GAME NOTES MARSHALL (6-3, 4-1) at TULSA (2-7, 1-4)
7:30 p.m., Thursday
H.A. Chapman Stadium (30,000)
TV: FS1 (Comcast Huntington Ch. 50)
Radio: WDGG 93.7-FM, WRVC 930-AM and 94.1-FM
The Thundering Herd
Marshall won at home last week against UAB, 56-14, to become bowl-eligible.
Marshall plays on the road for the first time on the anniversary of the No. 14, 1970 plane crash.
Marshall will have "75" stickers on its helmets to honor the crash victims.
Game captains are James Rouse, Monterius Lovett, Rakeem Cato and Chris Jasperse.
Devon Smith is ranked fifth nationally in punt returns with an 18.5 average. He is tied for the national lead with six punt returns of 20 yards or more.
TE Gator Hoskins leads all players in the nation at his position with seven touchdown receptions.
QB Rakeem Cato had thrown a touchdown pass in 27 consecutive games.
Marshall had three rushers top 100 yards last week (Essray Taliaferro, Steward Butler, Kevin Grooms), a program first.
The Herd's 381 rushing yards last week was the fifth-best performance in school history.
Marshall averaged 12.6 yards per play against UAB, just missing the school record of 12.7 set against VMI in 1991.
The Golden Hurricane
Tulsa lost last week at East Carolina, 58-24.
The Golden Hurricane has lost three consecutive home games.
Tulsa leads the series with Marshall, 4-0, with two wins at home and two wins in Huntington.
Senior LB Shawn Jackson holds Tulsa career records for tackles for loss (51) and quarterback sacks (20.5).
RB Trey Watts, a senior, has 5,724 career all-purpose yards. Watts is the second player in Tulsa history with career totals of more than 1,000 rushing yards (3,043) and 1,000 receiving yards (1,127).
Bill Blankenship is in his third season as head coach of the Golden Hurricane.
Tulsa rushed for 188 yards against an East Carolina defense that was allowing only 85.2 per game. Trey Watts became the first 100-yard rusher against the Pirates this season with 120.
Seven different Golden Hurricane have recorded double-figure games in tackles this season.
The Golden Hurricane has turned the football over 26 times -- 13 fumbles and 13 interceptions.
Tulsa is the smallest FBS school with an overall enrollment of 4,194 (3,090 undergraduate, 1,104 graduate).
-- The Herald-Dispatch
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