Charlotte unable to stop Marshall

Low scoring affair leads to Marshall victory

| October 8, 2017

Workpeh Kofa looks to move upfield after catching the ball. Photo credit: Chris Crews

The Charlotte 49ers had their finest defensive performance of the season, but Marshall was able to score twice and defeat the Niners, 14-3 in Jerry Richardson Stadium. Marshall quarterback Chase Litton threw two touchdown passes to receiver Tyre Brady, one in the first quarter and one in the third, and those scores gave Marshall just enough of a cushion.

Litton finished the game 19 of 28 for 192 yards and the two scores, and multipurpose threat Keion Davis finished with 122 rushing yards on 23 carries, 24 receiving yards, and 15 more on kick returns. Meanwhile, Charlotte’s Hasaan Klugh finished 10 of 26 for 132 yards and an interception, and receiver Trent Bostick had two receptions for 51 yards to go over 1,500 yards in his career.

“We couldn’t make any plays offensively. A lot of that was due to their defense,” Charlotte coach Brad Lambert said after the game. “Our guys battled extremely hard… There’s a fine line, and our margin for error’s not very big. I was really proud of the guys tonight… I saw a lot of fight in them.”

Charlotte’s defense continued to rack up impressive numbers. Sophomore Ben DeLuca led the team in tackles with 17, which is the most any Niner has had in an FBS contest; he also forced a fumble. Karrington King had nine tackles, and it was his sixth straight game having eight or more tackles. King also became the first Charlotte player to have at least 50 tackles in four consecutive seasons.

Linebacker Tyriq Harris was also effective, as he forced a key fumble in the fourth quarter. Overall, Charlotte’s defense stifled the Herd, as they only allowed seven points in the first half. They also sacked Litton twice, and Marshall had only allowed two sacks on the season. Perhaps the most impressive stat of the night is that Marshall reached the redzone twice all night. Coming into the game, their scoring percentage in the redzone was over 80 percent.

“We fought for each other. We really fought hard and were able to keep ourselves in the game,” DeLuca said. “Tyriq’s turnover was huge. We had a lot of plays where we able to get them off the field on third down… We played with heart and rallied to the football.”

Though the offense struggled, Charlotte receiver Workpeh Kofa had four receptions for 38 yards, and he went over 750 yards for his career. The Charlotte offense managed only 80 total rushing yards, a far cry from last week’s 349 against FIU. On the other side, Brady finished with six receptions for 80 yards and the two scores, and tight end Ryan Yurachek had seven catches for 52 yards for Marshall.

“We’ve really got to be consistent with blocking and catching, really,” Kofa said. ” I don’t think there were that many drops tonight, but we’ve still got to catch every ball that’s thrown to us. I feel like we’ve got to attack people more, definitely.”

With the loss, Charlotte falls to 0-6 on the year, while the Herd move to 4-1. Charlotte will look to turn their season around and gain some momentum next week as they travel to face conference champion Western Kentucky. The game will kickoff at 4:30 pm and will be televised on FLO Sports.

 

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Zach Timmons

Zach Timmons, better known as ZT, is a junior at UNC Charlotte. He is an English major and is also minoring in journalism. In his free time, ZT enjoys writing spoken word poetry, drawing, and making beats.

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Zach Timmons

Zach Timmons, better known as ZT, is a junior at UNC Charlotte. He is an English major and is also minoring in journalism. In his free time, ZT enjoys writing spoken word poetry, drawing, and making beats.