HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) -Redshirt freshman
threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score in his college debut to lead Cincinnati to a 33-10 victory over Marshall
on Friday night.
Anderson is Cincinnati's third starting quarterback this season after injuries sidelined
made a game-time decision to start Anderson over redshirt freshman
, who led the go-ahead drive in the fourth quarter in a 17-15 win over Akron last week.
Anderson looked like a calm veteran at times, leading the Bearcats (4-1) on two long scoring drives in the second half to
break open a close game. He finished 16-of-26 for 158 yards and was intercepted once against one of the nation's worst pass
Marshall (3-3), looking to reverse three straight losing seasons under coach
, has scored just one touchdown in its past two games. The
fell to 0-3 against BCS teams this season and were outscored 111-27 by Cincinnati, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Marshall redshirt freshman
had his second straight poor outing. He went 17-of-36 for 178 yards, was intercepted three times and sacked three times.
Midway through the third quarter, Anderson drove Cincinnati 89 yards and found
in the end zone for the second time, this one from 7 yards out for a 23-10 lead.
's interception on Marshall's next series led to
' 40-yard field goal, Anderson capped an 86-yard drive with a 1-yard run with 10:12 left in the game for the final margin.
Cincinnati outgained Marshall 122-119 in the first half but jumped ahead 16-3 with the help of
punt out of the end zone for a first-quarter safety. The Bearcats took over at the Marshall 48 after the ensuing free kick
and needed just four plays to reach the end zone, with
scoring on a 21-yard run for a 9-0 lead.
It seemed every time Marshall started to move the ball, mistakes and penalties ended drives.
Marshall advanced to the Cincinnati 37 in the second quarter, but
ran in circles and lost 14 yards, Cann was sacked and Whitehead shanked a 17-yard punt.
A penalty wiped out a 25-yard reception by
on Marshall's next possession. Two plays later, Cann's pass bounced off
's shoulder and
returned the interception 35 yards to the Marshall 14. Anderson then found Goodman in the end zone for a 16-0 lead.
The lone bright spot for Cann was a 57-yard scoring pass to Slate on Marshall's first series of the second half to cut it