Virginia Tech 29, Marshall 21 (3 OT)
Sept. 21, 2013
Virginia Tech’s punt block to score a touchdown with 13:00 remaining in the first quarter was the third career block of a Tyler Williams punt and the first this season. UAB and East Carolina blocked Williams’ punts last season. The Hokies were the first to score on a block of Williams. It was first blocked punt for a touchdown since Nov. 25, 2006, at Southern Miss, by Kyle Hopton (of an Ian O’Connor punt).
With senior Jeremiah Taylor out due to an injury, Ra’Shawde Myers (#40) made his second career start for Marshall, the first of this season.
Playing on the punt return team, Stefan Houston (#3) made his first appearance of the season (after suffering a high ankle sprain) and became the seventh true freshman to play for Marshall this season (Curraj, Selby, Hunt, M.Johnson, Lang, Knight, Houston).
Rakeem Cato’s two first-half touchdown passes gave him 61 scoring passes for his career, tying Todd Donnan (61, 1991-94) for fourth all-time on the Thundering Herd career passing list.
Rakeem Cato’s two first-half touchdown passes give him at least one in 22 consecutive games, the second-longest active streak in the nation to Derek Carr of Fresno State, who has thrown for a touchdown in 23 straight games.
Rakeem Cato’s 22-yard run late in first quarter is longest of his career, topping a 20-yard run in 2012 in a loss to Ohio at Edwards Stadium.
Marshall’s three first-half touchdowns at Virginia Tech are the most allowed by the Hokies’ defense in a game this season (two by Alabama, one by Western Carolina, one by East Carolina).
The 4-yard scoring run in the second quarter by Rakeem Cato was only the second rushing touchdown the Virginia Tech defense has allowed in 2013.
Monterius Lovett’s second quarter interception was the seventh of his Herd career and second this season.
Gator Hoskins’ touchdown catch (9:25 left in the second quarter) is the 17th of his Herd career, moving him to 13th all-time at Marshall in touchdown receptions.
Neville Hewitt interception (8:25 remaining in the second quarter) is first of his Herd career and sixth by the Marshall defense this season.
Tommy Shuler’s early 4th quarter catches (8th and 9th of game) took him to 110 receiving yards in the game and 1,612 in his career to move into 19th all-time at Marshall (passing Jim Swierczek, 1951-53, with 1,610).