Problem is, he was intercepted four times and two of them went back for touchdowns, providing the margin necessary for Marshall to register a come-from-behind 41-31 victory on Sunday afternoon.
It marked the first time in school history that a Marshall player returned two interceptions for scores. Granted, it's just the first game but stopping the trend is must for Hazell's program to move forward.
Holliday said the win is just another validation for Marshall's program. "He makes plays and he sure did today".
Johnson pounded his way to 1,767 yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground in 2014 and added a pair of receiving scores as a key component of the offense. Lang became the second player from Conference United States of America to do it. The other was Cincinnati's Shawn Ferguson in 1998.
Purdue would answer, evening the contest on a D.J.
Marshall quarterback Michael Birdsong, who made his first start at the FBS level, finished the game 23-36 with 234 yards. Purdue was bidding for its first non - conference road victory in eight years.
The Boilermakers drove to the Marshall 5.
A Herd team hasn't done that since 1999 in a 32-14 win in Oxford, Ohio against the Miami Redhawks.
Purdue's next drive would be Big Ten football at its best, 9-plays, 70 yards, with the drive ending on a Markell Jones 36-yard touchdown run for a 28-24 Boilermaker lead. The Purdue defense even forced three turnovers of its own.
Marshall went back in front early in the third quarter on Birdson's one-yard pass to Ryan Yurachek.
Punishing run after punishing run, Knox showcased his deadly combination of power, speed and field vision against the Thundering Herd defense. He appeared to be looking to run the ball on 2nd-and-6 from the 9-yard line, taking on a defender near the line of scrimmage. Griggs booted the 22-yard field goal for 31-27 lead as the Herd's defense looked lifeless and gassed.
It was a back and forth affair for much of the game, but the Herd found themselves down 31-27 with less than 3 minutes remaining.
Appleby advanced Purdue to its own 40, only to throw his third interception and second pick-six of the game, as Lang hauled in the 55-yard return for the score and a 10-point Marshall lead with less than 90 seconds remaining. "I don't think it was one of those deals".
Birdsong's first 12 games came at James Madison in 2013.
"Maybe. I'll have to look at the film", Hazell said.
Marshall QBs have now thrown for a TD in 47 consecutive games, dating back to the last time Cato was blanked in 2011 at Central Florida. We played extremely hard. The duo combined for 174 yards on 34 carries and two touchdowns.
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