HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Memphis (1-7, 1-3) at Marshall (3-5, 2-2)
2 p.m. today, Joan C. Edwards Stadium (38,019, FieldTurf), Huntington
On the spot
Stats 'n' such
Individually, Tommy Shuler is 2nd in receptions (9.62), Rakeem Cato 4th in total offense (370.88) and Tyler Williams is 9th in punting (45.97).
Memphis is no higher than 4th in C-USA in any category and trails all in passing offense (146.25), total offense (286.5) and scoring offense (17.5). Those are 113rd, 119th and 117th nationally. The highest-ranked individual is Hornsey, 19th in punting (43.37). Unlike Williams, he'll always exceed the minimum 3.6 attempts per game.
The Aaron Dobson/Antavious Wilson watch: Dobson remains tied for fifth in touchdown receptions (23), ninth in receiving yards (2,333) and 11th in receptions (160). Wilson is 10th in receptions (163), 12th in yards (2,069) and tied for 16th in TDs (14). Dobson awaits his 24th TD catch, which would tie him for 4th with Troy Brown.
For Memphis, Marcus Rucker is 58 yards, three receptions and one touchdown away from tying the great Isaac Bruce for eighth, seventh and sixth in those respective categories on the school's all-time list. Keep in mind Bruce compiled his 1,586 yards, 113 receptions and 15 touchdowns in two seasons, 1992-93.
619 Equal to Memphis' season high in total yards given up, in the second week against Arkansas State.
+4 Average starting spot for Memphis after a kickoff, minus average starting spot for Marshall after a kickoff.
17 Marshall's penalty yards, which would equal last week's total against Central Florida. Maybe this time, it will matter.
+3 Turnover margin in Marshall's favor, which would equal last week's total against Central Florida. Maybe this time, it will matter.
Completely useless trivia
This will be the eighth time since 2005 Marshall is facing a Conference USA team that already has been eliminated from bowl contention - and it's the third year in a row Memphis has been such an opponent. Marshall is 5-2 in such games, losing to UCF in 2008 and Texas-El Paso in 2009.
Marshall hits the road to take on Alabama-Birmingham at 4:30 p.m. next Saturday at Legion Field, airing on WCHS, channel 8 locally. Memphis returns to Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium to battle Tulane at 7 p.m.