W Michigan 21

(1-10, 0-6 away)

Marshall 31

(6-5, 4-1 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

4:30 PM ET, November 20, 2004

Joan C. Edwards Stadium, Huntington, WV

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WMU 14 0 0 721
MRSH 10 14 0 731

Top Performers

Passing: B. Baggett (INST) - 329 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: A. Bradshaw (MRSH) - 8 CAR, 145 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Scheffler (WMU) - 11 REC, 133 YDS

Two Marshall RBs over 140 yards

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Freshman Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for 145 yards before getting hurt and Earl Charles scored on a 49-yard run in the final minute to preserve Marshall's 31-21 victory over Western Michigan on Saturday.

Marshall (6-5, 6-2), playing its MAC finale before moving to Conference USA next year, avoided its first losing season since 1983.

Although the MAC has three bowl tie-ins this season, Marshall likely will stay home for the second straight year.

In the final game for fired coach Gary Darnell, Western Michigan (1-10, 0-8) lost its 10th straight, the Broncos' longest streak since 1975.

Western Michigan trailed 24-14 at halftime and its offense was silent for most of the second half until Tony Scheffler's 33-yard catch set up Mark Bonds' 1-yard TD run with 3:55 left in the game.

Marshall needed a first down to run out the clock, and Charles delivered on third-and-4.

Charles went around left end and scored with 40 seconds left. He finished with 140 yards on 20 carries.

Marshall's Josh Davis couldn't catch Purdue's Taylor Stubblefield, who earlier in the day set an NCAA career receiving record. The players entered the day tied with 295 catches, five behind the record set by Louisville's Arnold Jackson from 1997-2000.

Stubblefield caught 14 passes Saturday against Indiana and now has 309. Davis caught six Saturday.