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No. 16 Marshall wins 42-14 on plane crash's 50th anniversary

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No. 16 Marshall wins 42-14 on plane cra-sh’s 50th anniversary

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – Quarterback Grant Wells grew up realizing the story of Marshall soccer. The 1970 plane cra-sh. The college’s resolution to proceed taking part in. The profitable years that ultimately would come.

And the significance of representing the college and honoring the fallen on the cra-sh’s silver anniversary.

The redshirt freshman threw a season-high 5 landing passes and No. 16 Marshall commemorated the 50th anniversary of the worst catastrophe in U.S. sports activities historical past with a 42-14 victory over Middle Tennessee on Saturday.

“We knew that this game was going to mean so much to this fan base and this community,” Wells stated “That’s huge, no matter wherever we’re playing or whoever we’re playing. The fact that we could do this on the 50th anniversary is amazing.”

Marshall (7-0, 4-0 Conference USA) acquired one other standout efficiency from its protection and turned three turnovers into scores on a day when the college remembered the 75 folks kil-led on Nov. 14, 1970.

“Just a great day,” Marshall coach Doc Holliday stated. “A special day.”

Marshall wore particular black uniforms and the No. 75 on its helmets to honor those that have been misplaced, which included many of the Thundering Herd soccer crew. The cra-sh occurred because the crew’s plane was getting back from a recreation at East Carolina. There have been no survivors.

Wells performed highschool soccer 50 miles away in Charleston and realized concerning the tragedy beginning as a younger baby.

(*16*) Wells stated. “Then after that, I had to snap back into playing Middle Tennessee.”

And play, he did.

After a number of early overthrows, Wells discovered his groove and Marshall saved the momentum for good. Wells completed 25 of 37 for 336 yards, all season highs. Two of his TD passes every went to Corey Gammage and Willie Johnson.

“I see it every week now,” Holliday stated. “I see a young kid that’s growing up. His teammates have so much respect for him. Just proud of the way he’s maturing and growing up. He’s getting better each week.”

Late within the second quarter, Wells discovered Johnson in stride for a 44-yard acquire to arrange tight finish Hayden Hagler’s first profession TD catch.

Then, after Middle Tennessee quarterback Asher O’Hara fumbled the ball away on a success by Marshall’s Darius Hodge, Wells ran for six yards and made three straight completions. His 17-yard throw to Gammage put the Thundering Herd forward 21-7 at halftime.

Wells saved it going after security Nazeeh Johnson ripped the ball away from Middle Tennessee vast receiver Marquel Tinsley contained in the Marshall 10 early within the third.

A 46-yard cross to Johnson and a 14-yarder to Gaines have been adopted by Gammage’s second TD seize. Gammage went up excessive for a 28-yard catch in the long run zone for a 28-7 lead.

Marshall shifted to its passing at-tack after Middle Tennessee held operating again Brenden Knox in test. Knox, who entered the sport averaging 112 yards on the bottom, was held to 70 yards on 16 carries.

“We shut the run down really well,” Middle Tennessee coach Rick Stockstill coach. “The run being stopped so well, they went to the pass and he did a nice job. (Wells) picked us apart.”

Middle Tennessee (2-6, 2-4) couldn’t do a lot towards the nation’s prime rush protection. O’Hara, whose 476 dashing yards getting into the sport have been the third most for a quarterback nationally, was restricted to 39 yards on 11 carries. He ran for a rating, threw for an additional and accomplished 29 of 44 passes for 241 yards.


Middle Tennessee: The Blue Raiders had not performed in three weeks after Charlotte known as off final week’s recreation towards them attributable to COVID-19 points. The postponement got here a day earlier than the sport and saved Middle Tennessee from getting further work for Marshall.

“We were taking easy stuff, but we just couldn’t make big plays and we didn’t complete our deep shots when we took them,” O’Hara stated.

Marshall: It was a particular efficiency on an emotional day for the Thundering Herd, which piled up 520 complete yards.


Middle Tennessee, which misplaced at house to Troy earlier this season, is scheduled to play the Trojans on the street subsequent weekend to complete a uncommon in-season home-and-home collection. But Troy’s recreation Saturday towards No. 15 Coastal Carolina was postponed Friday attributable to a mixture of optimistic COVID-19 exams and accidents for a particular place group inside the Troy soccer crew.

Marshall: Hosts Charlotte subsequent Saturday.


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