Herd holds on to beat Miami (OH), 31-26


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Marshall won its seventh straight home opener under head coach Doc Holliday on Saturday with a thrilling 31-26 victory over visiting Miami (OH) in the 2017 season opener for both programs at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Cabell County.

The Thundering Herd (1-0) received two first half kickoff returns for touchdowns from Keion Davis while building a 21-13 halftime advantage, then a Chris Jackson pick-six and a Kaare Vedvik field goal gave the hosts a 31-20 cushion with just under 12 minutes left in regulation.

The RedHawks (0-1) — who have now dropped four straight to Marshall — rallied with a score, but missed a two-point conversion with 8:01 left for a 31-26 contest.

Miami (OH) had the final possession and attempted a Hail Mary pass as time expired, but the pass was caught well out of bounds — allowing the Herd to start the 2017 campaign on a positive note.

Complete details of the Miami (OH) at Marshall contest will be made available in the Wednesday sports editions of the Point Pleasant Register, Gallipolis Daily Tribune and The Daily Sentinel.

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Marshall defensive back Chris Jackson (3) returns an interception for a score during the third quarter of Saturday’s season-opening football contest against Miami (OH) at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)
http://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2017/09/web1_9.3-MU-Jackson.jpgMarshall defensive back Chris Jackson (3) returns an interception for a score during the third quarter of Saturday’s season-opening football contest against Miami (OH) at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)

Marshall wide receiver Willie Johnson (1) is upended by a Miami (OH) defender during a first quarter catch Saturday at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)
http://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2017/09/web1_9.3-MU-Johnson.jpgMarshall wide receiver Willie Johnson (1) is upended by a Miami (OH) defender during a first quarter catch Saturday at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)

Marshall defenders Ryan Bee, left, and Artis Johnson (21) apply pressure to Miami (OH) quarterback Gus Ragland during the second half Saturday at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)
http://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2017/09/web1_9.3-MU-Rush.jpgMarshall defenders Ryan Bee, left, and Artis Johnson (21) apply pressure to Miami (OH) quarterback Gus Ragland during the second half Saturday at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)

The Marshall cheerleaders lead the Thundering Herd onto the field during Saturday’s 2017 season opening football contest against Miami (OH) at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)
http://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2017/09/web1_9.3-MU-Cheer.jpgThe Marshall cheerleaders lead the Thundering Herd onto the field during Saturday’s 2017 season opening football contest against Miami (OH) at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)

Former Point Pleasant standout and current Marshall redshirt freshman Cody Mitchell (82) celebrates with teammate Keion Davis after a first quarter kickoff return Saturday in the 2017 season opener against Miami (OH) at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)
http://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2017/09/web1_9.3-MU-Mitchell.jpgFormer Point Pleasant standout and current Marshall redshirt freshman Cody Mitchell (82) celebrates with teammate Keion Davis after a first quarter kickoff return Saturday in the 2017 season opener against Miami (OH) at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)

Miami (OH) defensive back Joshua Allen (2) intercepts a pass intended for Marshall wideout Nick Mathews during the third quarter Saturday at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)
http://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2017/09/web1_9.3-MU-Turnover.jpgMiami (OH) defensive back Joshua Allen (2) intercepts a pass intended for Marshall wideout Nick Mathews during the third quarter Saturday at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)

Marshall linebacker Chase Hancock (37) chases after Miami (OH) quarterback Gus Ragland (14) during the first half Saturday at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)
http://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2017/09/web1_9.3-MU-Hancock.jpgMarshall linebacker Chase Hancock (37) chases after Miami (OH) quarterback Gus Ragland (14) during the first half Saturday at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)

Marshall redshirt junior Keion Davis, left, avoids a tackle attempt by Miami (OH) kicker Samuel Sloman (79) during a second quarter kickoff return for a touchdown Saturday at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)
http://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2017/09/web1_9.3-MU-Davis.jpgMarshall redshirt junior Keion Davis, left, avoids a tackle attempt by Miami (OH) kicker Samuel Sloman (79) during a second quarter kickoff return for a touchdown Saturday at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)

By Bryan Walters

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