Southern Mississippi at Marshall

Cato leads Marshall past Southern Miss 61-13


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) Rakeem Cato tied a career-high with five touchdown passes as Marshall eviscerated Southern Miss 61-13 on Saturday.

Cato's four scoring throws in the first quarter helped Marshall (5-3, 3-1 Conference USA) open up a 28-0 lead heading into the second.

Nick Mullens connected with Makese Triplett for an 81-yard touchdown pass about midway through the second quarter and Corey Acosta's 39-yard field goal with 3:30 left in the half cut the Southern Miss (0-8, 0-4 C-USA) deficit to 28-10.

Cato, however, led Marshall on a 13-play, 70-yard drive culminating with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Tommy Shuler, his second receiving touchdown of the afternoon, just 2 minutes and three seconds later and the rout was on.

Cato completed 21 of 28 passes for 262 yards.

Kevin Grooms and Essray Taliaferro each ran for more than 100 yards and Marshall averaged 11.3 yards per rush as a team.

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Scoring Summary
MRSHLGator Hoskins 27 yd pass from Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig kick)
MRSHLCraig Wilkins 15 yd pass from Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig kick)
MRSHLDavonte Allen 23 yd pass from Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig kick)
MRSHLTommy Shuler 1 yd pass from Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig kick)
USMMarkese Triplett 81 yd pass from Nick Mullens (Corey Acosta kick)
USMCorey Acosta 39 yd FG
MRSHLTommy Shuler 9 yd pass from Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig kick)
MRSHLEssray Taliaferro 18 yd run (Justin Haig kick)
MRSHLKevin Grooms 75 yd run (missed kick)
USMCorey Acosta 33 yd FG
MRSHLDavonte Allen 40 yd pass from Blake Frohnapfel (Justin Haig kick)
MRSHLSteward Butler 59 yd run (blocked XP)
Team Stats
First Downs1929
Third Down Efficiency7-194-9
Fourth Down Efficiency1-22-2
Plays-Net Yards81-39764-636
Passing Yds323332
Kick Return Yds12370
Punt Return Yds1067
Time of Poss.37:2422:36
Individual Stats
USM: George Payne 13-46, Tyre Bracken 5-23, Kendrick Hardy 4-14, Jalen Richard 5-10, Tyre'oune Holmes 1--9, Nick Mullens 5--10
MRSHL: Kevin Grooms 8-109, Essray Taliaferro 8-108, Steward Butler 3-60, Remi Watson 5-30, Rakeem Cato 3--3
USM: Nick Mullens 24-48-323-1
MRSHL: Rakeem Cato 21-28-262-0, Blake Frohnapfel 7-9-70-0
USM: Tyre'oune Holmes 8-49, Markese Triplett 4-123, Tyre Bracken 4-30, Jalen Richard 3-45, Chris Briggs 2-33, Rickey Bradley 2-24, Dominique Sullivan 1-19
MRSHL: Tommy Shuler 10-76, Devon Johnson 4-39, Davonte Allen 3-83, DeAndre Reaves 3-9, Devon Smith 2-64, Gator Hoskins 2-35, Remi Watson 2-1, Craig Wilkins 1-15, Jazz King 1-10
Southern Mississippi1st Conference USA West0-00-0
Marshall1st Conference USA East0-00-0

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