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Florida Atlantic Owls vs. Marshall Thundering Herd Pick & Prediction OCT 24TH 2020

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While Marshall is off to its best start in six seasons, Florida Atlantic has barely gotten its collective feet off the ground during this unique and uncertain 2020 campaign.

The No. 22 Thundering Herd aim to go 5-0 when they host FAU in a Conference USA contest on Saturday in Morgantown, W.Va.

For the first time since 2014, Marshall (4-0, 2-0 in Conference USA) is undefeated through its first four games. It's the Thundering Herd's best start since going 11-0 in 2014. That season, the program went 13-1 and won its most recent Conference USA title.

"There's so much love here," safety Derrek Pitts told Marshall's official website.

"Nobody is out for themselves. Everybody wants it for everybody else. I love competing, and this is a team that competes all of the time."

The Herd can thank a strong defensive showing for their early success. They've allowed 38 total points while yielding an average of 272.8 yards. Marshall held Louisiana Tech to just seven total rushing yards and recorded six sacks in last weekend's 35-17 road victory.

"We've had the opportunity to make teams one-dimensional," Marshall coach Doc Holliday told the Charleston Gazette-Mail. "We've stopped the run and obviously got pressure on the quarterback."

Offensively, Marshall is averaging 213.8 yards on the ground while scoring 37.3 points per contest. Running back Brenden Knox has rushed for 455 yards and seven touchdowns. Meanwhile, quarterback Grant Wells threw two of his six touchdown passes this season against Louisiana Tech.

Knox ran for 220 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 36 seconds remaining, in last season's 36-31 win at Florida Atlantic. The Thundering Herd are 6-1 all-time against FAU and will be looking for a third consecutive victory in this series.

COVID-19 issues inside the program and among its opponents have hindered FAU's season thus far. The Owls have played just one game during the Willie Taggart era, winning 21-17 over league-foe Charlotte back on Oct. 3.

They enter this contest coming off an open week that has certainly left Taggart's players itching to get back on the field. And, definitely eager to build on their initial victory that seems like a lifetime ago.

"It's tough because we want to play so bad," running back James Charles told Florida Atlantic's official website. "We can only control what we can control. That's our attitude.

"We have to keep having that drive. Which I know we will. ... We know what we have to do. It is all about us. It has never been about the opponent."

Paced by Charles, Larry McCammon III and quarterback Nick Tronti, the Owls totaled 217 rushing yards while rallying from a 10-0 hole to beat Charlotte. Tronti, who rushed for 94 of those yards, threw for two touchdown passes. Defensively, FAU held Charlotte to just 82 rushing yards.

"Keep pushing each other and keep having that same drive whether we have a game or not," Charles added. "We know what's at stake. We want to win a conference championship."

--Field Level Media

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Florida Atlantic Owls

Marshall Thundering Herd

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Florida Atlantic Owls

Marshall Thundering Herd

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 58 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Brenden Knox
    • Passer: Grant Wells
    • Conv Kicker: Shane Ciucci
  • Period 2
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 11 Yards
    • Rusher: Malcolm Davidson
    • Conv Kicker: Vladmir Rivas
  • Period 3
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 35 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Shane Ciucci
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 41 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Artie Henry
    • Passer: Grant Wells
    • Conv Kicker: Shane Ciucci
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 43 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Vladmir Rivas
  • Period 4
  • MIN 10
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 22 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Shane Ciucci
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 86% L 14%
6 1
  • Massachusetts W 2 - 24
  • @Florida International W 38 - 19
  • Western Kentucky W 6 - 10
  • Texas-San Antonio W 3 - 24
  • @Marshall L 9 - 20
  • @Southern Miss D 0 - 0
  • Charlotte W 17 - 21
  • South Florida D 0 - 0
  • @Georgia Southern D 0 - 0
  • Southern Methodist W 28 - 52
W 100% L 0%
6 0
  • Charlotte D 0 - 0
  • Middle Tennessee W 14 - 42
  • Massachusetts W 10 - 51
  • @Florida International D 0 - 0
  • Florida Atlantic W 9 - 20
  • @Louisiana Tech W 35 - 17
  • @Western Kentucky W 38 - 14
  • Rice D 0 - 0
  • Appalachian State W 7 - 17
  • @East Carolina D 0 - 0

Next Games

  • @Middle Tennessee(09-29-18) L 24 - 25

Last Meetings

  • Owls @ Thundering Herd 9-20
  • Thundering Herd @ Owls 36-31
  • Owls @ Thundering Herd 7-31
  • Thundering Herd @ Owls 25-30
  • Owls @ Thundering Herd 21-27
  • Thundering Herd @ Owls 33-17
  • Owls @ Thundering Herd 16-35
  • Thundering Herd @ Owls 24-23

Last Injuries

Marshall Thundering Herd

  • Eli Sammons

    Undisclosed
    Ques Dec 5 | questionable

    Sammons has been held out of the previous two games with an undefined ailment. It remains to be seen if he will participate in Dec. 5 versus Rice.

