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Marshall Football Postgame Notes

Nov. 12, 2016

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Marshall game captains for Middle Tennessee, as selected by Doc Holliday and staff, are running back Tony Pittman, linebacker Chase Hancock, tight end Ryan Yurachek and defensive end Ryan Bee.

The Thundering Herd defense held visiting Middle Tennessee to 283 yards of total offense – the first time MT hasn’t eclipsed 300 yards in 20 games (275 vs. No. 1 Alabama on Sept. 12, 2015). The 283 yards allowed is also Marshall’s best performance against a Football Bowl Subdivision team this season. Middle Tennessee running back I’Tavius Mathers was held to a season-low 45 rushing yards.

The Marshall defense was plus-four in turnover margin for the fifth time in Doc Holliday’s seven season with the program (88 games). It is the first time in Holliday’s head coaching career his team has forced four turnovers without the offense committing at least one.

Marshall’s rushing offense finished with 207 rushing yards – a season high against FBS opponents – and running back Anthony Anderson finished with a career high 109 rushing yards. Fellow running back Tony Pittman added a season high 88 rushing yards.

Quarterback Chase Litton’s 25-yard touchdown pass to Justin Hunt in the second quarter extended Litton’s streak of consecutive games with a passing touchdown to 25. Litton finished with four passing touchdowns, the fourth time he has accomplished that in his two-year career. Litton had never at least four touchdown passes without throwing an interception against an FBS opponent.

Herd senior defensive back Terry Richardson snagged an interception in the first quarter, which was his second this season and the 26-yard return was the longest of his career.

MU running back Hyleck Foster’s first quarter touchdown run was his first since Nov. 27, 2015 at Western Kentucky, and his first at home since Oct. 24, 2015 against North Texas. Foster’s touchdown reception in the fourth quarter was his first since Nov. 28, 2014 against Western Kentucky.

Justin Hunt caught touchdown passes of 25 and 28 yards – his second two-touchdown game this season – and established a new career high for receiving yards with 87 (previous career high: 68 yards on Sept. 19, 2015 vs. Norfolk State). He also tied a career high with five receptions.

Tight end Ryan Yurachek hauled in a pass in the third quarter to extend his streak to 28 consecutive games with a reception.

Herd freshman linebacker Damien Dozier recorded his first career sack on the final play of the third quarter. Dozier is the fifth different MU freshman with a sack this season.

Senior defensive back Corey Neely had a team-high and career-high 13 tackles, while adding an interception and a forced fumble.