East Carolina at Marshall

Marshall blasts E. Carolina to clinch C-USA East Division

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HUNTINGTON, W. Va. -- Rakeem Cato threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more on Friday as Marshall took control early and defeated East Carolina 59-28 in the East Division Championship of the Conference USA.

Marshall (9-3, 7-1) was up 24-0 after Cato threw a 3-yard TD pass to Gator Hoskins with 9:33 left to play in the second quarter.

The Pirates scored before halftime on back-to-back turnovers by Marshall, with a Vintavious Cooper 2-yard TD run and a field goal by Warren Harvey. East Carolina (9-3, 6-2) was never able to get closer than a 14-point margin for the rest of the game.

Essray Taliaferro led the Thundering Herd with a game-high 161 yards rushing on 26 carries and surpassed 1,000 yards for the season.

East Carolina's Shane Carden threw three interceptions after throwing just seven for the season before the matchup. Carden finished with 291 yards passing.

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Scoring Summary
MRSHLJustin Haig 42 yd FG
MRSHLDevon Johnson 2 yd run (Justin Haig kick)
MRSHLRakeem Cato 4 yd run (Justin Haig kick)
MRSHLGator Hoskins 3 yd pass from Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig kick)
ECUVintavious Cooper 2 yd run (Warren Harvey kick)
ECUWarren Harvey 27 yd FG
MRSHLDevon Johnson 2 yd run (Justin Haig kick)
ECUWarren Harvey 26 yd FG
MRSHLGary Thompson 5 yd interception return (Justin Haig kick)
ECUShane Carden 7 yd run (Warren Harvey kick)
MRSHLDevon Johnson 52 yd pass from Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig kick)
MRSHLSteward Butler 14 yd run (Justin Haig kick)
MRSHLRakeem Cato 12 yd run (Justin Haig kick)
ECUVintavious Cooper 2 yd run (Bryce Williams 2pt pass from Shane Carden)
 
Team Stats
 ECUMRSHL
First Downs2228
Third Down Efficiency7-1810-14
Fourth Down Efficiency2-21-1
Plays-Net Yards81-44081-539
Rushes-Yds29-14953-267
Passing Yds291272
Kick Return Yds119110
Punt Return Yds211
Passes29-52-317-28-1
Punts6-2562-100
Fumbles-Lost2-01-1
Penalties-Yds4-333-20
Time of Poss.26:233:58
 
Individual Stats
RUSHING
ECU: Vintavious Cooper 20-93, Breon Allen 6-42, Shane Carden 3-14
MRSHL: Essray Taliaferro 26-161, Steward Butler 17-90, Devon Johnson 3-12, Rakeem Cato 5-6, Team 2--2
PASSING
ECU: Shane Carden 29-52-291-3
MRSHL: Rakeem Cato 17-28-272-1
RECEIVING
ECU: Justin Hardy 10-88, Isaiah Jones 9-123, Vintavious Cooper 5-31, Breon Allen 2-4, Cam Worthy 1-30, Bryce Williams 1-10, Lance Ray 1-5
MRSHL: Tommy Shuler 9-147, Gator Hoskins 4-26, Devon Smith 2-28, Devon Johnson 1-52, Craig Wilkins 1-19
 
Standings
TeamStandingsConferenceOverall
East Carolina1st American Athletic 0-00-0
Marshall1st Conference USA East0-00-0