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Marshall 17, Appalachian State 7

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. Brenden Knox rushed for 138 yards and a touchdown, quarterback Grant Wells came up with back-to-back big plays when Marshall needed them and the Thundering Herd beat No. 23 Appalachian State 17-7 on Saturday.

Marshall (2-0) beat a ranked opponent for the first time since winning at No. 6 Kansas State in 2003. It also was the Thundering Herd's first win over a ranked opponent at home since 1976.

Appalachian State (1-1) squandered a couple of late opportunities and was held scoreless in the second half.

"For our program, it's huge," Marshall coach Doc Holliday said. "I thought our guys accepted that challenge. I thought the defensive play was special."

Knox got the edge over Appalachian State quarterback Zac Thomas in a matchup between two preseason offensive players of the year in their respective conferences.

Wells had a lackluster game but put together consecutive big plays that made the difference. The redshirt freshman threw a 67-yard pass down the middle to a wide open Xavier Gaines to set up Wells' 12-yard scoring run on the next play for a 17-7 lead late in the third quarter.

Wells finished 11 of 25 for 163 yards after throwing four TD passes in his debut two weeks ago, a 59-0 win over Eastern Kentucky.

Appalachian State lost a chance to close the gap early in the fourth. Thomas combined with Mike Evans on a 41-yard pass play. But as Evans was heading toward the end zone, Marshall's Brandon Drayton punched the ball loose and teammate Nazeeh Johnson recovered for a touchback.

"That's a big momentum swing," Appalachian State coach Shawn Clark said. "If we score a touchdown, we're down three and we've got the momentum on our side. You go from having the momentum on your side to, `Here we go, another turnover.' We have to get that corrected in a hurry."

Appalachian State's Chandler Staton missed a short field goal wide right with 2:54 left.

Thomas finished 22 of 38 for 268 yards and one score.

THE TAKEAWAY

Appalachian State: The Mountaineers' rushing attack was limited to 96 yards after piling up 308 yards in a 35-20 win over Charlotte last week.

Marshall: The Thundering Herd defense stymied Appalachian State on its final 10 drives. But Marshall will need to work on its own mistakes after getting penalized 11 times for 117 yards.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Marshall could make its first appearance in the AP Top 25 since finishing the 2014 season at No. 23, while Appalachian State will likely fall out of the rankings.

VIRUS ADDRESSED

Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick said Saturday that he spoke with Appalachian State counterpart Doug Gillin frequently in recent days.

Charlotte, Appalachian State's opponent last week, canceled its game Saturday against North Carolina because the 49ers did not have enough available offensive linemen. Charlotte said there have been three positive cases of the coronavirus among football players during the past two weeks.

Hamrick said both Marshall and Appalachian State tested their players for the virus three times this week.

"We were all very comfortable that Appalachian State will have a very safe football team on the field today as will Marshall," Hamrick said.

WELCOME BACK

Clark attended high school in Charleston, West Virginia. He was an offensive guard for Appalachian State in 1995 in a 10-3 win at Marshall when both teams were members of the Southern Conference.

UP NEXT

Appalachian State hosts Campbell of the Championship Subdivision next Saturday. The Mountaineers have an Oct. 7 Sun Belt Conference showdown at home against No. 19 Louisiana-Lafayette.

