Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Marshall- Wku Game Capsule

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Marshall- Wku Game Capsule

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Marshall (9-2, 6-1) at Western Kentucky (9-2, 7-0)

Noon, Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium (22,113, FieldTurf), Bowling Green, Ky. * TV: Fox Sports 1. Crew: Greg Wolf play-by- play, George Wrighster analyst.

* Line: WKU by 11.

* Series: Marshall leads 4-1.

* Last game: WKU 67, Marshall 66, OT, Nov. 28, 2014 at Huntington.

* Tickets: A few thousand available, $25-35

* Weather: Cloudy, 40 percent chance of showers, high 67, winds from south 6-11 mph.

On the spot

* Chase Litton, Marshall quarterback: His numbers keep improving, as he is 82 for 126 for 998 yards in his last three games. But here's the rub: He is 1-1 against teams currently above .500, and is playing against a sixth-year star in the biggest game of his young career. Can he handle it?

* Corey Tindal, Marshall cornerback/nickel back: Slipping Tindal into the nickel and putting the blossoming Rodney Allen at corner provided a good result against Florida International. But Tindal has his demons to slay today - the No. 10 was seen in the frame of many big plays in last year's MU-WKU game.

Stats n' such

In the stat rankings: Deandre Reaves is 13th in the nation in kickoff returns (28.1) and Tyler Williams is 15th in punting (44.4). Team-wise, the Herd is 6th in red-zone defense (.688), 7th in fumble recoveries (11) and kickoff return defense (16.93) and 8th in scoring defense (15.6).

MU leads C-USA in scoring defense, red-zone defense, pass defense yardage (186.2), pass defense efficiency (92.4), kickoff returns (26.4), kickoff coverage (41.6) and opponent 4th-down conversions (8 of 23, 34.8 percent). Reaves leads in kickoff returns, Gary Thompson leads in fumbles forced (5) and Ryan Bee is tied for the lead in fumbles recovered (3).

WKU quarterback Brandon Doughty leads the FBS in completion percentage (.728) and is 2nd in pass effiency rating (179.1) and passing TDs (37), 4th in passing yards (3,814) and yards per attempt (9. …

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