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Herd loses in 3OT

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Brent Stockstill threw for 353 yards with three touchdown passes to lead Middle Tennessee to a 27-24 triple-overtime upset victory against Marshall on Saturday night.

Jeremy Cutrer blocked Amoreto Curraj’s 39-yard field goal attempt in the third overtime to seal it for Middle Tennessee (4-5, 3-2 Conference USA).

Marshall (8-2, 5-1) place kickers Nick Smith and Curraj were a combined 1 for 6. Chase Litton was 34 of 56 for 346 yards passing with three touchdowns and an interception.

The Thundering Herd forced overtime when Litton led a nine-play, 62-yard drive, capped by a 15-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Yurachek with 1:06 remaining to tie it at 17.

In the first overtime, Stockstill completed a 27-yard touchdown pass to Ed’Marques Batties. Litton responded with 19-yard strike to Davonte Allen to knot the score at 24.

Cody Clark kicked a 46-yard field to win it.

Both teams went scoreless in the second overtime before Cody Clark kicked the game winner.

MIDDLE TENNESSEE 27,

MARSHALL 24, 3OT

Marshall 7 0 0 10 7 0 0 — 24

Mid. Tenn. 0 7 10 0 7 0 3 — 27

First Quarter

Mar—Byrd 1 pass from Litton (N.Smith kick), 4:23.

Second Quarter

MTSU—Pettis 13 pass from Stockstill (Clark kick), 7:15.

Third Quarter

MTSU—James 12 pass from Stockstill (Clark kick), 4:45.

MTSU—FG Clark 19, :55.

Fourth Quarter

Mar—FG N.Smith 37, 10:11.

Mar—Yurachek 15 pass from Litton (N.Smith kick), 1:06.

First Overtime

MTSU—Batties 27 pass from Stockstill (Clark kick).

Mar—D.Allen 19 pass from Litton (Curraj kick).

Third Overtime

MTSU—FG Clark 46.

A—18,760.

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Mar MTSU

First downs 30 27

Rushes-yards 45-139 51-201

Passing 376 353

Comp-Att-Int 35-59-1 21-35-1

Return Yards 38 9

Punts-Avg. 6-40.5 7-37.1

Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-2

Penalties-Yards 11-86 7-66

Time of Possession 31:38 28:22

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING—Marshall, Foster 17-61, Davis 14-58, Watson 5-25, Litton 7-14, Team 2-(minus 19). Middle Tennessee, Anderson 25-101, Tucker 13-53, James 3-43, Stockstill 7-6, Parker 2-3, Team 1-(minus 5).

PASSING—Marshall, Litton 34-56-1-346, Foster 1-1-0-30, Byrd 0-1-0-0, Team 0-1-0-0. Middle Tennessee, Stockstill 21-34-0-353, Grammer 0-1-1-0.

RECEIVING—Marshall, D.Allen 8-112, Reaves 7-91, McManus 6-65, Yurachek 6-40, Byrd 3-7, Hunt 2-42, Foster 2-14, Davis 1-5. Middle Tennessee, James 8-74, Pettis 5-126, Batties 4-88, Tucker 2-16, Anderson 1-42, Ducksworth 1-7.