In the third quarter, the Herd lost yards when Demetrius Evans was flagged for roughing UAB punter Hunter Mullins. That penalty prolonged the Blazers' drive and, while UAB still had to punt, the Herd got the ball on the Blazers' 20, rather than the Blazers' 32 where the original punt was downed.
On top of that, the Herd lost kick/punt returner Andre Snipes-Booker on a kickoff late in the first half. He was on the ground for a while with his helmet off and holding his head. Snipes-Booker missed Marshall's loss to the University of Central Florida with a concussion.
Marshall redeemed itself in the fourth quarter with Brandon Sparrow's punt block that Dominick LeGrande returned to the UAB 29. The Herd turned that into Haig's field goal. Still, that wasn't enough to change Coach Doc Holliday's opinion.
"Awful," he said of Marshall's special teams performance. "We didn't play well there. When you give up a blocked punt and a punt return for a touchdown, it's hard to win a game."
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UAB WON on Saturday, but the Herd made Blazers quarterback Austin Brown earn it.
Marshall defenders picked off Brown three times - one each by Baxter, LeGrande and Jermaine Holmes - and sacked him three times. Brown finished the game completing 20 of 34 passes for 197 yards, two touchdowns and three picks.
Defensive end Jeremiah Taylor, who recorded two of Marshall's three sacks with Jarquez Samuel notching the other, said the plan going into the game was to apply pressure to Brown.
"Coaches told us to just go out there and do what we do, to not worry about losing contain," Taylor said. "The way we studied (Brown), he likes to sit in there. He won't be quick to just run out there. The coaches said, 'Just do what you guys do.'"
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall.