HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall's opposition the past two weeks may not be the greatest in college football, but the Thundering Herd has done its job in making those teams look bad.
In the case of the 56-14 win Saturday over Alabama-Birmingham, really, really bad.
A week after emasculating Southern Mississippi 61-13, the Herd set several milestones Saturday against the Blazers, such as:
Taliaferro became the first Herd player to rush for 100 yards in three consecutive games, approaching Darius Marshall's four straight in 2009.
Grooms and Butler dialed long-distance a few times - Grooms had a 71-yard touchdown run that gave Marshall a 21-7 lead in the first quarter, Butler ran 61 to set up a touchdown and scored on a 49-yarder.
It took only 34 plays to hit the 500-yard mark, and the Herd didn't punt until under the 5-minute mark.
With 634 total yards against Southern Miss, the Herd topped 630 two games in a row for the fourth time in school history and second time in two years (most recently 665 vs. Houston and 633 vs. East Carolina in 2012).
That gave him an ultra-stellar 235.42 NCAA passer rating, even higher than his 212.53 in the Southern Miss game.
As a bonus, Cato wasn't sacked for the second straight game. UAB was credited with one quarterback hurry and didn't lay a finger on him, even on his 6-yard TD run.
"Yes, that's exactly what it is, flag football," Cato said.
"I can assure you we didn't have any Gatorade baths, and we weren't dancing in the locker room because we won six games," said MU coach Doc Holliday. "That's what we expect to do around here. Our standards and expectations around here aren't to get bowl-eligible and to win six games, it's to go play for championships."