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2014 Conference USA Football Championship Game

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East Division champion Marshall will host West Division champion Louisiana Tech in the 2014 Conference USA Football Championship Game on Saturday, December 6.

The Thundering Herd (7-1 in C-USA play, 11-1 overall) are in the game for the second straight year, while the Bulldogs (7-1 in C-USA, 8-4 overall) are in the contest for the first time in just their second year in the league.

The 2014 C-USA Championship Game will be televised live on ESPN 2, beginning at Noon EST.

Marshall earned the right to host the game based on having the higher average computer ranking (27.25) over Louisiana Tech (56.0) in the four computer rankings that Conference USA utilizes (Anderson and Hester, Billingsley, Colley Matrix and Wolfe) to determine host if a tie cannot be broken through the first three tie-breakers: conference record, head-to-head play or College Football Playoff ranking.
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Marshall struggling early, two three and outs to start the game.

La Tech with a 10-0 lead after 1 quarter.

First time this year the Herd has not posted points in the initial period of play.
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La Tech 17  Marshall 13

The Herd connect for a 45 yard FG on second attempt with :05 remaining. La Tech was late with the timeout just prior, and the first attempt was missed.

Marshall coughed it up twice, and held the ball for only 9:42 of the half.
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End 3rd:

The Bulldogs cash in on special teams play with a blocked punt for a score, but miss the extra point.

Justin Haig hits from 40 yards out for the Herd.

La Tech 23  Marshall 16
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La Tech 23  Marshall 26

The Herd take their first lead with of the game with 1:50 to play after the Bulldogs miss a 49 yard FG try.

The Bulldogs had forced four turnovers in the game, but Cody Sokol tossed an interception on the first play of La Tech's final possession.

Marshall's Rakeem Cato threw for 308 yards and 2TD, and Kenneth Dixon rushed for 156 yard and 3TD for the Bulldogs.
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