"You have to have a great presence with the linebackers, and we just didn't get it done today," he said.
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TAYLOR WAS lost for the second half due to injury, another blow to a defensive line that already was playing without Brandon Sparrow, whose sprained ankle kept him in Huntington for the game.
"I had a little back issue," Taylor said. "I'm going to get a lot of treatment and hopefully come back strong next week."
Defensively, the Herd is posting much better numbers through its first three games. The Herd is fifth in the Football Bowl Subdivision in total defense, with 252.7 yards allowed per game, sixth in rushing defense with 67 yards allowed per game and tied with Washington State and Virginia Tech for 23rd in scoring defense with 16 points allowed per game.
Marshall allowed 266 passing yards and 64 rushing yards to Ohio on Saturday. The Bobcats rushed for 199 yards against the Herd last season.
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KEVIN GROOMS returned for his first extended action of the season. He carried the ball four times in Marshall's win over Miami University, but sat against Gardner-Webb to rest an ankle he sprained early in preseason practice.
The 2012 Conference USA freshman of the year led Marshall with 35 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. The Herd ended up gaining 116 yards overall on 34 carries.
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