MIDTENNST 7 10 0 7 24
MARSHALL 14 14 14 7 49
Date of game: 10/11/2014

Recap: Marshall vs. Middle Tennessee

Huntington, WV (SportsNetwork.com) - Rakeem Cato threw for three touchdowns and ran for one more, as the Marshall Thundering Herd cruised to a 49-24 win over Middle Tennessee in Conference USA action at Edwards Stadium.

Cato completed 17-of-33 passes for 337 yards to go along with an interception in the victory. Devon Johnson carried 19 times for 134 yards and three TDs for a Thundering Herd (6-0, 2-0 C-USA) squad that has scored at least 42 points in every game this season. Craig Wilkins finished with five catches for 77 yards and two TDs.

The Blue Raiders (4-3, 3-1) saw their modest two-game win streak come to a halt, despite 100 yards on the ground and a receiving touchdown from Jordan Parker. Austin Grammer was 25-of-37 for 201 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in the loss.

Johnson helped stake Marshall a 14-0 first-quarter lead with touchdown runs of 13 yards and 1 yard.

Middle Tennessee got on the board late in the opening frame when Grammer found Jordan Parker for a 6-yard touchdown.

Cato pushed Marshall's lead to 21-7 on a 26-yard scoring strike to Wilkins in the opening minute of the second quarter.

Following a 34-yard field goal by Blue Raiders kicker Cody Clark, the Thundering Herd made it a 28-10 game when Cato hooked up with Deon-Tay McManus four a 29-yard touchdown at the 3:47 mark of the second quarter.

A 4-yard touchdown pass from Grammer to Shane Tucker just before the half cut the deficit to 28-17.

Cato found the end zone again just five plays into the second half, this time on a 4-yard keeper to make it a 35-17 game.

The Herd padded their lead the rest of the way. Johnson scored his third TD on a 2-yard run at the 3:14 mark of the third quarter. Following an interception by A.J. Leggett deep in Blue Raiders territory, Cato found Wilkins for their second touchdown connection of the day, this time from 6 yards out to open up a 49-17 lead with 14:55 to play.

Middle Tennessee tacked on a late TD on a 1-yard plunge by Jeremiah Bryson.

Marshall out-gained the Blue Raiders, 589-370.

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