Herd not overlooking Tigers
HUNTINGTON -- Memphis comes into Joan C. Edwards Stadium on Saturday with a 1-7 record, but Marshall University football players aren't buying it.
Marshall sees a Memphis team that rushed for 240 yards on UCF two weeks ago and they see the team that was tight with SMU in the third quarter before their own mistakes started to creep up.
And no one knows about how self-inflicted wounds can hinder a team better than Marshall.
That's why Marshall's players also know Memphis can be dangerous if the Herd doesn't get pressure on them.
"You can't overlook a team with a bad record because they can come out and play on any given day," Marshall defensive end Jeremiah Taylor said. "I don't think anyone on our team is overlooking Memphis."
Memphis (1-7, 1-3 Conference USA) and Marshall (3-5, 2-2 C-USA) meet at 2 p.m., Saturday, in Joan C. Edwards Stadium.
The Tigers have struggled to score this season, eclipsing 17 points just twice in the first eight games.
However, much of that has been on their own accord. The Tigers have fumbled 24 times and lost 14.
Even in the fumbles the Tigers have recovered, the lack of ball security has stopped potentially-big plays that could have kept drives alive.
Marshall did a good job of creating turnovers last week, forcing three against UCF. Yet, there were no points scored off of those takeaways, which served as counter-momentum against the Herd in a 54-17 defeat.
"We have to make the plays that we've been making all year," Marshall coach Doc Holliday said. "Offensively, all year long we've made plays and last week, we didn't do that. We have to make sure we get back into doing that this week."
Players talked early in the week about getting over last week and leaving last week's loss in the past because there isn't really anything they can do about it.
They are more interested in not letting last week's loss beat them this week, too.
"We have to remind ourselves that there is still a lot out there still for us to achieve," Marshall right guard John Bruhin said. "We have to keep this program going in the right direction by working hard this week and getting a win over Memphis on Saturday."