Scores

Final

Cincinnati 33

(4-1, 2-1 away)

Marshall 10

(3-3, 2-0 C-USA)

Coverage: ESPN

8:00 PM ET, October 3, 2008

Joan C. Edwards Stadium, Huntington, WV

1 2 3 4 T
CIN 2 14 10 733
MRSH 0 3 7 010

Top Performers

Passing: C. Anderson (BUFF) - 158 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Ramsey (CIN) - 17 CAR, 99 YDS

Receiving: C. Slate (MRSH) - 7 REC, 96 YDS, 1 TD

Freshman Anderson sparks Cincinnati in college debut

Associated Press

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Redshirt freshman Chazz Anderson threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score in his college debut to lead Cincinnati to a 33-10 victory over Marshall on Friday night.

Anderson is Cincinnati's third starting quarterback this season after injuries sidelined Dustin Grutza and backup Tony Pike. Coach Brian Kelly made a game-time decision to start Anderson over redshirt freshman Zach Collaros, who led the go-ahead drive in the fourth quarter in a 17-15 win over Akron last week.

Anderson looked like a calm veteran at times, leading the Bearcats (4-1) on two long scoring drives in the second half to break open a close game. He finished 16-of-26 for 158 yards and was intercepted once against one of the nation's worst pass defenses.

Marshall (3-3), looking to reverse three straight losing seasons under coach Mark Snyder, has scored just one touchdown in its past two games. The Thundering Herd fell to 0-3 against BCS teams this season and were outscored 111-27 by Cincinnati, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Marshall redshirt freshman Mark Cann had his second straight poor outing. He went 17-of-36 for 178 yards, was intercepted three times and sacked three times.

Midway through the third quarter, Anderson drove Cincinnati 89 yards and found Dominick Goodman in the end zone for the second time, this one from 7 yards out for a 23-10 lead.

After Aaron Webster's interception on Marshall's next series led to Jake Rogers' 40-yard field goal, Anderson capped an 86-yard drive with a 1-yard run with 10:12 left in the game for the final margin.

Cincinnati outgained Marshall 122-119 in the first half but jumped ahead 16-3 with the help of Thundering Herd mistakes.

Cincinnati's Connor Barwin blocked a Kase Whitehead punt out of the end zone for a first-quarter safety. The Bearcats took over at the Marshall 48 after the ensuing free kick and needed just four plays to reach the end zone, with John Goebel scoring on a 21-yard run for a 9-0 lead.

It seemed every time Marshall started to move the ball, mistakes and penalties ended drives.

Marshall advanced to the Cincinnati 37 in the second quarter, but Darius Marshall ran in circles and lost 14 yards, Cann was sacked and Whitehead shanked a 17-yard punt.

A penalty wiped out a 25-yard reception by Darius Passmore on Marshall's next possession. Two plays later, Cann's pass bounced off Cody Slate's shoulder and Cedric Tolbert returned the interception 35 yards to the Marshall 14. Anderson then found Goodman in the end zone for a 16-0 lead.

The lone bright spot for Cann was a 57-yard scoring pass to Slate on Marshall's first series of the second half to cut it to 16-10.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CIN
MRSH
1st Downs2216
Total Yards361268
Passing158178
Rushing20390
Penalties2-253-20
3rd Down Conversions4-135-16
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers23
Possession31:2928:31

Passing Leaders

CincinnatiC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Anderson16/261586.121
MarshallC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Cann17/361784.913

Rushing Leaders

CincinnatiCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ramsey17995.8014
Pead11595.4016
MarshallCARYDSAVGTDLG
Small7628.9027
Passmore3206.7013

Receiving Leaders

CincinnatiRECYDSAVGTDLG
Goodman6518.5217
Guidugli33511.7016
MarshallRECYDSAVGTDLG
Slate79613.7157
Passmore7476.7015

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCINMRSH
SF01:02Ball Through End Zone 20
SECOND QUARTERCINMRSH
TD14:29John Goebel 21 Yd Run (Jake Rogers Kick) 90
TD04:54Dominick Goodman 14 Yd Pass From Chazz Anderson (Jake Rogers Kick) 160
FG02:05Craig Ratanamorn 50 Yd 163
THIRD QUARTERCINMRSH
TD13:52Cody Slate 57 Yd Pass From Mark Cann (Craig Ratanamorn Kick) 1610
TD07:13Dominick Goodman 7 Yd Pass From Chazz Anderson (Jake Rogers Kick) 2310
FG05:33Jake Rogers 40 Yd 2610
FOURTH QUARTERCINMRSH
TD10:12Chazz Anderson 1 Yd Run (Jake Rogers Kick) 3310