CF’s Yurachek helps Herd to historic victory over Purdue

marsh-yurachekCarolina Forest product and Marshall tight end Ryan Yurachek caught a touchdown pass and made several key reception’s during the game-winning TD drive to help the Thundering Herd to a historic 41-31 victory over visiting Purdue on Sunday at packed Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

Junior safety Tiquan Lang started and finished Marshall’s come-from-behind 41-31 victory over the Boilermakers with two interception returns for touchdowns – a first in Herd history. His performance – it also included a game-high 17 tackles and a quarterback hurry that led to another Herd pick – not only set a Marshall single-game record for interception TDs, but also tied the Herd season record.

Lang didn’t do it alone before a sellout crowd of 38,791, the third largest gathering in stadium history as the Herd opened the 25th season at “The Joan” with its biggest gathering for a date that wasn’t a “Coal Bowl” against West Virginia.

Quarterback Michael Birdsong, the James Madison transfer making his first Herd start, was 23-of-36 passing for 234 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He was clutch when it counted most, too, going 7-for-8 on a fourth-quarter scoring drive that lifted Marshall to a 34-31 advantage with 2:50 left.

It was Marshall’s first win in history over a Big Ten team, and Birdsong became the first Herd quarterback to beat a power conference team in a season opener since Chad Pennington started his senior season with a triumph at Clemson for the 1999 club that would finish 13-0.

A 30-yard pick-six of Boilers’ QB Austin Appleby by Lang came on the first play of the game. The junior safety’s second pickoff runback was a 55-yarder that sealed the win with 1:20 to go. He had half of the Herd’s four picks.

Lang became only the second player in the 20-season history of Conference USA to score two touchdowns on interceptions, matching the feat by Cincinnati’s Shawn Ferguson in a loss Memphis on Oct. 17, 1998 at the Liberty Bowl. Like Lang on Sunday, Danny Derricott had two in that ’99 game.

Lang’s fellow safety, Taj Letman, made his sixth career interception in the third quarter when Lang got into Appleby’s grill, and cornerback Keith Baxter finished a long day for the MU defense with a game-ending interception and a 32-yard return with 27 seconds remaining.

Offensively, running back Devon Johnson gained 89 yards on 11 carries, but his fumble at the end of a 33-yard run to close the third quarter left Purdue with the ball on its own 25 and a 28-27 lead. The Boilermakers then drove for a Paul Griggs’ 22-yard field goal and the teams traded punts before Birdsong made his Herd debut.

From the Marshall 16, the red-haired QB drove his team 84 yards in 11 plays for a 34-31 lead with 4:41 left. Johnson finished the drive with a 6-yard TD, but most of the real estate was covered by Birdsong on a 7-of-8 passing stretch. He completed passes to slot receiver Hyleck Foster, wideout Justin Hunt and tight end Ryan Yurachek for 2, 9 and 21 yards before connecting with senior Davonte Allen for 5 to get the Herd into Boilers’ territory. Then it was to Yurachek for 8 and Allen for 19 sandwiching a Johnson short rush before an incompletion and another 18-yarder to Allen to set up Johnson’s bull into the end zone for a lead.

Photo courtesy of MU Athletics

Comments

comments

Chiefs shock Tigers with last-second touchdown

Chiefs shock Tigers with last-second touchdownThe first game of the high school football season may [more]

Countdown to Kickoff Poll: No. 1 Seahawks seek titles

Countdown to Kickoff Poll: No. 1 Seahawks seek titlesMyrtle Beach football coach Mickey Wilson isn't normally one for [more]

Week 0 Preview and Picks: Chiefs-Tigers open season

Week 0 Preview and Picks: Chiefs-Tigers open seasonAll summer long Grand Strand residents have put up with [more]

Weatherwax looks to build on CF program's progress

Weatherwax looks to build on CF program's progressJackson Weatherwax grew up playing football at Pepper Geddings Recreation [more]

Countdown to Kickoff Poll: No. 2 Chiefs set for encore

Countdown to Kickoff Poll: No. 2 Chiefs set for encoreIn his first year as head football coach at North [more]

