Scores

Final

East Carolina 28

(9-3, 6-2 C-USA)

Marshall 59

(9-3, 7-1 C-USA)

Coverage: CBS Sports Network

12:00 PM ET, November 29, 2013

Edwards Stadium, HUNTINGTON, WV

1 2 3 4 T
ECU 0 10 10 828
MRSH 17 7 21 1459

Top Performers

Passing: R. Cato (MRSH) - 272 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: V. Cooper (ECU) - 20 CAR, 93 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: T. Shuler (MRSH) - 9 REC, 147 YDS

Marshall tops East Carolina to win Conference USA East

Associated Press

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. -- Rakeem Cato threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more on Friday as Marshall took an early undisputed lead and defeated East Carolina 59-28 to win the East Division of 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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Team Stat Comparison

 
ECU
MRSH
1st Downs2228
Total Yards440539
Passing291272
Rushing149267
Penalties4-333-20
3rd Down Conversions7-1810-14
4th Down Conversions2-21-1
Turnovers32
Possession26:0233:58

Passing Leaders

East CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Carden29/522915.603
MarshallC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Cato17/282729.721

Rushing Leaders

East CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Cooper20934.7216
Allen6427.0024
MarshallCARYDSAVGTDLG
Taliaferro261616.2026
Butler17905.3121

Receiving Leaders

East CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jones912313.7059
Hardy10888.8021
MarshallRECYDSAVGTDLG
Shuler914716.3049
Johnson15252.0152

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERECUMRSH
FG11:21Justin Haig 42 Yd 03
TD04:48Devon Johnson 2 Yd Run (Justin Haig Kick) 010
TD01:05Rakeem Cato 4 Yd Run (Justin Haig Kick) 017
SECOND QUARTERECUMRSH
TD09:33Gator Hoskins 3 Yd Pass From Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig Kick) 024
TD04:45Vintavious Cooper 2 Yd Run (Warren Harvey Kick) 724
FG00:56Warren Harvey 27 Yd 1024
THIRD QUARTERECUMRSH
TD11:34Devon Johnson 2 Yd Run (Justin Haig Kick) 1031
FG09:22Warren Harvey 26 Yd 1331
TD07:58Gary Thompson 5 Yd Interception Return (Justin Haig Kick) 1338
TD05:11Shane Carden 7 Yd Run (Justin Hardy Kick) 2038
TD04:05Devon Johnson 52 Yd Pass From Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig Kick) 2045
FOURTH QUARTERECUMRSH
TD14:25Steward Butler 14 Yd Run (Justin Haig Kick) 2052
TD02:53Rakeem Cato 12 Yd Run (Justin Haig Kick) 2059
TD01:32Vintavious Cooper 2 Yd Run (Shane Carden Pass To Bryce Williams For Two-Point Conversion) 2859