Herd stomps Old Dominion, 35-3


By Bryan Walters - bwalters@aimmediamidwest.com



Marshall safety Malik Gant chases down ODU quarterback Steven Williams (14) during the second quarter of Saturday's Conference USA football game at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)


Marshall running back Tyler King (3) makes a cut-back move during a second quarter run against Old Dominion on Saturday in a Conference USA football game at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)


Marshall defensive lineman Malik Thompson (15) applies pressure to ODU quarterback Steven Williams during the first half of Saturday's Conference USA football game at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)


Marshall running back Keion Davis (24) busts through a hole in the Old Dominion defense during the third quarter of Saturday's Conference USA football game at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)


Marshall kicker Kaare Vedvik (16) attempts a point-after try during the fourth quarter of Saturday's Conference USA football game against Old Dominion at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)


Marshall sophomore Chris Jackson (3) finishes a touchdown run on a fumble recovery during the second half of Saturday's Conference USA football game against Old Dominion at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)


Marshall cornerback C.J. Reavis, left, comes away with his first career interception during the first half of Saturday's Conference USA football game against Old Dominion at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)


A handful of Marshall defenders push Old Dominion's Melvin Vaughn (9) out of bounds during the first quarter of Saturday's Conference USA football game at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)


Marshall wide receiver Tyre Brady, right, gets his feet in-bounds during a second quarter touchdown grab in Saturday's Conference USA football game against Old Dominion at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A near-perfect Homecoming.

After nearly a month of road games, Marshall made a triumphant return to Joan C. Edwards on Saturday following a 35-3 victory over visiting Old Dominion in a Conference USA East Division gridiron contest in Cabell County.

The Thundering Herd (5-1, 2-0 CUSA) overcame an early 3-0 second quarter deficit by reeling off 35 unanswered points en route to picking up their fourth consecutive victory of the 2017 campaign. The win also allowed MU to celebrate its fifth straight victory on Homecoming weekend.

Quarterback Chase Litton threw three touchdowns passes — two of which went to Tyre Brady — and Tyler King added a 30-yard TD run in the third quarter as part of 195-yard rushing effort by the Green and White.

The Monarchs (2-4, 0-2) were outgained 371-197 in total yards of offense and also ended up minus-2 in turnover differential while dropping their fourth consecutive decision.

One of those ODU miscues, a fumble during a fourth quarter kickoff return after a Marshall touchdown, turned into a fumble recovery and a 15-yard touchdown run by Chris Jackson — which allowed MU to double its lead from 14-3 to 28-3 in the span of seven seconds.

Ryan Yurachek hauled in a 31-yard pass from Litton with 10:49 remaining to wrap up the 32-point triumph.

Marshall has now gone eight full quarters without allowing a touchdown and has surrendered only six points over that same two-game span.

Kaare Vedvik set both a program and a Conference USA record with a 92-yard punt in the first quarter, which ended up resulting in a touchback for a net of 72 yards. The previous Marshall record was 79 yards set by John Arnold against Temple back in 1974.

Nick Rice booted a 24-yard field goal with 8:47 left in the first half to give ODU a 3-0 advantage.

A complete recap of Marshall’s Homecoming victory over Old Dominion will be available in Tuesday’s edition of the Point Pleasant Register.

Marshall safety Malik Gant chases down ODU quarterback Steven Williams (14) during the second quarter of Saturday’s Conference USA football game at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)
http://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2017/10/web1_10.14-MU-Gant.jpgMarshall safety Malik Gant chases down ODU quarterback Steven Williams (14) during the second quarter of Saturday’s Conference USA football game at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)

Marshall running back Tyler King (3) makes a cut-back move during a second quarter run against Old Dominion on Saturday in a Conference USA football game at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)
http://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2017/10/web1_10.14-MU-King.jpgMarshall running back Tyler King (3) makes a cut-back move during a second quarter run against Old Dominion on Saturday in a Conference USA football game at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)

Marshall defensive lineman Malik Thompson (15) applies pressure to ODU quarterback Steven Williams during the first half of Saturday’s Conference USA football game at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)
http://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2017/10/web1_10.14-MU-Thompson.jpgMarshall defensive lineman Malik Thompson (15) applies pressure to ODU quarterback Steven Williams during the first half of Saturday’s Conference USA football game at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)

Marshall running back Keion Davis (24) busts through a hole in the Old Dominion defense during the third quarter of Saturday’s Conference USA football game at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)
http://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2017/10/web1_10.14-MU-Keion.jpgMarshall running back Keion Davis (24) busts through a hole in the Old Dominion defense during the third quarter of Saturday’s Conference USA football game at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)

Marshall kicker Kaare Vedvik (16) attempts a point-after try during the fourth quarter of Saturday’s Conference USA football game against Old Dominion at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)
http://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2017/10/web1_10.14-MU-Vedvik.jpgMarshall kicker Kaare Vedvik (16) attempts a point-after try during the fourth quarter of Saturday’s Conference USA football game against Old Dominion at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)

Marshall sophomore Chris Jackson (3) finishes a touchdown run on a fumble recovery during the second half of Saturday’s Conference USA football game against Old Dominion at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)
http://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2017/10/web1_10.14-MU-Jackson.jpgMarshall sophomore Chris Jackson (3) finishes a touchdown run on a fumble recovery during the second half of Saturday’s Conference USA football game against Old Dominion at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)

Marshall cornerback C.J. Reavis, left, comes away with his first career interception during the first half of Saturday’s Conference USA football game against Old Dominion at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)
http://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2017/10/web1_10.14-MU-Reavis.jpgMarshall cornerback C.J. Reavis, left, comes away with his first career interception during the first half of Saturday’s Conference USA football game against Old Dominion at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)

A handful of Marshall defenders push Old Dominion’s Melvin Vaughn (9) out of bounds during the first quarter of Saturday’s Conference USA football game at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)
http://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2017/10/web1_10.14-MU-Defense.jpgA handful of Marshall defenders push Old Dominion’s Melvin Vaughn (9) out of bounds during the first quarter of Saturday’s Conference USA football game at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)

Marshall wide receiver Tyre Brady, right, gets his feet in-bounds during a second quarter touchdown grab in Saturday’s Conference USA football game against Old Dominion at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)
http://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2017/10/web1_10.14-MU-Brady.jpgMarshall wide receiver Tyre Brady, right, gets his feet in-bounds during a second quarter touchdown grab in Saturday’s Conference USA football game against Old Dominion 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.