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Marshall 26, Buffalo 16

10/18/2003

AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) -- Earl Charles' second touchdown run with
5:06 to play put a stop to Buffalo's comeback attempt as Marshall
beat the Bulls 26-16 Saturday.

After Marshall receiver Darius Watts beat one-on-one coverage
for a 24-yard reception down to the Buffalo 6, Charles scampered in
on the next play for the games definitive score.

Charles, who also scored from 3 yards out in the second quarter,
finished with 112 yards rushing on 23 carries.

Buffalo (0-8, 0-4 Mid-American Conference) trailed 19-3 at
halftime, but held Marshall (4-3, 2-1) out of the end zone for most
of the second half while scoring 13 unanswered points.

P.J. Piskorik's 2-yard touchdown pass to Chad Upshaw cut the
Marshall lead to 19-16 with 12:17 left in the fourth.

Marshall's Stan Hill threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Watts in
the first quarter, and ran for another in the second on a bootleg
from the 1-yard line on fourth and goal. Hill amassed 292 yards
through the air. Watts had nine catches for 98 yards, eclipsing the
school's previous record for career receptions.

Aaron Leeper led Buffalo with 12 carries for 57 yards. Chris
McDuffie had a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Piskorik
finished 15-23 passing for 140 yards with one touchdown and one
interception.

The Bulls have the nation's longest losing streak at 18 games.