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Marshall quarterback Chase-ing history

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Marshall junior quarterback Chase Litton warming up prior to kickoff of the Thundering Herd’s homecoming game 35-3 win against the Old Dominion Monarchs Saturday at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Litton is now eighth in Marshall history for career passing yards with 6,599 after he threw for 176 yards in the win over ODU.

Marshall junior quarterback Chase Litton warming up prior to kickoff of the Thundering Herd’s homecoming game 35-3 win against the Old Dominion Monarchs Saturday at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Litton is now eighth in Marshall history for career passing yards with 6,599 after he threw for 176 yards in the win over ODU.

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Richard Crank

Marshall junior quarterback Chase Litton warming up prior to kickoff of the Thundering Herd’s homecoming game 35-3 win against the Old Dominion Monarchs Saturday at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Litton is now eighth in Marshall history for career passing yards with 6,599 after he threw for 176 yards in the win over ODU.

Kyle Curely, Assistant Sports Editor

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Chase Litton has rewritten the history books with his performance on Saturday. The junior quarterback out of Tampa Bay has been on a roll this season, with his team now the victor in five of its six games.

Marshall won 35-3 over the Old Dominion Monarchs in its homecoming game. Litton turned in another impressive performance for the Thundering Herd, totaling 12 completions out of 23 attempts, 176 yards and three touchdowns.

Litton also extended his consecutive game streak with a touchdown pass to 27 games, the second-longest active streak in the Football Bowl Subdivision, with a 2-yard touchdown pass to junior receiver Tyre Brady in the first half of the contest.

“That’s just Tyre” Litton said. “I just threw it up there. We saw a couple things with the defensive back early in the game. They play off in coverage often, even at the goal line. Once you play off against [Brady], it’s a bad situation for you.”

Marshall’s offense was lackluster on third down in the first half, managing to convert just once on five attempts. It was a different story in the second half. Marshall converted on six of ten third down attempts. Head coach Doc Holliday credits his quarterback for the third down turnaround.

“That’s on Chase,” Holliday said. “I mean, we had different plays called, and he got us into the right call there with what they were doing defensively. He did a tremendous job on those checks.”

Litton once again linked up with Brady for a 46-yard touchdown pass, for the combination’s second six-point connection of the contest. The pass marked the fourth multi-touchdown game of the season for Litton and his third straight dating back to his four-touchdown performance against the University of Cincinnati.

“Marshall has a veteran quarterback who’s arguably the best quarterback in the league,” Old Dominion head coach Bobby Wilder said. “We started to give him too many opportunities.”

Litton completed his third touchdown of the game on a fourth and four-yard situation on the ODU 31-yard line to his tight end, Ryan Yurachek. The score solidified Marshall’s fifth win of the season and continued Marshall’s conference unbeaten streak.

Litton surpassed Tony Petersen, former Marshall quarterback now offensive coordinator and quarterback coach for East Carolina University, and moved into eighth in Marshall history in career passing yards with 6,599. Petersen finished his career with 6,501.

The next man up on the list for Litton is, Carl Fodor, who finished his career with 6,655 passing yards. Litton could surpass Fodor this Friday in Murfreesboro, TN against the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders.

Kyle Curley can be contacted at [email protected]

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3 Responses to “Marshall quarterback Chase-ing history”

  1. Russ Currey on October 18th, 2017 8:16 am

    Congratulations Chase

  2. Trudy Rockel on October 18th, 2017 8:54 am

    Seriously has anyone seen him play. He will not run the ball half the time even when he is open

  3. Roland Edwards on October 22nd, 2017 11:02 am

    With his Fleet of running backs why should he even contemplate running the football and taking undue punishment that’s what his boys are for and the big five up front kudos to them they’re young or talented

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