MURFREESBORO, TN—  On a night when defense was hard to come by, Middle Tennessee State had just a bit more offense, scoring on the final play of the game to upset Marshall 51-49.

It appeared as if it would be Marshall that was going to celebrate the come from behind win.  Down by 45-41 with 5:03 left Marshall methodically moved the ball down field.  Essray Taliaferro ran the ball seven times on The Herd’s final 8-play drive, including a 2-yard touchdown run that gave Marshall the 49-45 lead with 2:29 remaining.

But, the Blue Raiders would come back.

Logan Kilgore hit Tavarres Jefferson for a 24 –yard reception on third and 12 from their own 19.  Then facing third and four, Kilgore again found Jefferson for a five-yard gain. Middle Tennessee would move the ball down to the Marshall 27 where if faced fourth and five and again Kilgore found Jefferson, this time for an 18-yard pick up.   Kilgore then moved the ball down to the Marshall nine-yard line with just three seconds on the clock.

On the final play of the game, Kilgore again targeted Jefferson.  Kilgore fired a pass to Jefferson in the slot who made the catch in the endzone for the game winning score.

Jefferson was targeted seven times on the final drive and came up with five catches including the game winner.

Marshall’s defense struggled to contain the Blue Raiders all night.  Middle Tennessee rolled up 585 yards of total offense.  308 of those yards came on the ground as Blue Raider running backs gashed The Herd’s defense.

The offensive output on Middle Tennessee’s part was certainly unexpected.  The Blue Raiders came into the game ranked 104th in the country in total offense.  However, the Blue Raiders didn’t play that way as two running backs eclipsed the century mark.  Jordan Parker led the way with 127 yards on 21 carries.  Reggie Whatley carried the ball 16 times and rushed for 104 yards.

Meanwhile, Logan Kilgore completed 22-of-40 for 277 yards and four touchdowns on the night.

Essray Taliaferro led Marshall’s offense, rushing for 134 yards on 24 carries and two touchdowns.  Rakeem Cato was 19-for-35 for 235 yards and three touchdown passes.

The Blue Raiders drew first blood on their initial drive.  Kilgore hit Kyle Griswold for a 16-yard touchdown pass to cap off an eight play 71 yard drive.  Marshall would answer on the ensuing drive thanks to a 39-yard pass from Cato to Jazz King.

It looked as if Marshall was starting to build some momentum.  Darryl Roberts came up with an interception as Middle Tennessee was driving near Marshall’s redzone.  However, The Herd went three-and-out, and then the mistakes started.

Tyler Williams’ punt was blocked and recovered in the endzone for a Blue Raider touchdown, giving Middle Tennessee 14-7 lead.

Marshall tied the game on the second play of the second quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by Essray Talaiferro.  That was set up by a 30 yard pass to Gator Hoskins that was initially ruled a touchdown but after review officials spotted the ball just outside the goal line. Cato found Hoskins again with 4:00 left in the half from six yards out giving The Herd a 21-14 lead.

Middle Tennessee would get the ball back with 1:58 left in the half after Marshall’s offense could not run out the clock.  It would be a sign of things to come later in the game.  Kilgore orchestrated a near perfect two-mintue drill that culminated with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Christian Collis.

That was the first of five consecutive scoring drives for Middle Tennessee.  In the second half, Marshall did not force a punt until 8:17 remaining in the game. Jordan Parker rushed for a touchdown, Logan Kilgore punched one in and he threw for another.  Additionally Cody Clark connected on a 37-yard field.

Marshall answered with a two Kevin Grooms touchdown runs, a 6-yard touchdown pass to Tommy Shuler and a Taliaferro scoring run.

Marshall falls to 4-3 on the year and 2-1 in C-USA.  The Herd will be back at Joan C. Edwards Stadium next Saturday to play host to Southern Miss.  Kickoff is set for noon.

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  • ron51

    Jason you are not in a major confer

  • mrperrymason

    I had always supported this team until I saw how bitter they were toward WVU. I will never forget how Doc slighted Bill during their final meeting in Huntington. I will be glad when Doc is no longer the Marshall coach. He is not a role model...

    • Interesting123

      We see only that for which we look for...

  • Troll

    Doc can't get it done, fire him now!!!

  • Medman

    Some of the wood ticks who post here need to grow-up and quit bashing either WVU or Marshall. It is nothing less than pathetic first grade mentality for you life-long losers to keep posting these hate messages.

  • BleedsGreen33

    I truely believe there is not a dumber groups of mouth breathers out there than WVU fans. You all are obsessed and need to get a life. For a team that is not your rivals you sure spend a lot of time trolling blogs, articles, and message boards.

    What a bunch of losers.

    WVU fans are poster children for abortion.

