Marshall at Southern Mississippi

Marshall 59, Southern Miss. 24


HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - 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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Scoring Summary
MRSHLJustin Haig 44 yd FG
USMCorey Acosta 51 yd FG
MRSHLRemi Watson 3 yd run (Justin Haig kick)
MRSHLAntavious Wilson 14 yd pass from Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig kick)
USMKalan Reed 19 yd interception return (Corey Acosta kick)
MRSHLKevin Grooms 64 yd run (Justin Haig kick)
USMDesmond Johnson 22 yd run (Corey Acosta kick)
MRSHLTommy Shuler 25 yd pass from Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig kick)
MRSHLTommy Shuler 1 yd pass from Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig kick)
MRSHLKevin Grooms 11 yd run (Justin Haig kick)
MRSHLSteward Butler 54 yd run (Justin Haig kick)
MRSHLEssray Taliaferro 1 yd run (Justin Haig kick)
USMArsenio Favor 12 yd run (Corey Acosta kick)
Team Stats
First Downs3225
Third Down Efficiency5-115-15
Fourth Down Efficiency0-00-1
Plays-Net Yards85-62977-331
Passing Yds354115
Kick Return Yds71153
Punt Return Yds150
Time of Poss.29:3730:23
Individual Stats
MRSHL: Kevin Grooms 12-119, Steward Butler 7-71, Remi Watson 10-56, Essray Taliaferro 6-26, Blake Frohnapfel 2-7, Rakeem Cato 1-3, Team 4--7
USM: Kendrick Hardy 8-50, Desmond Johnson 4-39, Jeremy Hester 6-31, Arsenio Favor 4-25, Ricky Lloyd 3-25, Jalen Richard 7-20, Tyre Bracken 2-14, Anthony Alford 10-12
MRSHL: Rakeem Cato 31-42-340-1, Blake Frohnapfel 1-1-14-0
USM: Anthony Alford 9-21-65-0, Ricky Lloyd 4-7-37-1, Arsenio Favor 4-5-13-0
MRSHL: Tommy Shuler 11-111, Antavious Wilson 6-96, Aaron Dobson 5-63, Demetrius Evans 2-21, Jermaine Kelson 2-18, Gator Hoskins 2-15, Jazz King 1-14, Davonte Allen 1-11, Remi Watson 1-4, Devon Johnson 1-1
USM: Francisco Llanos 5-25, Justin Burdette 4-17, Quentin Pierce 2-39, Tracy Lampley 2-13, Justin Sims 1-11, Dominique Sullivan 1-6, D.J. Thompson 1-6, Jalen Richard 1--2
Marshall6th Conference USA East2-63-9
Southern Mississippi3rd Conference USA West4-47-6

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