Marshall Football Postgame Notes
North Texas 38, Marshall 21
Marshall game captains for North Texas, as selected by Doc Holliday and staff, were running back offensive lineman Michael Selby, offensive lineman Clint Van Horn, defensive lineman Blake Keller and linebacker Devontre’a Tyler.
Keion Davis opened the second half with a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, the third-longest kickoff return in Marshall history (Ray Crisp, 1977 vs. Akron; Troy Evans, 2010 vs. Southern Miss – both 100 yards). Davis’ return was the Herd’s first kickoff return for a touchdown since Deandre Reaves had a 97-yard return against FIU on Nov. 27, 2015. Davis’ previous career long kickoff return was 44 yards.
MU senior defensive end Gary Thompson recorded 2.5 sacks, which brings his career total to 17.5 and vaults him into the top 10 on Marshal’s career sack list. Thompson passed Rodney Garrett (16.5), Nick McKnight (16), Tony Bolland (16) and Ralph Street (16) on the all-time list, and now stands alone at No. 9 in program history. Next up: Jamus Martin, who recorded 19.5 sacks from 2001-04. Thompson also set a career single-game high in tackles (10) versus North Texas, and it was his third career multi-sack game (the other two came in 2015).
On separate plays in the first half, the Herd’s Gary Thompson recorded a forced fumble and recovered a fumble. The forced fumble was the seventh of his career and recovery was the fifth of his career. It is the second time in Thompson’s career he has been credited with a sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery in the same game (the other was Oct. 3, 2015 vs. Old Dominion).
Texas native Rodney Allen stripped a ball carrier in the first half for his second forced fumble of the season (and also second of his career).
Junior college transfer C.J. Reavis recovered a North Texas fumble in the first quarter for his first fumble recovery at Marshall.
Chase Litton scored on a 6-yard quarterback keeper in the first quarter for the first collegiate rushing touchdown.
Ryan Yurachek extended his streak of consecutive games with a catch to 23. After his 1-yard TD reception, he now has a touchdown reception in eight of his last 10 games.
MU sophomore wide receiver Michael Clark set a new career high for receptions in a game (eight) and had his second consecutive 100-yard performance on the road (147 yards on Oct. 1 at Pittsburgh).
Sophomore linebacker Frankie Hernandez finished with three tackles for a loss against North Texas. He had one TFL in 14 career games entering Saturday.
Freshman linebacker Omari Cobb recorded the first two sacks of his career.