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No. 18 Marshall Stays Perfect Against UAB, 23-18

A late defensive touchdown preserved the Thundering Herd's undefeated season against a spirited UAB football program

Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

Amid all the reports that Doc Holliday was a possible candidate for the Florida job, and all the fuss about whether or not the Thundering Herd deserved a spot in the College Football Playoff, the team almost forgot they had an actual game to play in.

Buoyed by 28,355 UAB fans, and fighting for their program's survival, UAB took the lead early in the fourth quarter with a 10 yard run by running back Jordan Howard. Unfortunately, the Blazers gave that lead up on the next series, starting with a miscommunication on a Marshall punt that allowed the ball to be downed at the one yard line. UAB Quarterback Cody Clements was stripped of the ball in the end zone and Marshall's Ra'Shawde Myers recovered the ball in the end zone, giving the Herd a 23-18 lead.

UAB kept it interesting, converting two fourth downs on the last drive of the game, but the Marshall defense stopped Howard at the Marshall 10 yard line. Howard had carried UAB the entire game, rushing for 168 yards and two touchdowns on 39 carries. His performance was matched on the other side by Marshall running back Devon Johnson, who rushed for 170 yards.

Marshall continues its quest for perfection next Friday at Western Kentucky, while UAB needs to beat Southern Mississippi on the road to become bowl eligible and cause Paul Bryant Jr. to have a heart attack.