Marshall helped dig itself into an early hole with penalties in Saturday's 69-34 loss to No. 11 West Virginia. When the first quarter ended, Marshall had 48 yards of total offense. It had 49 yards in penalties.
Two personal foul flags on the same drive accounted for 30 of those yards. Antavious Wilson was flagged for the first one, turning second-and-6 on Marshall's 23 to second-and-18 on the Herd's 11. That forced Marshall to punt and, on the return, a flag was thrown on Alex Bazzie for hitting Tavon Austin out of bounds.
"You've got to play smart and eliminate penalties and we didn't do a
very good job of that in the first quarter," Head Coach Doc Holliday
said. "I think in the second half, it was pretty clean, but you can't
That allowed WVU to start on Marshall's 41, though that drive ended
with the Mountaineers turning the ball over on downs at the Marshall
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Redshirt freshman running back Kevin Grooms, despite not carrying the
ball until the third quarter, led Marshall in rushing in his first
collegiate appearance Saturday. Grooms, a graduate of South Broward
High in Hollywood, Fla., gained 43 yards on five carries. His first
carry was his longest, a 19-yarder near the end of the third.
Other true freshmen and redshirt freshmen who played Saturday included
defensive backs A.J. Leggett and D.J. Hunter, receiver Davonte Allen,
defensive linemen Armonze Daniel and Jarquez Samuel, quarterback Blake
Frohnapfel, running backs Steward Butler and Remi Watson, punter Tyler
Williams, long snapper Matt Cincotta and tight end Joe Woodrum.
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Marshall's starting right tackle Garrett Scott was lost for the game
early in the second quarter with a left leg injury. He was on crutches
at the end of the game, his leg wrapped at the ankle and shin. Gage
Niemeyer replaced him on the offensive line.
Holliday said he was a little relieved that the injury wasn't as bad
as originally thought.
"We thought it was broken and that we lost him there," he said. But I
don't think it's broken. I think he's going to be fine."
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The Herd's 545 yards of total offense was the most since gaining 506
yards on 86 plays against Houston on Oct. 22, 2011. The last time
Marshall eclipsed the 545-yard mark was when it gained 562 yards on
New Hampshire on Sept. 15, 2007. The last time the Herd went past 545
yards against a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent, they gained 554
yards against Akron on Nov. 5, 2004.
Marshall's 98-yard drive in the second quarter tied for the longest by