MARSHALL COACH Doc Holliday remained impressed with the way his offensive line played against the RedHawks.
"My opinion hasn't changed," he said. "I thought they took that game over in the second half. Anytime you can run it for 300 plus yards that offensive line has had a good day.
"What was great to see was that not only the five starters went in and played well, but Clint Van Horn came in and played extremely well," he added. "The freshman center (Michael Selby) went in and got his feet wet. We're getting a lot more than just the starting five."
According to Marshall's stats, center Chris Jasperse played the most, taking 83 of the team's 94 total snaps. Eight linemen played at least 38 snaps. Right tackle Garrett Scott led the unit with six knockdowns, with Jasperse adding 5.5 and left tackle Gage Niemeyer adding 4.5.
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DEFENSIVE coordinator Chuck Heater reiterated this week's message to the team that, despite its Football Championship Subdivision ranking, the Runnin' Bulldogs still weren't a team to overlook. Much of that, he said, has to do with their quarterback, redshirt junior Lucas Beatty.
Beatty completed 22 of 31 passes for 276 yards and two touchdowns in Gardner-Webb's comeback win over Furman. He not only threw the game-winning touchdown to Kenny Cook with 9:49 left in the game, he also hit Seth Cranfill on a two-point conversion to make it 28-21.
Aside from Beatty's talent, Heater also admired his grit.
"The quarterback is really a tough, competitive guy," Heater said. "He got hit a lot and took them down in the fourth quarter to win the game. He was getting hit high and low and just kept his eyes down the field and made some outstanding plays. It always impresses me when a quarterback is tough and doesn't get distracted by the rush."
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