Oct. 24, 2013
As chosen weekly by coach Doc Holliday and staff, the Marshall captains vs. Middle Tennessee were center Chris Jasperse (fifth straight game) and tackle Garrett Scott (second time) on offense, and tackle James Rouse (fourth time) and cornerback Darryl Roberts (three times) on defense. Fourteen players have been captains through seven games (seven of those 14 have been selected multiple times), six on offense and eight on defense.
Offensive lineman Clint Van Horn, redshirt sophomore, made his first career start for Marshall, at right tackle.
Redshirt freshman defensive lineman Gary Thompson made his first career start for Marshall, replacing Alex Bazzie at rush "fox" end.
Quarterback Rakeem Cato's touchdown pass to Jazz King in the first quarter extended Cato's streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to 25. Fresno State's Derek Carr leads FBS with 26; the Marshall record is 26 games in a row, held by Chad Pennington (every game in 1997 and '98 seasons).
Cornerback Darryl Roberts' first-quarter interception made him the ninth Herd player with a pick this season and gave Roberts his third-career interception. Marshall now has 11 interceptions on the season.
7th pass attempt of the night, with 5:50 left in the first quarter, gave him 1,109 attempts in his career, passing Michael Payton for No. 3 on the Marshall career list.
Wide receiver Tommy Shuler's 2nd reception of the game, with 1:11 to play in the first quarter, put him at 169 for his career, moving into 9th place on the Herd career list, passing Randy Moss and John "Fuzzy" Filliez, each with 168.
The Middle Tennessee first quarter punt block by Chris Brown for a touchdown is the second punt-block touchdown against Marshall this season (also one at Virginia Tech). Before those two, the last blocked punt-TD against the Herd was by Kyle Hopton of Southern Miss on Nov. 25, 2006.
Middle Tennessee's 21 first-half points are the most allowed by the Herd in any half in the 2013 season.
Rakeem Cato's 168 first-half passing yards took him to 8,000 for his career, placing him fourth on the Marshall career list behind Pennington (13,143), Leftwich (11,903), Payton (9,411).
Middle Tennessee's 51 points, 585 yards are highs against Marshall this season.
Deandre's Reaves 81-yard kick return in 3rd quarter is Herd's longest since Troy Evans' 100-yard TD return in 2010 at Southern Miss. It is the longest non-touchdown kick return for Marshall since an 83-yarder by Curtis Jones at Akron in 2000.
Running back Essray Taliaferro's 134 rushing yards marks his third career 100-yard game (105 at Virginia Tech this season, 130 at East Carolina in 2012).
Center Chris Jasperse has played every Marshall offensive snap for five straight games (Ohio, Va. Tech, UTSA, FAU, Middle Tennessee).