Marshall is scheduled to play at Conference USA rival Western Kentucky on Oct. 10. Rice postponed its Oct. 3 road game at Marshall due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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  Appalachian State Marshall
First downs 26 22
  Rushing 6 12
  Passing 11 7
  Penalty 9 3
3rd Down Efficiency 4-13, 31% 7-15, 47%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 1-2, 50%
Rushes-Yards 33-96 45-216
Passing Yards 268 163
Return Yards 74 56
Completions-Attempts-Int 22-39-1 11-25-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 3--16 0-0
Punts 6 5
Punts-Average 41.5 38.6
Fumbles Lost 2-1 0-0
Penalties - Yards 8-82 11-117
Time of Possession 28:01 31:59
Appalachian State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
Z. Thomas 22 38 268 1 1
Marshall Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
G. Wells 11 25 163 0 1
Appalachian State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Peoples 12 57 4.8 0
D. Harrington 12 30 2.5 0
Z. Thomas 9 9 1.0 0
Marshall Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
B. Knox 28 138 4.9 1
G. Wells 6 43 7.2 1
S. Evans 10 33 3.3 0
X. Gaines 1 2 2.0 0
Appalachian State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Hennigan 5 88 17.6 0
M. Evans 2 57 28.5 0
M. Williams 5 54 10.8 0
J. Virgil 3 34 11.3 1
C. Wells 4 23 5.8 0
Z. Crosby 2 12 6.0 0
C. Peoples 1 0 0.0
0
Marshall Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
X. Gaines 2 68 34.0 0
B. Thompson 3 37 12.3 0
W. Johnson 2 33 16.5 0
S. Evans 2 12 6.0 0
S. Ahmed 1 12 12.0 0
T. Keaton 1 1 1.0 0
Appalachian State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
R. Huff 1 0
Marshall Interceptions
Player Int Yards
S. Gilmore 1 0
Appalachian State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
X. Subotsch 6 249 41.5
Marshall Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
R. LeFevre 5 193 38.6
Appalachian State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Hennigan 1 7 7.0
Marshall Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Keaton 3 14 4.7
Appalachian State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Virgil 3 53 17.7
M. Williams 1 14 14.0
Marshall Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
S. Evans 2 42 21.0
Appalachian State Missed FG
Player Length
C. Staton 26
Marshall Missed FG
Player Length


