Marshall Football Falls at North Texas
The Thundering Herd defense combined for six sacks
DENTON, Texas – Marshall football dropped its first Conference USA contest Saturday night at North Texas, 38-21.
The loss moved Marshall to 1-4 (0-1 C-USA) while North Texas improved to 3-3 (2-1 C-USA).
Marshall was led by sophomore quarterback Chase Litton by going 20-of-42 for 258 yards and two touchdowns. Litton recorded his first collegiate rushing touchdown in the first quarter and found an open Ryan Yurachek for a passing touchdown in the third quarter. Redshirt sophomore Michael Clark had eight receptions for 122 yards, his second-straight game with over 100 yards receiving.
North Texas began the game with the ball and wasted no time in setting the tone. The Mean Green went 11-plays for 75 yards that ended on a four-yard rushing touchdown by Jeffrey Wilson. North Texas capitalized on a miscue by the Marshall special teams unit that was penalized for roughing the punter on a fourth-and-two at the North Texas 44-yard line.
Marshall’s defense made up for the miscue later in the quarter as redshirt senior Gary Thompson forced a fumble by the North Texas quarterback and was recovered by C.J. Reavis at the 14-yard line. It took the Thundering Herd four plays to tie the game at seven when Litton had a six-yard rushing touchdown.
The tied game didn’t last long as North Texas went down the field on the ensuing drive to score. The Mean Green went 13-plays for 75 yards and scored in similar fashion as the Herd with a rushing touchdown by its quarterback. At the end of the first half, North Texas led Marshall, 14-7.
The Herd got a spark to begin the second half from a Keion Davis 99-yard kickoff return to tie the game at 14. It was Davis’ first kickoff return of his collegiate career.
After the two teams traded possession, North Texas regain control of the ball and the lead. The Mean Green drove 80 yards on 13 plays to regain its seven-point lead after an 11-yard touchdown pass by Mason Fine to Tyler Wilson.
The Herd had an answer for the score on their next drive. Marshall took over on its 25-yard line and quickly moved the ball down the field as Litton hit senior Emanuel Byrd for 27 yards and redshirt sophomore Michael Clark for 43 yards. After a pass interference call in the end zone, Litton found a wide open Yurachek for a one-yard touchdown reception.
The tied game was once again short lived. North Texas took a 28-21 lead on a two-play drive that was capped off by a 72-yard rushing touchdown by Wilson.
In the fourth quarter the Mean Green pushed its lead to 10 points with a 31-yard field goal. North Texas sealed the win on the next drive by intercepting a pass by Litton that was returned 52 yards for a touchdown.
Entering the game the Thundering Herd defense had seven sacks this season, but nearly reached that mark alone at North Texas with six sacks. Thompson finished the game with 2.5 sacks, while freshman Omari Cobb had two of his own. Redshirt sophomore Ryan Bee had 1.5 sacks.
Up next, Marshall returns to the Joan C. Edwards Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 15 against Florida Atlantic at 7 p.m.