Throwback Thursday: Rasheed Marshall to Chris Henry against Syracuse in 2003

Throwback Thursday: Rasheed Marshall to Chris Henry against Syracuse in 2003

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photo by Kevin Rivoli/The Associated Press

photo by Kevin Rivoli/The Associated Press

 In this week’s Throwback Thursday, we take a break from our usual highlights from 1940’s and 50’s WVU archives to something a little more modern, although it’s hard to believe it’s been ten years since “Slim” caught a 67-yard TD from Rasheed Marshall to clinch a 34-23 victory over the Syracuse Orangemen and lay claim to the Shwartzwalder Trophy.

   On Tuesday, we had a discussion deep in our lair of an abandoned coal mine deep in the heart of West Virginia about possible stories in relation to the NFL Draft next week. Part of that discussion was a possible countdown of the most Mountaineers taken by position. When we talked about the myriad of receivers to come out of Morgantown — from Buggs, Jett, Rembert, Reynaud, Bailey, Austin, etc. — the name that weighed the heaviest on myself was Henry.

   We won’t get into his life and legacy at this time (expect that more towards December). Rather, we’ll review his biggest game as a Mountaineer.

   On Nov. 2nd, 2003, the Mountaineers wanted to keep their drive towards a bowl game going as did the Orangemen. They went into halftime, knotted up at 17 a piece. Brad Cooper kicked a field goal during the third quarter to break the tie.

   The fourth was when Henry took over. He caught a 24-yard TD from Marshall with less than 10 minutes to go in the game to put WVU up 27-17. Syracuse scored a quick touchdown (missed the XP), before this happened:

   WVU went on to win the game 34-23, with Henry having his best game as a Mountaineer. hauling in 6 passes for 209 yards and 2 touchdowns. Quincy Wilson broke the hundred-yard barrier with 105 on the ground, and Rasheed Marshall threw for 3 touchdowns and 271 yards.

   The Mountaineers rebounded from a 1-4 start that season to finish 8-4 and capture a share of the Big East Championship and went on to play Maryland in the Gator Bowl.

   The Orangemen failed to become bowl eligible.

   Henry finished the season with 1,006 receiving yards and 10 touchdown receptions earning Big East Conference Freshman of the Year honors.

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