MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- DeAngelo Williams closed out his Memphis
career with 127 yards and two touchdowns Saturday as the Tigers
became bowl-eligible for the third consecutive year with a 26-3
victory over Marshall.
Williams' rushing performance marked his 33rd game where he
surpassed 100 yards, tying him with Tony Dorsett of Pitt and Ohio
State's Archie Griffin for the most career 100-yard games in NCAA
Stephen Gostkowski, another senior, booted four field goals for
the Tigers (6-5, 5-3 Conference USA), including a school-record
53-yarder in the third quarter.
Marshall (4-7, 3-5) managed only 154 yards in the game as the
Thundering Herd suffered its first losing season in 22 years. Three
fumbles also contributed to a tough day for Marshall.
Memphis relied on its running game all day, leaning on Williams
and quarterback Maurice Avery, who had 93 yards on 19 carries. The
Tigers had only one pass completion in eight attempts, that coming
in the first half and resulted in a loss of three yards.
The Thundering Herd offense was led by running back Ahmad
Bradshaw, who had 89 yards on 26 carries. Quarterback Jimmy Skinner
was 11-of-19 for 97 yards on the day.
Memphis led 17-3 at the half despite its only completion of the
game yards. On the ground, however, the Tigers had 169 yards, with
Williams scoring on a pair of first quarter 1-yard runs.
The other Tiger score came on Gostkowski's 49-yard field goal as
time expired in the half.
Memphis threw only two passes, both incomplete, on its three
scoring drives in the first half.
Marshall was held to 103 yards of offense in the first half,
most of it coming on the Bradshaw totaling 59 yards. The Thundering
Herd's first-half score came on Ian O'Connor's 37-yard field goal
with 4:50 left in the half.
The drive, which reached the Memphis 20, was the deepest
penetration by Marshall in the half.
Gostkowski would account for all of the second half scoring with
43 and 42 yard field goals after the school-record 53-yarder.