Team: (25) Marshall
Opponent: East Carolina
Date: December 19, 2001
Stats: 41-70, 576 yards, 4 TDs, 2 INTs, 1 rushing TD
In the obscure GMAC Bowl that no one really cared about, Marshall quarterback Byron Leftwich put on a performance you might see in an Arena Football League game when he led the Thundering Herd back from a 38-8 halftime deficit to beat East Carolina 64-61 in double overtime. Leftwich threw for a month’s worth of yards (576) and accounted for five of the game’s 16 TDs, with four coming via the pass and another on the ground.
Leftwich’s performance commanded the national spotlight, and it certainly played a role in the Jaguars opting to select him seventh overall in the 2003 NFL Draft. Leftwich’s backup throughout the first three years of his pro career was (coincidentally) David Garrard, who just so happened to be the East Carolina quarterback on the losing end of the 64-61 record-setting, offensive exhibition. However, Garrard outlasted Leftwich in Jacksonville after the Marshall product was cut in the 2007 preseason because hey, NFL defenses aren’t nearly as easy to score on as ECU's.