CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A solid start to league play.
Visiting Marshall used a stingy defense, a potent ground attack and a pair of Chase Litton to Tyre Brady touchdown passes on Saturday night to claim a 14-3 victory over Charlotte in a Conference USA contest at McColl-Richardson Field in the Tar Heel State.
The Thundering Herd (4-1, 1-0 CUSA East) churned out a season-high 212 rushing yards and maintained possession of the ball for 36:37 of the 60-minute affair, but the Green and White needed a pair of aerial strikes to find the scoreboard.
Litton found Brady on a 37-yard TD pass with 6:25 left in the first quarter, which gave the guests a 7-0 lead that lasted into halftime.
Brady then capped a seven-play, 72-yard drive to open the second half on an 11-yard grab from Litton at the 9:14 mark, giving MU its largest lead of the night at 14-0.
Nigel Macauley tacked on a 30-yard field goal for the 49ers (0-6, 0-2) with 5:20 left in the third, which ultimately wrapped up the 11-point outcome.
The Thundering Herd claimed a 23-9 edge in first downs and finished the night plus-1 in turnover differential. Marshall also claimed a nearly 2-to-1 edge in total yards of offense with a 404-212 overall advanatge.
The Herd returns to action at 2:30 p.m. Saturday when it hosts Old Dominion on Homecoming at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.
A complete recap of the Marshall at Charlotte contest will be available in Tuesday’s edition of the Point Pleasant Register.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.