Oct. 18, 2014
Marshall game captains versus FIU, as chosen by Coach Doc Holliday and his staff, are QB Rakeem Cato, WR Tommy Shuler, CB Darryl Roberts and LB Neville Hewitt. Cato and Roberts share the 2014 game captaincy lead with C Chris Jasperse, all with four.
Senior C Chris Jasperse made his team-leading 46th career start (every game he's played at MU), tied for most among active offensive linemen in FBS. The Marshall record for starts - as an FBS program (1953-81 and 1997-present) -- is 52 by OT Steve Sciullo (1999-2002). Stat includes players on offense, defense; no specialists).
The Herd defense's "tribute" to injured linebacker Evan McKelvey has sophomore safety Tiquan Lang - who usually wears No. 21 - wearing McKelvey's No. 31 today at FIU. McKelvey suffered a knee injury in the win at Old Dominion and is out for the season.
FIU won the toss and deferred, and Marshall will go on offense on the first series of the game for the first time this season.
WR Tommy Shuler's first-series reception stretches his game streak with a catch to 34 games (tied for No. 9 longest streak in FBS).
FIU touchdown with 2:00 to go in first quarter for a 7-0 lead is the first time Marshall has trailed since early in fourth quarter of the 2013 Military Bowl win over Maryland. An Essray Taliaferro 7-yard run with 12:05 left gave the Herd the lead for good, 24-20, in what became a 31-20 win.
*NCAA's FBS record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass -- 0:05 left in first quarter - Rakeem Cato, 1-yard TD pass to freshman TE Ryan Yurachek ... Cato's streak of consecutive games with a TD pass is at 39, which an FBS record, breaking a tie with Russell Wilson (N.C. State and Wisconsin, 2009-11). The only NCAA QBs (all divisions) with longer streaks than Cato's 39 are:
*46 games - Mike Reilly, Central Washington, 2005-08 (Division II record)
*42 games - Dominic Randolph, Holy Cross, 2006-09 (FCS record)
*40 games - Bill Borchert, Mount Union, 1994-97 (Division III record)
(Cato's 39 games also ties - Jimmy Terwilliger, East Stroudsburg, 2003-06 (former Division II record)
Cato's 1-yard TD pass to Ryan Yurachek also is his 107th in his career, tying Tajh Boyd (Clemson, 2010-13) for No. 15 on all-time FBS list. It also tied Chad Pennington's Marshall record for TD Responsibility, at 119 (107 pass, 12 run for Cato).
RB Devon Johnson's 71-yard run to set up Marshall's first touchdown is the longest of his career.
DT Ricardo Williams' block of a second-quarter FIU field goal attempt is the 22nd blocked kick in Coach Doc Holliday's five Marshall seasons. It is the first FG block since James Rouse blocked a Virginia Tech attempt in September 2013.
8:30, second quarter - Rakeem Cato has 36 pass yards, moving him past Byron Leftwich for No. 2 in Marshall pass yards history. Cato has totaled 12,088 yards at Marshall, as of the end of the game. Leftwich had 11,903. Chad Pennington is No. 1 at 13,143.
QB Rakeem Cato's second-quarter TD pass to Angelo Jean-Louis gives the Herd QB 120 scores in TD Responsibility in his MU career, a new school record (Chad Pennington 119).
Young receivers; Receivers - Freshman TE Ryan Yurachek's first-quarter scoring catch was his first collegiate touchdown ... Sophomore WR Justin Hunt's 39-yard, second-quarter reception was his longest this season. The longest of his career was a 40 yarder against FIU last season.
RB Devon Johnson has six 100-yard rushing games this season (91 in his other game). The Marshall major college record for 100-yard rushing games in a season is seven, shared by Ahmad Bradshaw (2006) and Darius Marshall (2008). The Marshall overall record is 10, three times by Chris Parker (the 1993, '94 and '95 seasons, all in Division I-AA).
Cato total offense - With 33 plays total offense. QB Rakeem Cato has 1,845 total offense plays in his career, moving to no. 5 in Conference USA history. No. 4 is Chase Clement (Rice, 2005-08) with 1,857 plays.
CB Corey Tindal's interception for a TD in the fourth quarter was his first career pick and first career TD for the Herd.
Marshall is the only team in major college football that has scored at least 40 points in every game this season. The season low is 42 points in the opening win at Miami (Ohio).