Countdown to Kickoff Poll: No. 3 Panthers growing up

Countdown to Kickoff Poll: No. 3 Panthers growing upEditor’s Note: GSSR, in conjunction with My Horry News, is [more]

Countdown to Kickoff Poll: No. 4 Tigers try rebuilding

Countdown to Kickoff Poll: No. 4 Tigers try rebuildingEditor’s Note: GSSR, in conjunction with My Horry News, is [more]

CF grad Beale follows in Keane's footsteps to CCU

CF grad Beale follows in Keane's footsteps to CCUMatt Beale always rooted for Tyler Keane. As a middle school [more]

Countdown to Kickoff Poll: No. 5 Braves look to reload

Countdown to Kickoff Poll: No. 5 Braves look to reloadEditor’s Note: GSSR, in conjunction with My Horry News, is [more]

Steele deals shutout win, Pelicans top Rocks in series

Steele deals shutout win, Pelicans top Rocks in seriesJustin Steele did not allow a hit until the sixth [more]

Countdown to Kickoff Poll: No. 6 St. James on the rise

Countdown to Kickoff Poll: No. 6 St. James on the riseEditor's Note: GSSR, in conjunction with My Horry News, is [more]

Lady Chants shut out Elon, open regular season Friday

Lady Chants shut out Elon, open regular season FridayMackenzie Gibbs scored in the second half to push Coastal [more]

Pelicans strand 11 on base in one-run defeat to Rocks

Pelicans strand 11 on base in one-run defeat to Rocks Despite a three-hit, two-RBI night from Jared Young , the [more]

Big night for small schools at wild CNB Kickoff Classic

Big night for small schools at wild CNB Kickoff ClassicFriday's CNB Kickoff Classic proved to be a big night [more]

Pelicans snap seven-game losing skid over Blue Rocks

Pelicans snap seven-game losing skid over Blue Rocks Behind three home runs in a five-run third inning, the [more]

Busch takes turn to Strand to open school, race fans

Busch takes turn to Strand to open school, race fansNASCAR driver Kyle Busch cut the ribbon for the Palmetto [more]

Ready or not, Strand teams play in CNB Kickoff Classic

Ready or not, Strand teams play in CNB Kickoff ClassicLast year's CNB Kickoff Classic was rained out, spoiling the [more]

Dogs, cornhole, fireworks mark Pelicans' promotions

Dogs, cornhole, fireworks mark Pelicans' promotionsThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans have only 10 home games remaining [more]

Lady Chants kick off 2018 with shutout over Citadel

Lady Chants kick off 2018 with shutout over CitadelThe Coastal Carolina women’s soccer team opened the 2018 season [more]

Pelicans losing skid grows to seven in defeat to Dash

Pelicans losing skid grows to seven in defeat to DashThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans were handed their season-worst seventh consecutive [more]

Green's departure leaves NMB seeking new coach

Green's departure leaves NMB seeking new coachNorth Myrtle Beach High is looking for its third boys [more]

Coastal favored to defend Sun Belt volleyball crown

Coastal favored to defend Sun Belt volleyball crownThe Coastal Carolina volleyball team – defending Sun Belt champions [more]

Pelicans swept by P-Nats; MB duo wins July awards

Pelicans swept by P-Nats; MB duo wins July awardsThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans were shut out by the Potomac [more]

CCU hires former Conway coach Jordan as analyst

CCU hires former Conway coach Jordan as analystCoastal Carolina head football coach Joe Moglia announced this week [more]

Masters set records, Miller qualifies for swim worlds

Masters set records, Miller qualifies for swim worldsThe Grand Strand area was well represented at the Pan [more]

Chiefs shock Tigers with last-second touchdown

Chiefs shock Tigers with last-second touchdownThe first game of the high school football season may [more]

Countdown to Kickoff Poll: No. 1 Seahawks seek titles

Countdown to Kickoff Poll: No. 1 Seahawks seek titlesMyrtle Beach football coach Mickey Wilson isn't normally one for [more]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

© 2018 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach