Marshall Blasts UAB 59-14

By Mike Holbrook
Marshall Blasts UAB 59-14

HUNTINGTON, WV (HNN) - Quarterback A.J. Graham threw for five touchdown passes, four in the first half as the Marshall Thundering Herd easily bested the UAB Blazers 59-14 in front of 20,735 fans at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

Graham connected on 19-of-27 passes for 239 yards.

Marshall took the opening kickoff and drove 54 yards in five plays capped off by a 16 yard pass from Graham to Troy Evans.

A 26 yard Tyler Warner field goal put the Herd up 10-0 with 3:22 remaining in the first quarter.

A 28 point second quarter barrage put the game away for good. First Graham connected with Gator Hoskins on a three yard TD strike, and then Omar Brown intercepted a pass and returned it 48 yards for a score. Eric Frohnhapfel caught Graham’s third touchdown strike this time from three yards out. Graham’s fourth touchdown pass came when he hit Aaron Dobson on a 23 yard touchdown pass with 4:46 left in the first half.

Marshall scored twice more in the third quarter. Graham connected with Troy Evans this time from 38 yards out. Vinny Curry forced a fumble of UAB’s Jonathon Perry which was picked by Billy Mitchell and returned 20 yards for a touchdown

Curry finished the game with 7.5 tackles with a sack and three forced fumbles.

The Herd’s final score came when backup quarterback Rakeem Cato hit Gator Hoskins on a 34 yard TD pass with 10:59 left in the game.

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