I’ve been tweetin’ up a storm, but deliquent over here in the blog.
First order of business: Marshall “wins” 95-30 in the SMH Index for ill-time penalties, though Doc would dispute the Billy Mitchell foul.
Now the grades:
Tough to argue with 665 total yards and 288 yard rushing, but the Herd needed to cash in after halftime. Three field goals aren’t a good sign in most Conference USA games.
Another really good half, another near-disaster in the other half. Houston got one outrageous lucky break and that desperation pass off the fumbled snap. Shoot, Marshall falls on that loose ball, the game might be a rout.
SPECIAL TEAMS: F+
Shoot, we can argue the game was won on special teams, eh? Haig’s kick, great squib afterward, right? And what about Houston’s Hogan booting his last kickoff out of bounds. Wow.
The one pick that was Cato’s fault squandered a chance for Marshall to go up 38-10. Perhaps Houston’s spirit would have been squashed, but we’ll never know.
I heard/read at least two different people this week calling for Bill Legg’s head. What??????? I see the gnashing of teeth on the defensive side, but the MU offense is *fun* again, folks.
On the other hand, there was a little bit of “playing not to lose,” which I don’t care for. Doc went by the book late in the game going for that field goal and the 41-38 lead, but I might have gone for it on fourth-and-4 at the Houston 9. Then again, I’m a maverick.
Had ’em all the way, right? On to Greenville, with a bowl game on the line.