Scores

Final

Houston 41

(4-7, 3-4 American)

Marshall 44

(5-6, 4-3 C-USA)

12:00 PM ET, November 17, 2012

Joan C. Edwards Stadium, Huntington, WV

1 2 3 4 T
HOU 0 10 14 1741
MRSH 10 21 7 644

Top Performers

Passing: C. Jones (HOU) - 316 YDS, 5 TD

Rushing: K. Grooms (MRSH) - 21 CAR, 155 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Shuler (MRSH) - 9 REC, 105 YDS, 1 TD

Marshall 44, Houston 41

Associated Press

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Rakeem Cato threw three touchdowns and ran for another and Marshall held off Houston's furious fourth quarter rally to beat the Cougars 44-41 Saturday in a Conference-USA game.

Cato completed 32 of 50 passes for 377 yards.

Marshall (5-6, 4-3) led 31-10 at halftime behind Cato's three touchdown passes and a 69-yard rushing touchdown from Kevin Grooms.

Cato's 5-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter extended Marshall's lead to 38-17, but Crawford Jones threw three touchdowns -- all within a seven minute span -- to tie the game, 38-38, with 10:47 left to play.

Houston's (4-7, 3-4) Matt Hogan converted a 28-yarder to tie the game 41-all with 1:18 left to play but Justin Haig capped off an 8-play, 37-yard drive with his third field goal of the day, this time a 45-yarder, to create the final margin with seven seconds showing.

Jermaine Holmes had 16 tackles for Marshall.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
HOU
MRSH
1st Downs2337
Total Yards430665
Passing325377
Rushing105288
Penalties5-307-58
3rd Down Conversions5-1713-22
4th Down Conversions4-41-1
Turnovers12
Possession27:0532:55

Passing Leaders

HoustonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Jones31/443167.250
MarshallC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Cato32/503777.532

Rushing Leaders

HoustonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Farrow14785.6013
Jackson4205.0018
MarshallCARYDSAVGTDLG
Grooms211557.4169
Taliaferro18663.7012

Receiving Leaders

HoustonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Maxwell26231.0258
Greenberry66010.0123
MarshallRECYDSAVGTDLG
Shuler910511.7118
Wilson77210.3124

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERHOUMRSH
TD09:56Antavious Wilson 19 Yd Pass From Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig Kick) 07
FG06:27Justin Haig 23 Yd 010
SECOND QUARTERHOUMRSH
TD09:11Tommy Shuler 5 Yd Pass From Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig Kick) 017
TD06:08Shane Ros 3 Yd Pass From Crawford Jones (Matt Hogan Kick) 717
TD04:49Davonte Allen 46 Yd Pass From Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig Kick) 724
FG01:55Matt Hogan 32 Yd 1024
TD01:05Kevin Grooms 69 Yd Run (Justin Haig Kick) 1031
THIRD QUARTERHOUMRSH
TD06:47Xavier Maxwell 4 Yd Pass From Crawford Jones (Matt Hogan Kick) 1731
TD02:29Rakeem Cato 5 Yd Run (Justin Haig Kick) 1738
TD02:12Shane Ros 19 Yd Pass From Crawford Jones (Matt Hogan Kick) 2438
FOURTH QUARTERHOUMRSH
TD14:38Xavier Maxwell 58 Yd Pass From Crawford Jones (Matt Hogan Kick) 3138
TD10:47Deontay Greenberry 7 Yd Pass From Crawford Jones (Matt Hogan Kick) 3838
FG05:44Justin Haig 26 Yd 3841
FG01:18Matt Hogan 28 Yd 4141
FG00:07Justin Haig 45 Yd 4144