This blog post is rated “Y” for “You had me at ‘meat tornado.’”
542.9 — The number of yards Marshall’s offense averages per game in 2012.
39.9 — The number of points Marshall’s offense averages per game in 2012.
364 — The number of yards the Herd accrued in last Saturday’s loss to UCF.
19 — The number of missed assignments by Marshall’s offense. QB Rakeem Cato said the offense usually averages single digits.
17 — Marshall’s point total versus UCF.
So, yeah, it was that bad of a night for the Herd.
1 — Memphis’ win total for this year. And, as I’ve mentioned before, one thing you can say about Marshall is that its handled itself versus lesser teams.
12 — The Tigers’ ranking, out of 12 Conference USA teams, in scoring average, a whopping 17.5 points per game. It will serve as a bit of a break for the Thundering Herd defense. Marshall’s last two home opponents — Tulsa and UCF — are second and third behind the Herd in C-USA scoring rankings.
12 — The Tigers’ C-USA ranking in total offense, 286.5 yards per game.
Speaking of home games …
3 — The number of consecutive Marshall home losses — Ohio, Tulsa and UCF. The last time that happened was 2007, when the Herd lost to West Virginia, New Hampshire and Southern Miss at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in a 3-9 campaign.
3 — The number of times, out of three, the Herd has beaten Memphis in Huntington. Marshall has won the last four games against the Tigers and leads the series 5-2.
2 — The Herd’s interception total versus UCF, the first time it’s had a multi-interception game this year. Marshall forced three total turnovers, which defensive players say reinforces the idea that they’re capable of those types of big plays.
And finally …
1 — The number of people in my office that dressed up for Halloween. That would be me. Yeah. Kinda awkward.