Nov. 16, 2011
Marshall Game Notes at Memphis
MEMPHIS, Tenn.-The Marshall football team (4-6, 3-3 Conference USA) travels to Memphis (2-8, 1-5) for an 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. CT) kickoff from Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium Thursday evening. The game will be televised by Fox Sports Net and Root Sports and will be carried locally on WSAZ-TV.
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.
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 Van 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. Graham 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.
The Memphis running back tandem of sophomore Jerrell Rhodes and redshirt senior Billy Foster combined for 182 rushing yards and three scores, but it wasn't enough as longtime rival UAB scored 24 unanswered points in the final quarter for a come-from-behind 41-35 Conference USA win over the Tigers Saturday. Rhodes finished with a career-high 95 yards on 17 carries, and Foster added 87 yards on 10 rushes.
Quarterback Taylor Reed was 16-of-29 passing for 167 yards and two touchdowns. Tannar Rehrer led all Tigers with seven receptions (29 yards), while Foster led the team with 79 receiving yards.
Cannon Smith and Terrence Thomas led the Tigers defense with nine tackles apiece. Thomas also had one sack for 12 yards.
Marshall will return home for its regular season finale next Saturday when East Carolina visits for a 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff in another contest that will be carried on CBS Sports Network.