Marshall Football Postgame Notes
Pittsburgh 43, Marshall 27
True freshman Matt Beardall started at long snapper for Marshall, the eighth true freshman to play for the Thundering Herd this season. The others: Willie Johnson, receiver; Brandon Rodgers, receiver; Garet Morrell, quarterback; Omari Cobb, linebacker; Jaylon McClain-Sapp, cornerback; Chris Jackson, cornerback; and Jeremiah Maddox, safety.
Willie Johnson, a freshman wide receiver who departed the game with an injury in the second quarter, was the deep man on kickoff returns to start the game for the first time this season. Johnson had two returns for 51 yards before the injury. He entered the game with one career kickoff return for 34 yards.
Omari Cobb, a true freshman, made his first career start at linebacker (strongside). Cobb is the fifth freshman – redshirt and true – to start on offense or defense for Marshall this season, joining linebacker Damien Dozier, quarterback Garet Morrell, cornerback Chris Jackson and offensive lineman Levi Brown.
Tight end Ryan Yurachek caught a pass for the 22nd consecutive game, a streak that dates back to his freshman season. Yurachek’s last game without a reception was Nov. 8, 2014 at Southern Mississippi.
Michael Clark twice established a new career high for longest reception at Marshall. Clark’s 44-yard catch in the first quarter initially was a career best, only to be surpassed by his 83-yard catch-and-run in the fourth quarter. It was MU’s first pass play of 80-plus yards since Oct. 13, 2010, when QB Eddie Sullivan connected with WR Aaron Dobson for an 86-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter of a 35-14 home loss to UCF.
Clark finished with four receptions for 147 yards, which more than doubled his career output through his first season of collegiate football (115 yards in his first three games).
Marshall QB Chase Litton connected with WR Josh Knight for a 15-yard touchdown pass early in the third quarter, which extended Litton’s touchdown pass streak to 14 games. Litton also tossed two touchdown passes, marking the 11th time in 14 games he has accomplished that feat.
Litton’s 83-yard touchdown pass to Clark was a career long. His previous long was a 66-yard scoring pass to Davonte Allen on Oct. 31, 2015 against Charlotte.
First-year sophomore running back Anthony Anderson rushed for a career-high 56 yards on 13 carries. His previous single-game best was Sept. 24 against Louisville (46 yards). Anderson’s 11-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was his first at Marshall.