Nov. 6, 2008
Marshall University senior linebacker Maurice Kitchens is this week's student-athlete of the week following his outstanding performance in the Thundering Herd's 37-23 win over Houston.
Kitchens, a senior from Roanoke, Va., led a stout Thundering Herd defensive effort against the Houston Cougars on Tuesday night. The senior recorded eight tackles, a sack, 1.5 tackles for loss and more importantly came away with two critical takeaways - an interception he returned for 16 yards and a fumble that he returned for 80 yards. Kitchen led a Marshall defense that limited the nation's #3 offense (total yards per game) and limiting the nation's total offense leader (Houston QB Case Keenum) to only nine points in three quarters en route to building a 30-9 lead and eventually a 37-23 win on ESPN 2. Kitchens interception set up a Mark Cann to Cody Slate touchdown pass. His 80-yard fumble return could not have been more timely, with Houston driving down to the Marshall two-yard line, trailing the Herd only 16-3 early in the third quarter, the Cougars Bryce Beall fumble - an alert Kitchens scooped up the ball and returned it 80-yards before finally being brought down at the UH 17-yardline. Seven plays later Marshall would go up by the score of 23-3 on a Mark Cann to Emmanuel Spann touchdown pass.