Texas-San Antonio (2-3, 1-0) at Marshall (2-2 0-0)2 p.m. today, Joan C. Edwards Stadium (38,227, FieldTurf), HuntingtonTV: None locally (Time Warner Cable SportsChannel in Texas) Line: Marshall by 14
Series: First meetingTickets: Plenty available, $25-$35.Weather: Summer is back! Mostly sunny, high 85.
On the spotDarryl Roberts and other Marshall cornerbacks: UTSA loves to put the heat on the perimeter, and that will tax the recognition and closing skills of Roberts, Monterius Lovett and Derrick Thomas. They'll have to shed those chop blocks, too. One thing to remember: Roberts was as physical as anybody two weeks ago at Virginia Tech.Tommy Shuler, Marshall receiver: Between UTSA's keep-it-in-front-of-you defense and possible rust from quarterback Rakeem Cato, this could be a 15-catch game.Triston Wade, UTSA free safety: He's probably the Roadrunners' best defender, but he'd better borrow Wile E. Coyote's Acme Jet-Powered Roller Skates for this one. A 15-tackle day looms.
Stats 'n' suchThe Herd tries to roll out the "unwelcome mat" for a Texas team for the 10th time in as many games in Huntington. The other victims are North Texas (1988), Southern Methodist (2005, 2009), Texas-El Paso (2006, 2010), Rice (2007, 2011) and Houston (2008, 2012). ... MU is "only" seventh in the nation in plays per game (83.5) and plays of 10 or more yards (21.0). The Herd led in both categories last year (90.6, 20.25). Milestones: Cato continues his climb up the MU all-time charts, where he is chasing No. 3 Michael Payton (689) in completions and No. 4 Carl Fodor (1,059) in pass attempts. Cato has 675 and 1,036, respectively. Cato's 65.154 percent completion rate keeps him atop that list, above Byron Leftwich's 65.118 percent. ... Shuler has 157 receptions and needs eight to tie No. 11 Aaron Dobson and 11 to tie Randy Moss and Fuzzy Filliez. ... Gator Hoskins' next receiving TD gives him 18, tying him for 10th place with Nate Poole, LaVorn Colclough and Antavious Wilson.
538 Marshall total yards. The only question is which half the Herd will get its 300-plus.Completely useless triviaThis is the 112th homecoming game at Marshall, a tradition traced back to Nov. 28, 1895. After losing 45-38 last year to Tulsa, the Herd is 58-49-8 all-time in homecoming games. A bad omen the Herd doesn't want to repeat: This is the fourth time the homecoming game has fallen in the first seven days of October and the Herd has lost the previous three - 1983 vs. Western Carolina, 2009 vs. East Carolina and 2012 vs. Tulsa.NextMarshall will be breaking out the "Cool Zone" fans again for the next one, traveling to Boca Raton, Fla., for a bout with another C-USA newcomer, Florida Atlantic. Kickoff is at 5 p.m. Saturday, with the game airing on some arm of Fox College Sports. The Roadrunners face another test of their West Division contention ambitions when the take on Rice at 4 p.m. Saturday.