4th Quarter
2nd&10 at Marsh 33 Zac Thomas incomplete pass intended for Thomas Hennigan
2nd&10 at Marsh 33 Marshall Thundering Herd timeout.
1st&10 at Marsh 33 TEAM incomplete pass
1st&10 at Marsh 48 Zac Thomas pass to Thomas Hennigan to Marsh33 for 15 yards
1st&10 at App 32 (0:20) Zac Thomas pass to Thomas Hennigan to Marsh48 for 20 yards
4th&8 at Marsh 35 Robert LeFevre punts 33 yards to App32, Out of Bounds
4th&8 at Marsh 35 Marshall Thundering Herd timeout.
3rd&8 at Marsh 35 Brenden Knox rush to Marsh35 for no gain
2nd&8 at Marsh 35 Brenden Knox rush to Marsh35 for no gain
2nd&8 at Marsh 35 Appalachian State Mountaineers timeout.
1st&10 at Marsh 33 Brenden Knox rush to Marsh35 for 2 yards
3rd&3 at Marsh 27 Brenden Knox rush to Marsh33 for 6 yards
3rd&3 at Marsh 27 Appalachian State Mountaineers timeout.
2nd&7 at Marsh 23 Grant Wells rush to Marsh27 for 4 yards
2nd&7 at Marsh 23 Appalachian State Mountaineers timeout.
1st&10 at Marsh 20 (2:54) Brenden Knox rush to Marsh23 for 3 yards
4th&6 at Marsh 9 Chandler Staton 26 yard field goal is MISSED.
3rd&6 at Marsh 9 Zac Thomas incomplete pass intended for Thomas Hennigan
2nd&7 at Marsh 10 Camerun Peoples rush to Marsh9 for 1 yard
1st&10 at Marsh 13 Zac Thomas pass to Christian Wells to Marsh10 for 3 yards
2nd&10 at Marsh 23 Zac Thomas rush to Marsh14 for 9 yards. Zac Thomas FUMBLES (FF-Tavante Beckett), recovered at Marsh13 by Camerun Peoples RETURNED for 0 yards.
1st&10 at Marsh 23 Zac Thomas incomplete pass
3rd&10 at Marsh 33 Camerun Peoples rush to Marsh23 for 10 yards
2nd&10 at Marsh 33 Zac Thomas incomplete pass intended for Christian Wells
1st&10 at Marsh 33 Zac Thomas incomplete pass intended for Thomas Hennigan
2nd&1 at Marsh 46 Zac Thomas pass to Malik Williams to Marsh33 for 13 yards
1st&10 at App 45 Zac Thomas pass to Malik Williams to Marsh46 for 9 yards
Penalty Marsh-Darius Hodge PENALIZED 15 yards for Roughing Passer
2nd&7 at App 28 Zac Thomas pass to Malik Williams to App30 for 2 yards
1st&10 at App 25 Zac Thomas rush to App28 for 3 yards
1st&10 at App 14 (6:38) Camerun Peoples rush to App25 for 11 yards
4th&3 at App 14 Grant Wells incomplete pass intended for Broc Thompson
3rd&7 at App 18 Brenden Knox rush to App14 for 4 yards
2nd&10 at App 21 Grant Wells pass to Broc Thompson to App18 for 3 yards
1st&10 at App 21 Brenden Knox rush to App21 for no gain
2nd&2 at App 25 Sheldon Evans rush to App21 for 4 yards
1st&10 at App 33 Grant Wells rush to App25 for 8 yards
3rd&3 at App 40 Sheldon Evans rush to App33 for 7 yards
2nd&5 at App 42 Sheldon Evans rush to App40 for 2 yards
1st&10 at App 47 Sheldon Evans rush to App42 for 5 yards
Penalty App-D'Marco Jackson PENALIZED 15 yards for Pass Interference
1st&10 at Marsh 36 Xavier Gaines rush to Marsh38 for 2 yards
2nd&9 at Marsh 21 Grant Wells pass to Broc Thompson to Marsh36 for 15 yards
1st&10 at Marsh 20 (14:16) Sheldon Evans rush to Marsh21 for 1 yard
4th&1 at Marsh 46 Zac Thomas pass to Mike Evans to Marsh5 for 41 yards. Mike Evans FUMBLES (FF-Brandon Drayton), recovered at Marsh0 by Nazeeh Johnson RETURNED for 0 yards. TOUCHBACK.
3rd&8 at App 47 Zac Thomas rush to Marsh46 for 7 yards
2nd&8 at App 47 Zac Thomas incomplete pass intended for Thomas Hennigan
3rd Quarter
1st&10 at App 45 Daetrich Harrington rush to App47 for 2 yards
1st&10 at App 35 (0:41) Zac Thomas pass to Christian Wells to App45 for 10 yards
