in the first quarter, Darius Marshall ran for an 11-yard score. It marked the first touchdown scored by the Herd in the first quarter this season.
Darius Marshall was held to a season-low 98 yards against the Green Wave, but found the endzone twice. The scores brought his season touchdown total to 9.
Cody Slate caught two balls for 33 yards at Tulane. The effort moved him into sixth place in career receptions with 177. He jumped over Ricky Carter, who finished his career with 176.
Albert McClellan forced a Tulane fumble in the first quarter. It marked the seventh forced fumble in his career. Ashton Hall recovered the fumble and returned it for a touchdown. That was the first fumble recovery returned for a touchdown in Hall's career.
With 5:17 remaining in the first quarter, the Marshall offense punted the ball away to Tulane. It would be over a quarter before the offense would return to the field. The Green Wave offense ran 27-straight plays, beginning with an 8-play drive, which was stopped by the forced fumble by McClellan. On the ensuing kickoff, Tulane ran 19 plays and 10:59 off the clock before the goal-line stand by the Herd. The Herd offense spent an amazing 15:35 on the sideline over that span. Through that point in the game, Tulane had run 38 plays while Marshall's offense was on the field for just nine snaps.
QB Brian Anderson was extremely sharp in the first half against the Green Wave. Anderson completed his first seven pass attempts of the contest and finished the first half completing 10-of-11 passes for 126 yards and a score.
In the second quarter, junior WR Chuck Walker hauled in a 21-yard touchdown pass from Brian Anderson. It marked the first touchdown of his Marshall career.
Craig Ratanamorn converted his only field goal attempt, a 32 yarder, and all four extra point attempts to remain perfect on the season. He has made all seven field goals and is 16-16 in EPA's.
Today's road win marked the first time since 2004 that the Herd has posted back-to-back road victories. Marshall defeated Memphis 27-16 on September 26 before defeating Tulane today. The last time Marshall accomplished the feat was following road wins over Ohio and Kent State in October of 2004.