Herd shuts out Kent State, 21-0


By Bryan Walters - bwalters@aimmediamidwest.com



Marshall quarterback Chase Litton extends the ball over the goal line for a fourth quarter touchdown on Saturday night during a 21-0 victory over Kent State in a non-conference football contest at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)


Marshall defensive back Brandon Drayton (8) breaks up a pass attempt to Kent State receiver Mike Carrigan during the first half of a non-conference football contest Saturday at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)


Marshall defenders Frankie Hernandez (35), Omari Cobb (31) and Ryan Bee (91) converge on Kent State quarterback George Bollas (2) for a sack during Saturday's non-conference football contest at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)


Marshall tight end Ryan Yurachek (85) streaks down the sideline after breaking a tackle during the second quarter of Saturday's 21-0 victory over Kent State in a non-conference football contest at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — There were a few flashes, but none of them were golden.

Marshall recorded its first shutout in just under two years while mustering just enough offense to secure a 21-0 victory over visiting Kent State in a non-conference football contest at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

The Thundering Herd (2-1) put together a defensive gem that included limiting the Golden Flashes (1-2) to just 259 yards of total offense. KSU also mustered only 14 first downs and went 4-of-15 on third down conversions.

A Chase Litton to Marcel Williams touchdown pass with six seconds left in the first half allowed MU to take a 7-0 lead into the break, and the score remained that way until midway through the fourth.

Litton scored the Herd’s first rushing touchdown of the 2017 campaign on a 14-yard run that included a successful dive near the goal line. Litton’s scamper gave Marshall a 14-0 cushion with 7:03 remaining in regulation.

Tyler King tacked on a 29-yard TD run with 1:08 left in the game, wrapping up the Herd’s 21-0 triumph.

Marshall now owns a 19-18 lead in the all-time series with the Golden Flashes, including a dozen consecutive wins. MU also improved to 2-0 at home this fall while going unbeaten against Mid-American Conference opponents.

Complete details of Marshall’s victory over Kent State will be available in the Tuesday sports edition of the Point Pleasant Register.

Marshall quarterback Chase Litton extends the ball over the goal line for a fourth quarter touchdown on Saturday night during a 21-0 victory over Kent State in a non-conference football contest 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_Litton-TD.jpgMarshall quarterback Chase Litton extends the ball over the goal line for a fourth quarter touchdown on Saturday night during a 21-0 victory over Kent State in a non-conference football contest at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)

Marshall defensive back Brandon Drayton (8) breaks up a pass attempt to Kent State receiver Mike Carrigan during the first half of a non-conference football contest 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_DB-Drayton.jpgMarshall defensive back Brandon Drayton (8) breaks up a pass attempt to Kent State receiver Mike Carrigan during the first half of a non-conference football contest Saturday at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)

Marshall defenders Frankie Hernandez (35), Omari Cobb (31) and Ryan Bee (91) converge on Kent State quarterback George Bollas (2) for a sack during Saturday’s non-conference football contest 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_MU-Defense.jpgMarshall defenders Frankie Hernandez (35), Omari Cobb (31) and Ryan Bee (91) converge on Kent State quarterback George Bollas (2) for a sack during Saturday’s non-conference football contest at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)

Marshall tight end Ryan Yurachek (85) streaks down the sideline after breaking a tackle during the second quarter of Saturday’s 21-0 victory over Kent State in a non-conference football contest 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_Yurachek-catch.jpgMarshall tight end Ryan Yurachek (85) streaks down the sideline after breaking a tackle during the second quarter of Saturday’s 21-0 victory over Kent State in a non-conference football contest at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)

By Bryan Walters

bwalters@aimmediamidwest.com

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.