Sunday September 1, 2013
Marshall football: Herd opens season with 52-14 win over Miami (Ohio)
Marshall Coach Doc Holliday discusses the Thundering Herd's win over Miami (Ohio).
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Holliday said it might have been the best half of football the Herd has played since he became head coach in 2010.
"I would think," Holliday said. "I know you take away a couple of plays, they'd have had less than a hundred yards of total offense. It was great to see the defense come out and play the way they did. And of course offensively, we got that thing rolling in the second half."
Marck said the RedHawks (0-1) simply didn't have an answer for anything the Herd had to offer.
"You have to credit Marshall for making adjustments at halftime," Marck said. "They came out, they played tough and they threw some stuff our way that we weren't seeing in the first half. A lot of credit to them. Obviously we need to do a better job of playing tough for two halves of football."
Steward Butler led Marshall with 107 rushing yards on 17 carries, while Essray Taliaferro gained 91 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Kevin Grooms ran for 53 yards on four carries, but Holliday said after the game that the 2012 Conference USA freshman of the year might be a week away from being totally recovered from an ankle sprain that kept him out of much of preseason camp. Most of his yardage came on one 39-yard carry and he was brought down from behind on that run.
Tommy Shuler led Marshall with nine catches for 67 yards and a touchdown, and was one of nine Herd players to catch a pass Saturday night. Jermaine Holmes led Marshall with eight tackles, three for a loss and a sack.
The Herd returns to Edwards Stadium at 6:30 p.m. this Saturday to face Gardner-Webb.
-- Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.