SAN ANTONIO — Marshall scored its only touchdown to took a late lead, but UT-San Antonio answered with the Jared Sackett’s game-winning field goal with 2 seconds left in a 9-7 win Saturday night at the Alamodome.
The short-handed Herd (7-4, 4-3 C-USA) gained just 229 yards, 113 of those in the fourth quarter when Chase Litton and Hyleck Foster appeared to have salvaged the win by connecting on a 20-yard touchdown with 1:31 left.
UT-San Antonio (6-4, 3-4) wasn’t finished, however, driving to set up Sackett’s 40-yard kick.
“The kids played hard, but unfortunately we had some turnovers offensively and couldn’t get a stop at the end to get it done,” said Marshall coach Doc Holliday.
Marshall suffered two turnovers, once inside scoring range thanks to a miscommunication between Litton and center Levi Brown that resulted in a bobbled snap.
With top receivers Tyre Brady and Marcel Williams injured, Obi Obialo became Litton’s go-to target with a team-high six catches for 80 yards. His 43-yard catch in the third quarter was the Herd’s longest play of the game.
It was the senior Foster — converted from running back in the offseason— who produced Marshall’s only touchdown on a toe-tapping catch near the sideline.
“The whole game I was just thinking my opportunity would come,” said Foster. “Me and Chase were on the same page. He threw a great ball, and I got my toes in.”
Marshall’s running game struggled again. Tyler King ran seven times for 4 yards, while Keion Davis had 12 carries for 41 yards.
Litton, trying mostly short passes due to a decimated receiving unit, completed 16-of-23 for 189 yards with a touchdown and interception. Litton was picked off by defensive back Austin Jupe on a high throw that tipped off tight end Ryan Yuracheck’s hands.
“You can’t win games when you score seven points,” said Litton.
UTSA quarterback Dalton Sturm had an efficient night, completing 25-of-38 passes for 264 yards and the Roadrunners ran 78 plays to Marshall’s 46. Kerry Thomas Jr. caught 10 of his 12 targets for 106 yards.
Notes from the Herd
After an ejection in the second quarter, defensive lineman Ryan Bee is more than likely to miss the first half of next week’s game against Southern Miss. … Malik Gant led the Herd with 16 tackles. Defensive tackle Channing Hames forced the Herd defense’s only turnover of the night by stripping running back Tyrell Clay. Jaquan Yulee recovered. … Receivers Nick Matthews and Donquell Green both suffered injuries in-game, depleting an already thin unit.
— By Troy Alexander