Houston at Marshall

Marshall 44, Houston 41


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.

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Scoring Summary
MRSHLAntavious Wilson 19 yd pass from Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig kick)
MRSHLJustin Haig 23 yd FG
MRSHLTommy Shuler 5 yd pass from Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig kick)
HOUShane Ros 3 yd pass from Crawford Jones (Matt Hogan kick)
MRSHLDavonte Allen 46 yd pass from Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig kick)
HOUMatt Hogan 32 yd FG
MRSHLKevin Grooms 69 yd run (Justin Haig kick)
HOUXavier Maxwell 4 yd pass from Crawford Jones (Matt Hogan kick)
MRSHLRakeem Cato 5 yd run (Justin Haig kick)
HOUShane Ros 19 yd pass from Crawford Jones (Matt Hogan kick)
HOUXavier Maxwell 58 yd pass from Crawford Jones (Matt Hogan kick)
HOUDeontay Greenberry 7 yd pass from Crawford Jones (Matt Hogan kick)
MRSHLJustin Haig 26 yd FG
HOUMatt Hogan 28 yd FG
MRSHLJustin Haig 45 yd FG
Team Stats
First Downs2337
Third Down Efficiency5-1713-22
Fourth Down Efficiency4-41-1
Plays-Net Yards78-430106-665
Passing Yds325377
Kick Return Yds20980
Punt Return Yds610
Time of Poss.27:532:55
Individual Stats
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
Houston1st American Athletic West0-00-0
Marshall1st Conference USA East0-00-0

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