First Marshall win vs. ranked opponent

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- Graham Gochneaur won a matchup of backup
quarterbacks to give Marshall its first victory over a ranked
major-college opponent.

"Nobody can ever take this away from me -- the No. 6 team in the
nation," Gochneaur said after throwing two touchdown passes in a
27-20 upset of Kansas State (No. 6 ESPN/USA Today, No. 6 AP) on Saturday.

But Gochneaur, who threw the winning 3-yard touchdown pass to
Jason Rader and added a 2-point conversion with just over 3{
minutes left, had plenty of help from his teammates.

The Thundering Herd (2-2), known more for passing than for
running or defense, rushed for 210 yards, forced four turnovers and
made two goal-line stands in breaking Kansas State's 41-game home
nonconference winning streak.

"Everybody had us 1-3, except us," Marshall coach Bob Pruett
said. "It's maybe the biggest win since the win over Xavier (15-13
on Sept. 25, 1971) after the plane crash."

Marshall has had plenty of success since that 1970 crash that
killed 75 players, coaches, administrators, fans and crew members.
But the Herd (2-2), who won NCAA Division I-AA titles in 1992 and
1996, had never beaten a ranked major-college opponent until

Gochneaur, making his second start in relief of the injured Stan
Hill, was 16-for-24 for 106 yards with one interception.

Kansas State's Jeff Schwinn, another backup making his second
start, was 14-for-26 for 241 yards, but also fumbled twice and
threw an interception.

Hill has a sprained left knee, and Kansas State quarterback Ell
Roberson has an injured left wrist. Roberson could have played,
coach Bill Snyder said, but the Wildcats did not want to risk him
in a nonconference game.

Kansas State (4-1) had one last chance to force overtime, when
Schwinn's 33-yard pass to Darren Sproles gave the Wildcats a first
down at the Marshall 3 with 25 seconds left. The Wildcats were
unable to get past the 2, though, and Schwinn's throw to Davin
Dennis fell incomplete in the end zone as time ran out.

"Jeff did a good job today," defensive end Andrew Shull said.
"you can't say, 'Hey, this is your fault.' He has five guys up
front who are supposed to be blocking for him -- and we didn't get
the offense on the field enough, because we have to do a better job
on defense."

The Thundering Herd got 112 yards rushing from Franklin Wallace
and another 83 from Earl Charles.

"I think they underestimated us, but we didn't have any
doubt," Wallace said. "You can't just throw the ball and not run

And after giving up an average of almost 203 yards rushing in
their first three games, the Herd held the Wildcats to 127 yards.

They also held Sproles -- who was averaging almost 120 yards on
the ground -- to 77 yards on 14 carries and stuffed Schwinn on
fourth-and-2 from the 3 on Kansas State's first drive of the second

Schwinn had 21 carries -- far more than he or Snyder had
envisioned -- for 32 yards.

"This is a big disappointment right now," he said. "I can't
even say how badly this hurts."

Sproles scored on a 12-yard run with 8:22 left to put Kansas
State up 20-19, after Marshall punter Klint Rose muffed a snap and
Kevin Huntley recovered at the Herd 44.

But Chris Royal returned the kickoff 31 yards to the Marshall
40. Ten plays later, Gochneaur threw the winner to Rader and added
a 2-point conversion pass to Josh Davis.

Kansas State's last drive came after Marshall's Nick Kelly
missed a 45-yard field-goal attempt with 1:27 to go.

Schwinn ran for a 1-yard touchdown that put Kansas State up 7-0
-- but undid his early success with fumbles that led to two TDs by
the Thundering Herd.

Freshman Dylan Meier replaced Schwinn for one play -- a fumble
that led to Kelly's 33-yard field goal as time ran out in the first

Bobby Jordan intercepted Gochneaur's pass on the first play
after Schwinn's TD keeper, and Schwinn's 22-yard pass to Jermaine
Moreira gave the Wildcats first-and-goal at the 10.

But on second-and-goal from the 9, Schwinn pitched the ball
straight to defensive end Jonathan Goddard, who returned it 84
yards for a 7-7 tie.

"It's heartbreaking," Kansas State center Nick Leckey said.
"It's just so frustrating, because you're right there -- and then
mistakes happen."

After Joe Rheem's 42-yard field goal put Kansas State up 10-7,
Schwinn fumbled as he was sacked by Jamus Martin. Reggie Hayes
recovered at the Marshall 45, and the Herd converted with
Gochneaur's 9-yard TD pass to Darius Watts for a 13-10 lead.

After Ben Lewis missed the conversion, Martin recovered Meier's
fumble at Kansas State 40 and Kelly's field goal put Marshall up
16-10 at the half.

Rheem hit a 43-yarder in the third quarter, pulling the Wildcats
to 16-13. Kelly's 21-yarder in the fourth made it 19-13.

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