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Marshall Football Postgame Notes

Nov. 2, 2013

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The Marshall captains for Saturday's contest, chosen weekly by coach Doc Holliday and staff, included Chris Jasperse (sixth straight game) and guard Alex Schooler (first time) on offense, and cornerback Monterius Lovett (third time) and linebacker Evan McKelvey (first time) on defense. Sixteen players have been captains through seven games (seven of those 14 have been selected multiple times), seven on offense and nine on defense.

Safeties Tiquan Lang and A.J. Leggett made their first career starts for Marshall. Lang's start is the first by a Thundering Herd true freshman this season.

Quarterback Rakeem Cato has a touchdown pass in 26 straight games, No. 2 among active FBS quarterbacks. Fresno State's Derek Carr leads FBS with 27 (playing vs. Nevada later today). Cato's first-quarter touchdown pass to Gator Hoskins ties the Herd record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass, 26, by Chad Pennington (every game in 1997 and '98 seasons). Pennington's '98 team held its 15-year reunion at Joan C. Edwards Stadium on Saturday.

Rakeem Cato's 58-yard pass play to Devon Smith (11:05 first) is longest pass completion of Marshall's season.



Cato's touchdown pass to Davonte Allen was Allen's first touchdown catch of season.

Marshall has had 15 players score touchdowns this season.

Wide receiver Tommy Shuler's three first-quarter receptions tie Ricky Carter (1992-95) for 8th place in Marshall career catches history, at 176. Antavious Wilson (2009-12) is No. 7 at 187.

Marshall's 28 first-quarter points vs. Southern Miss are the most for the Herd in any quarter since scoring 28 in the second quarter versus UAB (59-14 Herd win) on Oct. 28, 2011.

Nick Mullens' 81-yard touchdown pass to Markese Triplett for Southern Miss in the second quarter is the first play of 50 or more yards (run, pass, return) against Marshall this season.

Essray Taliaferro's 55-yard run (before fumbling) in the second quarter matches longest run of season for Marshall. Steward Butler had a 55-yarder vs. Gardner-Webb.

Wide receiver Tommy Shuler's second touchdown catch of the day (with 0:27 remaining in the 2nd quarter) took him to 11 for his career, tying him for 21st place in Herd career history in touchdown catches.

Running back Essray Taliaferro is the first Herd player to rush for 100 yards in back-to-back games (24 carries for 134 yards at Middle Tennessee, eight carries for 108 yards vs. Southern Miss) since Darius Marshall had four 100-yarders in a row in 2009 (Weeks 2-5; Virginia Tech 109, Bowling Green 186, Memphis 203, East Carolina 141).

Kevin Grooms' 75-yard touchdown run (5:57 in third) is the longest Herd run since 80-yard touchdown by Darius Marshall vs. Bowling Green in 2009.

Justin Haig's missed point after touchdown (after Herd's 7th touchdown of the day) ended Herd consecutive PAT streak after 40-plus games. The Herd had a streak of 156 in a row (fourth nationally) before the miss and Haig had made 102 in a row (fifth nationally) before his miss. The last PAT miss was Sept. 25, 2010, when Tyler Watrner's attempt was blocked in a 24-23 win over Ohio (blocked by OU's Ernie Hodge). The last Herd missed PAT (without a block) was by Craig Ratanamorn on Nov. 8, 2008 at East Carolina (19-16 OT loss).

Marshall's six touchdown passes in the game (5 by Cato, 1 by Frohnapfel) tied the Marshall school record for touchdown passes by a team in a game. It is the seventh time the Herd has thrown six touchdown passes in a game.

Chris Jasperse's streak of playing every snap ended after 23 quarters (start of fourth quarter, vs. Southern Miss, replaced by Michael Selby). Jasperse took every snap in previous five games (Virginia Tech, UTSA, Florida Atlantic, Middle Tennessee).

The 100-yard rushing games for Essray Taliaferro and Kevin Grooms mark the first time the Herd has had two 100-yard rushers in the same game since Steward Butler had 166 and Grooms 103 in double-overtime win at Rice in 2012.

Marshall's 61 points are a Herd high in a C-USA game (nine seasons), surpassing 59 three times (at East Carolina, at Southern Miss in 2012; home versus UAB in 2011). The 61 are a Marshall high since the 2002 Herd scored 66 at Buffalo in 66-21 win.

Cato's five touchdown passes on the day took him to 72 for his career, passing Michael Payton (69) for third in Herd history (Chad Pennington 115, Byron Leftwich 89).

With the 61-13 victory, Marshall's margin of victory was 48 points, which sets a record for the largest margin of victory for the Herd in a Conference USA game.