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MU Game notes

November 24, 2018

Marshall University

n Captains are safety Malik Gant, linebacker Chase Hancock, defensive tackle Ryan Bee, wide receiver Marcel Williams and left guard Jordan Dowrey.

n Marshall head coach Doc Holliday has tied legend Cam Henderson for second on the all-time school wins list with 68 in his career.

n Marshall’s defense set a record last week by allowing minus-26 yards rushing to UTSA. That figure eclipsed the 1999 mark of minus-16, set in the Motor City Bowl win over BYU.

n The Herd kept each of its last two opponents to less than 200 yards of total offense (185 to Charlotte, 137 to UTSA), marking the first time that has happened since 1995 when the Herd allowed 197 to The Citadel and 188 to ETSU.

n Against UTSA last week, Marshall had two wide receivers go for more than 100 yards receiving. Tyre Brady had six catches for 162 yards and a touchdown while Obi Obialo had five catches for 103 yards. It was the first time Marshall had two wide receivers with more than 100 yards since the 2014 contest against Western Kentucky.

n Quarterback Isaiah Green threw for 387 yards and two touchdowns against UTSA, which was the second-most yards by a freshman in Marshall history. The performance trailed only Chase Litton, who threw for 486 yards at Charlotte in 2015.

n Marshall kicker Justin Rohrwasser recovered a fumble on a kickoff last week - his second fumble recovery of the season. He also recovered a fumble against Eastern Kentucky.

Florida International

n With a win, FIU will earn a berth in the Conference USA championship game.

n Efficiency is the key to the Panthers’ success in 2018. FIU leads C-USA in turnover margin (plus-9) while also leading in pass efficiency (161.8).

n Quarterback James Morgan, a Bowling Green transfer, is 192 of 293 for 2,550 yards with 26 touchdowns and only five interceptions.

n FIU’s scoring offense is second in C-USA with 35.5 points per game. Much of that is linked to winning the field position battle and creating turnovers.

n FIU leads C-USA in quarterback sacks allowed, giving up just nine in 11 games.

n Linebacker Sage Lewis leads C-USA with 117 tackles while adding nine pass breakups. However, Lewis is outside the top 20 in the league in tackles for losses.

n FIU’s special teams have been consistent. Punter Stone Wilson is averaging 44.8 yards and the punt return unit is averaging 18.2 yards. Kicker Jose Borregales has connected on 13 of 16 field goal attempts with a long of 53 yards.

- Grant Traylor

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