Marshall Football Postgame Notes
Marshall 30, WKU 23
Game notes – Western Kentucky at Marshall – Nov. 11, 2017
The game captains, as selected by Marshall head coach Doc Holliday and his staff, were senior tight end Ryan Yurachek (offense), junior linebacker Chase Hancock (defense) and senior running back Tony Pittman (special teams).
Marshall’s win broke a three-game losing skid in the series with Western Kentucky, and gave the Thundering Herd the overall series lead, 5-4.
Saturday’s game against WKU was the 100th of Doc Holliday’s head coaching career. The win was his 60th in eight seasons.
Marshall scored at least 30 points for the sixth time in 10 games this season and the 54th time in 100 games under Holliday.
MU senior tight end Ryan Yurachek extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 39 games, the fourth-longest active streak in FBS.
The Herd defense produced its fourth defensive touchdown of the season when freshman defensive back Nazeeh Johnson intercepted a pass and returned it 45 yards for a score in the third quarter. The interception was the sixth of the season for the Herd and the first of Johnson’s career.
Marshall junior receiver Nick Mathews, who entered Saturday’s game without a reception this season, set career highs in receptions and receiving yards against WKU. He entered Saturday’s game with five career receptions for 47 yards.
MU senior specialist Kaare Vedvik converted three field goals in a single game for the first time in his career. Marshall made three field goals as a team for the first time since the 2015 St. Petersburg Bowl, a 16-10 win against Connecticut.
Freshman linebacker Jaquan Yulee forced his second fumble of the season on a kickoff return in the third quarter. The fumble was recovered by Chase Hancock, his second fumble recovery of the season and third of his career.
Marshall improved to 7-0 this season when the defense forces at least one turnover.