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By Tony Dobies
Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009

The West Virginia defense was stout against Marshall, giving up just 207 yards to the Thundering Herd. It's the second game in a row that WVU held an opponent to less than 250 yards of offense.

West Virginia was just the second team this season to hold Marshall running back Darius Marshall to under 100 yards. Marshall finished with 82 yards on 25 attempts. Coming into the game, Marshall was averaging 147 yards per game.

MU quarterback Brian Anderson completed less than 50 percent of his passes (17 of 35) for just 149 yards. He also threw two interceptions.

"Our defense kept us in the game," WVU coach Bill Stewart said. "We are very proud of them."

• West Virginia is now 9-0 all-time against Marshall.

• In the series, Marshall has only led going into the half once. That game, in 2006, West Virginia also came back to win.

• With 103 yards on the ground, Noel Devine moved into fifth place on the Mountaineers' all-time rushing list. He now has 2,650 yards in his career.

• The Mountaineers wore gold jerseys and white pants for the first time in program history. Stewart also wore his blue sweater vest for the third game in a row. Stewart is 3-0 when wearing the vest.

• Current Miami Dolphins and former WVU star quarterback Pat White was in attendance at Saturday's game. He got to see his brother, Coley, play in his first career game. Coley came in for Geno Smith in the fourth quarter. Coley did not throw a pass, but he rushed three times for seven yards.

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