HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Jimmy Skinner is making a habit out of
coming off the bench to help Marshall get a win.
Skinner, Marshall's backup quarterback, played his third
straight game in relief after Bernard Morris got hurt and threw
three fourth-quarter touchdown passes to lift Marshall to a 42-21
win over Tulane on Saturday night for its third straight win.
"He stepped in and did a great job again tonight," said
Marshall coach Mark Snyder. "You talk about poise and character.
You can tell he's been around for a long time"
Marshall (4-5, 3-2 Conference USA) built a 21-0 first-quarter
lead, saw it slip away and squandered three scoring chances inside
the Tulane 30 in the third quarter. Morris and Skinner each threw
interceptions and Tulane blocked Anthony Binswanger's 38-yard field
Early in the fourth, Marshall's Jon Moravec blocked a punt and
the Thundering Herd took over at the Tulane 24.
Binswanger then kicked a 36-yard field goal, but Tulane was
offsides on the play and Marshall took the penalty. Two plays
later, Skinner hit freshman Cody Slate with a 14-yard TD pass for a
28-21 lead with 12:34 remaining.
Tulane (3-6, 1-4) drove to the Marshall 22, but Lester Ricard
threw incomplete on fourth-and-2. Skinner then took Marshall 78
yards in five plays, capped by his 24-yard TD toss to Emmanuel
Tulane's Fred Smith fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Marshall's
Jeremy Frazie recovered at the Tulane 26. Skinner capped the
scoring with an 11-yard TD pass to Ahmad Bradshaw.
"All we knew is we had to put some more points up," Skinner
said. "The offense was moving. I think we were just stopping
"I think I've got a good feel for the offense. I understand
everything and I'm finally understand the game better than I used
to, understand the situations of the game."
Skinner went 9-of-11 for 113 yards. Bradshaw become the 12th
player in Marshall history and the first in three seasons to
surpass 1,000 yards rushing in a season on a first-quarter carry.
He finished with 138 yards on 22 carries.
Ricard, who threw for 409 yards and three TDs in a win last week
over Army, had a less-productive game in the cold in Conference
USA's northernmost city. He had thrown five interceptions all
season entering the game but had two against Marshall. He went
26-of-46 for 262 yards.
Morris, who started despite a sore toe that forced him to miss
much of the last two games, converted a pair of third-down passes
on Marshall's opening drive, which was capped by his 8-yard
scramble on third-and-goal for a 7-0 lead.
Four plays later, Marshall defensive end Albert McClelland
tipped a pass that teammate Zearrick Matthews returned 44 yards for
On Marshall's second possession, Morris found Slate with a
9-yard TD pass for a 21-0 lead.
"That's the best first quarter we've played since I've been
here," Snyder said.
But Marshall's offense stalled the next two quarters and Tulane
Ricard found Preston Brown with a 15-yard TD pass and Matt Forte
scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter. Ricard found Forte
with a 48-yard pass on Tulane's first possession of the third
quarter, setting up Forte's 4-yard TD run to tie the game at 21-21.
Forte was injured making a tackle on an interception late in the
third quarter and had his string of four straight 100-yard rushing
games snapped. He had 61 yards on 19 carries.<