Oct. 7, 2011
Marshall-UCF Game Notes
LOUISVILLE, Ky.-The Marshall football team (2-3, 1-0 C-USA) travels to UCF (2-2, 0-0 C-USA) for a 7 p.m. ET kickoff from Bright House Networks Stadium Saturday evening. The game will be carried locally on WSAZ-TV.
Marshall knocked off Big East foe Louisville 17-13 on the road last week, snapping a 19-game losing streak against BCS conference opponents and registering the program's first non-conference road win since 2003. Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato finished 18-for-30 for 236 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions, completing passes to 10 different receivers in the process. Junior wideout Andre Booker led all receivers with three catches for 66 yards. Travon Van carried the ball 15 times for 54 yards and Tron Martinez had 19 rushes for 49 yards. Defensively, the Herd produced five sacks, two interceptions and made several key plays down the stretch. Senior Tyson Gale led the team with seven tackles (five solo) and one interception to earn himself Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week. Punter Kase Whitehead locked up the league's Special Teams Player of the Week honors after he dropped four of his five kicks inside the 20-yard line.
The Knights were off last week after dropping a 24-17 decision at BYU on Sept. 24. Quarterback Jeff Godfrey completed 17 of his 25 attempts for 272 yards and an interception, but he did score twice on the ground. Running back Ronnie Weaver was the leading ground-gainer with seven carries for 38 yards. A.J. Guyton was Godfrey's favorite receiving target, as he hauled in nine catches for 163 yards. Kemal Ishmael had a game-high 10 tackles, including one tackle for loss.
Following Saturday's game, the Herd will host Rice for Homecoming with a 3 p.m. ET Saturday kickoff with the Owls from Joan C. Edwards Stadium.