Game notes -- Marshall at Cincinnati -- September 30, 2017
Thundering Herd 38, Bearcats 21
The game captains, as selected by Marshall head coach Doc Holliday and his staff, were sophomore center Levi Brown (offense), junior linebacker Chase Hancock (defense) and senior D’Andre Wilson special teams.
Chase Litton’s 14-yard first quarter touchdown to Ryan Yurachek extended Litton’s streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to 25 games. Litton’s streak is the second longest among FBS quarterbacks, trailing Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield (30 games).
Litton’s first touchdown pass moved him into sixth place in Marshall history in career touchdown passes with 52. Litton broke a tie with John Gregory, who is now seventh.
Litton completed 21 passes, moving past Todd Donnan for No. 5 in MU history in career completions. Donnan had 542 career completions, and Litton finished the game with 551 career completions.
Yurachek’s first quarter touchdown reception extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 33 games.
Yurachek finished with three touchdowns: 14 and 15 yards in the first half, and a 27-yard scoring reception in the second half. It was Yurachek’s first career multi-touchdown game. He also set a season high for receptions (6) and a career high for receiving yards (77).
Yurachek is the first player since Gator Hoskins to catch three touchdown passes in one game. Hoskins accomplished the feat at FIU on Nov. 23, 2013.
The Marshall defense did not allow a point Saturday until 9:05 left of the third quarter. Prior to that, the Herd last allowed a point on Sept. 9, 2017, at North Carolina State. That came with 3:58 left of the fourth quarter, giving the Marshall defense a streak of 99 minutes and 53 seconds without allowing a point.
MU linebacker Artis Johnson and safety Nazeeh Johnson combined on fumble firsts. Artis Johnson forced a fumble on a kickoff return late in the second quarter – his first forced fumble at Marshall. The fumble was recovered by Nazeeh Johnson – his first fumble recovery at Marshall.
Senior D’Andre Wilson had his first career fumble recovery on a special teams play.
The Herd has had a different leading receiver in all four games this season (Ryan Yurachek, Marcel Williams, Willie Johnson and Tyre Brady).
Marshall freshman running back Tyler King received his first career start.