Marshall vs FIU Recap

Marshall entered the game against Florida International with a national ranking for the first time in over a decade. The Herd, with as many as 18 players on the travelling roster playing in their home state started out slow, but poured it on late.



The defense gave up a touchdown, causing the Herd to fall behind for the first time all year, then they tightened up and dominated the Panthers the remaining of the game.

Marshall gave up a late touchdown but sandwiched 45 unanswered points in between to set the final tally at Marshall 45, FIU 13.

Offensive Player of the Game:

Devon Johnson led the Herd in both rushing yards and receiving yards, ending the game with 117 yards on the ground and 79 yards through the air. He ended the game with 196 yards on just 12 touches. Cato completed just 15 passes, but four of those went for touchdowns. Johnson snagged two touchdown passes, while Angelo Jean Louis and Ryan Yurachek grabbed the other two.

Read what other Marshall fans are saying about Devon Johnson here Devon Johnson.

Yurachek’s catch was the true freshman tight ends first career touchdown at Marshall. It also was Cato’s first touchdown pass of the night which would be the 39th consecutive game in which the senior signal caller has thrown a touchdown pass. This bettered the previous record of 38 held by current Seattle Seahawk quarterback Russell Wilson.

Defensive Player of the Game:

A.J. Leggett continued his almost dominating play at the safety position. Leggett ended the game with 9 tackles, eight of which were solo tackles, but he seemed to be at or around nearly every pass play. The Panthers were never really able to go deep down the field over top of Leggett or his partners in safety crime, Tiquan Lang and Taj Letman.

The Marshall defense, who early in the week vowed to show the Panthers who really was the best defense in CUSA held FIU to just seven points before the final tally was set with the late touchdown. The Herd defense ended the night with 3 sacks, two by Neville Hewitt and one by D.J. Hunter. The defense also had 8 tackles for loss, five pass breakups, one blocked kick, and two interceptions. Both interceptions resulted in points, one was a pick six by sophomore defensive back Corey Tindal, defensive tackle, Jarquez Samuel got the other interception on a tipped ball by defensive end Arnold Blackmon.

Freshman of the Game:

Ryan Yurachek gets the nod this week. This is not just for his touchdown catch for Cato but all the little things he does throughout the game. While rewatching the game, Yurachek has an uncanny ability to know what is going on on the football field at all times. On the first touchdown pass to Johnson, it was a broken play by Cato. As soon as Johnson caught the pass off of Cato’s scramble, Yurachek immediately turned and got a quick block allowing Johnson to get downfield and eventually bounce off one tackler and propelling him into the endzone. These little things are the clear reasons why Yurachek’s play allowed the Herd to move former four star wide out Deontay McManus back to his original outside receiver position.

Special Teams/Local Player of the Game:

Cody Carter continues to get on the field on special teams and prove his worth out of nearby Cabell Midland High School. Carter had one big tackle on a kickoff, stopping the return man in his tracks. Carter continues to impress on special teams and seems to be the one designated go to special teams player. In the past, local walk ons have used their early special teams play to launch themselves into playing time later on in their career, the most recent being Derek Mitchell from Point Pleasant High School.

Marshall has vaulted to numbers 22 and 23 in the recent Top 25 rankings, and are one week away from the first set of rankings to come out which shows where the Herd stands in regards to a potential Access Bowl spot at the end of the season.

Next up for Marshall is a 330pm kickoff date with the Florida Atlantic Owls this Saturday at Joan C Edwards Stadium.

Make your prediction for the score and attendance here Prediction Thread for FAU at Marshall.

The Herd will host a plethora of talent, both local and from other states this weekend, Herdhaven.com will have those names and bios up later on in the week.

Stay tuned to Herdhaven.com for further updates.

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