By GARY FAUBER
for the Daily Telegraph
There will be a parade, royalty and a brand new Marco.
Must be Homecoming in Huntington.
Marshall (2-2) will host Texas-San Antonio (UTSA) in its first Conference USA game of the season at 2 p.m. today at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. The game will not be aired locally, but will be broadcast by Time Warner Cable SportsChannel in Texas.
The Thundering Herd was off last week and will be looking to start a win streak after losing consecutive road games at Ohio and Virginia Tech.
“I know our kids are looking forward to homecoming and are excited to get the opportunity to come home and play against an excellent football team,” Marshall coach Doc Holliday said. “It’s amazing how far UTSA has come in such a short time.”
The Roadrunners (2-3, 1-0 C-USA) are in their third year as a football program under former Miami coach Larry Coker. Despite that, they will bring an offensive attack that will be a challenge to the Marshall defense.
They average 431.0 yards per game, second in the league to the Herd.
“They’ve moved the ball well against good football teams like Oklahoma State, Arizona and everyone they have played,” Holliday said. “One impressive thing about their football team is they have a wishbone philosophy with how they run the ball on the perimeter.
“They are also able to throw the football well at the same time. They do a great job with their perimeter runs and at distributing the football.”
The bye week was used to heal injuries and get some extra prep work on UTSA.
“It’s our first conference game. We’re back in the conference and from here on out it’s nothing but conference games,” Holliday said. “It’s kind of a second season-type thing. Our kids had the week off to catch their breath a little bit.”
Cato will lead the Herd, having thrown for 1,077 yards and nine touchdowns, and has run for another 141 yards and three more scores.
Richlands’ Devon Johnson and Joe Woodrum of Bluefield have one catch apiece for the Herd.
Johnson also has three tackles on special teams.
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In addition to the usual Homecoming activities, the unveiling of a brand new Marco will be made. Marshall fans did not like the changes made to the school mascot five years ago, and overwhelmingly voted online to give him an overhaul.
The university announced Friday that 20th Street in Huntington will be closed from 10:15 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. today for the Homecoming parade. The West lot of the stadium can still be accessed during that time through 4 1/2 alley located to the north or by the entrance along 3rd Avenue.
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