Scores

Final

Southern Miss 20

(1-1, 0-1 C-USA)

Marshall 26

(1-1, 1-0 C-USA)

3:30 PM ET, September 10, 2011

Joan C. Edwards Stadium, Huntington, WV

1 2 3 4 T
USM 7 10 0 320
MRSH 3 7 14 226

Top Performers

Passing: R. Cato (MRSH) - 275 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: T. Martinez (MRSH) - 17 CAR, 69 YDS

Receiving: F. Llanos (USM) - 5 REC, 132 YDS, 2 TD

Marshall 26, Southern Miss. 20

Associated Press

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Rakeem Cato threw three touchdown passes to rally Marshall in a 26-20 win over Southern Mississippi on Saturday in the Conference USA opener for both teams.

The Thundering Herd (1-1) trailed 17-3 with 5:30 left in the second quarter before Cato orchestrated three straight touchdown drives. His third straight score, a 17-yard pass to Aaron Dobson, gave Marshall a 24-17 lead with 1:19 remaining in the third quarter.

Cato finished with 275 yards and two interceptions on 27-of-42 passing.

Southern Miss (1-1) made it 26-20 on Danny Hrapmann's 28-yard field goal with 1:22 remaining and was driving for another possible score, but Austin Davis threw his third interception with 1 minute left.

Davis finished with 309 yards and two touchdowns on 25-of-49 passing and broke Brett Favre's career passing mark. Davis, who needed 74 yards coming in, broke the record of 7,695 set from 1987-1990.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
USM
MRSH
1st Downs2020
Total Yards384378
Passing309275
Rushing75103
Penalties5-209-80
3rd Down Conversions9-207-18
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers62
Possession27:1432:46

Passing Leaders

Southern MissC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Davis25/493096.323
MarshallC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Cato27/422756.532

Rushing Leaders

Southern MissCARYDSAVGTDLG
Woodyard11544.9020
Hardy7334.7011
MarshallCARYDSAVGTDLG
Martinez17694.1013
Van11302.707

Receiving Leaders

Southern MissRECYDSAVGTDLG
Llanos513226.4290
Sullivan45814.5025
MarshallRECYDSAVGTDLG
Dobson7699.9217
Shuler36220.7039

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUSMMRSH
FG06:29Tyler Warner 32 Yd 03
TD01:15Francisco Llanos 13 Yd Pass From Austin Davis (Danny Hrapmann Kick) 73
SECOND QUARTERUSMMRSH
FG10:41Danny Hrapmann 36 Yd 103
TD05:30Francisco Llanos 90 Yd Pass From Austin Davis (Danny Hrapmann Kick) 173
TD00:27Aaron Dobson 10 Yd Pass From Rakeem Cato (Tyler Warner Kick) 1710
THIRD QUARTERUSMMRSH
TD13:15Gator Hoskins 11 Yd Pass From Rakeem Cato (Tyler Warner Kick) 1717
TD01:19Aaron Dobson 17 Yd Pass From Rakeem Cato (Tyler Warner Kick) 1724
FOURTH QUARTERUSMMRSH
SF09:15Kendrick Hardy Tackled By Vinny Curry In End Zone 1726
FG01:22Danny Hrapmann 28 Yd 2026