UAB at Marshall

Marshall unstoppable in 56-14 rout over UAB


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) Rakeem Cato had four total touchdowns and Marshall had 657 total yards on Saturday in a 56-14 rout of UAB.

The Thundering Herd (6-3, 4-1 Conference-USA) scored quickly and easily. They averaged 12.6 yards per play to break a school record set in 1991 against VMI (12.4).

Cato surpassed Chad Pennington to become Marshall's all-time leader in consecutive games with a TD pass at 27. Cato had 276 yards, three passing touchdowns and no interceptions. His 20 pass attempts were the fewest in his career.

Steward Butler ran for 139 yards, Essray Taliaferro had 118 and Kevin Grooms had 108. It was the first time three Marshall players rushed for at least 100 yards in a game.

UAB (2-7, 1-4) finished with 464 total yards and 22 first downs but did not force a Marshall punt until the fourth quarter.

Jordan Howard had 123 yards on 22 carries for the Blazers.

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Scoring Summary
MRSHLEssray Taliaferro 7 yd run (Justin Haig kick)
UABDarrin Reaves 2 yd run (Ty Long kick)
MRSHLEric Frohnapfel 39 yd pass from Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig kick)
MRSHLKevin Grooms 71 yd run (Justin Haig kick)
MRSHLTommy Shuler 6 yd pass from Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig kick)
UABDarrin Reaves 32 yd pass from Jonathan Perry (Ty Long kick)
MRSHLKevin Grooms 9 yd pass from Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig kick)
MRSHLEssray Taliaferro 16 yd run (Justin Haig kick)
MRSHLRakeem Cato 6 yd run (Justin Haig kick)
MRSHLSteward Butler 49 yd run (Justin Haig kick)
Team Stats
First Downs2225
Third Down Efficiency7-163-6
Fourth Down Efficiency2-41-1
Plays-Net Yards73-46452-657
Passing Yds176276
Kick Return Yds12346
Punt Return Yds-50
Time of Poss.39:120:59
Individual Stats
UAB: Jordan Howard 22-123, Darrin Reaves 24-98, Jonathan Perry 9-54, Jamarcus Nelson 1-13
MRSHL: Steward Butler 7-139, Essray Taliaferro 12-118, Kevin Grooms 8-108, Kevin Rodriguez 3-7, Rakeem Cato 1-6, Blake Frohnapfel 1-3
UAB: Jonathan Perry 10-17-176-0
MRSHL: Rakeem Cato 14-20-276-0
UAB: Darrin Reaves 3-47, Dequindre Adams 3-33, J.J. Green 2-14, Jamarcus Nelson 1-58, Nolen Smith 1-24
MRSHL: Tommy Shuler 6-100, Gator Hoskins 2-67, Craig Wilkins 2-20, Devon Johnson 1-41, Eric Frohnapfel 1-39, Kevin Grooms 1-9, Essray Taliaferro 1-0

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