Sept. 1, 2012
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -
Marshall Postgame Notes
WVU 69, Marshall 34
Sept. 1, 2012
The 103 total points was the most ever in the WVU-MU series.
The 59 total points in the second half was the most of any half in the modern era (since 1946) of the Friends of Coal Bowl series. It beats the previous mark of 35 at halftime of the 2006 game (WVU led 28-7).
WVU's 69 points scored was the third-most in the WVU-MU series. It was the fifth-most points ever allowed by Marshall and the most since giving up 81 at WVU on Oct. 20, 1923.
WVU leads the all-time series 12-0.
Marshall's 545 yards of total offense was the most since running 86 plays for 506 yards at Houston last season (10/22/11). The last time the Herd had a greater total was September 15, 2007 versus New Hampshire when it racked up 562 yards. The last time it had a greater total against an FBS school was November 5, 2004 when it amassed 554 against Akron.
Sophomore quarterback Rakeem Cato passed for a career-high 413 yards and the most by a Herd quarterback since Bernard Morris threw for 417 against New Hampshire on Sept. 15, 2007.
Sophomore running back Travon Van's 4-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was Marshall's first of the season and his first since a 33-yard run in the fourth quarter of last season's regular season finale against East Carolina.
Marshall's 14-play, 98-yard drive in the second quarter tied for the longest - by yardage - in the Friends of Coal Bowl series. WVU's Geno Smith engineered a 15-play, 98-yard drive in the 2010 game in Huntington to tie the game 21-21 with 2:57 to play.
Senior wide receiver Tommy Shuler's 12-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter was the first of his career.
Sophomore tight end Eric Fohnapfel's 11-yard touchdown reception late in the fourth quarter was the second of his career.
There were 13 different Marshall wide receivers who caught at least one pass.
The Marshall defense stopped WVU on a fourth and goal situation from the 3-yard line at the end of the fourth quarter as Geno Smith's quarterback sneak was halted by Jeremiah Taylor.
Senior safety Dominick LeGrande led the team in tackles with 13 and forced a fumble in his Marshall debut.
Junior defensive back Monterius Lovett recorded his fourth-career interception late in the fourth quarter.
Sophomore Justin Haig's 34-yard field goal was his career-long. His only other field goal was a 24 yarder at Louisville last season.
Junior C.J. Crawford blocked a WVU punt attempt in the third quarter which was recovered by junior Gator Hoskins at the WVU nine-yard line. It led to a touchdown drive capped off by Van's 3-yard run. It was Marshall's second consecutive game with a blocked punt (FIU, 12/20/11).