Marshall Extends Home Winning Streak With 47-14 Win over Buffalo

Updated 9/30/2000
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    Byron Leftwich threw for a career-high 378 yards in the 47-14 Marshall victory over Buffalo
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    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.