(Saturday, November 27th)
Final Score: Marshall 38, Tulane 23
Huntington, WV (Sports Network) - Brian Anderson threw for 162 yards and two touchdowns, as the Marshall Thundering Herd used a big first half to claim a 38-23 win over Tulane in Conference USA action at Edwards Stadium.
Anderson completed only 9-of-23 passes in the win, while Tron Martinez was bottled up to 59 rushing yards on 23 carries for Marshall (5-7, 4-4 C-USA).
Ryan Griffin threw for 370 yards and a touchdown for Tulane (4-8, 2-6), though he also tossed three interceptions and was sacked four times.
Tulane scored on its opening drive as Orleans Darkwa crossed the goal line on an eight-yard run three minutes into the game.
Marshall tied the score at 7-7 on Jermaine Kelson's 18-yard touchdown pass to Chuck Walker at the 4:32 mark of the first quarter.
The Herd took a 14-7 lead on the first play of the second quarter, as Anderson hooked up with Courtney Edmonson for a 20-yard scoring strike.
Marshall extended its lead to 21-7 after Essray Taliaferro blocked a punt and Kevin Perry took it into the end zone from two yards out at the 8:49 mark of the second quarter.
Anderson made it a 28-7 game with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Tron Martinez with just under two minutes to play until halftime.
Griffin answered for Tulane with a 12-yard TD pass to Ryan Grant with eight seconds remaining in the half to cut the deficit to 28-14.
But Marshall's Troy Evans returned the ensuing kickoff to the Tulane 16, setting up a 33-yard field goal by Tyler Warner as time expired in the opening half.
The Herd defense made it a 38-14 game at the 4:51 mark of the third quarter, as Rashad Jackson stepped in front of a Griffin pass and returned it 84 yards for a touchdown.
Darkwa trimmed the margin to 38-21 on a three-yard touchdown run with two seconds to play in the third quarter, which was set up by a Dezmon Moses interception.
However, the Green Wave could muster only two more points on a safety late in the fourth quarter.
Senior linebacker Mario Harvey had a monster day for Marshall, posting a career-high 21 tackles (3.0 TFL), five pass breakups, two sacks and a forced fumble in his final collegiate game.
11/27 16:53:21 ET