Marshall: Five things to know

Pitt (2-2, 0-1 ACC) hosts Marshall (1-2, 0-0 C-USA) under the lights Saturday. PM presents: five things to know - Marshall edition.

Another game, another challenge presented for Pitt’s cornerbacks

Through Marshall’s first two games, a 62-0 pounding of Morgan State and a 65-38 loss to Akron, Thundering Herd quarterback Chase Litton threw all over opponents. Marshall ranked in the top 20 nationally in passing yards per game after its Akron loss.

But Litton sat out last week’s game against the seemingly invincible Louisville Cardinals with a concussion. Louisville beat the Herd and its backup quarterback by 31 (Marshall scored 21 in garbage time, it could have been much worse), and Ryan Yurachek, who caught one pass for 16 yards, ended up as Marshall’s leading receiver in the game.

Marshall coach Doc Holliday announced Tuesday that Litton will, in fact, play Saturday at Pitt.

The 6-foot-6 Litton threw for 722 yards and 10 touchdowns in Marshall’s first two games, which, before he got hurt, was sixth nationally in passing offense and good for ninth in quarterback rating (181.71).

In the game of inches

Pitt is coming off a game in which its opponent, North Carolina, converted three fourth downs on its final drive to ultimately deliver the dagger.

Marshall is 7 for 7 in fourth down conversions. No other Division I team has converted more or attempted more.

Ultimate protection

The right side of Marshall’s offensive line is as experienced as they come. Right guard Michael Selby and right tackle Clint Van Horn are both all-conference seniors.

Marshall has only allowed an impressive two sacks as a team. Pitt has 4.25.

On the bright side

Marshall’s kicker, Amoreto Curraj, is responsible for a mere eight points this season. He has only attempted two field goals and has made one, a 29-yarder. If Marshall has more successful fourth downs in the country and is going up against Pitt’s troubled situation at cornerback, why settle for a field goal?

Not such a hot Holliday

Under Holliday, Marshall has achieved three-consecutive 10-win seasons. But the Herd has not started a season 1-3, which it would sink to with a loss to Pitt Saturday, since 2011.

This staff, team and community are hungry for a much-needed signature win.


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