  • Broc Thompson

    Undisclosed
    Ques Dec 5 | questionable

    Thompson has sat out the last three games due to an unannounced injury, and it remains to be seen if it will affect his status for Dec. 5 against Rice.

  • Daton Montiel

    Undisclosed
    Ques Dec 5 | questionable

    Montiel has been unavailable for the previous two games due to an unannounced reason, and his status for Dec. 5 with Rice is clouded.

  • Garet Morrell

    Undisclosed
    Ques Dec 5 | questionable

    Morrell sat out the last game with an undefined injury, and it remains to be seen if he will line up against Rice on Dec. 5.

  • Knowledge McDaniel

    Undisclosed
    Ques Dec 5 | questionable

    McDaniel sat out the last game with an unspecified ailment, and it is unknown if he will be in the lineup Dec. 5 versus Rice.

  • Naquan Renalds

    Undisclosed
    Ques Dec 5 | questionable

    Renalds missed the last game with an ailment to an unlisted area, and it is unknown if he will partake in Dec. 5 versus Rice.

  • Talik Keaton

    Undisclosed
    Ques Dec 5 | questionable

    Keaton has missed the last two games due to an injury to an unannounced area, and it is unknown if he will partake in Dec. 5 versus Rice.

  • Josh Ball

    Undisclosed
    Ques Dec 5 | questionable

    Ball was removed from the previous game with an unspecified injury, and it is unknown if he will be active against Rice on Dec. 5.

Florida Atlantic Owls

  • Cre'von LeBlanc

    Ankle
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    LeBlanc has been shuttled to the injured reserve list due to a high ankle sprain, and will miss an unknown length of time.

  • Aaron Young

    Personal
    out for season | out

    Young has opted out of the remainder of the 2020 season after making a decision stemming from COVID-19 concerns.

  • Justin Agner

    Personal
    out for season | out

    Agner has made a personal decision to opt-out for the remainder of the 2020 season.

  • Cre'von LeBlanc

    Quadricep
    Prob Sun | probable

    LeBlanc is dealing with a quad injury, but it is likely that he will be available Sunday versus the Giants.

Florida Atlantic Owls vs. Marshall Thundering Herd

Grant Wells threw for 251 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Marshall got by Florida Atlantic 20-9 in a matchup of Conference USA East Division contenders on an overcast, chilly Saturday afternoon in Huntington, W. Va.

Wells completed 18 of 31 passes with two interceptions as the Thundering Herd (5-0, 3-0 C-USA) continued their best start since the 2014 team won its first 11 games.

Brenden Knox scored on a 58-yard reception in the first quarter and posted his fourth consecutive triple-digit rushing game with 101 yards.

The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak for the Owls (1-1, 1-1 C-USA).

Tavante Beckett (13) and Joshua Bowers (11) both were in double figures in tackles for the Herd, who got to FAU's Nick Tronti for five sacks and an interception. Tronti was 18 of 30 passing but for only 148 yards.

Both teams hurt themselves with penalties. The Owls were penalized 11 times for 126 yards, the Herd seven for 65 yards.

Marshall trailed for the first time this season when critical penalties on the Herd's defense kept alive FAU's opening drive of the third quarter that ended with Vladimir Rivas's 43-yard field goal to give the Owls a 9-7 lead.

The Herd went to the locker room up 7-6 at halftime after blocking the extra point attempt following FAU's Malcolm Davidson's 11-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

The Owls were missing six starters, including offensive tackles Marquice Robinson and BJ Etienne, because of COVID-19 tracing concerns and a seventh, running back BJ Emmons, was out with an ankle injury. Then they lost backup running back Larry McCammon III to a leg injury in the third quarter.

Marshall was without leading receiver Broc Thompson, sidelined by a foot injury, and lost starting safety Derrek Pitts to a targeting penalty in the second quarter.

--Field Level Media