Marshall (1-0) at North Carolina State (0-1)
6 p.m., Carter-Finley Stadium (57,583, Tifway 419 Bermuda Grass), Raleigh, North Carolina
TV: ESPN3, ACC Network Extra. Crew: Kevin Fitzgerald play-by-play, Dustin Fox analyst.
Line: N.C. State by 24.
Series: N.C. State leads 3-0.
Last game: N.C. State 33, Marshall 16 at Raleigh.
Tickets: Some available, $40.
Weather: No Irma here! Bright sunset, clear evening, 73 at kickoff.
On the spot
n Chase Litton, Marshall quarterback: He likely will be a fixture on here all year, just because. Arguably, he left two TD drives on the field against Miami.
n Brandon Drayton and Malik Gant, Marshall safeties: With senior C.J. Reavis suspended for the first half because of a targeting foul the previous week, these two must hold the fort, particularly Gant.
Stats ‘n’ such
Milestones: Litton’s streak of 22 games with a TD pass is the nation’s longest. His 5,425 yards is 10th on MU’s all-time list, 191 behind No. 9 Bernard Morris. He is 7th in TD passes with 48, 3 behind John Gregory. His 481 completions are also 10, but he will jump to 7th with 6 more.
Ryan Yurachek has caught a pass in the last 30 games. … Litton’s career yardage increased to 5,425, raising him into Marshall’s all-time top 10. His TD pass was his 48th, and he remains seventh.
75 Marshall yards rushing. All things considered, this wouldn’t be a negative. It may mean Litton is staying on his feet and delivering passes.
1 Number of kickoff returns for Marshall’s Keion Davis. N.C. State gave up a game-opening TD last week, so Davis may not get an opportunity.
7 Third-down conversions for either team. Marshall got off to a good start in the category last week, making 7 of 13; N.C. State was 9 of 20.
Completely useless trivia
All hail the Charlotte 49ers, for they have deprived trivia-starved sportswriters looking for a “North Carolina hex.” When the Herd defeated the 49ers in 2015, it was the first win in the Tar Heel State since 1996, when Randy Moss and the Herd beat Appalachian State 24-10. Still, the state hasn’t been great to the Herd, from three losses at N.C. State and two to the Apps in the 1990s, to a tough loss at North Carolina in 2000. Oh, and those four losses at East Carolina, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012.
The Thundering returns home, taking on Kent State next Saturday at 6:30 p.m. The Wolfpack stays home, taking on Furman at 12:20 p.m. Saturday.
— By Doug Smock