Scores

Final

Marshall 59

(3-4, 2-1 C-USA)

Southern Miss 24

(0-7, 0-3 C-USA)

Coverage: CBS Sports Network

7:00 PM ET, October 20, 2012

M. M. Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, MS

1 2 3 4 T
MRSH 10 21 14 1459
USM 3 14 0 724

Top Performers

Passing: R. Cato (MRSH) - 340 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: K. Grooms (MRSH) - 12 CAR, 119 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: T. Shuler (MRSH) - 11 REC, 111 YDS, 2 TD

Marshall 59, Southern Miss. 24

Associated Press

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Rakeem Cato threw for 340 yards and three touchdowns and Kevin Grooms added a pair of scores on the ground as Marshall eased past winless Southern Mississippi 59-24 Saturday night.

Cato completed 22 of 31 first-half attempts as the Thundering Herd (3-4, 2-1 Conference USA) built a 31-17 halftime lead on 374 yards of total offense.

The first passing touchdown came early in the second quarter. Cato connected with Antavious Wilson on a wide receiver screen for a 14-yard touchdown, giving Marshall a 17-3 lead.

Southern Mississippi (0-7, 0-3) responded with Kalan Reed's 19-yard interception return for a score, but Grooms answered three plays later with a 64-yard TD to put the Thundering Herd up 24-10.

Cato connected with Tommy Shuler for touchdown passes on consecutive possessions in the second half, and Grooms scored from 11 yards out, extending Marshall's lead to 45-17 at the end of the third quarter.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MRSH
USM
1st Downs3225
Total Yards629331
Passing354115
Rushing275216
Penalties9-1025-50
3rd Down Conversions5-115-15
4th Down Conversions0-00-1
Turnovers13
Possession29:3730:23

Passing Leaders

MarshallC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Cato31/423408.131
Southern MissC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Alford9/21653.100

Rushing Leaders

MarshallCARYDSAVGTDLG
Grooms121199.9264
Butler77110.1154
Southern MissCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hardy8506.3012
Johnson4399.8122

Receiving Leaders

MarshallRECYDSAVGTDLG
Shuler1111110.1225
Wilson69616.0142
Southern MissRECYDSAVGTDLG
Pierce23919.5028
Llanos5255.0011

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMRSHUSM
FG07:17Justin Haig 44 Yd 30
FG03:41Corey Acosta 51 Yd 33
TD00:21Remi Watson 3 Yd Run (Justin Haig Kick) 103
SECOND QUARTERMRSHUSM
TD11:45Antavious Wilson 14 Yd Pass From Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig Kick) 173
TD09:24Kalan Reed 19 Yd Interception Return (Corey Acosta Kick) 1710
TD08:32Kevin Grooms 64 Yd Run (Justin Haig Kick) 2410
TD05:13Desmond Johnson 22 Yd Run (Corey Acosta Kick) 2417
TD03:46Tommy Shuler 25 Yd Pass From Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig Kick) 3117
THIRD QUARTERMRSHUSM
TD10:54Tommy Shuler 1 Yd Pass From Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig Kick) 3817
TD05:30Kevin Grooms 11 Yd Run (Justin Haig Kick) 4517
FOURTH QUARTERMRSHUSM
TD10:00Steward Butler 54 Yd Run (Justin Haig Kick) 5217
TD05:12Essray Taliaferro 1 Yd Run (Justin Haig Kick) 5917
TD02:03Arsenio Favor 12 Yd Run (Corey Acosta Kick) 5924