Scores

Final

Southern Miss 13

(0-8, 0-4 C-USA)

Marshall 61

(5-3, 3-1 C-USA)

Coverage: CBS Sports Network

12:00 PM ET, November 2, 2013

Joan C. Edwards Stadium, Huntington, WV

1 2 3 4 T
USM 0 10 3 013
MRSH 28 7 13 1361

Top Performers

Passing: R. Cato (MRSH) - 262 YDS, 5 TD

Rushing: K. Grooms (MRSH) - 8 CAR, 109 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Shuler (MRSH) - 10 REC, 76 YDS, 2 TD

Cato leads Marshall past Southern Miss 61-13

Associated Press

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- 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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Team Stat Comparison

 
USM
MRSH
1st Downs1929
Total Yards397636
Passing323332
Rushing74304
Penalties13-763-17
3rd Down Conversions7-194-9
4th Down Conversions1-22-2
Turnovers22
Possession37:2422:36

Passing Leaders

Southern MissC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Mullens24/483236.711
MarshallC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Cato21/282629.450

Rushing Leaders

Southern MissCARYDSAVGTDLG
Payne13463.5021
Bracken5234.6010
MarshallCARYDSAVGTDLG
Grooms810913.6175
Taliaferro810813.5155

Receiving Leaders

Southern MissRECYDSAVGTDLG
Triplett412330.8181
Holmes8496.1023
MarshallRECYDSAVGTDLG
Allen38327.7240
Shuler10767.6218

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUSMMRSH
TD13:41Gator Hoskins 27 Yd Pass From Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig Kick) 07
TD10:22Craig Wilkins 15 Yd Pass From Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig Kick) 014
TD04:00Davonte Allen 23 Yd Pass From Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig Kick) 021
TD00:19Tommy Shuler 1 Yd Pass From Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig Kick) 028
SECOND QUARTERUSMMRSH
TD07:05Markese Triplett 81 Yd Pass From Nick Mullens (Corey Acosta Kick) 728
FG03:30Corey Acosta 39 Yd 1028
TD00:27Tommy Shuler 9 Yd Pass From Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig Kick) 1035
THIRD QUARTERUSMMRSH
TD12:05Essray Taliaferro 18 Yd Run (Justin Haig Kick) 1042
TD05:57Kevin Grooms 75 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 1048
FG02:10Corey Acosta 33 Yd 1348
FOURTH QUARTERUSMMRSH
TD11:48Davonte Allen 40 Yd Pass From Blake Frohnapfel (Justin Haig Kick) 1355
TD08:46Steward Butler 59 Yd Run (Pat Blocked) 1361

Research Notes

Marshall's Rakeem Cato became the sixth player in the FBS to throw five touchdown passes in a half this season.
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