Then again, you can blame the special units for all three Marshall losses. On Thursday, the Herd suffered its second blocked punt of the season, both resulting in instant touchdowns. Chris Brown did the honors for MTSU in the first quarter, both blocking Tyler Williams' kick and returning it 3 yards for a 14-7 lead.
Marshall had a punt blocked for a touchdown at Virginia Tech, a game won 29-21 in triple overtime by the Hokies. At Ohio, Steward Butler fumbled a kickoff, recovered by the Bobcats in the end zone for a touchdown. The Herd lost that game 34-31 and Butler hasn't returned a kickoff since.
So that's two losses by a combined five points and a third loss in overtime, with 21 points surrendered by special-teams blunders. The math does itself.
Williams may have deserved better at MTSU, as Alex Bazzie blocked Brown into the punter. Whatever the case, the punt team has become the scariest unit.
On the four punts Williams got off, he averaged 39.8 yards - and that includes a 58-yard bomb, something not seen as much this season. To be fair, he has had to rush several punts, particularly in those two games he had one blocked.
"The two things were on punt [team]," MU coach Doc Holliday said. "I thought the rest of it was good. Punt return was good. Kick return was good. Kickoff, they brought one back but there was a penalty on that play. We've got to get that punt team together.
"They've got to be better."
Other tidbits from Thursday night:
He entered the game as MTSU's leading receiver, but he wasn't burning up the stat sheet. He averaged roughly 31/2 receptions and 45.7 yards per game.
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