Scores

Final

Marshall 28

(2-9, 0-6 away)

Houston 35

(7-4, 4-1 home)

3:30 PM ET, November 17, 2007

Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX

1 2 3 4 T
MRSH 7 0 7 1428
HOU 3 7 10 1535

Top Performers

Passing: C. Keenum (HOU) - 298 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: A. Alridge (HOU) - 25 CAR, 103 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Hafner (HOU) - 6 REC, 128 YDS, 1 TD

Houston 35, Marshall 28

Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) -- Case Keenum passed for two touchdowns and ran for another, and Anthony Alridge scored twice to lead Houston over Marshall 35-28 Saturday, keeping alive the Cougars' hopes of winning Conference USA's West Division.

The defending C-USA champion Cougars (7-4, 6-2) could wrap up the division title if Rice beats Tulsa next Saturday. Houston finishes with a non-conference game against Texas Southern next week.

Marshall (2-9, 2-5) had won two of its previous three games.

Leading 10-7 at the half, the Cougars had an 18-point spurt on their first three possessions of the second half to take a 28-14 lead with 10:50 left.

T.J. Lawrence kicked a 24-yard field goal, Keenum hit Alridge with a 26-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, and then Keenum kept it himself for a 1-yard score and ran in the 2-point conversion early in the fourth quarter for a 28-14 lead.

Marshall got a 13-yard touchdown from Chubb Small in the third quarter and cut Houston's lead to 28-21 on a 1-yard run by Darius Marshall.

After Keenum hit tight end Mark Hafner with a 62-yard touchdown, Marshall drove for a 1-yard touchdown by Kelvin Turner with 2:51 to play.

Keenum completed 24 of 32 passes for 298 yards with an interception. He rushed eight times for 44 yards.

Hafner had six receptions for 128 yards, and Alridge finished with 103 yards on 25 carries.

Houston's halftime lead came on a 32-yard field goal by Lawrence in the first quarter and 3-yard run by Alridge, capping a 70-yard second-quarter drive.

Herd defensive tackle Byron Tinker tipped a pass by Keenum, and it was intercepted by Ryland Wilson at the Marshall 44 late in the first quarter.

Marshall capitalized when Bernard Morris threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Spann on third down. Morris hit 20 of 32 passes for 260 yards and was sacked three times.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MRSH
HOU
1st Downs2424
Total Yards396472
Passing260298
Rushing136174
Penalties3-253-34
3rd Down Conversions5-129-14
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers02
Possession30:4429:16

Passing Leaders

MarshallC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Morris20/322608.110
HoustonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Keenum24/322989.321

Rushing Leaders

MarshallCARYDSAVGTDLG
Marshall12665.5114
Small8435.4113
HoustonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Alridge251034.1120
Keenum8445.5114

Receiving Leaders

MarshallRECYDSAVGTDLG
Spann37525.0136
Wynn66611.0020
HoustonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hafner612821.3162
Avery5469.2018

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMRSHHOU
FG11:34T.J. Lawrence 32 Yd 03
TD00:36Emmanuel Spann 32 Yd Pass From Bernard Morris (Anthony Binswanger Kick) 73
SECOND QUARTERMRSHHOU
TD05:17Anthony Alridge 3 Yd Run (T.J. Lawrence Kick) 710
THIRD QUARTERMRSHHOU
FG10:46T.J. Lawrence 24 Yd 713
TD04:31Anthony Alridge 26 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (T.J. Lawrence Kick) 720
TD00:20Chubb Small 13 Yd Run (Anthony Binswanger Kick) 1420
FOURTH QUARTERMRSHHOU
TD10:50Case Keenum 1 Yd Run (Case Keenum Run For Two-Point Conversion) 1428
TD05:10Darius Marshall 1 Yd Run (Anthony Binswanger Kick) 2128
TD04:22Mark Hafner 62 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (T.J. Lawrence Kick) 2135
TD02:31Kelvin Turner 1 Yd Run (Anthony Binswanger Kick) 2835