Friday, October 24, 2014

State represents well in college football with nationally ranked teams

By: Audra Thomas
    Going into week 10 of college football, Marshall and West Virginia both have been doing extremely well this far.  In week 8, Marshall was ranked 25th in the nation, and West Virginia, even after a big road win against Texas Tech, was still unranked.  
   Last weekend, the Mountaineers took on number four ranked Baylor Bears in Morgantown.   After a rough start to the game, WVU came back and upset the Bears 41-27.  The standout of the game was quarter back Clint Trickett always finding wide receiver Kevin White.  Trickett threw for 322 yards total against Baylor, while White had a total of 132 yards and two touchdowns.  While a lot of the work was being done through the air, Wendell Smallwood and Dreamius Smith had a combined 126 rushing yards.  Another big impact on the game was kicker Josh Lambert, who had two field goals, one from 50 yards and the other from 54.  Although the offense had a good game, the defense also played a huge part in keeping Baylor out of the end zone.  After the Mountaineers huge game against Baylor, they moved up into the top 25 being ranked at 22nd.  October 25th the Mountaineers will be traveling to Oklahoma State who has the same record as WVU at 5-2 on the season.
    The Marshall Thundering Herd is still holding on strong to their undefeated record of 7-0 defeating teams such as Miami (OH), Ohio University, and Middle Tennessee.  In week 9, the Herd played Florida International University, easily taking them down 45-13.  During the game, Rakeem Cato, Marshall’s standout quarterback set the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision for throwing a touchdown pass for the 39th consecutive time.  Cato also finished off the game with 214 total passing yards and four touchdown passes.  Along with Catos outstanding performance in the game, Devon Johnson also had a good game.  Johnson finished the night off with 117 rushing yards, 79 receiving yards, and two touchdowns. After that game, the weekly rankings placed Marshall at 23rd.
   The Mountaineers finished last season 2-7 in conference play and 4-8 overall.  Along with that, the Herd had a winning season finishing with a record of 7-1 in conference play and 10-4 overall play.  This season both teams are looking onto be powerhouses and could go on to win a bowl game.

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