Marshall 48, E.Michigan 25
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) _ Randy Moss scored his 18th touchdown Saturday night and Chad Pennington threw for three TDs in setting a Mid-American Conference record as Marshall beat Eastern Michigan 48-25.
Moss caught eight passes for 124 yards and scored a touchdown for the 23rd game in a row. He’s caught 62 passes for 1,127 yards in eight games.
Pennington was 34-of-50 for 361 yards. His 19-yarder to Moss with 9:24 left in the first quarter gave Marshall a 14-0 lead and Pennington a MAC-record 26 TD passes. Bowling Green’s Ryan Henry set the record of 25 in 1994.
Pennington also had touchdown throws of 19 yards to Nathan Poole and 30 yards to LaVorn Colclough. Poole caught nine passes for 75 yards and Colclough had 12 for 159 yards.
``He kept his cool and let them double him, but he got his catches,″ Marshall coach Bob Pruett said of Moss.
``We’re trying to go to Randy when he’s single covered,″ Pennington said. ``But when he’s doubled, we expect our other receivers to perform and they definitely did tonight.″
Doug Chapman led Marshall’s ground game with 122 yards and two scores.
``We turned the ball over too many times but against a good football team,″ Eastern Michigan coach Rick Rasnick said. ``Marshall is by far the most talented offensive team we’ve seen. They looked like a Pac-10 team.″
Chapman scored Marshall’s first touchdown on a 34-yard run just 50 seconds into the game. Chapman also scored on a 25-yard run with 5:20 left in the third quarter to give Marshall a 34-25 lead.
The latter came on the heels of a 95-yard kickoff return by Savon Edwards that pulled Eastern Michigan (3-5, 2-4 Mid-American) to 27-25 with 7:32 left in the third quarter.
Marshall (6-2, 4-1 Mid-American) turned five Eastern Michigan turnovers into touchdowns, including a 42-yard interception return by John Grace and a fumble recovery in the end zone by Javonne Darling.
Three other turnovers began Marshall scoring drives of 62, 73, and 50 yards.
Eastern Michigan quarterback Charlie Batch was 16-of-34 for 199 yards and two TD passes to Jermaine Sheffield.
Eastern Michigan kicker Justin Ventura tied a school record with a 52-yard field goal in the first quarter.