Marshall at Florida Atlantic

Marshall beats FAU 24-23 on game-winning FG


BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Justin Haig kicked a 41-yard field goal as time expired to give Marshall a 24-23 comeback win over Florida Atlantic on Saturday.

Marshall (4-2, 2-0 Conference USA) trailed by as many as 9 in the fourth quarter but cut FAU's lead to 23-21 with 6:47 to play on a 41-yard touchdown pass from Rakeem Cato to Gator Hoskins on 4th and 5.

After forcing FAU (2-5, 1-4) to punt, Marshall began its final drive at its own 9-yard line with 2:19 left. Highlighted by a 35-yard completion from Rakeem Cato to Devon Smith, Cato led the Thundering Herd 67 yards down the field to setup the game-winning score. Cato finished with 216 yards passing and 45 yards rushing.

Earlier, Marshall scored on a 77-yard punt return by Devon Smith and a 1-yard run by Kevin Grooms.

Jaquez Johnson threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score for FAU.

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Scoring Summary
MRSHLDevon Smith 77 yd punt return (Justin Haig kick)
FAUMitch Anderson 26 yd FG
FAUJonathan Wallace 2 yd run (Mitch Anderson kick)
MRSHLKevin Grooms 1 yd run (Justin Haig kick)
FAUNexon Dorvilus 5 yd pass from Jaquez Johnson (missed kick)
FAUJaquez Johnson 1 yd run (Mitch Anderson kick)
MRSHLGator Hoskins 41 yd pass from Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig kick)
MRSHLJustin Haig 41 yd FG
Team Stats
First Downs1824
Third Down Efficiency9-185-13
Fourth Down Efficiency1-20-0
Plays-Net Yards69-35576-395
Passing Yds216187
Kick Return Yds590
Punt Return Yds7722
Time of Poss.24:4935:11
Individual Stats
MRSHL: Essray Taliaferro 10-45, Rakeem Cato 7-45, Kevin Grooms 14-42, Remi Watson 3-7
FAU: Jaquez Johnson 17-78, Jonathan Wallace 20-75, Jay Warren 10-55
MRSHL: Rakeem Cato 18-34-216-1, Team 0-1-0-0
FAU: Jaquez Johnson 16-28-187-1, Daniel McKinney 0-1-0-0
MRSHL: Tommy Shuler 5-37, Devon Smith 3-50, Gator Hoskins 2-50, Craig Wilkins 2-36, Jazz King 2-20, Kevin Grooms 2-4, Davonte Allen 1-10, Demetrius Evans 1-9
FAU: William Dukes 5-70, Jenson Stoshak 4-47, Nexon Dorvilus 2-18, Daniel McKinney 2-11, Darion Howard 1-26, Alex Deleon 1-9, Cre'von LeBlanc 1-6
Marshall6th Conference USA East2-63-9
Florida Atlantic6th Conference USA East2-63-9

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