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Litton, Herd top USM

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Chase Litton threw two touchdowns and the Marshall defense forced five turnovers to help the Thundering Herd beat Southern Miss 31-10 Friday night.

Devon Johnson had 82 yards rushing and a score and Deandre Reaves 76 yards receiving and a touchdown for Marshall (5-1, 2-0 Conference USA).

On fourth-and-3, Marshall lined up to attempt a 40-yard field goal but Southern Miss jumped offside, giving the Thundering Herd a fresh set of downs. Three plays later, Litton hit Ryan Yurachek for a 3-yard touchdown to make it 17-10 with 25 seconds left in the half.

Marshall’s Gary Thompson had strip-sacks on back-to-back Southern Miss drives, the second of which Jarquez Samuel returned 3 yards to make it 31-10 with 1:49 left in the third quarter.

Southern Miss (3-3, 1-1) had seven second-half possessions, all of which ended with a fumble, an interception or a turnover on downs.

MARSHALL 31, SOUTHERN MISS. 10

Southern Miss. 7 3 0 0 = 10

Marshall 7 10 14 0 = 31

First Quarter

USM-Thomas 6 pass from Mullens (Shaunfield kick), 6:08.

Mar-D.Johnson 1 run (N.Smith kick), 3:05.

Second Quarter

USM-FG Shaunfield 33, 11:55.

Mar-FG N.Smith 34, 8:36.

Mar-Yurachek 3 pass from Litton (N.Smith kick), :25.

Third Quarter

Mar-Reaves 61 pass from Litton (N.Smith kick), 7:58.

Mar-Samuel 3 fumble return (N.Smith kick), 1:49.

A-22,763.

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USM Mar

First downs 26 14

Rushes-yards 35-125 35-114

Passing 314 163

Comp-Att-Int 29-58-1 11-21-1

Return Yards 25 0

Punts-Avg. 2-52.5 7-48.0

Fumbles-Lost 5-4 0-0

Penalties-Yards 8-55 8-96

Time of Possession 32:22 27:38

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING-Southern Miss., Richard 16-87, I.Smith 9-46, Hayes 3-14, Team 1-(minus 1), Mullens 6-(minus 21). Marshall, D.Johnson 22-82, Litton 3-19, Watson 8-18, Team 2-(minus 5).

PASSING-Southern Miss., Mullens 29-58-1-314. Marshall, Litton 11-21-1-163.

RECEIVING-Southern Miss., Martin 9-85, Thomas 7-109, Thompson 4-40, I.Smith 4-32, Marini 2-30, R.Parks 1-14, Richard 1-3, Hayes 1-1. Marshall, D.Allen 5-57, Yurachek 3-18, Reaves 2-76, McManus 1-12.