HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Ahmad Bradshaw scored three touchdowns
and backup Jimmy Skinner threw a pair of TD passes to lead Marshall
to a 41-27 win over Memphis on Saturday night.
Marshall (3-5, 2-2 Conference USA) won for the second straight
week as it tries to avoid back-to-back losing seasons for the first
time since 1982-83.
Memphis (1-7, 0-4) lost for the sixth straight time and was
eliminated from bowl consideration after appearances in three
straight seasons. The Tigers have been outscored 178-100 in the
five games since coach Tommy West fired defensive coordinator Joe
Skinner went 13-of-21 for 184 yards in relief of injured starter
Morris, who was questionable for the game with a toe injury,
went down on the final play of the first quarter and did not
return. His injury wasn't disclosed.
Bradshaw finished with 125 yards rushing a week after he
exploded for 242 yards in a win at UAB.
He had TD runs of 1 and 52 yards and caught his first TD pass of
the season, a 26-yarder from Skinner in the third quarter that put
the Thundering Herd ahead 35-13.
Memphis scored on the first series of the game but didn't find
the end zone again until late in the third.
In the fourth, Marshall's defense forced a fumble at its 1-yard
line, and C.J. Spillman later intercepted a tipped pass on fourth
down and went 85 yards for a score to give Marshall a 41-20 lead.
Memphis' Martin Hankins went 26-of-42 for 322 yards but was
intercepted three times.<