HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Name that score, if you dare.
69-34, 56-10, 54-51, 39-12, 51-41, 52-14, 45-38, 56-49, 54-17, 37-12, 44-41, 48-32, 65-59.
Yes, those are real scores, witnessed in 2012 games involving Marshall and Miami (Ohio). These are listed in alternating order of offending defenses, from the Thundering Herd's debacle at West Virginia through the Herd's double-overtime loss at East Carolina.
Miami's listed porousness started with that 56-10 loss to Ohio State and lasted to that 48-32 loss to Kent State and two games beyond that.
You need some more avert-your-eyes numbers? Following are some combined defensive stats for the two teams over 12 games (with a defense like that, you don't play a bowl game):
Points: 936 (78 combined per game); rushing yards: 5,172 (combined 431); total yards 11,093 (6.3 miles); third-down conversions (157 of 344, 45.6 percent); fourth-down conversions (29 of 40, frightening).
In the NCAA rankings, Miami was No. 119 against the rush. Marshall was No. 119 in points against.
Get the picture? When the two teams meet at 7 p.m. Saturday, fans' heads might turn left and right faster than at a U.S. Open tennis match. The Las Vegas folks agree - one online odds service puts the over-under at 671/2, for example. In other words, the "over" loses in a 35-32 game.
Saturday's game is about the Herd vs. the RedHawks, but it's also about two salivating offenses going against two defenses thirsting for redemption.
From Marshall defensive end Jeremiah Taylor: "It's been so long from that ECU game all the way to now. To end your season not where you want it to be, that sour taste is going to stay in your mouth for a while. And it's still there.
From Miami defensive end Wes Williams: "We definitely had some issues on defense last year; it wasn't one of our strengths.We had a lot of key injuries that hurt us as well. I feel like we've had a great offseason and just finished up a great camp, and I'm looking forward to what our defense can do."