Marshall runs all over New Ulm

NEW ULM – Jefferson Lee scored five touchdowns as Marshall took a 39-0 halftime lead as the Tigers continued their dominance with a 58-14 win over New Ulm Thursday night.

Lee scored on runs of 5, 4, 15 and 67 and added a 87-yard kickoff return to his resume.

Ryan VanMoer scored when he recovered a fumble in the end zone. Reece Winkelman got into the end zone on a 35-yard pass from quarterback Trey Lance and Lance added a score on a 1-yard run. Seth Cattoor ended the Tigers’ scoring with a 17-yard run.

Cooper Yackley scored both of the Eagles’ touchdowns on passes of 20 and eight yards from quarterback Alex Portner.

“Marshall is a great team,” said Eagles’ head coach Corey Kneeshaw. “I think to start off we had a little star power in our eyes. The weather did affect us because we run the spread – the shotgun – that is one of the risks that we have. We struggled with getting the snaps early on but we made some adjustments at halftime.”

The Tigers, who have now scored 166 points in just three games, hit the end zone on their first possession when VanMoer recovered a fumble in the end zone for a 6-0 lead.

After the Tigers recovered a New Ulm fumble, it took them five plays to score when Lee raced in from 5 yards out for a 13-0 lead.

Marshall made it 19-0 early in the second quarter when Lee scored on a 4-yard run before Lance hit Winkelman for a 25-0 lead.

A Lee 15-yard run and a Lance 1-yard run saw Marshall up comfortably 39-0 at halftime.

“We made some adjustments at halftime and our defense did a great job of getting us the ball in the second half,” said Kneeshaw. “We forced two fumbles on their first two drives and we turned those into points.”

Hunter Ranweiler recovered a Tigers’ fimble on the Marshall 23. Six plays later, Alex Portner found Copper Yackley in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown. A Sam Denny extra point cut the lead to 39-7.

On the Tigers’ next possession, Yackley fell on a loose ball on the Marshall 22. The tandem of Portner to Yackley hooked up again, this time from eight yards out to pull New Ulm to within 39-14 after a Denny extra point.

But any momentum that the Eagles may have had vanished seconds later when Lee returned the kick-off 87 yards for a touchdown.

“He (Lee) is a very good player,” said Kneeshaw. “But they have a lot of them. Their quarterback is only a junior – they have some quality players on the D-I and D-II level.”

Lee added another long distance touchdown with a 67-yard run for a 52-14 lead.

A Seth Cattoor 17-yard run ended the Tigers scoring.