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Herd looking for first back-to-back wins of year

Nov. 10, 2012 @ 12:50 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall's 2012 football season has featured just about everything this season.

High points, low points and all the in-between.

There is one thing that the 2012 season has not seen yet, though.

That would be a pair of consecutive wins.

To date, Marshall has not won back-to-back games since the two final games of the 2011 season -- a pair of regular-season wins over Memphis and East Carolina followed by the bowl victory over Florida International in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl.

For the Herd, they are going to have to change that fact if they want to advance to a bowl game to cap their 2012 season.

"We haven't won two in a row yet this season," Marshall defensive end Alex Bazzie said. "We definitely want to change that and get this thing rolling before the end of the season."

The Herd looked like that might get accomplished earlier this season when the team defeated Western Carolina soundly then followed with a home contest against Ohio.

Marshall led Ohio in the fourth quarter before the Bobcats tied the game and used a late Herd turnover to get the game-winning field goal.

Those opportunities are hard for players to let go, and they remember them with great disappointment.

While it serves as a bit of motivation to walk into Birmingham and get a victory to start the final stretch of the season, the players say they are taking it one series, one quarter and one game at a time.

"We just have to focus on one game -- not the rest of the games," Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato said. "Right now, we have to focus on how we're going to get a win in this game and then move to the next."

With a win, Marshall would even its record for the first time since defeating Rice on Sept. 22. A victory would also move the Herd within one win of being bowl eligible with two games left in the season.

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