This blog post is rated “I” for “I don’t have anything clever for this.”
30.7 — Margin of victory for Marshall in its first seven games this season.
1 — Margin of victory in Marshall’s win last season at Florida Atlantic.
10 — Points Marshall had to score in the final 10 minutes to win that game.
21 — How many points from which FAU came back to beat Western Kentucky last week.
Here are some numbers not working in FAU’s favor this weekend …
10 — FAU’s C-USA ranking in scoring defense at 35.7 points per game. Marshall scores a conference-best 47.4 points per game.
10 — FAU’s C-USA ranking in scoring offense at 24.6 points per game. Marshall allows a conference-low 16.6 points per game.
Now here’s something interesting …
13 — Marshall’s rank out of 13 C-USA teams in penalty yards at 90 per game. Middle Tennessee is next-closest at 69.1. That’s a lot of flags.
1 — Marshall’s rank out of 13 C-USA teams in opponents’ penalty yards per game at 73.1. That’s a lot of flags, too. Huh.
133 — Rushing yards per game for Herd running back Devon Johnson, tops in the conference and ninth in the FBS.
1 — Appendage of Johnson’s that has its own Twitter account. That would be RockHead’s Stiff Arm at @47sStiffArm.
9 — Marshall’s FBS rank in rushing offense at 284.7 yards per game.
1 — Touchdown run by Stew Butler against FIU.
4 — Games since he had scored. He ran for a touchdown when he ran for two against Rhode Island.
4 — Marshall players averaging at least six yards per carry — Johnson (8.2), Butler (7.0), Remi Watson (6.4) and Rakeem Cato (6.0).
And finally …
100 — percent improvement in press-box quality between FIU’s last week and Marshall’s this week. Because being able to see the game usually is key to reporting on it.