Byron Leftwich threw for a career-high 378 yards in the 47-14 Marshall
victory over Buffalo|
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) (Sept. 30, 2000) -- Byron Leftwich had his best game
and Marshall compiled a season-high 631 yards in total offense to run its home winning streak to
33 games, tops in Division I-A.
Leftwich threw for a career-high 378 yards and three touchdowns to lead
the Herd past Buffalo 47-14 on Saturday night.
Despite being a 43-point favorite, Marshall (2-2, 1-0 Mid-American) believed this
game was important to getting off to a good start in the conference, where it is
seeking its fourth-straight title since rejoining the MAC in 1997.
The Herd also were looking for any kind of win after losing two straight for the
first time in eight years.
Buffalo (1-4, 1-1 MAC) was held scoreless in the second half and got just 192 yards overall.
Making his fourth career start, Leftwich completed 25 of 36 passes. He was intercepted twice.
Early in the second half, Marshall freshman Darius Watts - who calls himself Spiderman
because he claims he can catch anything - made up for dropped passes on
consecutive plays with a 61-yard TD reception from Leftwich for a 24-14 lead.
Stellar plays by Marshall's cornerback Danny Derricott in the third quarter put the game
out of reach.
He tackled split end Rob Barber for a 13-yard loss to put the Bulls out of field goal
range. Derricott also returned an interception 40 yards to set up Leftwich's 3-yard
scoring pass to Lanier Washington for a 38-14 lead.
Washington capped the scoring when he took a screen pass from backup Stephen
Galbraith and raced 90 yards untouched with 10 minutes left in the game.
Buffalo, which broke an 18-game losing streak last week, stayed even with Marshall
through most of the first half on two TD passes by Joe Freedy, who went
15-of-28 for 186 yards with one interception.
Bob Pruett is 52-6 at Marshall, the most wins for a coach in his first five
seasons at a school. Oklahoma's Barry Switzer went 51-5-2 from 1973-77.