HUNTINGTON - Marshall started sloppy and had a breakdown or three on defense in the second half, but used 615 total yards to easily down old Southern Conference foe Western Carolina 52-24.
Rakeem Cato completed 32 of 42 passes for 377 yards and three touchdowns to lead a potent, turnover-free offense. Combined with a 545-yard effort at West Virginia, the Herd has topped 500 total yards in back-to-back weeks for the first time since Oct. 25 and Nov. 1, 2003, when Marshall riddled Western Michigan for 548 and Akron for 573.
Gator Hoskins, Aaron Dobson and Demetrius Evans caught short TD passes in the first half, as the Herd took a 24-3 halftime lead. Steward Butler and Remi Watson had short TD runs and the Frohnapfel brothers connected in the fourth quarter, with Blake throwing 29 yards to Eric.
Along the way, linebacker Devin Arrington victimized former Herd quarterback Eddie Sullivan, who started and went the whole way for the Catamounts. Late in the third quarter, Arrington intercepted Sullivan in stride and waltzed into the end zone for an 18-yard TD return.
Marshall officially ran 94 scrimmage plays, a large number in just 30 minutes, 21 seconds of possession time, and racked up 37 first downs. The statistical wealth was spread widely, with nobody reaching 100 yards rushing or receiving.
Antavious Wilson was close, with six catches for 98 yards. Dobson had nine catches for 81 yards before sitting out the second half. Butler rushed for 60 yards on just eight carries.
"The one stat I'm most proud of is we didn't turn the ball over," said MU coach Doc Holliday. "Defensively we tackled better, but we didn't get off the field because of a few penalties."
Sullivan accounted for all three WCU touchdowns, throwing for one early in the third quarter and running for two in the fourth period. He led the Catamounts in rushing with 50 yards on 10 carries, and went 19 of 40 for 191 yards passing.
He probably deserved a little better on the latter stat.