NORFOLK, Va. – Marshall football suffered its third straight setback on Saturday night at Old Dominion, 38-14. The loss drops the Thundering Herd to 2-7 (1-4 C-USA), while the Monarchs improve to 6-3 (4-1 C-USA).
Old Dominion found success early by scoring on its first two possessions. After winning the coin toss and electing to receive the ball, ODU capped off its opening drive with a nine yard touchdown pass from David Washington to Jonathan Duhart. Following a Marshall three-and-out, the Monarchs went five plays for 79 yards and pushed its lead to 14 with a 33 yard rushing touchdown by Ray Lawry.
Marshall found a burst it needed at the 4:04 mark in the first quarter with a 28-yard run by Tony Pittman from the Herd’s seven yard line. Following an eight yard gain by Pittman to put the Herd at the 43 yard line, Chase Litton had three straight completions to Josh Knight and Ryan Yurachek for 49 yards. Knight had two catches for a combined 28 yards and Yurachek had one grab for 21 yards. Marshall went back to the ground for a three yard gain by Pittman to put the ball at the ODU five. Litton found an opened Yurachek for a five yard touchdown in the corner of the end zone that cut the Herd deficit to 14-7.
The Monarchs quickly respond as they scored on the ensuing drive. Old Dominion completed its nine play drive with a 23 yard touchdown pass from Washington to Zach Pascal with 10:32 remaining in the first half.
Marshall had chances in the second quarter but were unable to capitalize. Freshman Brandon Rodgers had a 44 yard kickoff return, while punter Kaare Vedvik ran a fake punt for eight yards to pick up a first down. Old Dominion led 21-7 at the end of the first half.
ODU kept the pressure on by tacking on another touchdown with its first drive of the second half. Washington connected with Travis Fulgham for a three yard touchdown reception. Old Dominion later added a field goal before the quarter ended to put itself up, 31-7.
Following a 17-play drive for a touchdown to give ODU a 38-7 lead in the fourth quarter, Marshall brought in freshman quarterback Garet Morrell for the final drive of the game. Morrell and the Herd offense began to move slowly down the field with gains of three or four yards for the first six plays. The offense opened up as Morrell found Donquell Green for 26 yards. On the next play, Morrell completed a 22 yard pass to Emanuel Byrd for a touchdown to put the score at 38-14 with two seconds remaining in the contest.
Litton finished the game going 17-of-26 for 87 yards and one touchdown, while Morrell was 3-of-3 for 51 yards and one score. Pittman led the Herd on the ground with nine carries for 50 yards. Hyleck Foster added four carries for 26 yards. Knight had a team-high six catches for 34 yards. On defense, Corey Neely recorded a team-best 11 tackles.
Up next, Marshall returns to the Joan C. Edwards Stadium to take on the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (6-3, 3-2 C-USA) on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m.