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Marshall

  • Marshall head coach Charles Huff and Old Dominion coach Ricky Rahne were on staff together at Penn State from 2014-17.
  • The Herd has three losses this season by a total of 11 points.
  • Marshall is tied for the most turnovers in FBS with 15 on the season. They are tied with Fresno State.
  • Despite averaging three turnovers per contest, Marshall is still in the top-20 in scoring at 37.8 points per game, which is second in C-USA.
  • Marshall quarterback Grant Wells is sixth in FBS in passing yards per game with 340.8. However, he has just six touchdown passes on the year.
  • Herd running back Rasheen Ali leads the nation in scoring with 13 touchdowns on the season.
  • The Marshall defense did not allow a score in the second half of last week’s loss at Middle Tennessee. The Blue Raiders’ lone score — the difference-maker — came on a 90-yard fumble return.

Old Dominion

  • Old Dominion made its return to the field in 2021 after being one of few universities to voluntarily sit out the 2020 season due to COVID-19.
  • ODU quarterback D.J. Mack has faced Marshall before. Mack saw action in the 2019 Gasparilla Bowl against the Herd while with UCF.
  • The Monarchs are tied for the lead in FBS in blocked kicks with four. All of ODU’s blocks have been punts, including three in the last two weeks.
  • In each of the last two games, ODU has fallen behind by big deficits, only to rally back. Against Buffalo, the Monarchs trailed by 27 before a one-point loss. Last week against UTEP, ODU took a lead after trailing 17-0 in the first half.
  • ODU tight end Zack Kuntz is fourth in FBS among tight ends with 24.
  • The Monarchs have had 18 first-time starters take the field in the first five games of 2021.
  • ODU’s Steven Williams has seen time at three different positions in his career. Williams started as a quarterback, moved to wide receiver and then transitioned to defense as a linebacke
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Grant Traylor is the sports editor of The Herald-Dispatch, who also covers Marshall athletics for HD Media. Follow him on Twitter @GrantTraylor.

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