Marshall Football Postgame Notes

Sept. 25, 2016

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Marshall game captains for Louisville, as selected by Doc Holliday and staff, were receiver Josh Knight, linebacker Devontre’a Tyler, cornerback Rodney Allen and offensive lineman Michael Selby.

Saturday’s attendance of 40,592 ranks as the second-highest in the 26-year history of Joan C. Edwards Stadium, behind only the 2010 visit from West Virginia (41,382).

Louisville entered Saturday night’s game ranked No. 3 in the Associated Press poll, which equals the highest-ranked FBS team to visit Huntington. West Virginia was also ranked No. 3 in 2007 when the Mountaineers defeated the Herd, 48-23. Louisville received six first-place votes in this week’s poll, while the 2007 WVU team had one first-place vote.

Marshall lost its 15th consecutive game against nationally ranked teams, and the program dropped to 3-20 all-time against ranked opponents.

Marshall true freshman quarterback Garet Morrell made his first career start against Louisville. Morrell is the sixth different starting quarterback in MU coach Doc Holliday’s seven seasons with the Herd.

The Herd has lost consecutive games for the first time since 2013 (at Ohio on Sept. 14 and at Virginia Tech on Sept. 21). Marshall’s consecutive losses at home (to Akron and Louisville) had not happened since 2007, when the Herd lost to No. 3 West Virginia (Sept. 8, 48-23) and New Hampshire (Sept. 15, 48-35) on back-to-back weekends.

Garet Morrell made his first career start and completed his first collegiate touchdown pass to Ryan Yurachek, a 16-yard connection with 36 seconds left of the second quarter.

Ryan Yurachek’s 16-yard touchdown reception with 36 seconds left of the second quarter was his second of the season. The junior tight end has a receiving touchdown in eight of his last nine games.

Herd sophomore running back Keion Davis caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Garet Morrell, Davis’ first receiving TD at Marshall.

Marshall sophomore linebacker Chase Hancock sacked Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson on the Cardinals’ first drive of the game, Hancock’s first career solo sack. In the fourth quarter, Hancock forced a fumble – the first of his career.

MU freshman defensive end Ty Tyler returned a fumble 26 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. It is Tyler’s second fumble return for a touchdown in three career games. He also had a 20-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the season opener against Morgan State.

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson finished with 479 yards of total offense (417 passing, 62 rushing), which is the second-best total by an opponent in school history. UTEP QB Trevor Vittatoe gained 517 yards against the MU defense in 2009.