Troy 17

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Marshall 15

(0-1, 0-1 home)

4:30 PM ET, September 4, 2004

Joan C. Edwards Stadium, Huntington, WV

1 2 3 4 T
TROY 7 0 10 017
MRSH 0 6 9 015

Top Performers

Passing: S. Hill (MRSH) - 152 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: D. Betterson (TROY) - 15 CAR, 26 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Davis (MRSH) - 6 REC, 79 YDS, 1 TD

Troy State 17, Marshall 15

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) -- DeWhitt Betterson rushed for the go-ahead touchdown and Troy's defense held Marshall to 177 total yards in a 17-15 victory Saturday.

The anemic offensive production by Marshall was its lowest since 1989. It was only the seventh loss Marshall has had at home since it opened its stadium in 1991, and its first season-opening home loss since 1977.

Betterson's one-yard touchdown run with 7:33 left in the third quarter gave Troy a 17-9 lead, one it wouldn't relinquish.

Marshall responded with 2:05 left in the third on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Stan Hill to Josh Davis, but Hill's two-point conversion attempt was deflected at the line.

Marshall had a late chance to come back after stopping Troy on a fourth-and-4 with 2:35 to play, but an illegal participation penalty continued Troy's drive.

The Thundering Herd got the ball back with 24 seconds, but the only gain was a 49-yard reception by Brad Bates at the Troy 32 as time ran out.

Things won't get any easier for Marshall. It has back-to-back road games against Top Ten teams Ohio State and Georgia.