Scores

Final

Marshall 24

(2-3, 1-2 away)

Troy 33

(3-2, 2-0 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

7:00 PM ET, September 27, 2003

Veterans Memorial Stadium (AL), Troy, AL

1 2 3 4 T
MRSH 3 7 7 724
TROY 7 6 7 1333

Troy State 33, Marshall 24

TROY, Ala. (AP) -- DeWhitt Betterson rushed for 114 yards, including the go-ahead touchdown late in the third quarter, as Troy State defeated Marshall 33-24 Saturday night, one week after the Thundering Herd pulled one of the school's biggest upsets.

Betterson punched in from the 3-yard line as the Trojans (3-2) took a 20-17 lead.

Stan Hill, Marshall's starting quarterback who has been injured for much of the season, had put the Herd (2-3) ahead on TD passes to Jason Rader and Josh Davis. But after Betterson scored to put the Trojans ahead, Derrick Ansley picked off Hill and ran 70 yards for a touchdown and a 26-17 lead.

Hill threw a 15-yard touchdown to Darius Watts to cut the lead to 26-24, but the Trojans answered with a 71-yard drive capped by Marrio Fraser's 27-yard TD scamper.

Hill's second interception of the day ended Marshall's last drive with 2:52 to play, and the Trojans ran out the clock for their first big win in newly refurbished Movie Gallery Stadium.

Marshall came into the game on a high, having won 27-20 at then-No. 6 Kansas State last week. But the hero of that game, backup quarterback Graham Gochneaur, completed 8 of 13 passes for only 53 yards and an interception before being replaced by Hill.

Hill was 25-of-39 for 266 yards and three touchdowns but threw the two costly interceptions. Davis caught 12 passes for 177 yards.

Trojans quarterback Aaron Leak attempted only 15 passes, completing five for 59 yards, as his teammates amassed 254 yards on the ground. Besides Betterson, Fraser had 81 yards on 12 carries, and Leak also ran 12 times for 59 yards.

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