Thundering Herd holds off WKU, 30-23


Marshall freshman Tyler King (3) makes a move between a trio of Hilltoppers, during the Thundering Herd's 30-23 victory on Saturday in Huntington, W.Va. (Alex Hawley|OVP Sports)


MU junior Keion Davis (24) fights off a tackle attempt by WKU freshman Devon Key, during the first half of the Thundering Herd's 30-23 victory on Saturday in Huntington, W.Va. (Alex Hawley|OVP Sports)


MU sophomore defensive back Chris Jackson (3) breaks up a play in the back field during Marshall's 30-23 victory on Saturday in Huntington, W.Va. (Alex Hawley|OVP Sports)


MU freshman Willie Johnson (1) looks to slip past a WKU defender, in front of teammate Tarik Adams (71), during the first half of Saturday's Conference USA clash in Huntington W.Va. (Alex Hawley|OVP Sports)


Thundering Herd junior Chase Litton (center) sets in the pocket behind a block from Tarik Adams (71) and Keion Davis (24), during Marshall's 30-23 victory on Saturday in Huntington, W.Va. (Alex Hawley|OVP Sports)


Marshall freshman Tyler King is met in midair by WKU junior Drell Green, during the first half of the Herd's 30-23 victory on Saturday in Huntington, W.Va. (Alex Hawley|OVP Sports)


Marshall head coach Doc Holliday leads the Herd onto the field for the 100th time on Saturday evening at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington W.Va. (Alex Hawley|OVP Sports)


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Back in the win column.

The Marshall football snapped its two-game losing skid, its longest of the season, on Saturday night at Joan C. Edwards Stadium, as the Thundering Herd knocked off two-time defending Conference USA champion Western Kentucky by a 30-23 count.

Marshall (7-3, 4-2) — which moves into a second place tie with Florida International in the Conference USA East Division standings — trailed 7-0 at the end of the first quarter, but a three-yard Keion Davis touchdown run sandwiched by a pair of Kaare Vedvik field goals gave the Herd a 13-7 edge at the half.

MU freshman Tyler King capped off the first drive of the second half with a 10-yard touchdown run, stretching Marshall’s advantage to 20-7.

After a Western Kentucky (5-5, 3-3) field goal, MU freshman Nazeeh Johnson intercepted a Hilltoppers pass and returned it 45 yards for the touchdown. Vedvik made a 44-yard field goal before the end of the third quarter, pushing the Herd lead to a game-high 20 points, at 30-10.

The Hilltoppers scored two touchdowns in the final period, but couldn’t complete the comeback, as Marshall held on for the 30-23 victory.

Western Kentucky outgained Marshall by a 368-to-334 count in total offense, but the Herd won the turnover battle by a 2-1 count.

A complete recap of Marshall’s 30-23 victory over WKU can be found in Tuesday’s edition of the Point Pleasant Register.

Marshall freshman Tyler King (3) makes a move between a trio of Hilltoppers, during the Thundering Herd’s 30-23 victory on Saturday in Huntington, W.Va. (Alex Hawley|OVP Sports)
http://www.mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2017/11/web1_11.13-wo-MU-King.jpgMarshall freshman Tyler King (3) makes a move between a trio of Hilltoppers, during the Thundering Herd’s 30-23 victory on Saturday in Huntington, W.Va. (Alex Hawley|OVP Sports)

MU junior Keion Davis (24) fights off a tackle attempt by WKU freshman Devon Key, during the first half of the Thundering Herd’s 30-23 victory on Saturday in Huntington, W.Va. (Alex Hawley|OVP Sports)
http://www.mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2017/11/web1_11.13-wo-MU-Davis.jpgMU junior Keion Davis (24) fights off a tackle attempt by WKU freshman Devon Key, during the first half of the Thundering Herd’s 30-23 victory on Saturday in Huntington, W.Va. (Alex Hawley|OVP Sports)

MU sophomore defensive back Chris Jackson (3) breaks up a play in the back field during Marshall’s 30-23 victory on Saturday in Huntington, W.Va. (Alex Hawley|OVP Sports)
http://www.mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2017/11/web1_11.13-wo-MU-Jackson.jpgMU sophomore defensive back Chris Jackson (3) breaks up a play in the back field during Marshall’s 30-23 victory on Saturday in Huntington, W.Va. (Alex Hawley|OVP Sports)

MU freshman Willie Johnson (1) looks to slip past a WKU defender, in front of teammate Tarik Adams (71), during the first half of Saturday’s Conference USA clash in Huntington W.Va. (Alex Hawley|OVP Sports)
http://www.mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2017/11/web1_11.13-wo-MU-Johnson.jpgMU freshman Willie Johnson (1) looks to slip past a WKU defender, in front of teammate Tarik Adams (71), during the first half of Saturday’s Conference USA clash in Huntington W.Va. (Alex Hawley|OVP Sports)

Thundering Herd junior Chase Litton (center) sets in the pocket behind a block from Tarik Adams (71) and Keion Davis (24), during Marshall’s 30-23 victory on Saturday in Huntington, W.Va. (Alex Hawley|OVP Sports)
http://www.mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2017/11/web1_11.13-wo-MU-Litton.jpgThundering Herd junior Chase Litton (center) sets in the pocket behind a block from Tarik Adams (71) and Keion Davis (24), during Marshall’s 30-23 victory on Saturday in Huntington, W.Va. (Alex Hawley|OVP Sports)

Marshall freshman Tyler King is met in midair by WKU junior Drell Green, during the first half of the Herd’s 30-23 victory on Saturday in Huntington, W.Va. (Alex Hawley|OVP Sports)
http://www.mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2017/11/web1_1113-wo-WKU-Hit.jpgMarshall freshman Tyler King is met in midair by WKU junior Drell Green, during the first half of the Herd’s 30-23 victory on Saturday in Huntington, W.Va. (Alex Hawley|OVP Sports)

Marshall head coach Doc Holliday leads the Herd onto the field for the 100th time on Saturday evening at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington W.Va. (Alex Hawley|OVP Sports)
http://www.mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2017/11/web1_11.13-wo-MU-Doc.jpgMarshall head coach Doc Holliday leads the Herd onto the field for the 100th time on Saturday evening at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington W.Va. (Alex Hawley|OVP Sports)