Bulldogs quarterback Lucas Beatty passed for 276 yards and two touchdowns on 22-of-31 passing. Both of those scores went to 6-foot-4 receiver Kenny Cook, who finished with nine catches for 113 yards. On the ground, running back Juanne Blount ran for a career-high 162 yards on 28 carries, a 5.8-yard-per-carry clip.
The nose guard is 6-2, 302-pound O.J. Le'iatua Mau, a sophomore who recorded two tackles, assisted on a tackle for loss and recorded a quarterback hurry against Furman. Junior defensive end Shaquille Riddick also could put some pressure on Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato. He had three quarterback pressures, six tackles and a sack against Furman.
The Herd's motivation for this weekend doesn't come just from wanting to stay off the surprisingly long list of FCS conquests in 2013. It wants to, as Taylor said, take another step toward transforming the culture of the football program, to eclipse the five to seven wins notched each year of Holliday's tenure and think bigger.
And if the team thinks - and plays - bigger, then maybe the Huntington community will start thinking bigger, too, receiver Tommy Shuler said. He doesn't want two straight wins to boost just the confidence of the players. He want the fans to continue gaining confidence in the team.
"We need to win to get the place around here jumping," Shuler said, "just get everybody ready to see Marshall every week. I feel like we've got some people, but we don't have everybody. We need another win to keep building on the win and have Huntington here ready to see us play each week, anxious."
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.