Scores

Final

Houston 23

(4-4, 3-1 American)

Marshall 37

(4-4, 3-1 C-USA)

Coverage: ESPN2

8:00 PM ET, October 28, 2008

Joan C. Edwards Stadium, Huntington, WV

1 2 3 4 T
HOU 0 3 6 1423
MRSH 3 13 14 737

Top Performers

Passing: C. Keenum (HOU) - 317 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: D. Marshall (MRSH) - 15 CAR, 102 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Carrier (HOU) - 6 REC, 104 YDS

Marshall never trails as Houston loses game, impact WR Edwards

ESPN.com news services

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Marshall quarterback Mark Cann threw two touchdown passes and ran for another, and the Thundering Herd never trailed in their 37-23 win over Houston on Tuesday night.

Cann connected with Cody Slate on a 9-yard touchdown pass, and Craig Ratanamorn kicked all three of his field goals in the first half to put Marshall (4-4, 3-1 Conference USA) up 16-3 at halftime.

Tough Break

Patrick Edwards, the Houston WR who suffered a gruesome leg injury on Tuesday, is no joke as a player. The freshman entered the night 28th in FBS in terms of receiving yards per game at 86.3 YPG. That's second in FBS play among freshmen.

Patrick Edwards
Houston Freshman WR
FBS Rank Rank among FR
Rec YPG 86.3 28th 2nd
Rec PG 6.1 T-28th 2nd
Rec yards 604 38th 3rd

Emmanuel Spann caught a 5-yard scoring pass from Cann, and the quarterback scored on a 1-yard run in the third quarter. Darius Marshall, who led Marshall with 107 yards rushing, ran 22 yards for the Herd's final score in the fourth.

Nothing seemed to go right for the Cougars. They lost tackle Josh Bell to a torn Achilles tendon then later lost freshman wide receiver Patrick Edwards after he suffered a serious leg injury in the third quarter.

Edwards, running deep for a pass from Blake Joseph, ran out of the back of the end zone into a band equipment cart parked just beyond the out-of-bounds line. The impact, captured by ESPN's cameras, caused a compound fracture of Edwards' right leg according to the Houston Chronicle.

Cougars coach Kevin Sumlin told the Chronicle that while he had "his opinions" on the subject, he would offer no comment on such a dangerous situation. Houston athletics director Dave Maggard said he will pursue the subject with Marshall officials.

"It was duly noted and I think we'll save the conversation for another day," Maggard told the Chronicle. "I don't think there is any question that it is a problem. We all noticed it, and we want to find out why something like that would occur. It was a serious injury, no question about it."

Houston (4-4, 3-1) quarterback Case Keenum completed 22 of 41 passes for a season low of 317 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. However, the game was Keenum's school-record-setting ninth consecutive with at least 300 yards passing.

Bryce Beall led Houston with 68 yards rushing on 14 carries, and scored one touchdown.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
HOU
MRSH
1st Downs2423
Total Yards423406
Passing317157
Rushing106249
Penalties6-4010-67
3rd Down Conversions3-127-17
4th Down Conversions1-11-2
Turnovers30
Possession22:3437:26

Passing Leaders

HoustonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Keenum22/413177.722
MarshallC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Cann15/251576.320

Rushing Leaders

HoustonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Beall14684.9121
Kohn7243.409
MarshallCARYDSAVGTDLG
Marshall151026.8135
Small19814.3014

Receiving Leaders

HoustonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Carrier610417.3050
Beall57314.6123
MarshallRECYDSAVGTDLG
Passmore37123.7065
Slate4369.0119

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERHOUMRSH
FG05:09Craig Ratanamorn 28 Yd 03
SECOND QUARTERHOUMRSH
TD12:49Cody Slate 9 Yd Pass From Mark Cann (Craig Ratanamorn Kick) 010
FG09:21Craig Ratanamorn 25 Yd 013
FG05:29Ben Bell 22 Yd 313
FG01:32Craig Ratanamorn 36 Yd 316
THIRD QUARTERHOUMRSH
TD04:35Emmanuel Spann 5 Yd Pass From Mark Cann (Craig Ratanamorn Kick) 323
TD02:52Mark Cann 1 Yd Run (Craig Ratanamorn Kick) 330
TD00:42Bryce Beall 14 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Pat Failed) 930
FOURTH QUARTERHOUMRSH
TD13:26Darius Marshall 22 Yd Run (Craig Ratanamorn Kick) 937
TD12:21Kierrie Johnson 59 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Ben Bell Kick) 1637
TD02:27Bryce Beall 2 Yd Run (Ben Bell Kick) 2337