7:00 PM ET, September 27, 2003
VETERANS MEMORIAL STADIUM, TROY, AL
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'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.
|3rd Down Conversions||5-15||1-15|
|4th Down Conversions||0-2||1-1|
|FG||8:13||BEN LEWIS 33 YD FG|
Drive info: 13 plays, 69 yards.
|TD||1:34||JERMAINE RICHARDSON 36 YD PASS FROM JASON SAMPLES (THOMAS OLMSTED KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 74 yards.
|FG||8:23||THOMAS OLMSTED 38 YD FG|
Drive info: 4 plays, 0 yards.
|FG||6:43||THOMAS OLMSTED 36 YD FG|
Drive info: 4 plays, 4 yards.
|TD||0:25||JASON RADER 2 YD PASS FROM STAN HILL (BEN LEWIS KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 72 yards.
|TD||4:18||JOSH DAVIS 79 YD PASS FROM STAN HILL (BEN LEWIS KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||2:20||DEWHITT BETTERSON 3 YD RUN (THOMAS OLMSTED KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||11:40||DERRICK ANSLEY 70 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (MISSED KICK)||17||26|
|TD||8:02||DARIUS WATTS 15 YD PASS FROM STAN HILL (BEN LEWIS KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 39 yards.
|TD||5:28||MARRIO FRASER 27 YD RUN (THOMAS OLMSTED KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 71 yards.