HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - 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.
|MRSHL||Antavious Wilson 19 yd pass from Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig kick)|
|MRSHL||Justin Haig 23 yd FG|
|MRSHL||Tommy Shuler 5 yd pass from Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig kick)|
|HOU||Shane Ros 3 yd pass from Crawford Jones (Matt Hogan kick)|
|MRSHL||Davonte Allen 46 yd pass from Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig kick)|
|HOU||Matt Hogan 32 yd FG|
|MRSHL||Kevin Grooms 69 yd run (Justin Haig kick)|
|HOU||Xavier Maxwell 4 yd pass from Crawford Jones (Matt Hogan kick)|
|MRSHL||Rakeem Cato 5 yd run (Justin Haig kick)|
|HOU||Shane Ros 19 yd pass from Crawford Jones (Matt Hogan kick)|
|HOU||Xavier Maxwell 58 yd pass from Crawford Jones (Matt Hogan kick)|
|HOU||Deontay Greenberry 7 yd pass from Crawford Jones (Matt Hogan kick)|
|MRSHL||Justin Haig 26 yd FG|
|HOU||Matt Hogan 28 yd FG|
|MRSHL||Justin Haig 45 yd FG|
|Third Down Efficiency||5-17||13-22|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||4-4||1-1|
|Kick Return Yds||209||80|
|Punt Return Yds||6||10|
|Time of Poss.||27:5||32:55|
|HOU: Kenneth Farrow 14-78, Ryan Jackson 4-20, Shane Ros 2-3, Charles Sims 3-2, DeWayne Peace 1-2, Larry McDuffey 1-1, Crawford Jones 7--1|
|MRSHL: Kevin Grooms 21-155, Essray Taliaferro 18-66, Remi Watson 8-35, Rakeem Cato 9-32|
|HOU: Crawford Jones 31-44-316-0, Shane Ros 1-2-9-0|
|MRSHL: Rakeem Cato 32-50-377-2|
|HOU: Deontay Greenberry 6-60, Shane Ros 5-52, DeWayne Peace 5-44, Ronnie Williams 4-35, Larry McDuffey 4-23, Kenneth Farrow 3-25, Xavier Maxwell 2-62, Charles Sims 2-26, Ryan Jackson 1-6, Crawford Jones 0--8|
|MRSHL: Tommy Shuler 9-105, Antavious Wilson 7-72, Demetrius Evans 5-44, Craig Wilkins 5-29, Davonte Allen 2-55, Gator Hoskins 1-27, Remi Watson 1-19, Jazz King 1-15, Devon Johnson 1-11|
|Houston||4th American Athletic||5-3||8-4|
|Marshall||1st Conference USA East||7-1||9-4|