Scores

Final

W Carolina 24

(1-1, 0-1 away)

Marshall 52

(1-1, 1-0 home)

7:00 PM ET, September 8, 2012

Joan C. Edwards Stadium, Huntington, WV

1 2 3 4 T
WCU 0 3 7 1424
MRSH 3 21 21 752

Top Performers

Passing: R. Cato (MRSH) - 377 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: E. Sullivan (WCU) - 10 CAR, 50 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Mitchell (WCU) - 9 REC, 84 YDS, 1 TD

Marshall 52, W. Carolina 24

Associated Press

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Rakeem Cato threw for 337 yards and three touchdowns, helping Marshall build a sizable early lead in an easy 52-24 win over Western Carolina on Saturday night.

Cato was 32 of 42 passing for the Thundering Herd (1-1) before giving way to freshman backup Blake Frohnapfel, who was a perfect 4 of 4 passing for 53 yards with one touchdown.

Marshall's quarterback spread it around in the second quarter, throwing TD passes of 1 yard to Gator Hoskins, 2 yards to Aaron Dobson and 12 yards to Demetrius Evans for a 24-0 Marshall lead. Richard Sigmon's 40-yard field goal at the halftime whistle finally opened the scoring for the Catamounts (1-1).

Devin Arrington returned an interception 18 yards for a score to push the Thundering Herd's advantage to 45-10.

The Thundering Herd outgained the Catamounts 615-335, including a 430-191 yard margin through the air.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WCU
MRSH
1st Downs2137
Total Yards335615
Passing191430
Rushing144185
Penalties9-759-80
3rd Down Conversions6-158-14
4th Down Conversions0-01-2
Turnovers10
Possession29:3930:21

Passing Leaders

Western CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Sullivan19/401914.811
MarshallC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Cato32/423779.030

Rushing Leaders

Western CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Sullivan10505.0211
Johnson5306.0012
MarshallCARYDSAVGTDLG
Butler8607.5124
Grooms12423.5010

Receiving Leaders

Western CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Mitchell9849.3125
Orr13636.0036
MarshallRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wilson69816.3029
Dobson9819.0116

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWCUMRSH
FG11:46Justin Haig 24 Yd 03
SECOND QUARTERWCUMRSH
TD14:07Gator Hoskins 1 Yd Pass From Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig Kick) 010
TD05:52Aaron Dobson 2 Yd Pass From Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig Kick) 017
TD02:41Demetrius Evans 12 Yd Pass From Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig Kick) 024
FG00:00Richard Sigmon 40 Yd 324
THIRD QUARTERWCUMRSH
TD10:27Jacoby Mitchell 5 Yd Pass From Eddie Sullivan (Richard Sigmon Kick) 1024
TD06:59Steward Butler 8 Yd Run (Justin Haig Kick) 1031
TD02:12Remi Watson 3 Yd Run (Justin Haig Kick) 1038
TD01:46Devin Arrington 18 Yd Interception Return (Justin Haig Kick) 1045
FOURTH QUARTERWCUMRSH
TD10:58Eddie Sullivan 1 Yd Run (Richard Sigmon Kick) 1745
TD06:57Eric Frohnapfel 29 Yd Pass From Blake Frohnapfel (Justin Haig Kick) 1752
TD03:12Eddie Sullivan 8 Yd Run (Richard Sigmon Kick) 2452