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