HUNTINGTON - Lose one. Win one. Lose one. Win one. Lose two. Win one. Lose one.
The pendulum of momentum has swung back and forth for Marshall University's football team this season. At 3-5 and 2-2 in Conference USA, the Thundering Herd has yet to get rolling in a positive direction for any longer than one game at a time.
The last two weeks may have been the most extreme case, as the Herd followed its best overall performance of the year, a 59-24 road win over Southern Mississippi, with its worst, a 54-17 home loss to the University of Central Florida.
As the Herd prepares for this Saturday's 2 p.m. clash with 1-7 Memphis, the players return to what has become their season-long quest - finding the formula for more consistent success.
Sixth-year guard John Bruhin said it has become frustrating that this quest has gone on for eight games and the Herd has seemed to come no closer to a solution.
"It's hard to pinpoint, but we sit back and think about it all the time," Bruhin said. "We ask, 'What are we not doing right?' I think we come out to work every day and do the right things and sometimes it just doesn't fall in our favor. We're just got to keep working."
In thumping the Golden Eagles, the Herd reached season highs in yards (629) and points. The defense recorded its first multi-sack game with three and reached a season low in yards allowed (331) and tied a season low in points allowed.
In getting thumped by the Knights, the Herd stumbled to season lows in yards (364) and points, Marshall receivers dropped seven first-half passes and quarterback Rakeem Cato was sacked four times and hurried 10 times through four quarters.