HUNTINGTON - The Marshall Thundering Herd snaps an 0-for-8 streak in the state of Texas with a two overtime win at Rice, 54-51.
The Herd improves to 2-2 overall, and 1-0 in Conference USA play, while Rice falls to 1-3, 0-1 in the league.
Marshall is off to Big Ten country (where the Herd is 0-6 all-time, with two loses at Ohio State and to Penn State, and single losses at both Michigan State and Wisconsin) for a first meeting with the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind.
The game is a 3:15 p.m. kick and will be shown on the Big Ten Network.
Now, enjoy the Herd's win over Rice in pictures by HI's Brad Helton:
Stewart Butler led the Herd in rushing with 18 carries for 166 yards (above and below).
Justin Haig (above) hits another extra-point for Marshall, seven in all, out of the hold of Blake Frohnapfel with blocking from tight end Joe Woodrum.
Kevin Grooms (37, above) and Jazz King (24) celebrate one of Grooms' four touchdowns, the most since Ahmad Bradshaw (now of the NY Giants) had five scores against UTEP in 2006.
Jermaine Holmes (46, above), Brandon Sparrow (96) and Steve Dillon (93) close in on Rice runner Charles Ross.
Dominick LeGrande (6, on ground), Okechukuw Okoroha (10) and Alex Bazzie (53) put the crunch on Rice running back Turner Petersen.
Rice's Sam McGuffie cannnot break free from the tackle by Raheem Waiters (14, above) and from "OO" Okechukwu Okoroha.
Steward Butler (20, above) runs to daylight behind blocks by Chris Jasperse (60, right) and John Bruhin (64, left), while quarterback Rakeem Cato watches play unfold.
Rakeem Cato (12, above) waits for snap from center Chris Jasperse (60, left) and protection from him and left guard Josh Lovell (79, right).
Aaron Dobson (3, above) reaches the two-yard line on a pass from Rakeem Cato before being tackled by Rice's Cameron Nwosu (bottom) and Paul Porras (24), setting up a Remi Watson 2-yard touchdown on the next play.
Doc Holliday ponders Herd's next move in double-overtime win at Rice, Marshall's first ever win in the state of Texas (1-9 all-time), and only the third win in 15 games taking place on the west side of the Mississippi River. Next up is Purdue, and the Herd is 0-6 all-time vs. the Big Ten Conference teams.
Marshall's Brandon Sparrow (96, above) pressures Rice quarterback Taylor McHargue.
Rice's backup quarterback Driphus Jackson (6, above) scores a tying touchdown in the first overtime period, but is stuffed on a short gain (below) by Herd defenders and Rice settles for field goal in second OT, falling to the Herd, 54-51.
Marshall defensive coordinator, and linebackers coach, Chris Rippon (black shirt, above) celebrates with the Herd's middle linebacker Jermaine Holmes (46) on a stop by the Herd's defense.
Remi Watson (35, above), Gator Hoskins (26) and Jordan Jeffries (77) celebrate Herd's win over Rice to go 1-0 in Conference USA.
HERD INSIDER THROWBACK PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Marshall upsets No. 20 Miami-Ohio, 21-16, 1976 - from left, Herd's receiver Ray Crisp (41), tackle Mike Kesling (76), guard Dan Wells (68), guard Paul Wheeler (57) and center Shawn "Doc" Burke (64) pause as offense gets call from sidelines during upset of then-Redskins. Miami had beaten Marshall 19 of 20 meetings from 1948-1975, including a 66-6 beat down of the 1971 Young Thundering Herd and 50-0 in 1975. But on this day, the Herd rallied after Miami went up 9-0 when Gary Patrick blocked the extra-point and scored three straight touchdowns, including a pair of touchdowns from Crisp from QB Bud Nelson and a Mike Bailey touchdown run, and three Ed Hamrick extra-points. Miami lineman (Felton) returned a fumble for a touchdown as the clock ran out and Herd fans streamed on the field. (photo from Marshall Athletic archives)