Marshall 3

(4-7, 1-4 away)

Memphis 26

(6-5, 4-2 home)

2:00 PM ET, November 26, 2005

Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, TN

1 2 3 4 T
MRSH 0 3 0 03
MEM 14 3 6 326

Top Performers

Passing: J. Skinner (MRSH) - 97 YDS

Rushing: D. Williams (MEM) - 27 CAR, 127 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: W. Hargrove (MRSH) - 2 REC, 40 YDS

Williams' two TDs guide Memphis to win, bowl eligibility

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- DeAngelo Williams closed out his Memphis career with 127 yards and two touchdowns Saturday as the Tigers became bowl-eligible for the third consecutive year with a 26-3 victory over Marshall.

Williams' rushing performance marked his 33rd game where he surpassed 100 yards, tying him with Tony Dorsett of Pitt and Ohio State's Archie Griffin for the most career 100-yard games in NCAA history.

Stephen Gostkowski, another senior, booted four field goals for the Tigers (6-5, 5-3 Conference USA), including a school-record 53-yarder in the third quarter.

Marshall (4-7, 3-5) managed only 154 yards in the game as the Thundering Herd suffered its first losing season in 22 years. Three fumbles also contributed to a tough day for Marshall.

Memphis relied on its running game all day, leaning on Williams and quarterback Maurice Avery, who had 93 yards on 19 carries. The Tigers had only one pass completion in eight attempts, that coming in the first half and resulted in a loss of three yards.

The Thundering Herd offense was led by running back Ahmad Bradshaw, who had 89 yards on 26 carries. Quarterback Jimmy Skinner was 11-of-19 for 97 yards on the day.

Memphis led 17-3 at the half despite its only completion of the game yards. On the ground, however, the Tigers had 169 yards, with Williams scoring on a pair of first quarter 1-yard runs.

The other Tiger score came on Gostkowski's 49-yard field goal as time expired in the half.

Memphis threw only two passes, both incomplete, on its three scoring drives in the first half.

Marshall was held to 103 yards of offense in the first half, most of it coming on the Bradshaw totaling 59 yards. The Thundering Herd's first-half score came on Ian O'Connor's 37-yard field goal with 4:50 left in the half.

The drive, which reached the Memphis 20, was the deepest penetration by Marshall in the half.

Gostkowski would account for all of the second half scoring with 43 and 42 yard field goals after the school-record 53-yarder.