Postgame Notes from Saturday's Marshall-Houston Game
Marshall 44, Houston 41
Nov. 17, 2012
Marshall (5-6, 4-3) began the game with the first possession for the 16th straight game, the longest current streak nationally in FBS.
The Herd’s 37 first downs tied the school single-game record, set earlier this season (Sept. 8) in a win over Western Carolina at Edwards Stadium.
The Herd’s 106 offensive plays is a season high, topping the 101 in a Sept. 1, 2012 loss at West Virginia. The school record is 108 plays versus Western Carolina in 1987. In 11 games, the Herd has run 987 plays from scrimmage.
The Herd’s 665 yards total offense was a 2012 season high, topping 629 in a win at Southern Miss. The 665 versus the Cougars is the Herd’s total offense high since Oct. 12, 2002, when MU gained 733 in a win over Buffalo. The 665 yards were Marshall’s high in the last 128 games.
Marshall’s 288 rushing yards were its second-highest ground total this season, following 334 yards in a double overtime win at Rice.
Marshall was 5-for-5 on extra point tries. It’s the 32nd straight game without a missed or blocked PAT for the Herd. MU also has made 117 straight extra points, and PK Justin Haig is 52-of-52 this season after he and Tyler Warner were a combined 33-of-33 last season. The last miss was a blocked Warner attempt in a 24-23 win over Ohio University on Sept. 25, 2010.
QB Rakeem Cato was 32-for-50 and 3 touchdowns in the game.
His 848 career attempts rank No. 8 all-time, one behind Brian Anderson’s 849 (2007-10). His 557 completions are No. 3 in MU career annals. His 5,942 yards rank No. 8. He’s No. 6 in TDs, with 47.
In single-season rankings, Cato is No. 1 in completions (375), No. 2 in attempts (544, to Tony Petersen’s 622 in 1987) and No. 4 in yards (3,883). His 32 TD passes this season rank No. 7, one behind Todd Donnan’s 33 in 1994.
WR Tommy Shuler had 9 receptions for 105 yards. Shuler has 96 catches this season, tying TE Sean Doctor (1987) for third on the MU single-season list behind Mike Barber (106 in 1987) and Troy Brown (101 in 1992).
Shuler has 110 career catches as a sophomore, tied for 18th in career catches with Andre Motley (1988-90).
WR Antavious Wilson, on his Senior Day, had 7 catches for 72 yards. Wilson’s 180 career receptions rank No. 7. TE Cody Slate is No. 6 at 199 (2006-09). Wilson’s 2,226 career receiving yards are No. 10, behind teammate Aaron Dobson’s 2,337.
PK Justin Haig’s game-winning 45-yard field goal was his collegiate career longest. Haig is 4-for-4 from 40 yards or longer this season. Tyler Warner made a 45-yarder last season against Virginia Tech. The last Herd field goal of more than 45 yards was Craig Ratanamorn’s 46-yarder against Southern Miss in a November 2009 home loss.