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Ohio beats Marshall in tournament

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The Ohio Bobcats traveled to Huntington, West Virginia to take on an old rival, the Marshall Thundering Herd in the basketball tournament.

D.J. Cooper’s layup with 1:30 to go provided the final points and gave the Bobcats a 65-64 win in the first-round of the tourney.

DeVaughn Washington led the Bobcats (19-15) with 17 points and Cooper had 10 points with nine assists.

Ohio trailed 36-33 at the half.

Tirrell Baines had 18 points and Damier Pitts 17 for Marshall and Nigel Spikes grabbed 19 rebounds as the The Herd ends the year at 22-12.

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Ohio's Donovan Fletcher (29)on one of two interceptions vs. Ohio State (WAXX-TV photo)

Ohio's Terrence MCCrae (11) ready to grab 11-yard TD pass for only score by Bobcats vs. Ohio State (WAXX-TV photo)

The Ohio Bobcats are ready to forget Saturday’s 43-7 debacle against Ohio State Saturday in venerable Ohio Stadium.

The Bobcats had suffered five turnovers, three sacks and only gained 158 yards of total offense.

But now, they’ll turn their attention to former MAC member, Marshall University. The game will be played in Huntington, West Virginia.

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* With a win over Marshall, Ohio would capture the 500th win in program history. Currently, the record sits at 499-517-48.

* Head coach Frank Solich with a win, would give him 33 and sole possession of fourth place on Ohio’s all-time win list.

* Coach Solich is tied with Jim Grobe in coaching wins. Next in 3rd place is Carroll Widdoes with 42 wins from 1949-57. Don Peden tops the list with 121 wins from 1924-1946 and Ohio’s stadium is named after him.

* Ohio linebacker Noah Keller was named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the Charlotte Touchdown Club. The trophy is awarded annually to the nation’s best defensive player.

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This honor marks the third time in four years that a Bobcat has been named to a preseason watch list for a major award, 2007 Kalvin Mcrae for the Maxwell Trophy and 2009 Taylor Price for the Biletnikoff Award.

Last season, the Kearney, Nebraska native posted a Mid-American Conference-high 155 tackles, which averaged out to 11.07 per game, the sixth-highest total nationally. He also finished with nine tackles for loss, two sacks, one interception, three pass breakups and a pair of forced fumbles.

Ohio captain Donovan Fletcher, Strong safety had 2 interceptions against Ohio State (

* The Ohio Bobcat captains for 2010 include all seniors. Defensive linemen Dak Notestine and Stafford Gatling along with middle linebacker Noah Keller and strong safety Donovan Fletcher.

* The Bobcats are picked to finish second in the MAC East Division by the media at the Mid-American Conference Media Day at Ford Field in Detroit during the summer.

Ohio won the division for the second time in four years in 2009.

The Bobcats, who earned 116 points and gained three first-place votes, were second only to the much-improved Temple Owls program with 137 points and 16 first place votes.

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Ohio University’s LaVon Brazill has been named to the Paul Hornung Award Watch List for the inaugural award, an honor that will be given annually to the most versatile player in major college football.

Brazill was also named named to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List.

Brazill caught 53 passes for 702 yards and six touchdowns last season, all totals that ranked second on the team. The 5’11 receiver had two of his biggest games last season, first against Tennessee with eight catches for 92 yards and a touchdown and then against Northern Illinois with five catches for 55 yards and two scores. He currently ranks fourth in school history in career receptions per game (3.22), tied for seventh in career catches (103) and ninth in career receiving yards (1,287). His 53 receptions in 2009 were also the most by any junior in school history.

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2010 OHIO STATE FOOTBALL:Week 1 Marshall University Thundering Herd invade Ohio Stadium Thursday night


The Marshall University Thundering Herd under new head coach John “Doc” Holiday, will invade Ohio Stadium this Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. with the Big Ten Network broadcasting the game.

The Herd ended the 2009 season by winning the Little Caesars Bowl in Detroit’s Ford Field, 21-17 over the Ohio Bobcats of the Mid-American Conference.

With the 2010 season upon us, the Thundering Herd faces an very ambitious non-conference schedule which not only features the Ohio State Buckeyes, but it’ll be followed up with three other bowl teams from 2009: in-state rival West Virginia, Bowling Green and a rematch of the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, Ohio University.

