Chase Litton and Ryan Yurachek have been together for three seasons and through rough times Marshall won just three games last year and hadn't won on the road since October 31, 2015 at Charlotte but these two road roommates led their younger teammates.
Litton threw four touchdown passes, including three to Yurachek, to lead Marshall to a 38-21 win over Cincinnati on Saturday night.
Litton was 21-of-34 passing for 233 yards, Yurachek had six receptions for 77 yards and Keion Davis had 20 carries for 93 yards and a touchdown for Marshall (3-1).
The Thundering Herd scored touchdowns nine seconds apart to take control late in the first half. Litton found Willie Johnson for a 27-yard touchdown to cap a 10-play, 68-yard drive with 1:38 remaining in the second quarter. Artis Johnson forced a Thomas Geddis fumble on the ensuing kickoff return and Nazeeh Johnson recovered at the Cincinnati 15. Litton hit Yurachek on the next play to make it 24-0.
"Our special teams' play was tremendous," Marshall coach Doc Holliday said. "After you make big play, you've got to take a shot."
A 2-yard touchdown run by Cincinnati’s Gerrid Doaks capped a 15-play, 75-yard drive to open the second half.
Cincinnati (2-3) fumbled a punt and, on the next play, Litton connected with Yurachek for a 31-yard score to give Marshall a 31-7 lead with 1:06 remaining in the third quarter.
Moore was 22-of-45 passing for 211 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown pass to Javon Hawes, but 13 of his completions came in the fourth quarter when Marshall played prevent defense
"We have to find a way to feed off some positive energy," Cincinnati first year head coach Luke Fickel said. "Not a lot went right for us tonight. We can't be one of those teams that wait for things to go right. We have to generate some things and make things go right."
Senior Ryan Yurachek brought down six passes, three for touchdowns. Yurachek has caught at least one pass in 33 straight games dating back to his freshman season. It is the fourth longest in the nation...Chase Litton has thrown a touchdown pass in 25 straight games the second longest in the country. Litton broke a tie with John Gregory for fifth place in Marshall history with 55 touchdown passes.
Freshman Michael Warren ran 27 yards for his first career touchdown. The true freshman from Toledo 16 carries coming into the game, including nine late in the game at Michigan...Javon Hawes caught his first career touchdown pass for 18 yards. The true freshman from Atlanta caught three passes for 37 yards...He caught one for 15 yards in the first three games...Hayden Moore had 13 of his 22 completions in the fourth quarter when Marshall played younger players in its secondary. Moore was held to 93 yards passing until the last 15 minutes of the game.
Marshall will travel to Charlotte for its first Conference USA game for both teams on October 7 at 6:00 pm.
The Bearcats will try to earn its first Amercan Athletc Conference win in two tries when they host Central Florida on October 7 at 7:00 pm.