Marshall Football Postgame Notes
Marshall 31, Southern Miss 10
Marshall game captains versus Southern Miss, as selected by Coach Doc Holliday and his staff -- Offense: Ryan Yurachek, tight end; Davonte Allen, wide receiver; Defense: Evan McKelvey, linebacker; Steve Dillon, defensive tackle.
Redshirt freshman defensive end Ryan Bee made his first career start for Marshall.
Sophomore right tackle AJ Addison made his first career start for Marshall. He’s the third starter in six games at right tackle for the Herd (Clint Van Horn, Tom Collins).
Devon Johnson’s 1-yard touchdown run (3:05, first quarter) is his 30th career touchdown, moving him into 12th place in Herd history. It also was his 24th rushing touchdown, putting him in a tie for 11th with Mickey Jackson (1964-66) and Erik Thomas (1993-95).
The first-quarter sack by Nyquan Harris (on the intentional grounding flag for USM) was the redshirt freshman tackle’s first career sack.
Placekicker Nick Smith’s 34-yard field goal at 8:36 (second quarter) is Marshall’s 14th consecutive field goal conversion. Smith is 7-for-7 this season and Justin Haig made his final seven last season. The last miss was Haig’s 23-yarder in the first quarter (11:26) against UAB at Legion Field on Nov. 22, 2014.
Defensive end Ryan Bee’s block of Southern Miss’ field goal attempt (4:25, second quarter) is the Herd’s first blocked kick of the season and the 24th blocked kick in Coach Doc Holliday’s five-plus Marshall seasons.
With Devon Johnson’s 82-yard day, he took his career rushing yardage total to 2,252, surpassing Larry Fourquean (2,232 yards from 1980-83) for No. 11 on the Marshall career list.
Chase Litton’s 61-yard touchdown pass to Deandre Reaves is the 10th scoring pass by Litton in his fourth start, a Marshall school record for a quarterback’s first four starts. The 61-yarder also was the longest pass play of the Herd season and the longest since Angelo Jean-Louis caught 77- and 61-yarders from Rakeem Cato in last season’s win over Ohio on Sept. 13, 2014.
Defensive end Ryan Bee’s fumble recovery (4:42, third quarter) is his second in as many weeks.
Punter Tyler Williams’ 53-yard kick late in third quarter is his 20th inside the 20 this season, which leads the FBS in that category. It also is his 13th punt of 50 or more yards in 2015.
Defensive tackle Jarquez Samuel’s fumble recovery for a touchdown is Marshall’s first fumble-to-touchdown since defensive end Ra’Shawde Myers had one on Nov. 22 last season in a win at UAB.
Defensive tackle Jarquez Samuel’s touchdown was the eighth defensive touchdown for the Herd in coordinator Chuck Heater’s three seasons at Marshall.
Cornerback Rodney Allen’s interception (9:22, fourth quarter) is the first of his Marshall career.
Nick Mullens’ 58 pass attempts (1:39 left) rank fifth for a Herd opposing quarterback. The record is 64 by Ryan Griffin of Tulane in 2010.