Marshall’s defense forced three turnovers
Middle Tennessee 27, Marshall 24 (3OT)
Marshall 31, Southern Miss 10
Marshall 27, Old Dominion 7
Marshall 41, Purdue 31
R-FRESHMAN SEASON (2013): One of five Herd rookies picked to Conference USA All-Freshman Team ... Played 14 games at "fox" (rush end), mostly as backup to senior Alex Bazzie ... Made one start (at Middle Tennessee) ... Made two interceptions in C-USA East Division-clinching win over East Carolina, one for a 5-yard touchdown ... Thompson's pick-to-score was Marshall's first for a defensive lineman since the late Johnathan Goddard picked off a Ryan Hawk pass and ran it back 23 yards at Ohio's Peden Stadium for the Herd's lone touchdown in a 16-13 win in October 2004 ... Posted 30 tackles (12 solos), with five for loss and three sacks ... Top tackles game was six against Gardner-Webb ... Recovered two fumbles ... Had seven QB hurries, four pass breakups and a forced fumble ...
FRESHMAN SEASON (2012): Redshirted to retain eligibility.
HERD FILE: Sept. 30, 1994 ... Majoring in Sports Management at MU ... Enrolled at Marshall in August 2012 ... Was two-way starter who led Helix High (13-1) to California Division II state championship in 2011 ... Same school produced former Herd running back Travon Van ... As a defensive end, he made 55 tackles, including 18 for loss, and had 14 sacks and 23 quarterback hurries. As a tight end, he had 10 catches, including three for touchdowns ... Was second team All-State pick (multipurpose player). Caught 72-yard scoring pass in state title game ... As Helix senior, had 55 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, 23 QB hurries and 3 forced fumbles.