"It felt great," he added. "Anytime a defensive player gets a pick-six, you're super excited about it. I was just happy to add to the overall score and help the team out."
Waiters also contributed four tackles, two solo, to Marshall's overall effort.
RUNNING BACK Kevin Grooms showed flashes of why he was named the 2012 Conference USA freshman of the year, but Holliday felt after the game that he still wasn't totally recovered from the sprained ankle that kept him sidelined for much of the preseason.
Grooms had four carries for 51 yards, including a 39-yard run, but the way that run ended showed Holliday that he needed to end Grooms' night early.
"He's done a tremendous job with treatments," Holliday said. "He's about another week away. When he got caught from behind on that (39-yarder), I knew I wasn't ready."
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IN ONE NIGHT, kicker Amoreto Curraj doubled the Herd's touchback total for the entire 2012 season. The freshman from Tampa, Fla., had six in eight kickoffs against Miami. The Herd recorded just three touchbacks in 12 games last season.
But, Curraj said, that's what he was brought to Huntington to do.
"I'm trying to lead the nation in touchbacks," he said. "Hopefully I can. Regardless, touchback or not, even if it went to the 1 like two of them did, I know my team's good enough to get there and do what they need to do. I do what I need to do for them, and they do what they need to do for me."
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.