(1-7, 1-3 C-USA)
4:30 PM ET, October 27, 2007
Joan C. Edwards Stadium, Huntington, WV
Passing: C. Clement (RICE) - 281 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: B. Morris (MRSH) - 13 CAR, 120 YDS, 2 TD
Receiving: J. Casey (RICE) - 7 REC, 101 YDS, 1 TD
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Quarterback Bernard Morris ran for 120 yards and two touchdowns to lead Marshall to a 34-21 win over Rice on Saturday night.
Marshall (1-7, 1-3 Conference USA) snapped an eight-game losing streak dating to last season.
Two of the conference's worst defenses allowed a combined 909 yards. Marshall, which had been held under 100 yards rushing as a team four times this season, ran for a season-high 254 yards.
Morris completed 15-of-33 passes for 227 yards but was most effective with his feet.
He became the Thundering Herd's first 100-yard rusher this season, scoring on a 9-yard run in the second quarter and adding a dazzling 26-yard TD run for a 24-0 lead in the third quarter.
Chase Clement threw two TD passes and he scored on a 20-yard run, all in the second half, for Rice (1-7, 1-3)
Marshall closed the scoring on Kelvin Turner's second TD run, an 8-yarder with 1:23 left in the game.
Clement ran 11 times for 76 yards and completed 29-of-48 passes for 281 yards.
Rice's James Casey had seven catches for 101 yards and Jarett Dillard had seven catches for 99 yards.