Recap: Akron vs. Marshall
Akron, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Marshall rushed for 284 yards and five touchdowns, as the Thundering Herd made easy work of the Akron Zips, 48-17, in non-conference action at InfoCision Stadium.
Remi Watson ran for 124 yards and a score on just nine carries for Marshall (4-0), while Devon Johnson turned 18 attempts into 103 yards and a touchdown. Rakeem Cato completed 17-of-31 passes for 210 yards, a touchdown and an interception and added a pair of rushing scores himself.
For Akron (1-2), Kyle Pohl was ineffective under center, going only 17-of-37 for 151 yards and two interceptions before being relieved for Tommy Woodson (8-of-15, 100 yards, TD). Zach D'Orazio caught five passes for a game-high 69 yards.
Marshall's domination started early, as it got off to a 17-0 lead after the first quarter. Cato accounted for a pair of touchdowns in the opening frame, an 11-yard rush and a 24-yard pass to Angelo Jean-Louis, and a 24-yard field goal off the foot of Justin Haig was sandwiched in between.
The Herd made it 24 unanswered points early in the second quarter when Johnson ripped off a 22-yard scoring scamper.
Akron finally got on the board at the 10:16 mark of the second with a 24-yard field goal by Robert Stein.
Watson broke free for an 80-yard touchdown run later in the quarter, and the Herd carried a 31-3 lead into halftime.
Marshall opened the third quarter on a seven-play, 75-yard drive, capped off with a 13-yard touchdown run by Cato.
Haig added another field goal later in the third, this time from 33 yards away.
Akron scored its first touchdown midway through the fourth quarter on an 11- yard run by Manny Morgan.
Brandon Byrd gave the Herd another score with 4:07 to play when he ran in a 19-yard touchdown.
The Zips put up one more score before the blowout was through, as Woodson tossed a 24-yard touchdown pass to Mykel Traylor-Bennett with 1:36 left.
Marshall had just three more first downs than Akron, but it still managed to outgain the Zips, 526-343.Game Notes