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Postgame Notes



Marshall Postgame Notes

Purdue 51, Marshall 41

Sept. 29, 2012 


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-          Marshall fell to 2-3 on the season. Purdue improved to 3-1.

-          Purdue leads the all-time series 1-0.


-          Herd right offensive tackle Garrett Scott returned to starting lineup for first time since he was injured (high ankle sprain) in opener at West Virginia. Gage Niemeyer had started at RT in Weeks 2-4.

-          Rakeem Cato's five touchdown passes gives him 30 for his career which ranks 11th on the all-time list at Marshall. He passed Bud Nelson (26).

-          Cato's 45 completions was the most-ever by a Purdue opponent.

-          Cato's 439 passing yards was a career-high and the most by the Herd since Byron Leftwich threw for 447 (28-35) against Buffalo on Oct. 12, 2002.

-          Cato's 443 yards of total offense gives him 4,042 for his career, passing Jackie Hunt, Ron Darby and Doug Chapman for 13th on the all-time list.

-          Gator Hoskins' three touchdown receptions was the most by a Marshall player since Josh Davis had three against Kent State on Oct. 11, 2003. Hoskins has six touchdowns this season after having three all of last season.

-           Tommy Shuler's 19 receptions were the most in school history and an NCAA major college high this season. West Virginia's Tavon Austin had 14 in win over Baylor on Saturday, only two players with more than 13 in a game this season (Shuler also had 13-catch game vs. Ohio).

-          Shuler's 200 yards receiving was first time a Marshall receiver had reached 200-yards since Josh Davis against Appalachian State on Aug. 31, 2002 (11 receptions, 264 yards)


-          Purdue's 14-play drive to take a 21-14 lead in second quarter was longest (in number of plays) against the Herd on the road this season. Ohio had a 16-play drive at Edwards Stadium in Huntington for a second-quarter score on Sept. 15.

-          Dominick LeGrande's third-quarter interception was his first of the season.

-          Herd redshirt freshman Steve Dillon recorded his first career sack with 22 seconds left in first quarter when he took down Purdue QB Caleb TerBush on intentional grounding play. It was also Dillon's first unassisted tackle of his career.

Special Teams

-          Kawann Short's block of Justin Haig's first-quarter FG attempt was first FG block by a Herd opponent since Oct. 1, 2011 at Louisville, when the Cardinals' William Savoy blocked a Tyler Warner attempt.

-          Jermain Kelson's blocked punt and Derek Mitchell's return for a 35-yard touchdown was the first blocked punt return for a touchdown since Kevin Perry's 2-yard return on Nov. 27, 2010 vs. Tulane.

-          Jeremiah Taylor blocked extra point in the fourth quarter was the first time a Herd player blocked an extra point attempt since Vinny Curry did so at Memphis on Nov. 17, 2011.

-          Tyler Williams' 51-yard first quarter punt gave him seven punts this season of 50 or more yards and nine of those have been inside the 20.