Marshall Falls at Tulsa 59-17


Rakeem Cato threw for 163 yards and one touchdown Saturday.

Rakeem Cato threw for 163 yards and one touchdown Saturday.

Nov. 12, 2011

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TULSA, Okla. - Tulsa jumped out to a 42-3 halftime lead and never looked back as it defeated the Marshall football team 59-17 Saturday at H.A. Chapman Stadium in Tulsa, Okla.

The Golden Hurricane improved to 7-3 overall and 6-0 in Conference USA. The Thundering Herd fell to 4-6 overall and 3-3 in C-USA.

Junior wide receiver Aaron Dobson had four receptions for 71 yards including a 31-yard touchdown catch from freshman quarterback Rakeem Cato in the third quarter. It was Dobson's eighth touchdown reception of the season which tied Cody Slate's 2008 mark for the most touchdown catches in a single season since 2003.

Redshirt freshman running back Travon Vann ran for 114 yards on 17 carries. The majority of those yards came on a 69-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. It was the longest scoring run for the Herd since Darius Marshall's 69-yard touchdown on Sept. 26, 2009 against Memphis.

Cato was the Herd quarterback for the majority of the game and completed 16 of 26 pass attempts for 163 yards and one touchdown. A.J. Gram started the game and completed four out of 10 passes for 65 yards. He also ran for 35 yards.

Junior linebacker Devin Arrington led the Herd defense with 12 tackles, seven solo, and one forced fumble. Senior defensive lineman Vinny Curry was held to just three tackles.

The Marshall offense put up 393 yards of total offense, but was no match for a Tulsa team that amassed 682 total yards, the most given up by the Herd since before the 2000 season.

Tulsa had two running backs who rushed for over 100 yards. J'Terian Douglas who recorded 194 yards rushing and Trey Watts had 144 yards and a touchdown. Running back Alex Singleton scored three touchdowns on just 22 yards rushing. All together, the Golden Hurricane amassed 380 yards on the ground.

Marshall had the ball more minutes than Tulsa (31:03-28:57), but was hurt by two fumbles and one interception.