Akron 24

(5-5, 1-4 away)

Marshall 42

(6-3, 3-1 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

4:30 PM ET, November 1, 2003

Joan C. Edwards Stadium, Huntington, WV

1 2 3 4 T
AKR 14 3 0 724
MRSH 14 21 0 742

Marshall 42, Akron 24

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Earl Charles scored three touchdowns and rushed for 121 yards Saturday to lead Marshall to a 42-24 victory over Akron.

Butchie Wallace had 147 yards rushing and a 36-yard TD as two Thundering Herd players ran for 100 yards apiece for the first time in five years.

Marshall (6-3, 4-1 Mid-American) was well beyond its average of 167 rushing yards per game by halftime, outgained Akron 573-391 and put the Zips (5-5, 3-3) out of reach with 21 second-quarter points.

Wallace had 103 of Marshall's 236 rushing yards in the first half, and Charles had touchdown runs of 2, 6 and 19 yards.

They became the first Marshall duo since Doug Chapman and Llow Turner against Kent State in October 1998 to surpass 100 yards rushing apiece.

Graham Gochneaur, starting in place of the injured Stan Hill, completed 15 of 25 passes for 199 yards with two touchdowns. He was intercepted twice by Rickey McKenzie.

Schroeder had a career-high five receptions for 98 yards, all in the first half, to lead Marshall.

Charlie Frye, listed as questionable after injuring his hip last week, replaced Micah Faler after one series at quarterback and immediately passed Akron downfield, throwing a 41-yard catch-and-run touchdown to Nick Sparks.

Frye completed 16 of 32 passes for 210 yards with a touchdown. He was intercepted twice by Coke.

With four receptions, Matt Cherry became Akron's career receptions leader with 140 career catches.<