The Herd's 52-14 win over Miami and 55-0 win over Gardner-Webb were its first back-to-back 50-point performances since returning to major college football in 1997 and the first time overall since 1996, when Marshall beat Delaware, 59-14, and Furman, 54-0, in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs.
The balance in offense has come, in part, from a greater balance in who is running the ball and blocking for those runners.
Marshall has used all four of its running backs in its first two games, led by Steward Butler and his 258 yards on just 26 carries. He gouged Gardner-Webb for 151 yards and three touchdowns on just nine carries. Against the Runnin' Bulldogs, no running back carried more than 12 times or fewer than seven.
"It's a joy to be in a system like this," senior running back Essray Taliaferro said, "where you see receivers succeed, running backs, quarterbacks, tight ends, everybody doing well. It poses challenges for watching us on film. It's competition. By us being so deep at the running back position, we all felt we had to take our game to another level and gain coaches' trust."
A deeper offensive line also helps the entire offense's cause. In each of the first two games, eight linemen have played at least 36 snaps. Fresher bodies make for healthier, more spirited players. And while they're doing more blocking for the run rather than the pass this year, the linemen don't mind.
"We kind of like them both," senior offensive tackle Gage Niemeyer said. "Pass blocking and run blocking are sort of the same thing. You have to have good technique and you have to be physical. Just being able to do both equally feels good because you know you don't have to rely on one thing and you know the defense is always on its heels."
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THE ACC announced Monday that kickoff for Marshall's Sept. 21 game at Virginia Tech will be at noon. It will be broadcast on one of three networks - ESPNU, ESPNews or ESPN3. That decision will be made by Sept. 15.
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