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MU notebook: Herd players expect to see Tulsa again

Oct. 13, 2012 @ 11:25 PM

HUNTINGTON — It was a sentiment which rang throughout player interviews early in the week.

"Oh, we're going to see Tulsa again," defensive end Alex Bazzie said. "We have to make sure we get ourselves right for when we do."

Bazzie and his teammates aren't talking about seeing the Golden Hurricane on television, either.

He plans on seeing them in the Conference USA championship in seven weeks.

It doesn't seem like a realistic aspiration for a team that is sitting at 2-4 overall and is last in the country in scoring defense, but the idea is not so far-fetched.

Currently, Marshall sits at 1-1 in Conference USA's East division with five of their final six games taking place against the five other opponents in the division.

Furthermore, the combined record of opponents from the team's final six games is going to be 14-25.

Of the teams with a winning record, both UCF and Houston have to make the trip to Huntington to play at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

Only the season-finale against East Carolina provides a road contest against a team that could have a winning record when the Herd travels to play.

Marshall's offense is still one of the best in the country, and the defensive players are not only getting healthy, but also getting acclimated to where each other is going to be in certain situations after spending much of the first half of the year learning each other.

It all starts with getting things on track with a road contest at Southern Miss. The reigning Conference USA champion is in a tailspin this season. The Golden Eagles were winless on the season heading into Saturday night's contest at UCF, which finished after the newspaper's deadline.

STREAK IS OVER: Tulane got a 16-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ryan Griffin to running back Rob Kelley with 35 seconds left on Saturday to earn a 27-26 win over SMU.

The win snapped a 15-game losing streak for the Green Wave, dating back to Sept. 17, 2011 when the team throttled UAB 49-10 in Birmingham, Ala.

KICK SIX: Houston kicker Matt Hogan shattered a Conference USA record on Saturday, finishing with six field goals in the Cougars' 39-17 win over UAB.

Five of Hogan's six field goals were shorter than 30 yards as the Houston offense stalled out inside the UAB 10-yard line on several occasions.

Hogan connected on kicks of 23, 27, 23, 29, 52 and 26 in the victory.

Grant Traylor is a sports writer for The Herald-Dispatch. He can be reached by E-mail at gtraylor@herald-dispatch.com or by phone at (304) 526-2759. Follow him on Twitter (@GrantTraylor).

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