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Marshall Postgame Notes

Oct. 20, 2017

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Game notes – Marshall at Middle Tennessee – October 20, 2017

The game captains, as selected by Marshall head coach Doc Holliday and his staff, were senior tight end Ryan Yurachek (offense), senior defensive end Blake Keller (defense) and junior linebacker Artis Johnson (special teams).  

Marshall extended its winning streak to five games. MU has won three consecutive games on the road for the first time since the 2015 season (at Kent State, at FAU and at Charlotte).

Chase Litton passed Carl Fodor on the program’s career passing yardage list. Fodor threw for 6,655 yards, and Litton eclipsed that mark by the end of the first quarter. Litton entered Friday’s game with 6,599 career passing yards. Litton is now No. 7 in program history in career passing yards.

Senior tight end Ryan Yurachek’s first quarter reception extended his streak of consecutive games with a catch to 36.

Freshman running back Tyler King scored his third touchdown of the season and second in as many weeks.

Marshall scored first for the fifth time this season. The Herd entered Friday night 4-0 when scoring first.

The Herd defense did not allow a first quarter touchdown for the seventh consecutive game this season. MU has allowed only 9 points – on three field goals – in seven first quarters this season.

Junior linebacker Artis Johnson scored his first touchdown at Marshall on a 17-yard interception return. The interception was also Johnson’s first at Marshall.

Middle Tennessee QB John Urzua connected with Richie James for a 9-yard touchdown in the second quarter, Marshall’s first touchdown allowed in Conference USA play this season. The score is also the first the Herd defense has allowed in the first half of a game since Sept. 9 at N.C. State.

MU linebacker Omari Cobb forced a fumble in the second quarter, the first of his career.

The fumble recovery by Herd linebacker Chase Hancock in the second quarter was the second of his career.

The second quarter touchdown run by Keion Davis was the 10th of his career.

Marshall is 3-0 in Conference USA play for the third time in the last four seasons (2014, 2015).