Kickoff time is 3:30 p.m., with the game airing on CBS Sports Network. It will be Marshall's homecoming game.
In Tulsa's two conference wins, against Tulane and Alabama-Birmingham, it yielded a combined 8 yards rushing. Accounting for a good chunk of that were the 15 sacks for a combined 116 yards in losses.
On the other side of the ball, the Hurricane has run for a conference-high 244.8 yards per game. It struggled to rush for 126 yards against Fresno and grinded out 160 against Iowa State, but struck for 364 and 241 against Tulane and UAB, respectively.
And Holliday drops this hint: A good chunk of Tulsa's passing game is screen passes; some call it glorified rushing. Top back Trey Watts and Carter are third and fourth on the team in receptions, combining for 28.
"A lot of those big, quick strikes they've had are on screens, which are similar to runs," Holliday said. "They've thrown screens out there to Watts and he's taken them 60, 70, 40 yards [actual season high: 40]."
Marshall's rushing defense has been up and down - West Virginia romped for 331 yards, Rice 301 and Ohio 199. But Purdue, with a burly offensive line, ran for just 149 on 53 carries last weekend, an average of less than 3.0 yards.
"We try to take the positives out of the Purdue game and carry it over into this week," Holliday said. "I thought the defense, in the second half, made some strides. We have to build on that, we have to get better, because it's going to be a great challenge."
Reach Doug Smock at 304-348-5130 or dougsm...@wvgazette.com.