Litton shines in Marshall debut
HUNTINGTON, WV – Chase Litton got his first career start as a Marshall player on Saturday. The Freshman QB did not disappoint, leading the Herd to a 45-7 victory over Norfolk State.
The Spartans got out to a fast start, scoring a touchdown with just under 12 minutes remaining in the first quarter. Down 7-0, Litton lead the Herd offense down the field, going 5 of 5 for 35 yards. Marshall would settle for a 38-yard field goal as an offensive pass interference call put them back.
For the rest of the game it was all Marshall. In the first half, Litton went 17 of 22 for 187 yards and 2 TD’s through the air. Senior Devon Johnson added 97 yards and 1 touchdown on the ground. After the first drive touchdown, the Herd defense locked down, forcing four punts in the next four possessions before halftime. Marshall took a 24-7 lead into the locker room.
The second half was much of the same. The Herd shut out Norfolk State and put up 21 more points for themselves. Litton would go 7 of 9 for 83 yards and two more touchdowns before Doc put in Gunnar Holcombe. That put his total at 24 of 31 for 270 yards, 4 TD’s, and most importantly, zero interceptions. Johnson only got 6 carries in the second half before Tony Pittman and Keion Davis took the rest of the work load. He finished the day with 122 yards and 1 TD on 22 carries.
As for the Herd defense..well..they shined too! After the first drive, they held the Spartans to just 116 yards. Neither their passing or their rushing game was able to reach 100. Taj Letman had his 3rd interception in three games, and the Marshall defense held RB Gerard Johnson to just 34 yards.
Where does the Herd stand now?
Considering the opponent, it’s still hard to see where Marshall is as of right now. One thing is almost for sure, though. Chase Litton is the Herd’s next star QB. Michael Birdsong did not dress for the game. As of right now there aren’t many details, but Litton stepped up and played a huge game in his place. The passing game vastly improved over the past week, and because of that, so has the run game. Herd fans, be excited. Coach Holliday has a very special athlete on his hands in Chase Litton. Sure it’s only one game and yes, it wasn’t the greatest of opponents. Here’s the thing, though. Litton’s accuracy and poise was amazing for a true freshman. That will take him very far in his career over the next for years. He was able to escape the pass rush, keep his eyes moving downfield, and he often checked down to an open receiver. All of those things were absent from the quarterback standpoint in the Purdue and Ohio game. Litton led a very balanced attack as well. He had five receivers with 3+ catches. One of those was Deandre Reaves, who you’ll hear about a little later on in the article. Reaves had 4 catches for 82 yards and two touchdowns, both of which came in the first half.
Defensively Marshall has been consistently outstanding, and as long as they keep that up, the Herd will be playing for another Conference-USA Title. “Defense wins championships.”
With Special Teams, I would suggest Doc make a switch at the punt returner position. Hyleck Foster muffed two punts today, one of which was lost to Norfolk State. Deandre Reaves would be a good fit for the position, He’s potent on the kick returns and knows how to make people miss, and I think he’d do a mighty fine job returning some punts in the next game. Oh and I can’t forget about Punter Tyler Williams. If he doesn’t earn a National Award by the end of this season for his amazing leg, I’ll be very surprised.
I felt a little humorous today since the Herd played a smaller opponent and I thought we might need some extra help coming off the loss to Ohio. Not that anyone should be overlooked, but I was expecting some video game numbers to say the least.
Marshall is now 2-1 on the season. They will travel to Kent State next Saturday to take on the Golden Flashes. Let’s boogie (Chase Litton reference. It’ll catch on I promise.)
Casey covers Marshall Thundering Herd Football for MFST. You can find him on twitter @wxmozz.
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