    • Watta Dummy Williamis

      The thing is you NEVER see a Moo fan trolling WVU articles on this site or any other do you?;)

    • Larry

      *truly *group

  • ron51

    marshall could go 12 and 0 year end and out never end up ranked high enough to end up in top four cause they play in really weak conf.

    • Jason

      I disagree...if MU beat VT in that triple overtime game and ran the table in the conference....they would be ranked right now. But there is little room to trip up, a loss like this would have sent them out of the rankings quick. They need to win the big games and blow out the teams they should beat.

  • Big Larry

    It was actually a good game up until the last play when Marshall thought the game was over and then not realizing there was one more down to be played...

    • wvman75

      Heh, heh. Marshall sucks.

      • Jason

        heh, heh. WVU is worse and they are about to lose their AD and probably head coach (if they can afford to fire him)

    • Jason

      By the same to give MTSU credit for not giving up. That is just sports sometimes.

  • firebong

    WVU fan here.It's a shame MU lost this one.I watched most of it and really thought the Herd was gonna pull it out.Hey,I pull for both state teams,what can I say.

    • Jason

      True...I grew up a WVU fan..ended up going to MU and I still pulled for WVU, until everybody I knew at WVU started talking S to me for no reason and always seemed to have this undeserved sense of arrogance, I got the "screw me? Well screw you!" attitude for years...I just now started to get over it...I will watch both teams..I pull for MU always...I used to root against WVU and wanted them to lose every game...just recently..I stopped rooting for WVU to lose..I am kind of indifferent if they win or lose..but I will still watch both.

    • Brett

      As do I. I don't like to see either of our state teams lose. MU first for me, but that doesn't mean I want WVU to lose.

  • Independent View

    Anyone watching this on TV last night knew that the QB' s target was Jefferson and they left hin open in the middle? Unacceptable! This final play mirrors the final play of last year's WV Oaklahoma game, everyone in the stadium knew who the Sooner QB was going to throw to and he was on the line completly unguarded, caught the ball took two steps into the end zone, untouched game over Sooners win.
    As for the Blundering Herd, the coaches had just called a timeout to set the right defense. Didn't any of the coaches say, "watch Jefferson, he's caught six passes on this drive alone and will probably be the go-to-guy"? Inexcusable!

  • Rick

    Marshall and Holliday just can't seem to win on the road. 3-1/2 season and his record is two games under .500, that's not getting it done. As much as I like Holliday, his team needs to play and execute better. They haven't won consecutive roads games during his tenure and you can't win titles with that kind of record. If they don't finish strong, Marshall needs to find a new head coach.

    • Jason

      Also..please remember..MU is one triple overtime and 2 points away from being 6-1 right now...that is better than we have had to deal with for years. This isnt a bad team...just need to keep getting better.

    • Jason

      Let's see how the season plays may or may not be right...but the problem is..who would take his spot...I dont think there is really any better options out there right now...even though they lost yesterday...I still see major improvement as a team..the O is top notch..and the D is not good..but better than last being said..I do see long as the program moves forward and not backward....can't ask for much more.

  • scott

    tell me again why they left the MAC?

    • Interesting123

      TV revenue and a better bowl lineup. Next question.

      • Pudge

        TV revenue????

        • Jason

          Ummm...yeah. Google: ncaa football leauge tv revenue deals

      • Bondo

        Dont assume you'll win 6.

        • Jason

          It doesnt matter...the leagues divide up the $ amongst the being associated with a league with more automatic bowl tie-ins means more $...that is why Notre Dame wants to stay independent because they get to keep all their is all about the dollar and tv deals. WVU will make more $ by just being in the Big XII with the bowl tie-ins...but some experts say this year, the Big XII might not be able to fill all the automatic bowls because they wont have enough 6 win teams to fill the spots.

      • Jason

        Exactly...more bowl tie-in's and more $$...just like every other program that got jostled around the last few years....NCAA football and basketball is all about the dollar..make no mistake.

        • Hailey

          Beef o Brady's bowl...yummmmm

  • Florida Boy

    "Marshall lost" who cares.?"Marshall wins" who cares?
    I would say that in this situation they need to......................Who cares?

    • Jason seem to care?

  • Larry

    Terrible, terrible loss, by the way, did anyone see the crowd on TV? It looked like a high school game, very embarrassing that it was televised.

  • WVU 4 Ever

    Ha Ha Ha. I love it.

    • Jason

      You love the misfortunes of others...that is are a great human being. MU's loss makes you somehow feel better about WVU's lost season? You just could not deal internally with the mere suggestion that MU may field a better team than WVU in any given year. Get over me...WVU has it's own problems right now to focus on. But hey..if it makes you feel better about be it.

  • Jdawg

    Wow U got beat by Middle Tennessee State University and MU left I-AA before they did!! Looks like they ahead of the curb on the herd and have already passed your program up

    • Interesting123

      Ahead of the Curb? Must be a WVU Grad.

      • Jdawg