Saturday September 21, 2013
Marshall football: Herd falls in triple overtime to Virginia Tech, 29-21
Marshall Coach Doc Holliday discusses the Herd's triple-overtime loss to Virginia Tech.
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Marshall head coach Doc Holliday, left, walks off the field with defensive line Jarquez Samel (94) after an NCAA college football game against Marshall on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 in Blacksburg, Va. Virginia Tech won 20-21 in triple overtime. (AP Photo/The Roanoke Times, Matt Gentry)
"We've got a way of making this thing interesting," Hokies Defensive Coordinator Bud Foster said.
The Herd made it frustrating for the Hokies defense. Entering Saturday's contest allowing just 190.7 yards per game, Marshall gained 361 for the entire game and actually gained 363 yards at the end of regulation. Cato completed 19 of 41 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns, but also threw two interceptions and was sacked four times.
"There haven't been too many teams that come here that pitch and catch like that," Hokies Coach Frank Beamer said. "Their wide receivers caught everything."
Taliaferro rushed for 105 yards on 26 carries, while Shuler caught 10 passes for 120 yards. Both Marshall's 228 passing yards and 133 rushing yards were the most the Hokies had allowed to any team in its first four games.
Meanwhile, Marshall's defense did what it could to neutralize Thomas. He completed 18 of 34 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown, but also threw two interceptions. He also took two sacks.
"We put some pressure on their big quarterback and were able to force him to make some bad throws," Holliday said.
The Hokies retaliated with 201 yards on the ground, led by Trey Edmunds and his 110 yards on 22 carries.
The Herd now has a bye week before returning to action Oct. 5 for a Homecoming Day matchup with the University of Texas at San Antonio at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.
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