4th&4 at Marsh 29 Robert LeFevre punts 43 yards to App28, Thomas Hennigan returns to App35 for 7 yards
3rd&9 at Marsh 24 Sheldon Evans rush to Marsh29 for 5 yards
2nd&9 at Marsh 24 Grant Wells incomplete pass intended for Broc Thompson
1st&10 at Marsh 23 (2:11) Sheldon Evans rush to Marsh24 for 1 yard
4th&5 at App 40 Xavier Subotsch punts 48 yards to Marsh12, Talik Keaton returns to Marsh23 for 11 yards
3rd&5 at App 40 Zac Thomas incomplete pass intended for Thomas Hennigan
2nd&8 at App 37 Zac Thomas rush to App40 for 3 yards
1st&10 at App 35 Camerun Peoples rush to App37 for 2 yards
3rd&5 at App 20 Zac Thomas pass to Malik Williams to App35 for 15 yards
2nd&10 at App 15 Camerun Peoples rush to App20 for 5 yards
1st&10 at App 15 (4:44) Zac Thomas incomplete pass intended for Christian Wells
Kickoff Cameron Shirkey kicks 64 yards from Marsh35 to App1, Malik Williams returns to App15 for 14 yards
Extra Point AttemptMarsh 17-7 Shane Ciucci extra point is GOOD.
1st&10 at App 12Marsh 16-7 Grant Wells rush for 12 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
1st&10 at Marsh 21 (5:18) Grant Wells pass to Xavier Gaines to App12 for 67 yards
4th&6 at App 38 Xavier Subotsch punts 41 yards to Marsh21, Talik Keaton Fair Catch
3rd&6 at App 38 Zac Thomas pass to Camerun Peoples to App38 for no gain
2nd&10 at App 34 Zac Thomas pass to Christian Wells to App38 for 4 yards
1st&10 at App 34 Zac Thomas incomplete pass
2nd&1 at App 30 Camerun Peoples rush to App34 for 4 yards
1st&10 at App 21 Zac Thomas pass to Thomas Hennigan to App30 for 9 yards
Penalty Marsh-Jaylon McClain-Sapp PENALIZED 8 yards for Pass Interference
2nd&12 at App 10 Camerun Peoples rush to App13 for 3 yards
1st&10 at App 12 (9:06) Zac Thomas sacked at App10 for -2 yards
4th&4 at App 49 Robert LeFevre punts 37 yards to App12, Out of Bounds
3rd&4 at App 49 Grant Wells incomplete pass intended for Corey Gammage
2nd&4 at App 49 Grant Wells incomplete pass intended for Shadeed Ahmed
1st&10 at Marsh 45 Brenden Knox rush to App49 for 6 yards
Penalty App-Shemar Jean-Charles PENALIZED 10 yards for Pass Interference
2nd&9 at Marsh 34 Grant Wells pass to Talik Keaton to Marsh35 for 1 yard
1st&10 at Marsh 33 Brenden Knox rush to Marsh34 for 1 yard
3rd&7 at Marsh 23 Grant Wells pass to Willie Johnson to Marsh33 for 10 yards
2nd&7 at Marsh 23 Grant Wells incomplete pass intended for Xavier Gaines
1st&10 at Marsh 20 Brenden Knox rush to Marsh23 for 3 yards
3rd&10 at Marsh 7 Brenden Knox rush to Marsh20 for 13 yards
2nd&10 at Marsh 7 Grant Wells incomplete pass intended for Broc Thompson
1st&10 at Marsh 7 (13:21) Brenden Knox rush to Marsh7 for no gain
4th&10 at App 48 Xavier Subotsch punts 45 yards to Marsh7, Talik Keaton returns to Marsh7 for no gain
3rd&10 at App 48 Zac Thomas incomplete pass intended for Jalen Virgil
2nd&10 at App 48 Daetrich Harrington rush to App48 for no gain
1st&10 at App 48 Zac Thomas incomplete pass intended for Malik Williams
Penalty Marsh-Rodney Croom PENALIZED 10 yards for Holding
1st&10 at App 35 Daetrich Harrington rush to App38 for 3 yards
1st&10 at App 24 (15:00) Zac Thomas pass to Mike Evans to App35 for 11 yards
Kickoff Cameron Shirkey kicks 63 yards from Marsh35 to App2, Jalen Virgil returns to App24 for 22 yards
2nd Quarter
1st&10 at Marsh 14 (0:46) Brenden Knox rush to Marsh16 for 2 yards