Then Marshall will get into Conference USA action at East Division favorite Southern Mississippi followed by a home game on October 13 with Central Florida, another top contender in the C-USA East Division. The new coaching staff will definitely have their hands full with the opening stretch of games that will determine whether Marshall improves on it’s 7-6 record of 2009 or falls back into a losing mode.

Speaking of coaching staff, First-year head coach Doc Holliday has brought in veteran coach Bill Legg, who along with Tony Peterson will coordinate the offense that will be switching from a physical running attack to a more wide-open spread the field type unit.

John "Doc" Holliday Marshall football coach (courtesy of Marshall Athletics)

Brian Anderson Marshall QB (courtesy of Marshall Athletics)

QB Brian Anderson started all 13 games in 2009 and threw for 2,646 yards, however only 14 touchdowns came from that yardage and he did throw an alarming 13 interceptions. A.J. Graham, a former Mr. Football in Florida, emerged during spring football to put a serious challenge to Anderson’s starting spot.

Marshall was second among Conference USA teams in total defense, allowing 371.8 yards per game, and was third in scoring defense at 24.3 points.

Seven starters are expected back from the defensive unit, but one high-profile veteran’s status was uncertain at the end of spring football.

CB DeQuan Bembry may have been the best play on the Herd defense a year ago because when a play needed to be made, he made it. He led the team in tackles for a loss (7.5), pass breakups (11) and ranked third in tackles (80). However, Bembry was arrested in early April and has been suspended indefinitely. He is not listed on any Marshall fall rosters.

Marshall plays their home games at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, West Virginia. The stadium seats 38,109 and during the Byron Leftwich, Chad Pennington years under Bob Pruett, that stadium was filled to capacity. But under the head coaching tenure of Mark Snyder, the team’s play was up-and-down and the attendance slacked off. Last year’s average home attendance in six games was 22,236 fans per game.

2010 OHIO STATE BUCKEYES FOOTBALL: Week 1 Marshall Thundering Herd from Conference USA


The 2nd-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes will kickoff their 2010 football season by hosting the Marshall Thundering Herd on Thursday night at Ohio Stadium. Game time is 7:30 p.m. EDT in Columbus.

The game will be televised by The Big Ten Network. Ohio State is 11-1-1 against Conference USA teams.

Marshall head coach Doc Holliday (MU)

Marshall QB Brian Anderson (MU)

Conference USA is divided into two divisions, East and West. The East Division is Central Florida, East Carolina, Southern Mississippi, Marshall, Alabama-Birmingham and Memphis. The West Division consists of Houston, Southern Methodist, Tulsa, Texas-El Paso, Rice and Tulane.

The teams to beat are Central Florida, East Carolina, Houston and Southern Mississippi.

The Marshall Thundering Herd coming off a 7-6 overall record and 4-4 in the conference, have been picked to finish fourth in the East Division.

The Herd returns 14 starters.

Team Strengths include: overcoming a season of turmoil in 2009 to become bowl-eligible. Head Coach Mark Snyder, who used to be a Jim Tressel defensive coach, never pleased the people in Huntington, West Virginia or the athletic administration and thus resigned under pressure. interim coach Rick Minter took over the team after the regular season ended. He rallied the troops and led them to a win against a very good Ohio University team in the Little Caesars Bowl and they hope to carry that momentum into the new season.

The running attack will be lead the offensive unit.

The defensive front is very strong with the return of several players: linebacker Mario Harvey and defensive ends Vinny Curry and Michael Janac.

Mario Harvey is a player to watch according to pro scouts. He is all over the field on every play.

Team Weaknesses: Any time there is a head coaching change, there is a transition period and no one knows how quickly the team will pick up the playbook and get a feel for the new coach. Doc Holliday is the man and he will have his work cut out for him with a tough schedule.

Herd Quarterback Brian Anderson will try to hang to keep his starting job after having an inconsistent season in 2009 when he threw 14 touchdown passes with 13 interceptions.

The offensive line had several injuries during spring football and is a major concern even now in fall camp.

The secondary play is also an area that needs improvement.

We’ll have more on the Ohio State-Marshall matchup every day through Thursday.