Haig put up the points, but Kase Whitehead won special teams player of the week honors handed out Monday by Conference USA. Linebacker Tyson Gale, with his game-turning interception, took defensive honors.
After an off game against Virginia Tech, Whitehead resumed his coffin-corner punting, pinning four punts inside the Louisville 20-yard line. One was downed at the 7 and another was fielded at the 7 and returned short of the 20.
Gale's interception on the sideline gave Marshall the ball at the Louisville 30 with 4:32 left. The Herd scored in five plays to take the lead for good.
The pick illustrates how important it is for defenders to catch an errant pass when the opportunity arises. Players are drilled on that in creative ways.
"When you run out of the Shewey Building to start practice, a [graduate assistant] will throw a ball at you. You've got to intercept it, or you go back and start again," Gale said. "We knock it down there, it's fourth down, they punt it, you know, they may have a 50-yard punt and you get it on the other 30-yard line.
"When you have opportunities to make that play, you make it to give your offense a shorter field, so they can go to work."
Reach Doug Smock at 304-348-5130 or dougsm...@wvgazette.com.