3rd&9 at Marsh 19 Zac Thomas pass intercepted by Steven Gilmore RETURNED from Marsh14 for no gain.
2nd&9 at Marsh 19 Zac Thomas incomplete pass intended for Malik Williams
2nd&9 at Marsh 19 Appalachian State Mountaineers timeout.
1st&10 at Marsh 20 Zac Thomas rush to Marsh19 for 1 yard
1st&10 at Marsh 35 Marsh-PENALIZED 15 yards for Unsports. Conduct
Penalty Marsh-Steven Gilmore PENALIZED 15 yards for Pass Interference
Penalty App-PENALIZED -5 yards for Illegal Motion
1st&10 at Marsh 47 Daetrich Harrington rush to Marsh45 for 2 yards
Penalty Marsh-Steven Gilmore PENALIZED 15 yards for Pass Interference
2nd&1 at App 34 Camerun Peoples rush to App38 for 4 yards
1st&10 at App 25 (2:28) Camerun Peoples rush to App34 for 9 yards
Kickoff Cameron Shirkey kicks 62 yards from Marsh35 to App3, Jalen Virgil returns to App25 for 22 yards
4th&9 at App 12Marsh 10-7 Shane Ciucci 29 yard field goal is GOOD.
3rd&9 at App 12 Grant Wells incomplete pass intended for Willie Johnson
3rd&9 at App 12 Marshall Thundering Herd timeout.
2nd&9 at App 12 Grant Wells incomplete pass intended for Broc Thompson
1st&10 at App 13 Sheldon Evans rush to App12 for 1 yard
1st&10 at App 26 App-Shemar Jean-Charles PENALIZED 13 yards for Personal Foul
4th&3 at App 32 Grant Wells pass to Sheldon Evans to App26 for 6 yards
3rd&9 at App 38 Grant Wells pass to Sheldon Evans to App32 for 6 yards
2nd&10 at App 39 Grant Wells pass to Xavier Gaines to App38 for 1 yard
1st&10 at App 39 Brenden Knox rush to App39 for no gain
3rd&11 at Marsh 47 Brenden Knox rush to App39 for 14 yards
2nd&11 at Marsh 47 Grant Wells incomplete pass intended for Corey Gammage
1st&15 at Marsh 43 Brenden Knox rush to Marsh47 for 4 yards
1st&10 at Marsh 48 Marsh-Alex Salguero PENALIZED -5 yards for False Start
2nd&5 at Marsh 37 Brenden Knox rush to Marsh48 for 11 yards
1st&10 at Marsh 32 Brenden Knox rush to Marsh37 for 5 yards
1st&10 at Marsh 20 (8:36) Grant Wells pass to Shadeed Ahmed to Marsh32 for 12 yards
4th&11 at App 46 Xavier Subotsch punts 34 yards to Marsh20, Talik Keaton Fair Catch
3rd&6 at Marsh 49 Zac Thomas sacked at App46 for -5 yards
3rd&1 at Marsh 44 App-Anderson Hardy PENALIZED -5 yards for False Start
2nd&2 at Marsh 45 Daetrich Harrington rush to Marsh44 for 1 yard
1st&10 at App 47 Daetrich Harrington rush to Marsh45 for 8 yards
2nd&8 at App 36 Zac Thomas pass to Zac Crosby to App47 for 11 yards
1st&10 at App 34 Daetrich Harrington rush to App36 for 2 yards
3rd&7 at App 24 Zac Thomas pass to Jalen Virgil to App34 for 10 yards
2nd&8 at App 23 Zac Thomas rush to App24 for 1 yard
1st&10 at App 21 (13:31) Daetrich Harrington rush to App23 for 2 yards
4th&8 at Marsh 33 Robert LeFevre punts 46 yards to App21, Thomas Hennigan Fair Catch
3rd&8 at Marsh 33 Grant Wells incomplete pass intended for Xavier Gaines
2nd&9 at Marsh 32 Grant Wells rush to Marsh33 for 1 yard
1st&10 at Marsh 31 Brenden Knox rush to Marsh32 for 1 yard
1st Quarter
1st&10 at Marsh 15 (0:08) Grant Wells rush to Marsh31 for 16 yards
4th&19 at App 42 Xavier Subotsch punts 46 yards to Marsh12, Talik Keaton returns to Marsh15 for 3 yards
3rd&10 at Marsh 49 Zac Thomas sacked at App42 for -9 yards
2nd&10 at Marsh 49 Zac Thomas incomplete pass intended for Jalen Virgil
1st&10 at Marsh 49 Camerun Peoples rush to Marsh49 for no gain
1st&10 at App 15 Zac Thomas pass to Thomas Hennigan to Marsh49 for 36 yards
1st&10 at App 29 (1:41) App-Jourdan Heilig PENALIZED -14 yards for Personal Foul
