Marshall Football Postgame Notes
Marshall 41, Purdue 31
Marshall game captains versus Purdue for the 2015 opener, as selected by Coach Doc Holliday and his staff, were tackle Clint Van Horn and center Michael Selby on offense and nose tackle Jarquez Samuel and linebacker D.J. Hunter on defense.
Junior safety Tiquan Lang’s two interceptions returned for touchdowns (first quarter, 14:53; fourth quarter, 1:20) are a first for the Herd. No other player in Marshall history has returned two interceptions for scores in a single game. His two interceptions for touchdowns ties the Marshall season record for a single player.
Lang joins Shawn Ferguson of Cincinnati in 1998 as the only C-USA players with two interceptions for touchdowns in one game.
Lang’s picks are the third and fourth of his career, and the first two touchdowns of his career. They are the fifth and sixth interception touchdown returns for the Herd in defensive coordinator Chuck Heater’s three Marshall seasons.
Lang had a career high in tackles. His previous high was 10 in a 2014 home victory over Ohio University.
Marshall’s first punt of the season, a 54-yarder by senior Tyler Williams, was the senior’s 39th punt of 50 or more yards in his Herd career.
The 60-yard punt by Herd senior Tyler Williams (6:46, third quarter) was the 10th of his career to travel 60 or more yards.
Senior running back Devon Johnson’s first-quarter touchdown reception was his 26th career touchdown (20 rush, six receiving), tying him for 15th on the Herd career list with Mike Barber (1985-88) and Erik Thomas (1993-96).
Slot receiver Nick Mathews (0:38 left, first quarter), of Haymarket, Va., becomes the first true freshman to play for Marshall this season.
Today’s attendance of 38,791 is the third largest crowd in Joan C. Edwards Stadium history (1991-present; capacity is 38,148). This is the opening game of the 25th season for “The Joan.” Here’s a look at the largest crowds:
- 41,382 … West Virginia 24, Marshall 21 -- Sept. 10, 2010
- 40,383 … West Virginia 48, Marshall 23 -- Sept. 8, 2007
- 38,791 … Purdue-Marshall -- Sept. 6, 2015
- 36,914 … Kansas State 21, Marshall 19 -- Sept. 10, 2005
- 34,424 … Virginia Tech 30, Marshall 10 -- Sept. 24, 2011