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Herd goes back to work

Sep. 30, 2013 @ 12:02 AM

HUNTINGTON — Marshall had a full week to lick its wounds both mentally and physically after taking the week off, but it’s now back to business for the Thundering Herd.

Marshall went through a practice session on Sunday to officially kick off their game-week preparation for Saturday’s opponent — the UTSA Roadrunners.

Marshall coach Doc Holliday acknowledged that consecutive losses to Ohio and Virginia Tech are disappointing due to the nature — they came as a result of Herd mistakes — but the goals for the season are still alive and well, starting this week.

“We’ve gone through a couple of rough stretches here,” Holliday said. “We have to become a better football team because of it and learn from it, but everything is out there for us. We have to take it one game at a time.”

When the Herd lines up against UTSA on Saturday, they will be doing so against a team which hardly anyone has heard of. UTSA’s program is only three years old, but they are making a
name rather quickly.

UTSA’s head coach is Larry Coker — yes, the same Larry Coker from the University of Miami who won a national championship a few years ago.

Coker and Holliday have met up on several occasions, most notably dating back to when Coker was at Miami and Holliday was at Florida. However, there were several meetings prior to that as well when both were assistant coaches.

Holliday knows what he’s up against when the Herd meets with Coker’s bunch of Roadrunners on Saturday.
“He’s a tremendous coach and has had success wherever he has been,” Holliday said. “I have great respect for him and you can tell just by watching that team that they are well coached.”

On Saturday, UTSA fell to Houston 59-28, but the score wasn’t indicative of the contest.

The teams went into the locker room tied at 21 before turnovers started to creep in on the Roadrunners. UTSA finished with five turnovers in the contest and had a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown as Houston scored 28 straight points in the fourth quarter to stretch out a close game that was 31-28 at the end of three quarters.

The catalyst for UTSA is quarterback Eric Soza, who finished Saturday’s loss 29-of-40 for 316 yards and two touchdowns. He also had three interceptions — all in the fourth quarter.

Saturday’s game starts at 2 p.m. and it’s Homecoming 2013 for the Herd.

 

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