Marshall has gone 33 consecutive games without missing an extra point, hitting all 60 last year and the last 125 total. The last miss came on Sept. 25, 2010 when Tyler Warner's kick was blocked by Ohio.
Positive items in the (2012) stat rankings: Marshall's Rakeem Cato was first in the nation in completions (406), third in TD passes (37), fourth in completion percentage (69.5) and fifth in total offense (352.67). Shuler led in recpetions (110, 9.17 per game) and Williams was ninth in punting (45.19). Team-wise, the Herd was first in passing yardage (365.08), second in third-down conversions (54.59 percent) and first downs per game (29.42), third in kicks blocked (seven) and sixth in total offense (534.25).
Milestones: Cato remains first in MU career completion percentage, 66.2 percent. Next are Byron Leftwich (65.1) and Chad Pennington (63.4). Cato's 6,260 career passing yards rank eighth in school history, 44 behind Carl Fodor, 382 behind Bernard Morris and 397 behind John Gregory. ... For Miami, Dayonne Nunley's 12 career interceptions rank him sixth in school history, four behind leader Ron Carpenter.
86 Offensive snaps run by Cato and the Herd. That's four below the 2012 average, and will severely test the RedHawks' depth and conditioning on a hot, humid day.
2 Fourth-down stops by both defenses. Both teams were so bad in this category last year that it's a wonder anybody punted against them.
Completely useless trivia
The Herd rarely opens a season at home against FBS competition. The last time it did so was 2004, a 17-15 loss to Troy. The last time MU won such a game was in 1982, a 30-21 win over Kent State.
Marshall is 3-2-1 in season openers played at home against a present-day FBS program. Other games came in 1906 (0-0 tie vs. Cincinnati), 1932 (60-0 win over Louisville), 1977 (49-27 loss to Ohio) and 1979 (31-14 win over Toledo).
Miami gets the tougher end of the deal, heading down Interstate 75 to face Kentucky in a noon game next Saturday on Fox Sports Net. Marshall stays home for a slugfest (cough, cough) with Gardner-Webb of the Big South. Game time is 6:30 p.m. and the only TV screens showing it will be hooked up to the closed circuit at Edwards Stadium.