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.