Scores

Final

SMU 31

(6-5, 5-2 American)

Marshall 34

(6-5, 4-3 C-USA)

4:30 PM ET, November 21, 2009

Joan C. Edwards Stadium, Huntington, WV

1 2 3 4 T
SMU 7 3 7 1431
MRSH 7 3 14 1034

Top Performers

Passing: B. Anderson (MRSH) - 213 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: M. Ward (MRSH) - 25 CAR, 136 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Dobson (MRSH) - 4 REC, 127 YDS, 2 TD

Marshall 34, SMU 31

Associated Press

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Brian Anderson threw two second-half touchdown passes to freshman Aaron Dobson to lead Marshall to a 34-31 win over SMU on Saturday, making the Thundering Herd bowl eligible for the first time under fifth-year coach Mark Snyder.

Martin Ward ran for 136 yards and a score and Terrell Edwards-Maye added 113 yards for Marshall (6-5, 4-3 Conference USA).

SMU (6-5, 5-2) fell into a first-place tie in the West Division with No. 24 Houston with one game remaining. Houston holds the tiebreaker after beating SMU 38-15 earlier this season. SMU hosts Tulane and Houston hosts Rice next Saturday.

SMU's Kyle Padron threw two TD passes but lost for the first time in four starts since taking over for the injured Bo Levi Mitchell.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SMU
MRSH
1st Downs2124
Total Yards331475
Passing225213
Rushing106262
Penalties5-4715-144
3rd Down Conversions4-115-13
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers20
Possession25:3634:24

Passing Leaders

SMUC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Padron18/322257.021
MarshallC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Anderson13/222139.720

Rushing Leaders

SMUCARYDSAVGTDLG
McNeal20824.1134
Line23216.0123
MarshallCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ward251365.4137
Edwards-Maye221135.1125

Receiving Leaders

SMURECYDSAVGTDLG
Sanders89411.8143
Beasley69415.7032
MarshallRECYDSAVGTDLG
Dobson412731.8248
Smith24623.0024

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSMUMRSH
TD09:36Shawnbrey McNeal 1 Yd Run (Matt Szymanski Kick) 70
TD03:27Martin Ward 2 Yd Run (Craig Ratanamorn Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERSMUMRSH
FG13:26Craig Ratanamorn 50 Yd 710
FG07:47Matt Szymanski 25 Yd 1010
THIRD QUARTERSMUMRSH
TD10:14Terrell Edwards-Maye 8 Yd Run (Craig Ratanamorn Kick) 1017
TD08:41Emmanuel Sanders 43 Yd Pass From Kyle Padron (Matt Szymanski Kick) 1717
TD05:42Aaron Dobson 40 Yd Pass From Brian Anderson (Craig Ratanamorn Kick) 1724
FOURTH QUARTERSMUMRSH
FG08:55Craig Ratanamorn 42 Yd 1727
TD05:33Aldrick Robinson 12 Yd Pass From Kyle Padron (Matt Szymanski Kick) 2427
TD02:01Aaron Dobson 16 Yd Pass From Brian Anderson (Craig Ratanamorn Kick) 2434
TD00:40Zach Line 9 Yd Run (Matt Szymanski Kick) 3134