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Marshall seizes control in 3rd quarter, charges past Charlotte 49ers

Brenden Knox ran for 116 yards and a touchdown and Marshall posted a 30-13 win against Charlotte on Saturday and became bowl eligible.

Knox’s 4-yard score with 9 minutes, 59 seconds left in the third quarter broke a 13-all tie and Marshall (6-3, 4-2 Conference USA) took control. Justin Rohrwasser kicked a 23-yard field goal before Isaiah Green threw a 10-yard scoring pass to Obi Obialo for the game’s final score 37 seconds before the end of the third quarter.

Green finished with 178 yards passing and the Thundering Herd outgained Charlotte (4-6, 3-3) in total yards 325-185. Marshall also converted 53 percent of its third-down attempts.

Charlotte ended Marshall’s streak of 11 straight games without allowing a first-quarter touchdown when quarterback Evan Shirreffs crashed in from a yard out to put the 49ers up 7-0. The streak was the best among Football Bowl Subdivision programs. Benny LeMay ran 13 times for 70 yards for the 49ers, who struggled in the passing game with 72 yards.

“The third quarter was the tell in this game,” said 49ers coach Brad Lambert. “We couldn't get off the field defensively. They were a little bit better on third down than we were. We couldn't get anything going offensively.”

Marshall 30, Charlotte 13

Charlotte

7

3

3

0

13

Marshall

10

3

17

0

30

First Quarter

CHA—Shirreffs 1 run (Cruz kick), 8:42

MSH—FG Rohrwasser 23, 5:00

MSH—A.Anderson 1 run (Rohrwasser kick), 2:34

Second Quarter

MSH—FG Rohrwasser 33, 4:21

CHA—FG Cruz 40, :00

Third Quarter

CHA—FG Cruz 35, 13:48

MSH—Knox 4 run (Rohrwasser kick), 9:59

MSH—FG Rohrwasser 23, 5:00

MSH—Obialo 10 pass from I.Green (Rohrwasser kick), :37

A—19,418.

CHA

MSH

First downs

13

16

Rushes-yards

41-113

38-147

Passing

72

178

Comp-Att-Int

10-20-0

15-26-0

Return Yards

69

114

Punts-Avg.

8-35.37

4-38.0

Fumbles-Lost

1-0

1-1

Penalties-Yards

3-15

3-20

Time of Possession

31:42

28:18

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING—Charlotte, LeMay 13-70, Finger 7-34, Camp 4-7, Klugh 8-7, McAllister 1-4, Shirreffs 8-(minus 9). Marshall, Knox 22-116, A.Anderson 12-29, I.Green 2-6, (Team) 2-(minus 4).

PASSING—Charlotte, Klugh 2-2-0-(minus 2), Shirreffs 8-18-0-74. Marshall, Brady 0-1-0-0, I.Green 15-25-0-178.

RECEIVING—Charlotte, Arnold 4-49, Quattlebaum 1-11, Phillips 1-8, V.Tucker 1-4, Kofa 1-2, McAllister 1-0, Finger 1-(minus 2). Marshall, Brady 6-95, Henry 3-43, Knox 2-16, Obialo 1-10, A.Anderson 1-6, M.Williams 1-6, Levias 1-2.

MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.

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