Marshall 55 - Gardner-Webb 0
Sep 7, 2013
Marshall Football Game Notes – Sept. 7, 2013
Marshall Thundering Herd (2-0) vs. Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs (1-1)
FINAL SCORE: Marshall 55, Gardner-Webb 0
The last time Marshall started the season 2-0 was 1999, when the Herd went undefeated.
The win over Gardner-Webb was Marshall’s first shutout in 111 games, since the 2003 season finale – a 28-0 win over rival Ohio at Edwards Stadium. The win over Gardner-Webb was only the second Herd shutout in 171 games (since Sept. 25, 1999 win over Temple, 34-0).
Gardner-Webb’s six turnovers is the most for a Herd opponent since the second game of 2011 (six by Southern Miss in a 26-20 Marshall victory).
This is Marshall’s first back-to-back 50-point performances since the Herd returned to major college football in 1997. It’s the first time in same season since the first round and quarterfinals of the 1996 NCAA Division I-AA playoffs (59-14 over Delaware, 54-0 over Furman).
Marshall’s win over Gardner-Webb makes the Herd 13-1 against FCS schools (formerly Division I-AA) since the Herd returned to major college football (from I-AA) with the 1997 opener. The only loss was to New Hampshire, 48-35, on Sept. 15, 2007 at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.
Today’s game captains selected this week by Marshall Head Coach Doc Holliday and his staff are quarterback Rakeem Cato and tight end Gator Hoskins for offense; defensive tackle James Rouse and defensive end Alex Bazzie for defense.
Redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Steve Dillon makes first career start for Herd. Linebacker Evan McKelvey is only other new starter from Week 1 for Herd.
Rakeem Cato, junior quarterback
Cato’s 8-yard rushing touchdown (9:16, second quarter) is the second rushing touchdown of his career (first was vs. Houston last season).
Cato’s second completion of second half (to Gator Hoskins) takes Cato to 6,671 career passing yards, moving him past Carl Fodor’s 6,655 into sixth place on Marshall all-time list.
Cato has also moved into fifth place in total offense for his Herd career (6,834 yards) passing Bernard Morris (6,705) and John Gregory (6,720).
Steward Butler, redshirt sophomore running back
Butler scored his first touchdown of season (11:11, first quarter), the fourth of his career.
Butler’s 46-yard touchdown run (5:32, first quarter) is longest run of the season for Marshall.
Butler’s third rushing touchdown of the game (7:19, third quarter) is the first time the Herd has had three rushing touchdowns by a player in same game since Kevin Grooms had three at Rice, Sept. 22, 2012.
Tommy Shuler, junior wide receiver
Junior wide receiver Tommy Shuler’s fourth catch of the game – a 44-yard touchdown early in second half – takes him to 1,407 career receiving yards and into the top 25 in school history. He passed previous No. 25 James Williams (1,403 yards).
The fumble recovery by defensive end Alex Bazzie is first of his Herd career. He also forced the fumble (previously had one FF in 2011).
Senior defensive tackle James Rouse’s quarterback sack is first of his Marshall career.
Redshirt freshman free safety A.J. Leggett’s interception (10:21, second quarter) is first of his Herd career.
Redshirt freshman defensive back Corey Tindal’s fumble recovery (9:09, second quarter) is the first of his Herd career.
Redshirt senior defensive back Monterius Lovett’s 70-yard interception return for a touchdown (5:46, second quarter) is the longest interception return (touchdown or not) for Marshall since Rashad Jackson had an 84-yarder for a score against Tulane in 2010 in Edwards Stadium. The pick also marks the sixth of Lovett’s career.
The interception returns for Marshall touchdowns in the first two games this season (Raheem Waiters against Miami [OH] and Monterius Lovett against Gardner-Webb), mark the first time Herd has had two picks returned for scores in the same season since 2006, when C.J. Spillman (85 yards) and Zearrick Mathews (44 yards) had touchdown returns of picks.
Junior defensive lineman Arnold Blackmon made the first sack of his MU career in the final minute of the first half.
Marshall Special Teams
Freshman kicker Amoreto Curraj’s 10th touchback of the season (7:19, third quarter) tops the nine for the Herd in Head Coach Doc Holliday’s three previous seasons (2010-12) combined.