2005 Marshall Game Analysis: Sleepy Hokies Wake Up, Crush Marshall

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The Hokies came out a little flat Saturday against
Marshall, and the Herd went against type and turned into a running team for 30
minutes. Marshall went right up the gut for 131 first-half rushing yards, and
that statistic, plus the star-making turn by Branden Ore at tailback, were the
stories of the game. But when the second half opened, Tech turned on the jets
and left the Thundering Herd far in the rear-view mirror. Like the Talking Heads
once said, “same as it ever was.”

Defensive Player
of the Game

picture: hokiesports.com
#9 Vince Hall

LB, 6-0, 246, rSo.
Score: 45.0 points

Click here for an explanation of the award and how the scoring is done

Hall was second on the team with 10 tackles, but what
boosted him over the top was the TD he scored when he plucked a Bernie Morris
fumble out of the air and ran it 15 yards for the score.

45.0 points.

Chris Ellis, 30 points
(8 tackles, 1.5 TFLs, including a sack, a forced fumble, and 1 pass defensed.).

I was in the rest room at half time of this game, when the
35-point favorite Hokies were leading “just” 14-7 and had played