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Marshall Football Postgame Notes

Nov. 9, 2013

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The Marshall game captains, chosen weekly by coach Doc Holliday and staff, for Saturday’s contest were quarterback Rakeem Cato (fourth time) and three new captains – offensive guard Clint Van Horn, nose guard Brandon Sparrow and middle linebacker Jermaine Holmes. Nineteen players have been captains through eight games (seven of those 14 have been selected multiple times), eight on offense and 11 on defense.

Herd true freshman strong side linebacker Stefan Houston made his first career start for Marshall. He is the second true freshman to start on offense or defense this season (safety Tiquan Lang).

Marshall defensive tackle Brandon Sparrow’s fumble recovery in the first quarter is his second in as many games.

Quarterback Rakeem Cato has a touchdown pass in 27 straight games, No. 2 among active FBS quarterbacks. Fresno State’s Derek Carr leads FBS with 28. Cato’s first-quarter touchdown pass to Eric Frohnapfel broke the Herd record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass, 26, shared by Cato and Chad Pennington (every game in 1997 and 1998 seasons).

Junior tight end Eric Frohnapfel’s 31-yard touchdown reception (with 7:26 remaining in the first quarter) is his longest career reception in a Herd uniform.



Running back Kevin Grooms’ 71-yard touchdown run follows his 75-yarder last week versus Southern Miss. The 75- and 71-yarders rank tied for 12th and tied for 14th, respectively for the longest rushes in Herd history. They are the longest runs since Darius Marshall went 80 yards (on a touchdown run) in 2009 versus Bowling Green.

Shuler also got his 12th career touchdown reception, tying him for 20th in Marshall annals with Andre Motley (1988-90).

Junior quarterback Rakeem Cato’s third touchdown pass of game (with 0:20 remaining in the 2nd quarter) is the 75th of his Herd career. That is the most among FBS junior quarterbacks in the nation.

With five catches (13:30, 3rd quarter), wide receiver Tommy Shuler has 188 career receptions, passing former teammate Antavious Wilson (187) for No. 7 on Herd career receptions list. Shuler’s 64 catches this season ties College Football Hall of Famer Mike Barber (1986) for No. 24 on the all-time list. Shuler (110) and Barber (106) also have the No. 1 and 2 seasons.

Running back Essray Taliaferro is the first Herd player to rush for 100 yards in three straight games (24-134 at Middle Tennessee, 8-108 vs. Southern Miss, 12-118 today vs. UAB) 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).

Wide receiver Tommy Shuler had his seventh career 100-yard receiving game (he did so at the six-minute mark in the 3rd quarter). Shuler finished the day with six catches for 100 yards.

This is the first time in history that Marshall has had three 100-yard rushers in the same game (Stew Butler, Essray Taliaferro, Kevin Grooms).

Marshall surpassed 630 yards of total offense for a second straight game for the fourth time in school history – Central Michigan (647), Akron (726) in 2001; Kent State (645), Buffalo (733) in 2002; Houston (665), East Carolina (633) in 2012; Southern Miss (636) and UAB (657) the last two weeks.

The Herd’s 657 yards total offense rank sixth all-time in MU history.

With its victory over UAB on Saturday, Marshall became bowl eligible in 2013. The Herd’s previous 10 bowl appearances (7-3):
(Year listed in season ended by bowl)
*1947 – Tangerine Bowl (Orlando, Fla.)
Catawba (N.C.) 7, Marshall 0

*1997 – Motor City Bowl (Detroit)
Ole Miss 34, Marshall 31

*1998 – Motor City Bowl (Detroit)
Marshall 48, Louisville 29

*1999 – Motor City (Detroit)
Marshall 21, BYU 3

*2000 – Motor City Bowl (Detroit)
Marshall 25, Cincinnati 14

*2001 – GMAC Bowl (Mobile, Ala.)
Marshall 64, East Carolina 61, 2OT

*2002 – GMAC Bowl (Mobile, Ala.)
Marshall 38, Louisville 15

*2004 – Fort Worth Bowl (Fort Worth, Texas)
Cincinnati 32, Marshall 14

*2009 – Little Caesars Pizza Bowl (Detroit)
Marshall 21, Ohio 17

*2011 – Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Marshall 20, FIU 10