Nov. 23, 2012
Marshall Game Notes
East Carolina 65, Marshall 59, 2 OT
East Carolina improved to 8-4 (7-1 C-USA).
Marshall fell to 5-7 (4-4 C-USA).
Marshall scored 50 points in its fourth game of the year, the most since doing it in five contests during the 1996 season.
The Herd scored 21 second quarter points for the fourth time this season and for the second straight week.
For the second consecutive game and third time this season, MU ran 100 plays. The Herd ran 1,087 plays during the 2012 season.
Marshall scored in each quarter, something it has done seven times during the season.
633 total offensive yards represent the third time Marshall has went over 600 this season (vs. Western Carolina & at Southern Miss).
Rakeem Cato became the fourth Thundering Herd quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards in season with 318 on Friday to bring his 2012 total to 4,201, joining Tony Petersen (4,902, 1987) and Byron Leftwich (4,268 in 2002 and 4,132 in 2001). His 4,201 yards this season rank as third most in a single-season at Marshall.
Cato also became the eighth quarterback with 6,000 career passing yards, totaling 6,260 so far in his career.
Cato's five touchdowns Friday tied his career high (at Purdue, 2012).
Cato`s 37 touchdown passes this season ties Chad Pennington (1999) for third highest single-season total. Pennington had record 39 in 1997 and Leftwich had 38 in 2001.
Cato had 4,187 pass yards this season, third in a MU single-season (current assistant coach Tony Petersen 4,902 in 1987), Leftwich (4,268 in 2002)
Tommy Shuler broke the all-time MU single-season receptions mark with 14 Friday to bring his 2012 season total to 110. He surpassed Mike Barber, who had 106 in 1987.
Shuler caught multiple touchdown passes for the second time in his career. He previously caught two at Southern Miss (Oct. 20, 2012).
A 51-yard, fourth quarter touchdown run by backup quarterback Blake Frohnapfel was the longest run by a Herd quarterback since a 75 TD run for Bernard Morris vs. East Carolina at Marshall on Nov. 10, 2007.
With an overtime touchdown reception, Antavious Wilson had three catches for scores, the second time a Herd player has caught at least three touchdowns in a contest (Gator Hoskins at Purdue, 9/29) this year.
The touchdown pass from Frohnapfel to Wilson in the first overtime tied the MU record for combined TD passes in a game. A.J. Graham had five and Cato had one last at home versus UAB.
With Shuler and Wilson each having multiple touchdown catches, it was the first for Marshall since Troy Evans and Hoskins each multiple receptions vs. UAB, Oct. 29, 2011.
Aaron Dobson's first quarter touchdown reception moved him into a tie for fourth with 24 career TD catches. He is tied with Troy Brown (1991-92).
130 rushing yards by Essray Taliaferro were a career high. He also started the game, his first of the season.
59 points by the Herd are the most points it has scored in a loss. Previous highest total was 42 vs. Louisiana-Monroe (43-42, 1987 I-AA Championship Game).
D.J. Hunter had 18 tackles to lead Marshall, which is his career-high and a season-high for any Herd defender.
Marshall's streak of receiving the opening kick ended in game 17. The Herd has previously received the past 16 opening kickoffs, which was the nation's longest active streak.
With his 24 yard fourth quarter field goal and eight extra points, Justin Haig scored 99 points on the season, the most since 98 by Dewey Klein in 1988.
Haig finished the season 60-for-60 on point-after-attempts (PAT), extending the Herd's streak of made PAT's to 33 games and 125 consecutive attempts.