Sept. 17, 2016
Final Stats |
Marshall game captains for Akron, as selected by Doc Holliday and staff, were sophomore quarterback Chase Litton, senior receiver Justin Hunt, senior linebacker Devontre’a Tyler, junior defensive lineman Blake Keller and senior defensive back Cody Carter.
Akron’s opening-drive touchdown ended a streak of 122 minutes and 22 seconds in which Marshall had not allowed a point at Joan C. Edwards Stadium, dating back to the fourth quarter against North Texas last season.
Chase Litton’s second-quarter interception ended a streak of 108 throws without an interception at home. Litton’s last interception at home – the only one of his career – came against Southern Mississippi last season.
The 35-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Akron senior defensive end Daumantas Venckus was the first fumble return for a TD by a Marshall opponent since Tulsa’s Dwight Robbins (11 yards) did it Oct. 6, 2012.
The 30-yard blocked punt return for a touchdown by Akron’s Ulysees Gilbert was the first by a Marshall opponent since Middle Tennessee’s Chris Brown (3 yards) accomplished the feat on Oct. 24, 2013.
Akron outscored the Herd 34-0 in the second quarter. In Marshall’s previous six home games, the Herd had outscored its opposition 83-6 in the second quarter.
Akron scored 34 second-quarter points. The most points the Zips had ever scored against the Herd in the 14-game series was 33 points (50-33 MU win in 2001).
Marshall’s Josh Knight became the sixth different Herd player to catch a touchdown pass this season when he hauled in a 21-yard reception from Chase Litton in the first quarter.
Litton had his second career 400-yard game (413) and third career four-touchdown game. He completed 32 passes in a career-high 57 attempts, and it was his first career three-interception game.
Litton completed passes to 12 different receivers, led by a seven-reception, 118-yard, two-touchdown performance by Josh Knight. Knight had six career catches for 81 yards.
Tight end Ryan Yurachek added five catches for 65 yards – and his nation-leading streak of six consecutive games with a touchdown came to an end. Receivers Deon-Tay McManus and Michael Clark each caught a touchdown for the second consecutive game. Running back Keion Davis scored his third career rushing touchdown – his first of the season – and caught a career-high four passes for a career-best 52 yards.