This blog post is rated “I” for “It’s only Week 2, so we’ll keep this short.”
Here are two numbers that should put smiles on the faces of plenty of Herd fans:
55 – The total yards allowed by Marshall’s defense in the second half versus Miami (Ohio).
0 – The total points allowed by Marshall’s defense to the RedHawks in the second half. The last time Marshall pitched a second half shutout was against Florida International University in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl.
And that leads to …
19 – The Herd’s FBS ranking in total defense (239 yards allowed).
35 – The Herd’s FBS ranking in scoring defense (14 points allowed).
When did you think was the next time that defense would be that high on those lists?
304 – Marshall’s rushing total against the RedHawks. The last time the Herd broke for 300 was last season’s win over Rice.
13 – Marshall’s FBS ranking in total offense, tied with new C-USA foe North Texas with 591 yards after the first week.
And those numbers come this:
2009 – The last time Marshall won its season opener.
1999 – The last time the Herd started 2-0, which it can match if it beats Gardner-Webb on Saturday.
But there’s this little fact looming …
7 – The number of Football Bowl Subdivision teams that lost to Football Championship Subdivision teams in college football’s opening week. So the Herd shouldn’t expect the FCS Runnin’ Bulldogs to roll over and show their bellies this weekend.
And finally, on a personal note …
7 and 2 – The number of touchdowns Peyton Manning threw and the number of touchdowns Demaryius Thomas caught in the Denver Broncos’ season opener against Baltimore. And, wouldn’t ya know it, I have both those guys on my team in a fantasy league run by esteemed sports editor Chuck McGill. And that makes Derek a very happy boy.