NCAAF Game Recap - Eastern Kentucky at Marshall
Sat Sep 5, 2020 1:00 PM EDT

C Ark
35
UAB
45
F
SoAl
32
SMiss
21
F
E Ky
0
Marsh
59
F
MidTN
0
Army
42
F
SMU
31
TxSt
24
F
HBU
31
NorTx
57
F
ArkSt
24
Mem
37
F
SFA
14
UTEP
24
F
BYU
55
Navy
3
F

Marshall 59, Eastern Kentucky 0

Sep 5, 2020, 1:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Eastern Kentucky (0-1)

0

0

0

0

0

Marshall (1-0)

21

17

14

7

59

Marshall rolls 59-0 in dazzling debut for QB Wells
Sat Sep 5, 2020 5:04 PM

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) Grant Wells threw for 307 yards and four touchdowns to set and tie school records for a debut quarterback and Marshall rolled past Eastern Kentucky 59-0 on Saturday in both teams' season opener.

Wells, a redshirt freshman, was 16-of-23 passing with his 307 yards besting Stan Hill's 202-yard game in 2002, and his four touchdowns tying another mark.

Marshall scored on every possession - eight touchdowns and a field goal - except those cut short the half and the game's end.

Wells threw touchdown passes in the first half ranging from 2 to 42 yards to Xavier Gaines, Talik Keaton, Garet Morrell and Jaron Woodyard. Brenden Knox ran for another TD and Shane Ciucci added a field goal for a 38-0 halftime lead.

Wells completed his day in the third quarter by leading another touchdown drive. The Herd added two more touchdowns and finished with eight different players scoring TDs.

The Herd piled up 627 yards offense, 345 in the air and 282 on the ground. The shutout was the first for Marshall since beating Kent State 21-0 in 2017.

Marshall made 12,000 tickets available for the game in 38,000-seat Joan C. Edwards Stadium. The school's plan was to have fans seated in every other row with no more than six in a group allowed and two seats empty on either side of groups. Masks were mandated and tailgating wasn't permitted.

The Colonels, under first-year head coach Walt Wells, opted out of the Ohio Valley Conference's move to possibly play in the spring, and stuck to a fall slate of games.

Passing

E Ky Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Jones 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
P. McKinney 10 7 70.0 0 71 28 1 50.4
Marsh Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
G. Wells 23 16 69.6 4 307 47 0 151.7
L. Zban 6 6 100.0 1 38 13 0 132.6

Rushing

E Ky Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
Q. Pringle 6 39 6.5 23 0
A. Booth 15 33 2.2 7 0
Marsh Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
K. McDaniel 14 93 6.6 18 0
B. Knox 18 85 4.7 10 1

Receiving

E Ky Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
K. Dixon 3 34 11.3 22 0
J. Beerman 1 28 28.0 28 0
Marsh Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
T. Keaton 2 68 34.0 47 1
B. Thompson 5 67 13.4 26 0

Fumbles

Returning

E Ky KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
Q. Pringle 3 18.0 0 20 0 - 0 0
A. Booth 1 11.0 0 11 0 - 0 0
Marsh KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
T. Keaton 0 - 0 0 3 4.0 0 12
S. Evans 1 24.0 0 24 0 - 0 0

Punting

E Ky Punt Yds Avg LgPu
T. Cook 6 248 41.3 59

Takeaways

Marsh Int Yds InTD
N. Johnson 1 -7 0

Team Stats Comparison

E Ky Marsh
Points For 0 59
Total Yards 166 627
Rushing Yards 86 282
Passing Yards 80 345
Passing Completions / Attempts 10/16 22/29
Turnovers 1 0
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 0/0
First Downs 7 34
Penalties - Yards 6/40 2/15
Time Of Possession 37:37 23:23
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 3/12 7/10
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/2 2/2
Punts - Average Yards 6/41 0/0

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter E Ky Marsh
Marsh 2:41 TD Xavier Gaines 22 yd pass from Grant Wells (Shane Ciucci kick) 0 7
Marsh 6:56 TD Brenden Knox 8 yd run (Shane Ciucci kick) 0 14
Marsh 12:59 TD Talik Keaton 21 yd pass from Grant Wells (Shane Ciucci kick) 0 21
2nd Quarter E Ky Marsh
Marsh 4:58 TD Garet Morrell 2 yd pass from Grant Wells (Shane Ciucci kick) 0 28
Marsh 8:53 FG Shane Ciucci 23 yd FG 0 31
Marsh 11:53 TD Jaron Woodyard 42 yd pass from Grant Wells (Shane Ciucci kick) 0 38
3rd Quarter E Ky Marsh
Marsh 7:56 TD Sheldon Evans 6 yd run (Shane Ciucci kick) 0 45
Marsh 14:17 TD Lawrence Papillon 13 yd run (Shane Ciucci kick) 0 52
4th Quarter E Ky Marsh
Marsh 10:58 TD Amir Richardson 3 yd pass from Luke Zban (Shane Ciucci kick) 0 59

Game Information

Stadium: Joan C. Edwards Stadium, Huntington, West Virginia
Attendance: 0
Game Time:
Weather: