Marshall Football Postgame Notes|
Sept. 10, 2016
Marshall game captains for Morgan State, as selected by Doc Holliday and staff, were senior wide receiver Justin Hunt, senior offensive lineman Michael Selby, senior defensive end Gary Thompson and senior linebacker Devontre’a Tyler.
Ryan Yurachek’s 58-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter was the longest of his career. His previous long reception was 31 yards.
Marshall won its 27th consecutive game when leading at halftime. The Herd led 49-0 at intermission.
Chase Litton became the fourth Marshall quarterback to throw at least six touchdown passes, joining Rakeem Cato (seven), Chad Pennington (six) and Byron Leftwich (six). Litton’s previous career high for touchdown passes in a game was four, set last season against Norfolk State.
George Davis’ 95-yard fumble return for a touchdown is the longest in Marshall history, breaking the 94-year-old record held by James Hagan (85 yards vs. Georgetown College, 1922).
Marshall had two fumble returns for touchdowns – Davis in the second quarter and a 20-yard return by Ty Tyler in the third quarter. The last time the Herd had two fumble returns for scores in the same game was 2002 against Buffalo (34 yards by J.T. Rembert and 11 yards by Marcus Hairston.
The 115 combined fumble return yards is a school record for Marshall.
After converting his first eight extra points of the game, Marshall’s Amoreto Curraj missed a point after attempt following the Herd’s ninth touchdown. The miss ended a streak of 160 consecutive extra points for the Herd, dating back to Justin Haig’s miss against Southern Mississippi on Nov. 2, 2013.
Marshall had eight first-time starters: three on offense and five on defense. Receiver Michael Clark, receiver Josh Knight and center Levi Brown made their first starts on offense. Defensive lineman Nyquan Harris, linebacker Chase Hancock, cornerback Chris Jackson, safety Corey Neely and safety C.J. Reavis started their first game for the Herd. Reavis played in 12 games but made did not make a start at Virginia Tech in 2014, so Saturday was his first FBS start.
The 62 point score differential ranks tied for 17th all-time in Herd history with a 62-0 win over Ohio Wesleyan in 1938.