HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) -- DeWhitt Betterson rushed for the
go-ahead touchdown and Troy's defense held Marshall to 177 total
yards in a 17-15 victory Saturday.
The anemic offensive production by Marshall was its lowest since
1989. It was only the seventh loss Marshall has had at home since
it opened its stadium in 1991, and its first season-opening home
loss since 1977.
Betterson's one-yard touchdown run with 7:33 left in the third
quarter gave Troy a 17-9 lead, one it wouldn't relinquish.
Marshall had a late chance to come back after stopping Troy on a
fourth-and-4 with 2:35 to play, but an illegal participation
penalty continued Troy's drive.
The Thundering Herd got the ball back with 24 seconds, but the
only gain was a 49-yard reception by Brad Bates at the Troy 32 as
time ran out.
Things won't get any easier for Marshall. It has back-to-back
road games against Top Ten teams Ohio State and Georgia.
Joey Counts scored on a 1-yard run on fourth-and-goal with 2 seconds left to give Montana a 38-35 victory over four-time defending FCS champion North Dakota State on Saturday.
Transfer Vernon Adams will be the starting quarterback when Oregon begins its season against Eastern Washington on Sept. 5.
Tim Beckman is threatening legal action after Illinois fired him as football coach Friday amid allegations of influencing medical decisions and pressuring players to play hurt.
LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron revealed in a post-practice news conference that he has been treated for prostate cancer but plans to coach this season.
The woman who accused former Baylor defensive end Sam Ukwuachu of raping her in 2013 has hired a Title IX law firm to represent her in potential civil litigation.
Arkansas tight end C.J. O'Grady has been arrested by Fayetteville police and charged with driving while intoxicated and being a minor in possession of alcohol.