Recap: Marshall vs. Ohio U
Huntington, WV (SportsNetwork.com) - Rakeem Cato threw for 425 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Marshall Thundering Herd to an easy 44-14 victory over the Ohio University Bobcats in non-conference action at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.
Cato completed 17-of-29 passes in his fifth-career 400-yard passing performance for Marshall (3-0). Cato's outstanding afternoon led to big receiving performances from Angelo Jean-Louis (four receptions, 158 yards, TD) and Davonte Allen (five receptions, 137 yards, two TDs).
The Herd's rushing attack was also clicking. Steward Butler amassed 119 yards on 19 carries, and Devon Johnson had 91 yards and a score on 14 attempts.
For Ohio (1-2), Derrius Vick threw for 200 yards, a touchdown and an interception on 18-of-29 passing before being relieved for JD Sprague (4-of-8, 36 yards, TD). Sebastian Smith recorded five receptions for 56 yards and a score.
Justin Haig made good on a 36-yard field goal for Marshall midway through the first quarter for the game's first score.
The Herd began to pull away before the first quarter was out on a pair of Cato-to-Allen touchdown hookups, one a 25-yarder and the other from six yards out.
Haig added another field goal, a 37-yarder, at the 8:59 mark of the second quarter.
Marshall pieced together an eight-play, 62-yard drive at the end of the half, punctuated by a 19-yard scoring strike from Cato to Tommy Shuler to put the home team up 27-0 heading into the halftime locker room.
The Herd's domination continued early in the third quarter when Johnson capped off a seven-play, 71-yard drive with a 30-yard touchdown run.
Cato chucked his fourth touchdown pass of the afternoon less than three minutes later, a 77-yard completion to Jean-Louis.
Ohio finally put an end to the shutout with 6:33 left in the third when Vick connected with Smith on a seven-yard touchdown.
Sprague took over for Vick under center in the fourth quarter for Ohio, and he responded by tossing a seven-yard touchdown to Ian Dixon with 9:58 to play.
Haig tacked on a 34-yard field goal late in the game to settle the final score.
Marshall racked up 705 yards of offense, the fifth-highest total in school history.Game Notes