Marshall Football Postgame Notes
Marshall 45, Tulsa 34
Nov. 14, 2013
Marshall game captains - chosen weekly by coach Doc Holliday and staff - for the Tulsa game were center Chris Jasperse (seventh time), quarterback Rakeem Cato (fifth time), defensive tackle James Rouse (fifth time) and cornerback Monterius Lovett (fourth time). Nineteen players have been captains through nine games (seven of those 19 selected multiple times), eight on offense and 11 on defense.
Just prior to the Golden Hurricane band playing the National Anthem, Marshall Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick was joined at midfield by Tulsa President Dr. Steadman Upham and TU Athletic Director Dr. Derrick Gragg for a pregame moment of silence in memory of the 75 victims of the Nov. 14, 1970 Marshall football team plane crash on the tragedy's 43rd anniversary.
Tulsa Equipment Manager Russ Hoffman, a 2002 Marshall graduate, received one of the special commemorative "75" helmets Marshall players wore Thursday night at Tulsa in the traditional exchange of opponents' helmets with Herd Equipment Manager Rich Worner. Hoffman, a Bethany, W.Va., native, has been the TU equipment chief since 2007.
Marshall's first touchdown (Rakeem Cato-to-Tommy Shuler) marked the third straight game and sixth time this season - first on the road - that the Herd has scored on its first offensive possession.
Quarterback Rakeem Cato, with three first-quarter touchdown passes, has extended his streak of consecutive games with a scoring pass to 28, a Marshall record and second nationally among active FBS quarterbacks behind Fresno State's Derek Carr, who has 29. Carr's next game is Nov. 23 versus New Mexico.
Quarterback Rakeem Cato's four touchdown passes in the first half give him 27 this season, moving Cato past Michael Payton (1991) into the No. 10 spot for single-season touchdown passes. Next is Byron Leftwich (2002) with 30. Cato's 37 touchdown passes last season rank No. 3 all-time (Pennington 39 in 1997; Leftwich 38 in 2001).
Tulsa linebacker Shawn Jackson's tipped interception of Rakeem Cato (0:23, first quarter) is the first pick of Cato in his career in the red zone. The junior has 50 red zone touchdown passes.
Marshall's 244 first-quarter yards against Tulsa are the most for the Herd in any of its 37 quarters this season.
Herd running back Stew Butler has 16 rushes of 10 or more yards this season and six of more than 25 yards.
Tight end Gator Hoskins' second touchdown catch (4:48 left in 2nd quarter) is the 22nd of his career, tying him for No. 9 all-time on Herd list with Jim Swierczek (1951-53). The tight end record for touchdown catches is 23, by Cody Slate (2006-09).
Wide receiver Tommy Shuler's six first-half catches take him to 71 for season, tying him for 15th place on single-season list with Nate Poole (1999) and Darius Watts (2002). His 110 catches in 2012 are the school record. Shuler also has passed 2,000 career yards (2,015).
Marshall's 371 yards in first half is second highest halftime total offense for MU this season. The Herd had 386 vs. UAB last Saturday at Edwards Stadium.
The third-quarter point-after block by Marshall's Darryl Roberts was the second kick blocked this season and 19th kick blocked in coach Doc Holliday's four seasons. Defensive tackle James Rouse blocked a Virginia Tech field goal attempt in the first overtime of the Sept. 21 game.
Running back Remi Watson's late third quarter fumble was Herd's fourth turnover (three fumbles lost, one interception) against Tulsa, matching the Herd's season high in a game, in a loss at Ohio (Sept. 14).
Quarterback Rakeem Cato's 387 passing yards (with 9:32 left) are his high since 391 last season in a home loss to Tulsa in Week 6.
Marshall's five turnovers are the most for the Herd since losing six at Memphis is a 23-22 Herd win in November 2011.
Quarterback Rakeem Cato matched his career high with five touchdown passes and eclipsed his career passing yardage in a single game with 456. His previous career high in yardage was 439 at Purdue last season (Nov. 29, 2012).
Wide receiver Tommy Shuler's fourth quarter touchdown catch was the 14th of his career, moving him past Ricky Carter (1992-95) into the No. 19 spot all-time at MU.