"We were definitely in sync and in rhythm during that drive," Tillman said. "It definitely set the tone for the second half, how we wanted to be on offense."
Fear the beard, indeed.
As Marshall's next opponent, Ohio, tries to build on its 2-0 start, the status of standout middle linebacker Noah Keller is among the pressing issues. Keller missed the Bobcats' 30-3 win over Gardner-Webb with a hamstring injury.
Now a fifth-year senior, Keller is the man who was all over the field, making 17 tackles against the Herd in the 2009 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. He missed last year's game against Marshall with a season-ending injury, which earned him a medical redshirt.
"His injury is such that he's struggling to get it completely healed," said OU coach Frank Solich. "Going into this game I think it will be close to that. Will it be an injury that bothers him as he goes through the course of the game? I'm not really sure of that at this point, but we'll know more as we get to game time."
Tickets for Saturday's 7 p.m. game in Athens, Ohio, are on sale through the Ohio Ticket Office, at ohiobobcats.com or 800-575-CATS (2287). Those are $30 apiece, though many Herd fans previously jumped on a $10 special this summer.
Marshall's ticket office has long since sold out its limited allotment and is concentrating on sales for the Sept. 24 home game against 13th-ranked Virginia Tech.
Game time is 3:30 p.m. that day at Joan C. Edwards Stadium, with all tickets priced at $50.
Reach Doug Smock at 304-348-5130 or dougsm...@wvgazette.com.