FBS #GameChanger marshall's chase litton wins asn's fbs player of the week

The sophomore quarterback edged Cincinnati sophomore quarterback Hayden Moore by only 35 votes on americansportsnet.com. Litton threw for 309 yards and 6 touchdowns on 13-of-16 pass in the first half of Marshall’s 62-0 season-opening win against FCS Morgan State.

Litton leads the nation in passing efficiency with a ridiculous 367.2 rating — 156.9 ahead of Washington’s Jake Browning. He also became the fourth Marshall quarterback to throw at least six TD passes in a game, joining Chad Pennington (six), Byron Leftwich (six) and Rakeem Cato (seven).

“We were biting at the bit. The guys were ready to go and anxious to play football. We talked today about how camp seemed to go on for about a month, but we came out excited and ready to go.” — Chase Litton on Marshall’s latest start to a season since 1981

Moore, who beat out senior Gunner Kiel for the starting job, totaled 308 yards and five touchdowns in the Bearkats’ 38-20 victory against Purdue. He completed 19 of 32 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns and ran eight times for 58 yards and two touchdowns. The Bearcats also converted 13 of 21 third-down situations as they beat a Big Ten opponent on the road for the first time since Nov. 9, 1957.

“It was a fun game to watch him because he managed it, he managed the clock. He got us in the right plays. He’s growing up. He’s getting better and better.” — Tommy Tuberville, Cincinnati's head coach

The other two FBS Player of the Week nominees helped their teams to upsets against Power 5 opponents.


The senior passed for 167 yards and one touchdown and rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown in the Bobcats’ 37-21 victory against Kansas. It was Windham’s first 100-yard rushing game and the the Bobcats' first victory against a Big 12 opponent since beating Kansas 30-15 on Oct. 17, 1967.


After quarterback Cooper Rush completed a Hail Mary pass to Jesse Kroll inside Oklahoma State’s 10-yard line with no time remaining, Willis took a lateral from Kroll and raced into the end zone to give Central Michigan a 30-27 victory against No. 22 Oklahoma State. Amazing. Incredible. Miraculous.

“I feel like if I don’t make that play I will never live that down for the rest of my life. I’m just feeling like I had to do my job. Jesse made the biggest play. He had to go up with two guys. All I’ve got to do is run to the end zone.” Corey Willis

The final tally on on americansportsnet.com:

Photo credits: Chase Litton courtesy of Marshall Football Hayden Moore courtesy Cincinnati Football via Twitter; Greg Windham courtesy Calvin Mattheis/Ohio Athletics

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