3 turnovers, with the last one leading to USM’s go-ahead touchdown. That was a bad swing, as Marshall had crossed into USM territory for the 9th of 10 times. Managed only 74 yards rushing, giving it just 114 in 2 weeks. With 3 of 11 on 3rd down, the Herd’s streak of outdoing the opponent in that category.
I expected 150 yards from Ito Smith. I mean, exactly 150. The Herd got torched a few times by Korey Robertson (7-118, 1 TD), and had trouble with Allenzae Staggers (2 TDs) in the end zone. BUT … recovered a fumble to set up a short-field score and forced 5 3-and-out. A very mixed bag there.
SPECIAL TEAMS: F
Blocked field goal and the killer, the botched snap on the extra point. The ghost of Akron 2004 paid a visit.
If Chase wasn’t 4 of 10 for 48 yards on 3rd down, I’d raise this grade. His 4 touchdowns were all nice plays. One “what the heck was that” interception, though.
For the 2nd game in a row, they were bound and determined to run in the 4th quarter, whether or not it was working. And no, I’m not flunking the entire staff, so don’t ask.
So close to 9-3, yet so far away. But remembering this, you need to take the 7-5, smile and head to the bowl game. This team might be special next year.