4th&6 at Marsh 37 Robert LeFevre punts 34 yards to App29, Thomas Hennigan Fair Catch
3rd&6 at Marsh 37 Grant Wells incomplete pass intended for Garet Morrell
2nd&6 at Marsh 37 Grant Wells incomplete pass
1st&10 at Marsh 33 (2:37) Sheldon Evans rush to Marsh37 for 4 yards
4th&2 at App 32 Xavier Subotsch punts 35 yards to Marsh33, Talik Keaton Fair Catch
3rd&2 at App 32 Zac Thomas incomplete pass intended for Mike Evans
2nd&5 at App 29 Camerun Peoples rush to App32 for 3 yards
1st&10 at App 24 (3:41) Daetrich Harrington rush to App29 for 5 yards
1st&10 at App 33 Grant Wells pass intercepted by Ryan Huff RETURNED from App24 for no gain.
2nd&2 at App 36 Sheldon Evans rush to App33 for 3 yards
1st&10 at App 44 Brenden Knox rush to App36 for 8 yards
3rd&4 at Marsh 33 Grant Wells pass to Willie Johnson to App44 for 23 yards
2nd&10 at Marsh 27 Brenden Knox rush to Marsh33 for 6 yards
1st&10 at Marsh 27 Brenden Knox rush to Marsh27 for no gain
2nd&10 at Marsh 8 Grant Wells pass to Broc Thompson to Marsh27 for 19 yards
1st&10 at Marsh 8 (7:11) Brenden Knox rush to Marsh8 for no gain
Penalty Marsh-Knowledge McDaniel PENALIZED -8 yards for Holding
Kickoff Ryker Casey kicks 57 yards from App35 to Marsh8, Sheldon Evans returns to Marsh16 for 8 yards
Extra Point AttemptTied 7-7 Chandler Staton extra point is GOOD.
1st&11 at Marsh 11Marsh 7-6 Zac Thomas pass to Jalen Virgil for 11 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
1st&6 at Marsh 6 App-Cooper Hodges PENALIZED -5 yards for False Start
1st&10 at Marsh 12 Marsh-Brandon Drayton PENALIZED 6 yards for Personal Foul
1st&10 at Marsh 27 Zac Thomas pass to Malik Williams to Marsh12 for 15 yards
3rd&2 at Marsh 32 Camerun Peoples rush to Marsh27 for 5 yards
2nd&10 at Marsh 40 Zac Thomas pass to Thomas Hennigan to Marsh32 for 8 yards
1st&10 at Marsh 40 Zac Thomas incomplete pass intended for Malik Williams
3rd&5 at App 45 Marsh-Jaylon McClain-Sapp PENALIZED 15 yards for Personal Foul
2nd&10 at App 40 Daetrich Harrington rush to App45 for 5 yards
1st&10 at App 40 Daetrich Harrington rush to App40 for no gain
Penalty Marsh-Jamare Edwards PENALIZED 5 yards for Offside
2nd&9 at App 29 Zac Thomas pass to Christian Wells to App35 for 6 yards
1st&10 at App 28 Zac Thomas pass to Zac Crosby to App29 for 1 yard
2nd&10 at App 15 Zac Thomas pass to Jalen Virgil to App28 for 13 yards
1st&10 at App 15 (12:29) Daetrich Harrington rush to App15 for no gain
Kickoff Cameron Shirkey kicks 59 yards from Marsh35 to App6, Jalen Virgil returns to App15 for 9 yards
Extra Point AttemptMarsh 7-0 Shane Ciucci extra point is GOOD.
2nd&2 at App 2Marsh 6-0 Brenden Knox rush for 2 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
1st&4 at App 4 Brenden Knox rush to App2 for 2 yards
1st&10 at App 19 Brenden Knox rush to App4 for 15 yards
3rd&1 at App 21 Grant Wells rush to App19 for 2 yards
2nd&10 at App 30 Brenden Knox rush to App21 for 9 yards
1st&10 at App 30 Grant Wells incomplete pass intended for Willie Johnson
1st&10 at Marsh 49 (15:00) Brenden Knox rush to App30 for 21 yards
Penalty App-T.D. Roof PENALIZED 15 yards for Face Mask
Kickoff Ryker Casey kicks 65 yards from App35 to Marsh0, Sheldon Evans returns to Marsh34 for 34 yards

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September 19, 2020


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