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Marshall remains unbeaten with 38-14 victory at Western Kentucky in C-USA showdown

Marshall built a 28-0 halftime lead Saturday night and coasted to a 38-14 win over Western Kentucky in a Conference USA showdown in Bowling Green.

Brenden Knox scored three touchdowns in the first half for the unbeaten Thundering Herd (3-0, 1-0 C-USA) and finished with 107 yards rushing on 15 carries. Knox opened the scoring with a 45-yard touchdown run just 38 seconds into the game. He added two more touchdowns before halftime as the Thundering Herd took a 28-0 lead into the locker room.

WKU quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome (1) is pressured by Marshall defender T.J. Johnson on Saturday night. (WKU photo)

“Disappointing game. A lot of things went wrong, particularly offensively,” WKU head coach Tyson Helton said. “It was a good Marshall team we just played — very talented team. But, that’s no excuse for the poor execution that we made, particularly offensively for most of the game.”

Marshall’s lead ballooned to 38-0 in the third quarter and the Thundering Herd coasted to the win. WKU backup quarterback Kevaris Thomas led the Hilltoppers to a pair of touchdowns. Thomas scored on a 2-yard run at the end of the third quarter, and he added a 26-yard touchdown pass to Dalvin Smith to cap the WKU scoring.

Thomas completed nine passes in 18 attempts for 148 yards, all in the second half. Thomas replaced starting quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome in the third quarter.

Pigrome had been named C-USA Offensive Player of the Week on Monday for his performance during WKU’s win at Middle Tennessee State on Oct. 3. WKU dropped to 1-3 overall, 1-1 in C-USA.

Marshall, which has not trailed this season, finished with a 344-294 advantage in total yards.

The Thundering Herd entered Saturday night as the No. 1 scoring defense in the nation. Marshall held WKU to 85 rushing yards, the third consecutive opponent to fail to reach the 100-yard mark against the Herd defense.

WKU plays at Alabama-Birmingham at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

(Information compiled from WKU and Marshall)

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