"We're basically in the same situation we were this time last year when we went to Louisville, and our guys understand that," Holliday said. "They went to Louisville and beat a pretty good football team. Basically, they're in the same situation and hopefully we get the same result."
The Cardinals team Marshall beat last year 17-13 ultimately won a share of the Big East title and had a shot at a BCS-bowl berth until being mathematically eliminated at season's end. Defensive end Jeremiah Taylor said a win Saturday would help the same way as last year's Louisville win.
"It's a big confidence booster and it gives guys that motivation to say we can play those guys," Taylor said.
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CORNERBACK Derrick Thomas, who left the Rice game injured in the first half, will be back for Saturday's game at Purdue, Holliday said. Thomas, Keith Baxter and Monterius Lovett all are good to go, as will be Travon Van, who moved from starting running back to reserve corner.
"Those guys are all fine," Holliday said. "They'll all play. And, of course, Travon will have an extra week there, so we've got to get him in the rotation. By the time the game rolls around, we'll be more healthy there than we were last week."
Corner Darryl Roberts, who has not yet played this season after spending part of preseason camp with a walking boot on his right foot, remains up in the air as far as his return to play.
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall.