Marshall Football Postgame Notes
Marshall 33, Florida Atlantic 17
Marshall’s captains against Florida Atlantic, as selected by coach Doc Holliday and staff, are tight end Ryan Yurachek and center Michael Selby on offense, cornerback Corey Tindal and linebacker Evan McKelvey on defense, and punter Tyler Williams.
On the second play from scrimmage, senior running back Devon Johnson passed Mickey Jackson (1964-66) and Erik Thomas (1993-95) with his 25th career touchdown, good for 11th place all-time at Marshall.
Johnosn’s 83-yard day put him over 2,300 rushing yards for his career at 2,335.
Johnson’s 75-yard touchdown was his longest run of the year, besting his previous mark of 73.
Tyler Williams had two punts of 50 yards or more to give his 16 for the season, with eight of 55 yards or more.
Marshall’s defense recorded its first safety of the season, with D.J. Hunter and Nyquan Harris on the stop. The play marked the Herd’s first safety since Sept. 10, 2011, against Southern Miss, when Vinny Curry took down Kendrick Hardy.
On the first play of the second quarter, Remi Watson had his first touchdown of the season, the 14th of his career.
The Herd defense forced three three-and-outs on FAU drives, giving Marshall 44 for the season.
Hyleck Foster earned his first rushing attempts of the season, carrying 17 times for 122 yards.
FAU’s Ocie Rose returned an interception for 95 yards and a touchdown, marking the longest in Owls history (previously 87). It was the first interception returned for a score against Marshall since a 19-yard score by Kalan Reed of Southern Miss on Oct. 20, 2012.
Nick Mathews’ 12-yard reception in the second quarter is his longest gain of the year.
Davonte Allen’s 22-yard touchdown gives him three for the season and 11 for his career, tied for 22nd all-time at Marshall with Eric Ihnat (1987-90), Bruce Hammond (1985-96) and Brian Swisher (1982-85).
Freshman quarterback Chase Litton’s touchdown pass to Davonte Allen in the second quarter gives him 11 for the season, tying with Eric Kresser for No. 2 in Marshall history in his first five starts.
Tyler Williams’ punt in the third quarter was downed at the nine-yard line, giving him 22 punts downed inside the 20 this season.
In the third quarter, Amareto Curraj had a kickoff down in the end zone, giving him 25 on the year.
Ricardo Williams recorded the first sack of his career in the third quarter.
Hyleck Foster’s 66-yard touchdown run at 5:42 in the third quarter was the longest run of his career and his first rushing touchdown.
Nick Smith connected on his 11th consecutive extra point of the year to give the Herd 130 in a row.
Marshall had three players each with 60 yards rushing or more for the first time since Sept. 6. 2014, against Rhode Island (Devon Johnson – 137, Steward Butler – 68, Remi Watson – 66). Hyleck Foster had 122 yards on 17 carries, Devon Johnson had 83 on three attempts and Remi Watson had 66 on 11.
Hyleck Foster’s day of 17 carries and 122 yards gives Marshall 20 performances of 100 rushing yards in the last 21 games, and 30 in the last 34 games.
Rodney Allen’s fourth-quarter interception is his second of the season, and the second of his career.
Deandre Reaves had a career-high seven catches for 55 yards.
Smith converted his eighth consecutive field goal. Marshall has now made 15 in a row dating back to last season at UAB.
Marshall had over 300 yards rushing (326) for the first time since Nov. 8, 2014, at Southern Miss.
Marshall had a season-high 500 yards of total offense. The last time the Herd gained 500 or more yards of offense was at the Boca Raton Bowl against Northern Illinois on Dec. 23, 2014 (505 yards).