Saturday November 17, 2012
Marshall football: Herd squeaks past Houston, 44-41
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Houston receiver Ronnie Williams (4) stiff-arms Marshall defender Dominick LeGrande (6) during an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. Marshall won 44-41. (AP Photo/The Herald-Dispatch, Mark Webb)
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MARSHALL'S OFFENSE reached season highs and one mark tied a school single-game record against the Cougars. The Herd's 37 first downs tied the total against Western Carolina on Sept. 8 as the most in one game in school history.
The offense's 106 plays were a season high, topping the 101 it ran in the season opener at West Virginia. It barely missed the school record of 108 versus Western Carolina in 1987. Marshall's 665 total yards also were a season-high, eclipsing the 629 gained against Southern Mississippi. It's the most the Herd has gained since racking up 733 yards against Buffalo on Oct. 12, 2002.
Cato's day against the Cougars puts him at No. 1 on the single-season completion chart (375), No. 2 behind Tony Petersen in single-season attempts (544 to Petersen's 622), No. 4 in single-season yards (3,883) and No. 7 in single-season touchdown passes (32). Receiver Tommy Shuler caught nine passes for 105 yards, giving him 96 on the season. He's tied with tight end Sean Doctor for third on the all-time single season list, behind Troy Brown (101 in 1992) and Mike Barber (106 in 1997).
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THE HERD had three senior captains sidelined with injuries against Houston, and they had some company. Receiver Aaron Dobson (knee), linebacker Devin Arrington (knee) and receiver/returner Andre Snipes-Booker (possible concussion) all sat Saturday. Freshman running back Steward Butler dressed, but didn't play with his left wrist in a cast, and freshman running back Remi Watson was taken off the field with a left leg injury and spent the rest of the game on crutches.
Holliday said Butler could be back for Friday's game, but it's too early to tell with the other injuries.
-- Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall.