The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Latest Sports

September 7, 2013

Marshall doesn’t want to become next FCS upset victim in tonight’s game

Doc Holliday ran through the scores as though he were the crawl at the bottom of a sports TV channel.

“South Florida got crushed by McNeese State 53-21. UConn got crushed by Towson 33-18. Eastern Illinois beat San Diego State 40-19. Georgia State got beat by Samford 31-21,” Marshall’s fourth-year head coach said.

He mentioned Oregon State’s loss to Eastern Washington, and Kansas State’s loss to Football Championship Subdivision two-time defending national champion South Dakota State. Another Big 12 team, Iowa State, was upset by Northern Iowa.

It was the theme of the first weekend of the college football season — small schools going into the larger stadiums of their bigger Football Bowl Subdivision foes and pulling off the upsets.

Teams all over the country that didn’t suffer that fate probably got the same speech that Holliday gave to his team earlier this week.

“We tried to stress to our guys that there were seven teams sitting in the same boat we were (the previous week) and, whether it was preparation or overconfidence, they woke up Sunday morning and weren’t very happy,” Holliday said.

Those seven games, Holliday hopes, will serve as motivation for the Thundering Herd to avoid going through the same sorrow and embarrassment this Sunday, one day after Gardner-Webb visits Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Kickoff for the non-televised game will be 6:30 p.m.

“The message to our football team is that you better be prepared every week to go play or you will get beat,” Holliday said. “Gardner-Webb has just as good of skill as we saw last Saturday.”

The Thundering Herd did a good job of handling that skill, drubbing Miami (Ohio) 52-14 in its season opener. The offense exploded in the second half, scoring on its first five possessions, and the defense bottled up the RedHawks to the tune of 55 yards of offense and two first downs in the final 30 minutes.

Gardner-Webb also won its season opener, 28-21 over Furman. Quarterback Lucas Beatty completed 22 of 31 passes for 276 yards and two touchdowns and was not intercepted. Both of his TD passes went to Kenny Cook, who finished with nine catches for 113 yards.

Running back Juanne Blount scored twice and ran for 162 yards.

“It’s going to be all about preparation, and if we don’t do that this week then we will get beat,” Holliday said. “Our kids need to understand that.”

— E-mail: gfauber

Text Only
Latest Sports
  • 041914 old white Old White to celebrate 100 years

    The home of The Greenbrier Classic will be having a birthday today, and the celebration should be something special.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mullens, Pineville to meet in Anderson Memorial

    After many years away from the sideline, legendary Mullens High School coach Don Nuckols is returning to the game of basketball.

    April 19, 2014

  • 041914 D'Antoni Lakers mum on D’Antoni

    Mike D’Antoni was still the Los Angeles Lakers’ coach when he left their training complex to spend the Easter weekend out of town with his family.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 041914 gibby WVU trying to find speed on defense

    Tony Gibson took over as West Virginia’s new defensive coordinator over the winter with the goal of trying not to do too much to rock the boat. As the fourth coach to hold that spot in as many years, the Van native — in his second stint as a Mountaineer assistant — knew that his players needed some stability.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 041814 Sisler Diamond Classic continues today

    Fayetteville pitcher Kaitlyn Sisler pitched five innings of shutout softball as the Pirates beat Oak Hill 10-0 Wednesday in the Diamond Classic in Fayetteville.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • D’Antoni’s Lakers future still unclear

    With the Los Angeles Lakers season officially over — the Lakers beat the Spurs 113-100 Wednesday but finished 27-55 overall, the most losses in the club’s history and the franchise’s worst winning percentage since the Minneapolis Lakers in 1957-58 — Marshall fans will be keeping a close eye on what’s going on in Tinsel Town over the coming days.

    April 17, 2014

  • Turnbull’s tenure dominates WVU wrestling history

    Did Oliver Luck really do a thorough job in deeply evaluating Craig Turnbull’s 36-year career as wrestling coach before firing him?

    April 17, 2014

  • WVU’s top football prospects working out for NFL teams

    As we draw ever closer to the NFL Draft, the prospect workouts for teams are picking up steam for former Mountaineers. Both running back Charles Sims and defensive end Will Clarke have a busy road ahead.

    April 17, 2014

  • 041814 james monroe Crusaders make history in loss to James Monroe

    The first season for Greater Beckley Christian’s baseball team has been met with growing pains — to say the least.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 041714 millard Kickoff time set for WVU-Alabama

    West Virginia football fans can now start counting down to the exact minute, instead of just the day.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo